Able Motivators

By Eric McKinley
100 words

We took walks around your parents' development. On one of them, we got to talking about family. It was an October evening at dusk. You said you wanted me to be your children's father.

"They'll have the best vocabularies."

"Yeah," I said. "But they might be too quiet to speak up."

You disagreed.

"Well I think our son could grow up to be President."

We never had that son. You sacrificed your children, their words. Now, they'll sound like the rest, with their "likes" and "totallys." I hope money and fear were able motivators. Because your parents are missing out.

Eric McKinley is a Philadelphian. He is a former public defender in the former most dangerous city in America, Camden, New Jersey. Now, Eric is an MFA in Fiction Candidate at Rosemont College, slightly reducing the likelihood that he'll get stabbed. He writes a story every now and again. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Aurelian Literary Journal, The Battered Suitcase, apt, Conceit Magazine, Forge, and Faraway Journal.His work and other nutritious items can be found at www.ericmckinleyfiction.com

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