It’s only taken me 10 years but I finally finished Part 2 of the “St. Margaret of Antioch” episode of the Sister Mary Martha’s Martyrology web series. I edited Part 2 myself using iMovie, so it’s a little rough around the edges technically, but the cast and crew did an amazing job.
Watch Episode 3, Part 1 first so you can get up to speed with the story.
My story “Done From Memory” is in the Summer 2019 issue of The Little Patuxent Review. Here’s an excerpt:
Done From Memory
By Peter O’Keefe
I’m building up a head of steam, angrily rehearsing my arguments for the heated confrontation that will occur as soon as my brother returns. On his way to the restroom, he handed the waiter his gold American Express card, simply assuming I didn’t have the money to pay my share, embarrassing me in front of all these people. Then I realize, I have no idea who these people are. And my brother . . . my brother Dennis died of AIDS in 1986.
Startled awake after yet another impossibly lucid dream, I attempt to reconstruct my final waking argument with my brother. It ended in a midtown restaurant with me, sputtering in inchoate rage, lurching to my feet and throwing a twisted clump of bills onto the table. What I cannot remember is the specific spark that set me off. It may have been a casual comment about something I was wearing, a dig about my temp typist job, a suggestion on the proper way to order, or nothing more than a smile misinterpreted as a smirk. It wouldn’t have taken much. I was floundering in New York, in my marriage, and in life as I stormed out of that restaurant, our food not yet even served. The anger that propelled me down the sidewalk was a corrosive mixture of resentment, self-pity, frustration, and loss. It was, I thought, the final break between us.