This Could Blow Over.

A short story about fathers and shame.

But then Duncan would come blundering in, driving his elbows into Graham’s back.

“You’re a chickenshit, Duncan,” the boys yelled.

He turned to Eckert. “As for you,” he said, “What are you doing here exactly?”

“I don’t know,” he said, rubbing his face. “I don’t know anything at this point. Honestly, Tess, I just wanted a word with the lad, that’s all.”

“Graham,” Eckert said. “Come here, please.” He introduced Graham to Hoyle “Show him your arms and legs, lad.”

“Duncan claims you were cheating. Told his mother that.”

“Thought I should drop by. We had a similar experience with Duncan last year.”

“He says he doesn’t want to be ashamed of you.”

I did a poor imitation of Don Draper for 40 years before writing my first novel. I'm currently in the final stages of a children's book. Lucky me.

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