They'll be jumping the broom this July, all the couples who survived the spring. There's been a bit of rearrangement; Courtney'll be jumping with Marc, Tom with Rachel. Always happens after spring, this reshuffling of hearts.
As if hearts have anything to do with it! It's fire and claw, and the bone-deep need to procreate, that's what tenders change.
Mountain dragons descend in March, April. They come hungry, go back up sated. And the broom-jumpers wait for July to divvy themselves anew.
November? That's when we go up, and we go there hungry.
And slake our grief on dragon hide.
Author bio: RS lives in Detroit, where they aim for a zombie theme park. She thinks one already exists in her head. Admission is free:
Jump is part of 101 Fiction issue 4.