Ron Irlam sits in his den with his wife, waiting for his son to arrive for Father’s Day. But why is Ron so upset, and why does he behave so cantankerously every year even though he desperately loves his son? I’ll give you a hint: it involves cowboys.
In this short story, the narrator recounts playing army as a little boy with his big brother and the neighborhood kids. Things did not unfold as expected, especially after their parents’ pop up camper came into play. Awkward, hilarious, embarrassing, and even touching, “Bitterness” will take you back to your childhood days … for better or for worse. (Family Life/Humor)
Thunder roars, lightning flashes, the rain plummets. Ursula Buckley’s dog, Lady, is in her nook beneath the trailer, but it’s quickly filling with water. Ursula can’t figure out why the dog isn’t getting to safety. Does the old woman dare brave the storm to find out? (Holiday/Suspense/Family Life)
Jackie Quaid does not like the new neighbor’s dog howling at all hours and using her beautiful lawn as a toilet. She doesn’t like it, and she’s not afraid to do something about it. “Turf War” is a darkly humorous look at how far one woman is willing to go to get what she wants. (Dark Humor)
When Russ entered Stubby’s Barbershop, he never expected to encounter The Substitute Barber, nor did he anticipate a conversation regarding passion, dreams, and the nature of happiness. This short story humorously explores responsibility versus desire, the mundane versus the eccentric, and what it is that makes us truly happy in life. (Humor/Social Commentary)
This is an Easter egg hunt unlike any other thanks to the grown man running from child to child, stealing their eggs. Rest easy, he has a valid reason for doing so. The only question is whether or not the parents at the event will let him live long enough to explain!