Smoking in the girls’ room, sneaking a drink, napping
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William Giraldi is the author of the novels Busy Monsters and Hold the Dark. His next book, a memoir titled The Hero’s Body, will be published in September. A contributing editor for The New Republic and fiction editor for AGNI, he lives in Boston, Massachusetts, with his wife and two sons. Another son, tentatively named Axl, will arrive in April.
Our car climbs a hill, and as we descend, we see it: A dinosaur. A swaying beast, disappearing into the woods. There’s a car stopped on the other side of the road, its doors open. Did it stop to see the dinosaur? No. The dinosaur stopped the car. A woman stands in the road, waving her hands. We see two young girls in T-shirts and shorts but no shoes, standing together in sparkling shards of glass, screaming. Billy slams on the brakes.