Dad 2.0

My daughter says my stories seem fake because my characters don’t use cell phones.  There’s no email either, I tell her. Nor Insta, TikTok, or Twitter. She rolls her eyes and says, Cell phones are mandatory, Dad. Man-da-tory. Maybe she’s right. She’s 17 after all.  I tell her, I think technology peaked with the invention… Continue reading Dad 2.0

Warranty Issue

Marques had just finished eating when Devon walked into the lunch room and asked him, “You remember replacing those bad valves last hitch?” Marques looked up from his phone. “Yeah I remember. I remember you riding me and Carlos to get it done, too.” Devon tried a smile that ended up a grimace. “Since it’s… Continue reading Warranty Issue

Night Shift

“Pump 1 went down,” Javier reported. “Impeller’s shot.”  AJ spun his chair around. “Do we have a spare in the parts conex?” Javier shook his head.  “Can we rob one from Pump 2?” “Did that last hitch.”  “Guess we’re fucked then,” AJ said.  Javier shrugged. Life was like that sometimes. ©Copyright 2020 by Jim Latham… Continue reading Night Shift

Two Answered Prayers

Clinging to the piece of driftwood, she prayed for daylight.  When the sun rose, it illuminated an endless sea and an empty sky.  By noon, she was sunburnt and praying for deliverance from the heat and thirst.  The first indication that this prayer would be answered was a dorsal fin. © Copyright 2020 by Jim… Continue reading Two Answered Prayers

Not Quite Canadian

I couldn’t figure it out. Was there something on my face? Was my fly open? I hadn’t made it halfway across campus from the bus stop and three friends had already stopped me to ask how I was doing.  I was fine, as far as I knew.  But I was starting to wonder. It was… Continue reading Not Quite Canadian