Dear Davey,

You probably don’t remember, but you were pretty upset at me for leaving for South America.  I was flattered, but I’ll be just fine.

Listen, I’d be upset, too.  Smartest guy in the house, but do they listen?  Banana oil, says I.

But that was years ago, and I have no doubt that everything has changed for the hundredth time.  Can’t write long; plane is boarding soon.  But read this well:

There will be times when you feel all alone.  You’re not.  No matter what, I will always believe in you.  Davey, I’m alone in this world. But when I’m with you, I feel like I have a brother.  Yep.  Not son or nephew, but brother.

I’ll always be on your side, and I will see you again.  No matter what happens, I will see you again.


Ah, what the hell…



PS — You owe me a Burke Devlin Special, so keep the ice out!



2 Comments on “344”

  1. Bahia Mapes June 12, 2013 at 7:56 pm #

    Heartbreaking, but the perfect end to the Devlin letters. Bravo!

    • therealmccray June 12, 2013 at 8:51 pm #

      That one was one that I had planned from the very start and was nearly impossible to write. For the most part, those pieces have come from friends who have died or things I’ve heard other friends say in and around funerals.

      It’s impossible to tell what the long-term effects were on David. Either he went into deep denial and favored his father, or he took after his Uncle Quentin. In the case of the latter, he’s still in South America. Still looking. Never giving up hope. But I have a feeling that he will one day find him. I hope he does.

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