Jonathan Starke is a native of Iowa and lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, where he is working toward an MFA in creative writing at Colorado State University. He has an essay appearing in Fourth Genre and is currently working on a memoir about bodybuilding, a collection of short stories and a collection of personal essays. 
Mar 01 2010
What Happens to Heroes
I rolled the glass vial in my hand, back and forth, as if I were rocking the steroids to sleep. Ben had just lifted it from a small box hidden in his bedroom. The box looked like the kind of case gamblers might carry to hold their chips all in a row. I’d watched Ben’s big fingers pry open the latches and raise the lid. Inside, several small vials were lined up neatly, the syringes askew; two of them slanted so that the skinny needles pointed right at me.