By Scott William Carter
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High above them, he heard rain tapping on the roof. " Jack squeezed his son's small fingers. He did not know if he could go through with this. It would be much easier to talk about the stars and the planets. He could talk about Saturn's rings. He could talk about Jupiter's moons. These were facts -- knowable, comforting, and easy. He could talk about these things and then they could go home. "It's all right," he said. " The boy squirmed in his seat, his pants rustling against the vinyl. " "I know.
I told you, the equipment--" "I'll pay you the ticket price and give you twenty bucks. " This made the clerk pause. He pursed his lips, then shook his head. "I could lose my job, sir. Look, the stuff is broken. " "That's all right," Jack said. " Jack swallowed. He hated how the events of his life had conspired to bring him to this point, when he had to share the intimate details of his own pain with this stupid kid who had probably never suffered, who had never known loss or pain, who could not possibly understand why it was so important that Jack take his son inside.
We won't stay long," he said. The kid nodded. " Jack led Travis down the carpeted isle, taking a pair of seats somewhere in the middle. They had no sooner sat down when the kid shut the door, sealing them in darkness. Jack was sure that usually there were at least lights along the aisle, but the clerk had left them off. The darkness was so complete that Jack could not see his hand in front of his face, nor his son sitting next to him. High above them, he heard rain tapping on the roof. " Jack squeezed his son's small fingers.
A Dark Planetarium by Scott William Carter