I take after Dad. More laughter. Sudden light bleeds through the
seams of the doorframe.
Okay, rude. You sure about that? After the big bear adventure?
Maybe he was trying not to be so boring.
Ha, ha. You hush. Shouldn’t tell you anything. There’s a long quiet. He
just needs to pace himself is all.
The bedroom door slips open. Sadie lifts her head beside him on the
bed. He can feel them there. Before he can see them, the hall light puts
their shadows in the room.
Frederick Hampton grew up in California’s San Joaquin Valley.
Now he is a transplanted Nevadan, working at an accidental
career in administrative services. He’s a graduate of UC Davis,
where he studied under Clarence Major, Carolyn Kizer, and
Charles Grosel. He lives in Carson City with his son and is at
work on a novel and other short stories. This is his first fiction