Flame

Flame

    Seventh inning, score tied, and Shaw leans back in his favorite chair and begins another beer. I’ve already had my usual three and have turned down his offer of a fourth. Since I got here he hasn’t said a word about anything but the ballgame, one we’ve been...
Bolger

Bolger

    Bolger was not a friend of mine, but we had known each other for over twenty years, starting when he was married to his first wife and I was married to my only wife. I drank with him every couple of months at his café/bar, and it was there that he regularly held...
Intruder

Intruder

I’d crossed my next-door neighbor’s path in the hallway a number of times, but I’d never gotten a syllable out of him and the only look he’d ever given me was to make sure we weren’t about to collide. He’d turn his body sideways and avert his eyes if I passed him...
Host

Host

Don’t get mad, I’m trying to explain something to you. I know you think I should leave the subject alone, respect his silence, but how do you interpret his behavior? I’ve gone over and over every second we’ve spent with this guy, the mystery neighbor who won’t open...
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