One Road Home by Mark Porter

Our By Prescription Only: Themed Writing entry this week is from Mark Porter. Mark’s debut novel can be found on our Book Rack, and a whole lot more can be found on his author’s site. Keep your eyes peeled for a brand new title from Mark later this year!

Yes, yes, I know: The following story is entirely a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, brands, media, events, etc. are either the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. The author acknowledges the trademarked status and trademark owners of various products referenced in the following works of fiction, which have been used without permission. The publication/use of these trademarks is not authorized, associated with, or sponsored by the trademark owners. Some stories in this showcase contain adult themes, so reader caution is advised.

One Road Home by Mark Porter

He looks out of the window every few minutes now. The gravel buried driveway snakes to the road beyond the mail box and cars pass in either direction; somewhere at the edge of his vision, chrome and glass glints. The day is already humid. Heat shimmers across the surface of the land and he knows the dog will be hiding beneath the porch, sleeping or panting.

He looks again at his daddy’s photograph. He tries to remember what he sounds like in person, in the room. The phone calls have been infrequent. His voice, broken with static and distance has become fractured in his memory. He wants to be lifted by daddy’s hands, thrown into the air and caught again. He knows daddy would never let him fall.

Outlined against the sunshine and dust motes, the boy’s mother stands in the living room doorway. Her size offers significant clearance between her and the frame. His mother is a small woman but this morning she seems larger, more confident. This morning she wears a perfume that Leon has not noticed in a long time.

“Leon, baby. The wait will be longer if you’re sitting there all day watching for the car.”…

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