We called Mason Goodrich Thompson III, “Shorty.” He was 6’5” and you couldn’t miss him in a crowd at the Montgomery County fair, even if you were blind. He stood out.
Mason came back from Korea with a set of skills; he could make anything explode. When the church went up in smoke and those poor kids in the choir were set ablaze, the police, the silent newspaper reporters, the whole town knew who did it. But Mason never stood trial, at least not in my lifetime. Worked at the Cadillac dealership, selling brand new Caddys his whole life—like nothing happened. Made a pile of money. So much money, people said his wife had seven different nannies.
One for each day of the week.
Brad Rose was born and raised in southern California and lives in Boston. His book of poetry and micro fiction, Pink X-Ray, will be available from Big Table Publishing in Spring, 2015. Brad’s poetry and fiction have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Posit, The Baltimore Review, San Pedro River Review, Off the Coast, Third Wednesday, Boston Literary Magazine, Right Hand Pointing, and other publications. His chapbook of miniature fiction, Coyotes Circle the Party Store, can be read online.
Lead image: “Cadillac” (via Flickr user pyntofmyld)