“The Fireline” is a story I originally wrote four or five years ago. I was reading a lot of Freud and Marcuse at the time and the piece ballooned to a linked 10,000 word long story, and went nowhere. A couple months ago, I take a hack-axe to it and came up with the 1000 or words you’re going to go click to right now (right?) Convenient clickable linky
“We’re going to do it,” Silas said. “With or without your say-so.”
Pa scrabbled down the roof and leaped off the eave, coming up spry as a jackrabbit. He strode within a pace of them. The boys stepped back.
“Is it true, Lord?” Pa said. “Did I raise up a pack of back-talking hellions?”