In the Park with Dance

“So,” Amalia says, looking immensely pleased with herself.  She shifts in her chair, looking at Drin.  “When are you taking Dance out to dinner?” Drin starts to chuckle.  “You know his schedule right off the top, Ms. Yenta?” “Pretty much.  I think he’s got a Monday free next week, but …

Father’s Day

Drin wipes his forehead and says, “Do you think we ought to start hauling burger boxes again–” “I think you need three minutes more rest,” Dance says sternly, frowning up at him. Drin is absurdly delighted by this.  “Yes, Mom.” “Right,” Dance says, and his gaze goes past Drin.  He …

Fiddles at the Metro

“Need another carton, you think?” Drin asks, opening the top box of hamburgers. “In ten minutes,” the grillmaster commands, flinging up one hand in grand dismissal, as if he’s conducting the finale on a Wagner piece.  It pleases Maestro Richard Young to turn brusquely away to a woman in line.  …

Road Trip Discoveries

They’re edited people, Drin says. Dance looks over at the game controller, and away at the wall again. Drin got him that to keep him from getting too bored. He still loves to find things that please them. Their big rangy freckled husband, the guy who laughs with his whole …

ATTN: TS

Hi Susan, Just making sure your little … surveillance problem … got sorted out. Your friends seem like lovely people; would hate for them to have any trouble. As for the other matter … well, I’ll be in touch. Have a nice day. AH

In Vino Violent Veritas

“I know, I know, I said bring along your little Korean boyfriend,” says Smithers Popwell, aka Kane, the bartender with tats. It’s true that he sends problem vets to get help, calling up people like Drin, rather than report them to cops. Kane has told him that Dance shows all …

Fucking Gun Carriage

Grace starts to smile. Lucas plays that music on the chimes all the time. Bach’s Air on a G String. “Ohmigodchristit’s Dance–” Emma shouts, and that carries too. Drin grabs her tight, holds her back. “Wait for Cesar and Aaron to check it out,” he tells her, and kisses her. …