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The Second Coming


Doug Ramspeck


The boy’s earliest memory is of his father beating a man nearly to death on the street outside their apartment building in West Chicago. The beating itself is a little fuzzy in the boy’s memory, but he does remember clearly—or believes he remembers—the blood on his father’s hands and shirt, the injured man on his back and moaning on the sidewalk. Apparently the man had permanent brain damage from the beating, and the boy’s father went to prison because of it.

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"The Second Coming" was originally published at Booth.