“The Doom Statues” — chapter 21

Jason McGathey
3 min readMay 19, 2024

“Okay, so what kind of tree is that?” Clay challenges, pointing to a gnarled specimen sticking up just a few feet from the creek’s middle.

“Those are what’s known as bald cypress trees,” Tom explains, without breaking stride in his furious sketching of the same. He gestures at a handful even closer to them, where this wide creek bleeds in much shallower form near their feet. “And these you see in a little…

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