Copyright 2016 J.R. Brown
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Published by J.R. Brown at Shakespir
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The keys hit Adam in his chest and fell to the ground. He looked to see if his father was serious, but he was already in the car.
“The Mini-Mart on Brookline Ave, you’re driving,” his father said.
The old Chevy responded slowly, like it had to think about what the steering wheel wanted. Adam took a turn too wide and crossed over the yellow line. He tried to compensate by turning sooner and hopped a curb. He expected his father to give him shit, but he didn’t say a word until they got to the store.
Adam’s father got out of the car and leaned in the passenger window. There was a bright red welt on his left cheek where Adam had hit him.
“Back in a second. I’m not going to kill you, so don’t drive away.” A few minutes later he came out.
They rode in silence again. A block from their house his father gestured to a spot under a street light.
When they parked, his father hit the button for the radio and fiddled with the dial. He stopped on a baseball game and pulled two bottles of beer out of the bag.
Adam took the beer but sat with it in his hands, confused.
“Handles like a boat, doesn’t she? His father said, nodding toward the dash.
“Uh, yeah.” When his father took a sip, Adam did the same.
“Well shit,” his father said when the Yankee’s center fielder caught a long fly ball on the track and the Sox lost. “That’s life.”
Adam finished his beer and another was pressed into his hand.
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#5 HAPPY STREET, by J.R. Brown is a collection of three short stories that explore the nature and emotional depth of relationships and life. In "Between Us Men," a dad's decision to sell an antique car that his son, Adam, feels entitled to leads to a physical altercation. One last ride in the car gives Adam insight into Dad's childhood and in turn, insight into the decision. "The Victims of Nicholas Sparks" follows the conversation between a couple on a blind date. The man explains the observation that too often expectations are unreasonable due to the influence of the writings of Nicholas Sparks. "Nowhere" examines the reaction of a road crew to the suicide of their friend, Carl. Without a note to give them answers, they're left speculating as to the cause.