Toby, the backhoe operator, was the first to see bones that day but he swore he never told anyone. No one but his priest. When Toby assured Ace Scanlin of this a year after the job, Ace casually asked, “Who’s your priest, Tob?”
*First published November 2012.
“I’m just kidding Ace. It’s a figure of speech,” he knew he should stop talking but kept going because Ace always made him nervous. “The confessional is private. You never know which priest it is and they don’t know who you are.” He was betting on the fact that Ace Scanlin had never set foot in a confessional. Or a church for that matter.
At his daughter’s wedding later that year Toby noticed Ace staring at Father John and felt a sudden wave of nausea. When the priest died of an apparent heart attack three days later, Toby told Ace. He didn’t seem surprised. On the contrary, Toby thought he saw him smile.
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