He was a block away when the tower came down. He pulled over and watched the dust roll down the street. His wife was visiting her sister in Baltimore. Not only did he have to take orders from his father nine to five, now he would have to move back with his parents. He had ideas — he just needed a break or two, and his life would be different. His wife would find someone else. He u-turned and headed down the avenue, past the fire trucks and police cars, the sirens blaring, the red lights flashing in the darkness.
Jeffrey Hantover is a writer living in New York. His work appeared in the Spring/Summer 2020 issue of The Centifictionist. His novel, The Jewel Trader of Pegu, was a Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” and a Borders “Original Voices” selection, and an Independent Book Sellers BookSense pick. Twitter: @DrJWords.