by Patricia J. Hale
It's my fault. If I hadn't been working late and I'd disciplined him more, he wouldn't have done it. He does drop things, but I could have stopped it. Shane was only six years old! I should have been there. If I had been, he wouldn't have knocked over his father's beer bottle and his father wouldn't have accidentally beaten him to death.
Patricia J. Hale, author of To Die For, has had stories published in Powder Burn Flash, Flashshot, Flash Pan Alley, MicroHorror and Fictional Musings. She writes because she can’t stop herself. Her husband can’t stop her either. Visit her here (especially with paying gigs).