Bonfires

Bonfires

By Alexander Helmke

In high school Evan attends a bonfire with his best friend Dylan and his soon-to-be obsession Amber. A week later the two most important people in his life are gone: Amber moves out of state and Dylan’s parents send him to “The Camp,” a fundamentalist Christian rehab center designed “to scare the other Adam out of him.” Years later, Evan returns home for his father’s funeral where he finds Amber visiting for a few days and Dylan a few doors away, uncured and unhinged. All three are invited to a second bonfire—a chance to remake the past or realize the risks in becoming ambassadors to it.

About Alexander Helmke
Lives in St. Paul, MN. Writer of fiction and a founding editor of Revolver, a new arts and culture magazine out of the Twin Cities. My sister once told me, ‘you represent this generation.’ I refuse to take that as an insult.

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