The Shadow in the Room

The shadow is in their room again. He sits on the foot board. He has substance—you cannot see through him—but is shadow. When he is near, death feels close by, like a cold stone sitting on the man’s chest. It is nights like these that his father’s aging body appears. “What’s wrong?” “What do youContinue reading “The Shadow in the Room”

My Dad Will Beat Up Your Dad

They are in the apartment quad together with Tommy. Tommy has stolen an unhooked padlock from somewhere. Strangely, the unhooked part has a sharp point on it. “Check it out.” And he pokes Stephen’s hand. Stephen starts to cry. “Why did you do that?” “I thought it was cool.” “It wasn’t.” He punches Tommy inContinue reading “My Dad Will Beat Up Your Dad”