The boy who beat my son is two grades older, many pounds heavier, with a dragon tattoo running down his right leg. I’ve seen it on Facebook. He has three friends he leaves with at lunch to smoke back behind the dumpster at 7/11. No pals are around now. He looks surprised, and then he doesn’t. “Here,” I say, landing the first blow, “this is what it feels like.”
Len Kuntz is a writer from Washington State, USA. His work appears widely in print and online. He’s also an editor at the online lit journal Metazen. You can find him at http://lenkuntz.blogspot.com.