My short story The Long Leash is available directly from Amazon for the Kindle. Mrs. Latrode has taken her son to a city park to spare him the trauma of attending his uncle’s funeral. Always careful to keep him safe, she keeps little Joey tethered on a cable leash as he plays out of sight behind some bushes. But death stalks a peaceful park as easily as a cemetery, as mother and son soon find out.
“The leash cable tugged at her right hand, bending sharp around the wood slats of the bench and quivering in the air as it disappeared into a sprawling, unkempt hedge. Beyond the opacity of leaves and stems, a child giggled.
“‘Excuse me for one moment, Midge.’ Mrs. Latrode buried the phone in her fuzzy scarf. ‘Jo-ey,’ she called, stretching the syllables into a melody, ‘what are you up to back there?’