October Fest by Jess Lourey

By Jess Lourey

Beer and polka track reign preferrred at Octoberfest, conflict Lake's top-rated fall competition. To kick off the celebrations, town hosts a public debate among the 2 congressional applicants: straight-laced Arnold Swydecker, and slippery incumbent, Sarah Glokkmann. As a reporter for the conflict Lake remember, Mira James is roped into writing up the note struggle. however the festive temper sours whilst a widely known Glokkmann-bashing blogger is located lifeless . . . and the congresswoman herself meets a grotesque destiny. to maintain the warmth off her top friend's fianc?—an ex-con reporter—Mira wades throughout the applicants' soiled laundry, their unsavory secrets and techniques, and a few murderous mudslinging to show the killer.

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I may only be a transplant, but I knew this race was important to a lot of people. I’d relocated to this tiny, west-central Minnesota burg this past March to watch my friend Sunny’s place and dog so she could accompany her monobrowed lover to Alaska. She was Battle Lake born and raised, inheriting 200 acres of rolling heaven bordering a pristine lake on the edge of town when her parents died in a car accident. She’d returned to the property after high school, spending part of her inheritance to replace the rundown farmhouse with a double-wide.

I wove through the crowd to reach Bob the blogger and was nearly there when a commotion erupted at the rear of the tent. A group of six or seven people marched in, all of them carrying protest signs. The posters I could read proclaimed health care a right and not a privilege, and the sign holders were chanting angrily, demanding an audience with Glokkmann and Swydecker. I toggled to get a closer look, but so did all the other reporters and the camera crews, causing a bottleneck. Moving to the side instead of fighting forward, I was able to catch a glimpse of the dark-haired woman who’d assured me “Queen Glokkmann” would not miss a debate slide into the tent through the same opening as the protestors, a smirk on her face.

Ron was hopeful that today I could scoop her saying something particularly incendiary and drive up newspaper sales. In the meantime, the election was three short weeks away, and the candidates were neck and neck in the polls. I may only be a transplant, but I knew this race was important to a lot of people. I’d relocated to this tiny, west-central Minnesota burg this past March to watch my friend Sunny’s place and dog so she could accompany her monobrowed lover to Alaska. She was Battle Lake born and raised, inheriting 200 acres of rolling heaven bordering a pristine lake on the edge of town when her parents died in a car accident.

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