Elaine is an excerpt from Benjamin's novel Fidelity.
Benjamin gives an overview of the book:
I was obsessed with a mountain lion and carried a canister of mace in my pocket against the eventuality that my curiosity might provoke him to violence, but it would not come as a surprise if, from his point of view, having me around was akin to having food in the pantry. I thought, at first, Elaine was one of his kills. It was summer, the year after my college graduation. The scent of her decomposition was carried up through the ponderosa forest on the breeze. I zigzagged down the mountain.
I’m unbelievably fortunate to be an English teacher at Jefferson County Open School in Lakewood, Colorado, one of the last high schools in the country where students still love school.
I get up around four to work on these stories. Writing is akin to an...