Nov/Dec 2018 • Vol. XL No. 6 Fiction |

A Great Dad

Cliff pushes open the door to TGI Fridays with his body, and the cool air smacks him like a blessing. Outside, that Virginia sun, all fire hot and disrespectful, shaped something of a heart of sweat on the back of his white T-shirt. The new hostess stands up front in her red and white, her hair long and pressed as such girls do. She keeps her eyes down on the menus and the Clorox wipes she cleans them with. “What’s up,” Cliff says. She nods at him, but he’s past her too soon to confirm if she smiled. Probably did, though. He did twenty push-ups before he left his apartment. He always does push-ups before he goes to see Dolores. It’s payday and Cliff’s daughter’s birthday, and this coincidence, too, is a blessing. He’s just stopping by Fridays to pick up his check. He’ll take it to the Cashland on Jefferson and find a nice gift from the Toys “R” Us to bring to the barbecue, and there, he’ll work the grill while Dolores ices cupcakes, and the baby will

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