Agave Cotton

by Carolyn R. Russell

Our first night together was all jalapeño pepper-infused tequila and impulse. Passion came the following morning when I fell for his sheets. They were crisp but soft and smelled like something pure, like rain, like a freshly baked biscuit. So did he. He still does, I’m sure. I’m not sure.


Carolyn R. Russell is the author of “In the Fullness of Time,” a dystopian thriller published by Vine Leaves Press in 2020. Her humorous YA mystery, “Same As It Never Was,” was released in 2018 by Big Table. “The Films of Joel and Ethan Coen,” her volume of film criticism, was published by McFarland & Company in 2001. Her poetry, essays and short stories have been featured or are forthcoming in numerous publications, including The Boston Globe, 3rd Wednesday, Litro Magazine, Flash Fiction Magazine, Club Plum Literary Journal, The Ekphrastic Review, Orca: a Literary Journal, and Lowestoft Chronicle. Carolyn lives on and writes from Boston’s North Shore. More here.