What's This?

My dad says, “Jake, I’m looking forward to today, but before I come in, why don’t we just get this out of the way.”

“I’m not sure I understand.”

“Sure you do. I never got to say goodbye to my sister because of you, and you’ve never apologized. So let’s just get it out of the way and we can get to reacquainting.”

Jake looks stunned for a moment, but then he laughs, sits down at the table slowly, sips from his beer and slams the pint glass onto the table with a bang. It’s all very mobster like, and obviously meant to be so.

Sam immediately reacts to the beer can — “Dad” — and she says it as if reprimanding him. He doesn’t notice. Kate’s dad notices, he looks over at us and his expression is a bit paranoid. Kate raises her palms up while looking at him, as if to say “What’s this?”

"Lovers" by Thomas Berg, edited by A. Malcolm

"Lovers" by Thomas Berg, edited by A. Malcolm