Fall 1991 • Vol. XIII No. 4 Fiction |

A Death in the Family

                                       for my Uncle In 1945, the day Margaret Hill turned nine years old, her mother was murdered. A hit-and-run, the constable called it. Lily was crossing the street in town when a car closed down on her, running over her, then running out of town. Hit-and-run. The white men in uniforms brought her mother's body to the house she shared with Uncle Douglas and Delilah, her grandmother. Limbs twisted and broken, face covered in blood, Lily was unrecognizable from the mother Margaret had loved with all the passion a nine-year-old could feel. Uncle sobbed and raged over the body of his younger sister. He told the men in uniform he'd kill the driver of the car if he ever found him. The men looked embarrassed and uneasy, anxious to get away from the display of emotion that emanated from Uncle, like hot wires that snaked and danced in the aftermath of a storm. "Take it

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