Wish You Were Here! by Christian Bell

Enjoy Indiana!

Flat lands, flowing wheat, blue sky. The only souvenir we got were these postcards, free rest stop goods. We went to Indianapolis. They stole our team, Dad kept saying. He would’ve cried seeing the Colts logos if he weren’t seething with anger.

Wish You Were Here!

Clear sky, foamy surf, untouched beach. An obnoxious relative, likely drunk, is bragging about how the sand burns your soles, how laidback each day is, how margaritas magically appear before you wherever you are. Meanwhile, here, it’s -34 degrees and snowing eighteen inches per hour. Mom says, nope, don’t wish we there, striking this relative’s name from the Christmas list.

Crow Native American

Faded black-and-white photo of somber Native American male. His hair braided, his eyes penetrating time. Doesn’t this guy look mean, the sender wrote in blue cursive. What do you think, dipshit? He probably blamed the photographer for the slaughter of his people, the end of their lifestyle, his relatives succumbing to drink. Man, now I’m talking like my father.

The Last Postcard

Solid black. The last postcard, kept in a secret place in the postal system, ready to be sent to the person who breaks the system. It’s your fault, the postmaster general will write, it’s you that’s ruined everything. Because of Seinfeld, the postmaster general must be Wilford Brimley. I’m comfortable with that. Postal apocalypse—it’s the right thing to do, and the tasty way to do it. Dad, though, would want Clint Eastwood.


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7 responses to “Wish You Were Here! by Christian Bell

  1. Very interesting treatment and style, thanks for sharing.

  2. Clint Eastwood would make a scary Postmaster General. *shiver*

  3. Kim Hutchinson

    Love this! Lots of quirky fun.

  4. You know I’m not fond yet of the segmented flash pieces, but this overcame my initial resistance. There is such a wonderful thread that shines through to tie the paragraphs together. I love how each vignette sits like a puzzle piece to reveal the image of story when they’re put together. Nice, Christian.

  5. Love the thread of the father poking through each vignette. You do these so darn well. Peace…

  6. Really liked the different narratives, each suited to the card. Especially liked ‘striking this relative’s name from the Christmas list.’ How dare he send such a card!

  7. Pingback: Week #28 – the postcard | 52|250 A Year of Flash

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