31 January 2008
Richard's "Gentleman's Agreement"
"Gentleman's Agreement" is the story of a boy who breaks the family car's windshield and is threatened with a dire punishment by his father. His father then goes off to fight a forest fire, and the boy is left alone to fend for himself and try to keep from getting in trouble. Place is never specified, though the way it's described I imagine it as some decrepit town in the Florida panhandle. It's all sort of distorted, seen as it is through the eyes of a little kid, yet completely believable. The ending is unexpected, and manages to be both sweet and creepy at the same time.