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Thomas H. Mcneely


Snow, Houston, 1974

Winter 2002 | Fiction

Through the window next to his bed, Buddy watched his father build a wire cage to house a light bulb to keep the bougainvillea bush warm. The weatherman had warned that it would get down to the 20's that night, a record low for Houston. As usual, Buddy's father had appeared after the ten o'clock news, and Buddy waited for him to pass beneath the back porch light, his white lab coat like a ghost. Now, he knelt in the back yard, steam puffing out from the hood of his heavy jacket.