LEONARD THE LIAR excerpt

Nicholas Gagnier

FVR Publishing

Twenty-four years passed before my daughter broached the origins of her given name.

I was confident, as most young parents are, the question would have come up much sooner. I thought- as she passed through the annals of adolescence, trying to hide joints in her school bag and dated boys (many of whom were of questionable character)- that she would pause a moment and look across the kitchen table, hazel burning holes in my morning paper and ask the inevitable.

“Dad?” I imagined she would say, somehow able to break the lone syllable in two and suggest the second half belonged to a higher octave.

“Yes, honey?”

“Why Skylar? Was there any point to it? Did Mom, like, find it in a baby name book or something?”

But the questions never came. When I looked over my paper, she would be avoiding my gaze, eyes swimming in the cereal bowl…

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Author: Kindra M. Austin

Author of fiction, poetry, and very sweary social commentary. Editor and writer for Sudden Denouement, Whisper and the Roar, and Blood Into Ink. Founder of One for Sorrow. Founding member of Indie Blu(e).

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