TELLING STRANGERS

Jet Fuel Review, Issue 14, Fall 2017

Pushcart Prize nominee, 2017

Bruno watches Lucas, his son, climb up the slide—a slick, winding contraption built to injure. The boy lets his jacket swing open and tugs at his hoodie. Ellie jogs on the boardwalk as if spring has arrived, but Bruno won’t be duped. He insists that Lucas wear all his layers. Just under the surface is a scathing ocean wind.