After the river rose, a kid ran screaming into town. Dead woman in a tree, strung up by stuff. A mile from the river, we saw the mangled body between the high oak branches, alive. The stuff a fabric rope of socks, underwear, flannel wrapped around her waist and legs. Her naked husband had strung her up there with the clothes off his back on the highest branch that’d hold the weight of her two bare feet when the river broke the back door open. His branch snapped at dawn. The high school girls whisper of it now. How do you know, they ask, the difference between a man who will tie you to the tree to kill you, and one who will tie you to the tree to save you?
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