By John Birmingham
A superb tale within the The Disappearence trilogy. A "What if" tale of the chilly War… a small piece of trade heritage of the interval instructed through a biography of 1 of its avid gamers, Lieutenant department McKinnon, an adventurer in a distinct post-WWII international of yank isolationism.
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If she called the authorities — even a doctor or an ambulance — they’d find the bullet wound, and then they’d demand the rifle, and Toby would be in trouble as the daughter of an admitted lawbreaker — one who’d owned a forbidden weapon. That would be the least of it. They might accuse her of murder. After what seemed hours, she forced herself to move. In the garage, she tried not to look too closely. She wrapped what was left of her father in a blanket, then in plastic heavy-duty garbage bags, sealed him with duct tape, and buried him under the patio stones.
Do I still believe this? Toby wonders. Everything is different up close. The rooftop has some planters, their ornamentals running wild; it has a few fake-wood benches. It used to have a sun canopy for cocktail hour, but that’s been blown away. Toby sits on one of the benches to survey the grounds. She lifts her binoculars, scanning from left to right. The driveway, with its lumirose borders, untidy now as frayed hairbrushes, their purple glow fading in the strengthening light. The western entrance, done in pink adobe-style solarskin, the snarl of tangled cars outside the gate.
If he’d been nothing but practical he’d have marched into the hospital with the divorce papers, the way a lot of men did when something too debilitating and expensive struck their wives. Left her mother to be tossed out onto the street. Stayed solvent. Instead, he’d spent all their money. Toby wasn’t much for standard religion: none of her family had been. They’d gone to the local church because the neighbours did and it would have been bad for business not to, but she’d heard her father say — privately, and after a couple of drinks — that there were too many crooks in the pulpit and too many dupes in the pews.
A Captain of the Gate (The Disappearence) by John Birmingham