Church and State

It’s happy hour and the TV’s yakking about separating church and state.  “It’s a con,” Eamon says. “They’re both screwing us.” “You think it’s that bad?” I say. “Good cop, bad cop. We might as well be between the devil and the deep blue sea.” “You mean that?” “Open your eyes,” Eamon says and hoists… Continue reading Church and State

No Plan

The pen wasn’t worth stealing. The can of black beans and steak seasoning weren’t either.  He shoulda got a can opener. Then he could eat seasoned beans. Nick asked himself, “Why the pen?”  But Nick never had a plan. Not when shoplifting and not in the rest of his life. © 2020 by Jim Latham… Continue reading No Plan

Birthday Boy

Twenty bucks is all Katie’s got that’s not going to rent, gas, and electricity.  The register flashes $23.19. Katie surveys cake mix, frosting, candles, eggs, ice cream, and balloons, weighing cost against Kody’s smiles.  “Take the ice cream off, please?” Austin presses a button.  $19.70. Katie hands him crumpled bills and scrounged coins. Austin sorts… Continue reading Birthday Boy