By Robert MacBride
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He stares at me like that for what seems like two weeks. Then he snaps out of it like some broken spell, looking at me like I’m this demonic Muppet sent to hurl him into the abyss with trouble dressing and stray-cat luring. “Tell your mama, when you see her, tell her I had some business myself, tell her I had some business out in Shelby and I may be gone for a while, you know . . ” Paperwork. Now I know that’s a lie. The last time I saw my dad pick up a pen, I was eight. Then he barrels past me, quick, grabs his keys off the wall and rushes out the screen door, letting it slam hard behind.
Do you think I’m pretty? ” “Um. ” Tammy comes barreling down the staircase, pushing me aside, and I can tell she’s about to do something worse but then she sees Mr. Feld and it’s like she turns from a moth to a butterfly in two seconds flat. She straightens up and tightens her robe around her, fluffing her hair up and smiling pretty. “Why, Mr. Feld. Whatever in the world are you doing here at this hour of the day, of the morning, I mean? ” “it’s actually eight, Mrs. ” He looks at her kind of funny when he says her name, like there’s a little joke here they got between them.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen my dad sign a check, let alone take a stab at paperwork. There are some things you just know, like when the sun goes down and you know something different is gonna happen that night. You may not know what it is and it may not turn out to be much, but something in the air changing around you or the night creeping up tells you this time you’re in for it. I feel like that right now. I’ve felt like that all day long and into the night, this night, that’s holding something behind its back.
Civil War ironclads: the dawn of naval armor by Robert MacBride