Mid-Life Crisis Narrative

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I watched another man having a mid-life crisis, pull out of the Novak car dealership across the street in a silver convertible. My uncle ran that dealership. I scanned my dad’s car lot; the cars were much older with red numbers written on the windshields, and they were Hondas rather than BMWs. Dad was having an intense phone call in the dimly lit back office. From where I sat at the desk, I could hear snippets of the conversation that filtered through the gap through the door.
“How long… here?” Dad said.
I had no homework, so I swiveled around on my chair, and watched my dad bite his nails as he talked.
“No … get the money… just…” Dad caught my eye, and gave me a look that made me turn around again.
Then I heard the door click shut behind me.
After a while Dad’s phone call ended, and he walked out of
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“Fine, I got an A- in math,” I shrugged.
“Well that’s fantastic.”
“Jack, You know your uncle was good at math in school too,” Nana said.
“Yup, he was regular smart ass,” Dad said.
“Dennis,” Uncle James said tightly.
Dad smirked at him. “Shall we eat?”
Uncle James gave a sharp nod, and pulled an office chair over. “Mum this looks amazing.”
“You boys make me feel like I’m Gordon Ramsey or something,” Nana giggled.
I grabbed a sandwich and started to eat.
“Isn’t this nice? We never have lunch together anymore. Dennis what’s new with you?” Nana asked.
“I’m working on a big deal,” Dad said between bites.
I stopped chewing.
“Is it going to cost me money?” Uncle James asked.
“No. I don’t need your help.”
“Well don’t send a bill to me later. I won’t pay it this time,” Uncle James said.
“I’m fine. This deal is foolproof,” Dad said, wiping his fingers on his jeans.
“Nothing in business is foolproof, Dennis,” Uncle James said.
“This is. And it’s going to turn everything around for me. Just you wait.”
“Ookay,” Uncle James said.
Dad spent the rest of lunch smiling a little too widely to be
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