A PREVIEW OF
LAST STOP: MIDDLETOWN
Eric A. Shelman
It was autumn in Middletown, Indiana. The weather was brisk but decent, and there was some preparation to do before the next class. Charlie Noble didn’t care for the particular work that needed doing, so for the moment, he was content to sit at Professor West’s desk, browsing Facebook on his phone.
When the small university was in full session, the population of the town swelled from 2,200 to around 3,100. Charlie was already looking forward to epic Halloween parties, and after just a month into the school year, he was already anxious to let his hair down. Some kids lived in town, and others rented apartments, but lots of students lived in makeshift dorm housing provided by the school that more closely resembled FEMA trailers.
With his parents’ home in town, Charlie could have just driven…
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