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Mama surveys a bent fork, left on the table.
“Your father’s too strong,” she says, laughing. Her laughter cracks.
I pick it up.
Some fathers look for new jobs, have no luck. Yell. Others drink. Others twist things. They bend and bend, until you wish they yelled.
I twist and bend. And again. Mom watches, once bright hazel eyes weary. I think she hopes I can restore the fork’s grace. Leave no visible trace. But my fingers are as thin as French fries. Dad’s are bulbous.
“I’m sorry, Mama.”
“It looks wonderful.” She hugs me.
Some things can’t be unbent.
Yash Seyedbagheri is a graduate of Colorado State University's MFA fiction program. His stories, "Soon,” “How To Be A Good Episcopalian,” and "Tales From A Communion Line," have been nominated for Pushcarts. Yash’s work has been published in The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Write City Magazine, and Ariel Chart, among others.