COUGH DROPS • by Darren Cormier

“They aren’t candy, you know?”

“Yeah, I know.” His son stared at him, a smile like mischief. “Can I have one?”

He stared back, a swallowed grin banging at the back of his throat. “Yeah, you can have one.” The rest of their lives mapped out. “Just one.”

Darren Cormier lives and works in the Boston area. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. His work has appeared in Opium Magazine, Meetinghouse, Amoskeag, and will appear in the April 2011 issue of Arch Literary Journal. Some of his favorite words are mellifluous, onomatopoeia, and loquacious. His most used words are not fit for a family publication.

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