Flash Fiction #102 (Exactly 102 Words): Cosmetic Concerns

One day for no reason, Tommy Durbin doused his six-year-old son Jason with gasoline and set him on fire. Jason survived but with third-degree burns over almost all his body. His father hanged himself with a bedsheet in prison while awaiting trial. Today, three decades later, Jason still lives with his mother. They “Amen” like fanatics every Sunday at the Baptist megachurch. He earns minimum wage as a stocker at the hardware store, has never had sex or even held hands with anyone, and for the last five years has considered having his teeth straightened. So even he has cosmetic concerns, buddy.

Copyright © 2021 by David V. Matthews

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