Two brothers begin to iron out their new reality after their fathers death.
|Abdication by Ironworker aka Dayna 300 words Submitted for the Daily Flash contest 6-1/19
Jasper and Daniel King inherited the Monarch a small bar, their father started in Atlanta and after the funeral guests left they sat down to talk.
“So, what's on your mind? said Daniel, bald, poured a fresh glass of Jack straight for both of them pulled over a chair to sit across from him. Jasper the elder brother, bearded, loosened his tie opened his collar and set aside his computer. He took a deep breath as though the air had thinned. Daniel sipping his drink watched, rolled his eyes and said,
“OK, just what kind of mess are you putting on the table now?”
“Alright... We're Vicky and I are moving to Arizona.” said Daniel
Jasper steadied his drink and glanced at the floor.
“I took the position at the Allied Corporation.” Daniel continued.
“What... What are you saying? Jasper sighed, We finally got the Bar and now--”
“I know but--.”
“But what? Where's this coming from?” Jasper was frowning.
“Don't act like this is coming out of the blue.” said Daniel.
Jasper glance bounced about the room, rubbing his mouth as he stared out a window, to their side, into the backyard as their children played together.
There was silence.
And for a moment only the horn of a distant freight train could be heard.
“Uh hu, so your going to run off again to live your... dream.”, Jasper lamented.
“What... later for you little brother.”
Leaning forward to gain all his brothers full attention. “If you can't handle it, say so.”
Jasper, staring him back, said, “The bar will be fine.” "I just thought....”
Daniel sat back deep into the couch and took his first drink saying, “Jasper!-- I'm only a phone call away.”
There was peace and for a while they watched their children play in the light of the new day.