A fifth-grade bully, a blossoming romance, a late-night crash
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Thomas M. Atkinson is an author and playwright who lives with his wife and two sons in Anderson Township, Ohio. His first novel, Strobe Life, is available for Kindle from Amazon, and his story in this issue is part of an unpublished collection called Standing Deadwood. He won the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for 2012.
After six states, 1,300 miles, and almost twenty-four hours, the iron tang of blood and bleach still hadn’t blown out of my truck. And that’s saying something because since the fire I can’t hardly smell dog shit if I step in it.