16 minutes | Jan 29, 2021

Episode 02: “Doing Donuts in an ’87 Mustang 5.0, After My Homie Chris Gets Broken Up With” - Michael Torres

“Doing Donuts in an ’87 Mustang 5.0, After My Homie Chris Gets Broken Up With” was first published in The Offing, October 2019. For more of Michael Torres’s work, visit michaeltorreswriter.com.Doing Donuts in an ’87 Mustang 5.0, After My Homie Chris Gets Broken Up WithI want to argue for the stars but I find them missingthrough this window splattered with mud. Tonight,I sit shotty and do not ask Chris if he’s okay. This isthe kind of loyalty I know—how the Mustangmakes eights across a soccer field. I run my handover pennies Pepsi-ed to the center console. That photo of his ex still blocks the speedometer and the nextfew years of his life have already begun to carve a cave. I pluck pennies into my palm. It doesn’ttake long for this story to burn through the field.The safety belt shocks my collar. Chris turns and aims for a gate without easing off the gas. I yell Fuck it to whatever I can’t hear him say. And isn’t that whyI’m here?—to watch chain-links swell in his headlights. I disappear the pennies with my fist.
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