fiction he day Freddo got hit by the car, I was standing on the front landing in my basketball shorts smoking a joint while my wife cursed at the phone company inside and the kids played in the sprinkler. I'd been staring at my neighbor Deirdre's car, an aging black Lexus, which she kept Peter Mountford Photo by John Eisenschenk immaculate. The kids had a game involving the sprinkler and a red ball and running around shrieking, and it was in the course of playing that Freddo charged out into the street in pursuit of the ball, and then I saw him, so I screamed, and the driver of the gray sedan looked at me instead of the road. The tires squeaked and the bumper smacked my child's shoulder, and I yelled and his head slammed audibly onto the pavement. My first thought was that it didn't look fatal. But I was already running to the road on the wet grass, saying, "Fuck! Fuck! Oh, my God! Fuck!" The driver started to say something as I picked Freddo up, but I was already yelling back to the girls standing, stunned and soaked, that I was taking him to
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Jan 5, 2016
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