Mar/Apr 2015 • Vol. XXXVII No. 2 Fiction |

A Prerogative

Ehrlich was not an unhappy man. It had been an easy morning commute, the Pacific air rinsed clean by an early rain. A cheerful few hours at his desk, all good news, even the stock market up, and his day had moved peacefully along through a clear spring afternoon. A cancelled appointment,—no more meetings—why lean over the flat screen, read e-mail when he had been so obviously beckoned to obey the impulse? Leave early—get out of the office! Thirty-five years in the navy, retired or not, he had earned the right to exercise a little prerogative, and damned if he would give it up to satisfy a civilian job where nothing mattered except someone else's profit. Screw em—take that quick slide home. See if you can get the roses trimmed. His wife would be pleased. But nothing is ever that easy. On the ramp up to the bay bridge, traffic muscled in and slowed him to a walk. Probably a stalled vehicle. Maybe one of those drivers who find themselves too alarmed to continue, so high abo

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Rolf Yngve is a former captain in the US Navy whose stories were first published and anthologized in the 1970’s. Best credit: Best American Short Stories, 1979. More recent work appears in Glimmer Train, Indiana Review, Fifth Wednesday, and others. He holds an MFA in fiction from Warren Wilson, was a 2012 MacDowell Fellow, and was awarded a 2014 Bread Loaf Bakeless Camargo Fellowship.

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