Dancing in the movies [Short stories] by Robert Boswell

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The cold air wrapped around Joey's throat like a hand.  He could no longer feel his lost feet.  "Ursa Minor," he said. "Little Bear," Owens said. They stared into a sky blistered with stars.  For my brother Ask and me, the cafe was the only source of entertainment.  He had decided to quit smoking.  Whatever the reason, he announced one day that we were leaving, and not long afterward we left.  Since her breathing problems had cleared up, my father assumed we could return.  My major concern about returning to Kentucky was that someone would dredge that name up again.

That'd explain why you chase after women," I said, happy for the chance to turn it upside down on him. " "It's time someone came out of your closet," I said. " he asked, flashing the album cover and doing a crossover step.  Wherever I was, Dee was what was missing.  Nobody was saying where Eugene might be.  They became milky and thick, moved too slow.  The kissing took me back to December, before I left, as if time were something people carried with them, the way some carried pictures. "I've been looking for you," I said.

I helped him up the hill and waited on the porch while he walked in the house and dropped the Kents on the couch next to our father.  The last time I asked my mother, she shrugged her shoulders. "Sometimes people want to be happier than anyone has a right to be," she said. And once while I was in high school and Charley was going through a tough divorce, he told me to hide his gun and not give it to him no matter how hard he asked.  We made a plan.  We saw Barbarella twice, then rode home in the dark.

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