#1 Best Literary Fiction 2015 – #fridayfiction
His daddy had laughed. “In time. When I’m an old man, you’ll have to carry my weight along with your own.”
As a boy Benjamin couldn’t envision the possibility of such a thing. Back then he’d seen his daddy and mama as two towers of strength, forces so powerful they woke the sun in the morning and pulled the moon into place at night. They’d been the makers of his world; now he struggled to be half what they’d been. Coming to grips with the thought that he could one day be walking in Otis’ shoes, Benjamin gave a heartfelt sigh. He stood, went to the well, drew a bucket of icy cold water, and handed a cupful to Otis.
“Daddy,” he said nostalgically, “remember when…”