David sat alone on the park bench. The sun was high in the sky and the full heat of the afternoon just coming on. He adjusted his hat, and then turned the page of his book.
A man in a long tan trench coast walked along the path in front of David. He had dark, wavy hair that was slicked back on the sides. Wrinkles were starting to take hold around his eyes. He wore a look of contemplation. The man slowed and stopped a few steps past the bench. He seemed to look up at the birds in the trees, or maybe a passing cloud, but then moved back toward the bench and sat down.
David didn’t look up. “Yes, it is.”
“Are you enjoying the book?”
“Glad to hear. I think you’ll find the ending quite interesting.”
David gave a thin-lipped smile.
“I mean, the uncle? You just don’t see it coming!”
David frowned and looked at the man from the corner of his eye. He laid the open book face down over his knee.
The man fumbled around the inside pocket of his coat and pulled out a tarnished silver cigarette case. He held it up. “Do you mind?”
The man lowered a cupped hand and blew smoke from the corner of his mouth. He held the smoldering cigarette pinched between his thumb and pointer finger.
David leaned away and held his breath as he waved smoke away from his face.
This and That but Mostly the Other is a collection of moments, from the briefest glimpse to those more complex. It’s about introductions and endings. It is a reminder of what was, and a glimpse of things to come. Available in print and e-book February 2019.