By Thomas M. McDade
Copyright 2013 Thomas M. McDade
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“Tom Sanford, are we losing you?” asked Owen Small’s mother.
“No, just resting my eyes.”
“Welcome back, Drifty,” said Owen.
I was really wishing I’d stayed on our ship docked in Newport, RI. I’d weakened when Owen told me his family lived near Lincoln Downs Racetrack. I do love the ponies. Hell, I could have just caught a bus, skipped the heavy drinking and flirting at the Paddock Bar with a beautiful, very pregnant woman named Faith that Owen said was nothing more a barfly. A barfly is okay with me but not in a shipmate’s back yard, better a dive in Norfolk or Barcelona. A lucky day at the track would right all I reasoned as I caught a blond-headed boy, ten or eleven out of the corner of my eye, crawling to the back of the couch. Popping up, he covered Owen’s eyes with his hands. “Bet it’s my loony brother Todd. And I hear he’s weirder than ever, wants to join the Marines when he grows up.”