by Sinmisola Ogúnyinka
Kathryn with a “K.”
She lived on the ranch across the river and only came out of the house when she went for long walks with a golden retriever with fur three shades lighter than her hair. Jonathan vowed he would become better than his family when Kathryn stepped out of her big house dressed for the junior prom—a date to a Junior, the corky Lambert “Lam”, a banker’s son. He could wipe off the silly grin on Lam’s face as he walked Kathryn to his father’s car. His was beaten and battered on the sides because Lam was a careless driver and his banker father stingy.
He blew steam on the lenses of his binoculars and resumed his stalking.
“I will be a writer,” he reiterated what he told Uncle Mac, who prided in being the only one in the family to get through high school unscathed by drugs and bad friends, just days earlier.
“You learn to fish like your father first,” Mac growled.
Not because he was mean but nothing he ever said came out nice.
“I will never fish like my father,” Jonathan said, convinced this peasant life wasn’t for a man who hoped to take Kathryn off Lam’s side.
They may both live in the beautiful neighborhoods, but Jonathan lived right across the river, and he’d watched Kathryn since he was six and she, four. Twelve years, and still counting, because he would be a writer even if his home-schooling went south!
To make a name and a fame. To prove Kathryn’s family wrong. Nothing wrong with being born across the river.
Because one day, he would cross that river and stand on those steps, and Kathryn would step out and on to his arms to go on a date with him.
About the Author
Sinmisola Ogúnyinka is a pastor’s wife, mother, writer and movie producer, and the published author of Under a Red Delta Sun and Blue Dawn. She has a bachelor’s in Economics, an MFA in Creative Writing and is a Craftsman of Jerry B. Jenkins’ former Christian Writers’ Guild. She lives with her family in Philadelphia, PA.
You can read Sinmisola’s “Flash Fiction” column on the 4th Tuesday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.