C.M. Chapman is a graduate of the low-residency MFA program at West Virginia Wesleyan College, where he is the McKinney Teaching Fellow for 2016-17. His work has appeared in Cheat River Review, Dark Mountain in the U.K., Limestone, and the anthology, So It Goes: A Tribute to Kurt Vonnegut. He was a finalist in the 2015 Curt Johnson Prose Awards. His chapbook, Music and Blood will be published this fall by Latham House Press. For more info see: www.cmchapman.net and on Facebook.
Now, when the neighbors saw Tommy pedaling down the sidewalk toward them, he was accompanied by Buddy, who, despite his friendly name, could still remind people of an angry, metallic dinosaur, a flesh-eating titanium pterodactyl. It’s to be certain that Tommy’s voluminous questions received much more thoughtful replies.