"You've made a mess of this, Paul," I stammered out, coughing a bit, "What the hell is this?"
"It's ginger ale. You're coming with me tonight."
I could see it all rolled out in front of me. Pity. Kindness. Friendship.
"No." I rose to leave.
"You'll come, or you'll never darken the doorstep here again."
Read all of it at Sippican Cottage and then buy his book of short stories.