Where it had once felt cold and unfamiliar, the metal of the gun is warm against his hands. He traces the curves of the barrel back toward the hammer, and turns it over slowly, rocking the cylinder in place, wondering how many bullets it still holds. Knowing it can be no more than four.

From where he sits on the floor beneath the window, he can hear Mrs. Shepherd calling to him. She’s coming down the hall toward his room — the one at the end, away from the others.

“Mr. Adams?” she says, knocking on his shut door with…

Joseph White

Writer, small-time podcaster who spent six years in sports talk radio and local TV news. @JoeWhiteNTS, Shoe Money Podcast [writerjosephwhite.com]

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