What matters is how, halfway over, Fynn looks back at us, then ahead again, and says to no one, or everyone, or maybe just to Sara:. Fynn is the palest of us, lighter even than Mum; blond all the way to his eyelashes, the only one who crisps up in the sun.
He looks adopted. A thing we all know but know better than to say. Do I make it through childhood without staking every possible biological claim on the man who calls us both my beloved savage? Does my brother find some spiteful way of getting even, of undermining my full-bloodedness? He never does. Maybe he never feels the need to. Fynn takes these pissing contests for what they are. In actual pissing contests, there is no competition, and really no point. He gets halfway to the bougainvillea tumbling over the top of the fence, while I try no hands not to dribble on my runners.
At the deepest point of the crossing, the ocean reaches my lower lip, and I hold on to Mum. Feel my feet levitate from the shell grit below. Become cargo swinging from her strong gold shoulder, safe in her smell of coconut oil and warm bread as she pushes on towards the island. When the raft breaks apart, Fynn keeps his word, and Sara scrambles up from the wreckage to ride his bony shoulders, her little grabby starfish hands clenching fistfuls of his tawny hair.
It must hurt badly, his face like a cheap rubber mask of itself, but he says nothing while trying to shepherd pieces of the debris ahead of himself. Waves slap at his face, trying to get in through his mouth and nose.
He screws his eyes shut, snorts water, while higher up Sara sings, oblivious, her stubby little feet hooked under his wrists. Hey mate, Dad offers, I can take her. There are no photographs of this day. Mum dropped the disposable QuickSnap crossing back to the mainland, and though we groped and kicked around no one turned it up. Fynn stumbling through the breakers with Sara, delivering her safely to the dry sand and waiting until Mum had led her off to squeak into some penguin burrows before he doubled over and gushed out all that swallowed seawater into a patch of saltbrush.
Fiery stinger marks striped his quaky legs. Or else his funeral. Possibly both—as with a certain kind of suit, it seems workable for either occasion. Trying to wrest my brother back from what local mythology has made of him.
Careless Idiot at best. Murderer at worst. Ti has been driving past those crosses at the shoulder of Highridge Road for years, since before we even met. Shedmade, white as desert-bleached bones.
Coated with a fresh layer of paint every spring, strung with teddy bears, ribbons, other sentimental lark. Trinkets refreshed each September.
If only there were some one to tell her a story. My happiness overpowers me; no one in the world can feel happier than I. Look out for cheeky appearances from other popular characters, not to mention the strategic application of a wicker chicken. What did I want with either? And what will they call? Now a veteran warrior known only as Pilgrim, armed with a fabled blade inhabited by the soul of a taunting demon, must join with six others to make the last journey to the heart of the Execration.
This is all Ti knows of my brother. Mid-century harpsichord , Ti calls it, explaining how their father was a luthier when friends admire the coffee table, the only piece that makes sense with the rest of our house. After the hearing, depending on who you care to ask, Fynn either ran, slunk, snuck, crawled, choofed off, fucked off, hauled arse , or simply went to the Northern Isles of Scotland, where the Atlantic charges in to meet the North Sea, and where he got some shit-kicking work at a whisky distillery.
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There he puts in five or six shifts a week, making nothing that anyone could put his name to. I still draw sometimes, he told me once, glitchy at his end of our sole Skype attempt. His face freezing then catching up with itself. Last year Mum and Dad retired to Norfolk Island, from where Mum phones every Sunday to talk politics and weather and to ask what the hell she did wrong.
Sara is twenty-fve, working as an image and style consultant in Sydney.
Her first memories start at five, and by then Fynn was sixteen, flakey as a box of Frosties, and I was a monster. Long gone are the days when she would laugh along with whatever jokes we told, not understanding but not wanting to be left out. Just to test her, to watch her go. Fynn arrives on a Saturday morning with one duffel bag, his blondness gone to seed, hair brushing the collar of the bomber jacket he wears in spite of the January heat.
Dead pine trees still line the curb, flung out for green waste. My brother lopes across the scorched front lawn, looking even older than he did in court, older than I figured possible.
Walking taller than he wants to be, ghosting up the morning. As though six years might be too soon. I will punch him, I think. No, I will bring him in close. I will tell him. But I was thinking, To hell with it. After this long and this much silence he can manage, at least, to make his own way back here. He reminds me of those huskies that people, out of vanity or stupidity, see fit to keep as pets in this climate. I step out into the glare and grab him around the shoulders, and he stands there stiffly for a few seconds, finally relenting to the hug.
Still in the doorway he rummages through the duffel bag. Brought you a gift, he says, but he says it like geft, this new lilt in his voice. Your wedding, he says, handing over a fancy wooden booze box. Sorry I missed. Then he waves a hand to mean: Everything. It strikes me that this is what strangers do.
That this is what we are now. Inside he shucks off the bomber jacket. His skin is the bluish white of those axolotls Dad never bought us. Six summers, he explains, like an apology. A lot to make up for—mind if I go photosynthesize? Then he spends the next few hours just lying in our backyard, stripped down to his undies.
Ti will be at work a few hours yet, dislodging pieces of Lego from the throats of small stupid dogs, treating pissed-off cats for gingivitis. Some of us remember when Johnny and Dorsey had success pursuing solo careers. And when Johnny's son, Rocky Burnette Billy's younger cousin- by one month had a Top Ten hit with Tired of Towin' the Line , the publicity machine went to town explaining the derivation of the Burnette scions' fathers' genre: rockabilly. Billy explains that when he and his cousin Jonathan were toddlers, the cousins' dads, Dorsey and Johnny, wrote a song, inspired by the near fusion of their sons' nicknames, called " Rockbilly Boogie.
Billy Burnette who, like his father, was known as Dorsey- until Billy sought refuge in the nickname suggested by his middle name after too many taunts addressing him as "Dorothy" cut his first record in at age seven, courtesy of the then year-old Ricky Nelson with whom Billy shared a May 8th birthday. Pretty heady stuff, considering that Billy didn't play guitar until he was a teenager. In the series of vignettes that make up this book, Billy writes with equal candor about his big Catholic family whose members' behavior is all the proof the Vatican needs to justify the necessity of Confession.
The movie was never made, but the idea screams revisiting. While Bekka and Billy were critically-acclaimed, disappointing album sales reinforced Burnette's realization that, musically, he is as "country as Manhattan. In a book detailing lessons learned, like a cat with nine lives, Billy Burnette doesn't sweat the small stuff. He aims for a longevity denied his dad, uncle and Billy's sister, Katina , having already survived hereditary health issues in general, and a quintuple bypass in particular.
Leo's creations, the origins of which remain in historical dispute due to the competitive nature of musical inventors such as Les Paul and lesser-known guitar masters , serve as background to the larger story of the late in life romance of an indisputable music icon who was also indisputably a man of quirks and, at times, contradiction.
Fender was still a child when the farm boy lost his right eye. Disability didn't stop Leo from graduating from Fullerton Jr. College with a degree in accounting, nor from marrying fort he first time, but, as a newlywed at a time when men wanted to serve their country, Leo's blue glass eye disqualified him from military service.