A Distant Thunder by H. A. Covington

By H. A. Covington

Shane Ryan is a mistaken man. unsuitable race. improper gender. incorrect classification. unsuitable facet of the tracks. fallacious perspective. the USA within the close to destiny is a chilly, merciless position, specially within the hardscrabble rural Pacific Northwest. there is warfare within the center East, a revived draft, mass unemployment, an economic system completely at the skids, greed and corruption, incompetence and stupidity on the best. bad blue-collar children from the trailer park are final in line for every thing. the US has screwed Shane Ryan, and he returns the prefer. He joins the Northwest Volunteer military, a 17 november devoted to overthrowing the us executive and developing an self sustaining state. the USA is set to benefit the not easy means that what is going round, comes round.

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The show was over once Big Nig was gone. Michael Jordan has left the building. Instinctively, without even the words to explain it to myself, I understood what had happened. A black man had met a white person who was not afraid of him. A white person he couldn’t Mau Mau. Gender didn’t matter. A black meets a real white man or woman, he understands Ole Massa or in this case De Missy is back. He folds. That’s the way it works. Have you ever noticed that an animal can never look a man in the eye? That was Rooney Wingfield.

But there was something out there. Something different. Something better. There had to be. I had to find it, or I knew at some point I would go mad and die. I had to find it! From third grade on, I started spending as much time as I could in the library, alongside all the winos and homeless that used to crowd in on winter days to keep warm, pretending to read the magazines. I found a study carrel hidden away at the back of one of the stacks, and I used to stay hunched over it reading until I had to go home.

You didn’t look the other way and whistle a bit and walk into the library pretending you didn’t see or hear anything. Like I saw four other white guys from Dundee High School do, all the while that whole stupid mess was going on just now. Instead, you came towards me. You came over here. You marched to the sound of the guns. That’s what white men do. The old kind, anyway. ” “I didn’t see a gun,” I said. “Never mind, that’s just an old saying. I’m Rooney Wingfield. ” “I’m Shane Ryan,” I replied.

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