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Casualty of a Parking Lot Injustice

Lynn Kennison

I circled the shopping mall five times before finding an open spot close enough to the mall entrance, I wouldn’t need an umbrella for the impending storm. I waited patiently as a mother of two small boys stuffed her shopping bags into the trunk of her car and then struggled to get her rambunctious little ones strapped in.

Being a mother and having raised two boys close in

age myself, I could empathize. The pressure of knowing someone is watching while you pretend that you have complete and utter control of the situation can be somewhat nerve-racking. My boys loved an audience, and it seems her two, undoubtedly, posses the same wild gene. While she was coaxing her two young ones into submission, I noticed a teenaged boy walking through the parked cars as he chatted away on his cell phone with his hoody was pulled tightly over his head— I guess anticipating the coming rain as well. Once they were in, the mother looked back and gave an apologetic waive. I smiled and gave her an understanding nod. She started her car and proceeded to back out as expected. What I hadn’t expected, was the obstacle suddenly standing in the parking spot. The teenaged boy, wearing the hoody and mobile device stuck to his ear, blocked my immediate entrance. At first I was confused, but then my thoughts suddenly became crowded with obscenities when I realized this boy was presumably holding my parking spot for someone. Sure enough, a moment later, an obnoxious humming noise caught my attention as the source zoomed up the lane behind me. Appearing in my rearview mirror was a bright neon green and purple car. It looked more like an absurd

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The Fine Line Issue 3  

The Fine Line presents its third compilation of art, fiction and poetry by contributors Francis Raven, Michael Young, Dorothee Lang, Raj Sha...

The Fine Line Issue 3  

The Fine Line presents its third compilation of art, fiction and poetry by contributors Francis Raven, Michael Young, Dorothee Lang, Raj Sha...

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