Fiction | May 10, 2012

His son flings the stick behind the hedges when he spots the car approaching. Flynn is home late again. The boy is on the front lawn in a shirt with the sleeves cut off, his wiry arms behind his back now. Even from a distance, Flynn saw the flames eating the end of the stick. The smoke hovers around his son’s head like an apparition as Flynn steps toward him. Ryan, my sweet boy, he says, I thought we’d put this fire business behind us.

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