The Other McCain

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Friday Fiction: 100 Word Challenge

Posted on | January 8, 2016 | 6 Comments

by Smitty

Dad’s are kind of hard to get. Mine never said much. He brought the fishing rig behind him, like he was pointing at one of my footprints in the sand that wasn’t neat enough. Then he cast it with just a hint of violence. Maybe one of the clouds was bad.
He smiled at me with eyes full of something that seemed to get stuck in his throat and handed me the pole.
“Here you are, honey.”
Fishing there with him in the ocean was the happiest time. Mom said that was as far from Afghanistan as he could go.

via Darleen


  • darleenclick

    Seems my eyes are getting a little full of something.

    Bravo, Smitty. Me like very much.

  • Steve White

    We fished separately. We always did. We’d be on the same beach together and it would be as if Dad was a thousand miles away. I don’t think he ever watched me fish but I always watched him. Sometimes when I caught a large fish he’d walk over with a landing net and, without a word, help get the fish into the cooler. Then he’d slide back to his spot. Grandma told me once that it was just the way he was, that Afghanistan had done something to him. She never said what, and he never said anything.

  • smitty

    Nicely done.

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  • Steve White

    Thank you. I’m going to try these every week for a while.

  • smitty

    I think it’s a great exercise.