Jason Joyce graduated in 2009 from the University of Wyoming and is now living in Los Angeles, working in event planning at Loyola Marymount University. He plays keyboards in the band The Rubbish Zoo, is co-owner of the clothing company Weekend Society and is working on his first full-length collection of poems and short stories. You can find out more about his writing and published poetry on his blog at jasonrjoyce.tumblr.com or by following @jasonrjoyce on Twitter.
There Is Vomit In My Stomach
an excerpt from the story
In order to “better sketch the boa constrictor’s scales” (Theodore’s words), he opened one of the feeding hatches to the snake’s enclosure. When the boa has swallowed a meal it is not able to fit through any of the feeding hatches. But on an empty stomach it can squirm through one of the square holes, making the design somewhat counter intuitive.
When building the snake enclosure, the shop teacher’s attempt at making a zoo-wor- thy habitat for large reptiles was very successful. His general lack of zoological knowledge is the only flaw in the design. Nevertheless, it has been all the talk here, and our students seem to really love the renovated biology room, with all its live and taxidermy creatures.
Kim had last seen her father on TV at a Mayan plaza in the middle of a hu- mid jungle. He was searching for proof that the ruins in the area were haunt- ed by an American couple that died on their honeymoon vacation. Though as far as Kim was concerned, her father had yet to discover a specter that could fill his absence back home. Not so much for her anymore, but for her two younger sisters. Because of this, Kim is not sure how to tell her mother that this too will be her career.