Three Things

Three Things

This morning, after the Sheriff and two state investigators left his office carrying sealed boxes, the man did not return homeinstead, he drove to a neighboring town and bought three things:

Dancing shoes.

A hamburger.

A shotgun.

The dancing shoes he delivered to his daughter whom he would never see again.

The hamburger he ate so he could think straight while he made his decision.

And the shotgun he will use in nine and a half hourswhen he sits alone in an abandoned shack behind a line of trees in another stateand places it in his mouth.


About the Author

Thomas Elson’s short stories, poetry, and flash fiction have been published in numerous venues such as Calliope, The Cabinet of Heed, Ellipsis, Pinyon, Inlandia, Lunaris, New Ulster, Lampeter, Selkie, and Adelaide. He divides his time between Northern California and Western Kansas.


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