Mama said (rough draft)

When I turned 16, My Mama was to come into some money. I knew it, Daddy knew it, Uncle Rodney knew it. Hell, the way she talked the whole bar knew it.

“Ten THOUSAND dollars!” she’d bray to anyone in hearing distance.

Well they heard. My daddy became a widow at 45. He was coming into some money too, but it weren’t no 10,000$.

Daddy said he was innocent, that policy was taken out years ago! He swore up and down he’d checked that pilot light. But you could see the explosion clear across the trailer park.

Uncle Rodney took me in and I prayed every night. I knew my Daddy was innocent. I just hoped that the police didn’t know.

Daddy wasn’t the only one who knew about propane.


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