Moving On by Andrew Stancek

When Mother plonks down at the rickety restaurant table to wait for Father, I am warmed by the two hundred-crown notes I liberated from her wallet. Two years after divorcing him, she is handing me over. She tells me she loves me but. My teacher reported on my absenteeism, the police on the kiosk robbery; in my room she found her lost ruby ring, the rubbers, my teacher’s glasses.

In the family meeting she cried. “You are fourteen, Mirko. What has become of you? Reform school or your father’s?”

She orders a beer, switches to mineral water. I order a beer, watch her look, laugh. She glances over, shudders. I start whistling, “All You Need Is Love”.

“You could…try a little,” she exhales.

In the bathroom I throw the toilet paper roll in the garbage, take the lid off the tank. When I return, Father is with her, face stinking with cheer. “So, how are my two favorite people?” he asks.

Her eyelid twitches. “You have to do it, Lado.”

“Aaah, don’t you worry. He’s a chip off the old block. I’ll show him what he needs.”

Rising, she knocks her chair over. “Maybe he’d be better off in reform school after all.”

She pats my arm. “Call me if…”

I nod. “You will bail us out, won’t you, sweet Mami?”

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7 responses to “Moving On by Andrew Stancek

  1. I read this on f’naut and liked it a lot, and like it here again. It’s edgy and so real, but the craft is finely wrought and intense. Lovely story!

  2. Nice one, Andrew. Really like your characters and how you’ve presented them through interaction.

  3. I also read this at Fictionaut and loved it there. So happy to experience it again. Thanks Andrew.

  4. Love the edginess, the like father, like son. To the core, indeed. Bad apples to the core ;^) Peace…

  5. I enjoyed how the fact that she doesn’t finish her sentences says so much about her. Well done.

  6. Pingback: Week #43 – To the core | 52|250 A Year of Flash

  7. raw, edgy, tense in showing gestures–good read, andrew!

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