Guns and Wings

by Elaine Thomas

Two young men, boys really, compete for a pretty girl, who doesn’t love either of them. Their fight escalates, as such small-town matters can, until the actual use of actual guns in the parking lot of a local fast-food place that specializes in chicken wings. As both young men thankfully recover in the town’s hospital, one gains enough insight and mobility to roll in a wheelchair down to the other’s room. He sticks out an open palm, saying, “I’ve been a damn fool.” “Me, too,” the other concedes. He takes and shakes the extended hand of a friend.


Elaine Thomas lives and writes in Wilmington, NC.