FIRE HAZARD by Patrick McNeil • Cleaver Magazine
Hot, back in the corner of the coat closet you find it, right where you knew it would be. Pull it out with both hands, it’s a lot heavier than you expected. Dad said never to touch it, but who knows when he’s coming back this time and what else are you supposed to do on a day like this? Show it to your sister, how it gleams in the light let in through the screen door. Stand it up, it comes up to her chin. “Dad’s giant wrench. Can I hold it?” Laugh at her. “It’s bigger than you are.” “So are you, but I could still toss you.”