The old man took his daughter and grandson on a ride through the park, past the church, and around his old high school. He regaled them with stories of football, track, singing, plays, teachers, coaches, parents and grandparents.
He drove them onto a nearby street, past the duplex, made a U-turn and drove by it again. He remained quiet. The car felt different in the silence. His daughter and grandson said not a word.
He knew, and had they been listening, they would have known.
Thomas Elson’s short stories have appeared in Calliope, Pinyon, Lunaris Journal, The Selkie, The New Ulster, The Lampeter, Blood & Bourbon, Pennsylvania Literary Journal, and Adelaide Literary Magazine.