May 9th, 2010 -- "The Eclipse Party"

In the backyard, under the constellation hood, some of the town's families peered in the heat through homemade sunshades. Through the pinholes, a reflection of the blocked sun vibrated in dim shade in the backs of the cardboard boxes. Some people had fans. Most had the day off. Boys in large sunglasses and welder masks lit the fuses of secret fireworks. Fathers held hands over their brows. Sweaty feet in sweaty socks. Bright, shiny faces and strained smirks. Heat and blown out fields of dry grass. The weekend wouldn't last long.


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