Can He Do It ?

Spitfire Roundabout by Glenn McGoldrick is a short story about coming home … maybe. The Spitfires, a utilitarian fighter aircraft from WWII had come home. Phil visited them at the roundabout that served as traffic management. Phil had come home too after a successful struggle with incipient alcoholism that had driven him away from Stockton, a place that had been his home for many years. His parents were still there and were happy that not only had Phil come home, he had secured a manager’s position at the company where he had formerly worked.

Phil hadn’t told his sister he was returning. She would have told Susan. His ex-wife still lived in the home they had together before he had driven himself away with his excessive alcohol use. Phil wanted to surprise his sister and ex-wife. Maybe the marriage could be restarted.

Maybe.

The twists in a McGoldrick short story are subtle. See if you can find the not-yet fatal flaw in this one.

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