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Knowing Better

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.

6S

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).

7 comments:

Leatherdykeuk said...

Ouch!

Lisa M said...

So true it hurts.

Patricia J. Hale said...

Thank you for your comments. Great being here at 6S, Rob

Baby Island said...

Bleak and tragic.

Stephanie said...

Fundamentally awful and brilliant.

austere said...

the last line shook me up.

Patricia J. Hale said...

Thank you for sharing your reactions, they are very much appreciated!