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A Life and Death

     When my father was in the hospital we talked mostly about sports. He was not much of a sports fan really, but he knew his soccer inside out, from the premier leagues to the less than premier leagues; from English football to the World Cup. He was a storyteller before he was a sportsman, and like any good storyteller he repeated himself. Consequently I heard stories I had heard before; how at the beach at Arromanches, he and another youngster left the deck of HMS Dido and waded toward shore, armed with metal shears to snip the chains holding the mines in place. He was sixteen years old, having lied about his age to enter the Royal Navy. He and his colleague were taking fire from shore. My father was trying to get his colleague to laugh, but he would have nothing to do with it. "Don't you dare try to make me laugh, Albert, you bleeder."

Currently a PhD candidate in the humanities at York University, PETER UNWIN is the author of numerous books, stories, essays, and poems. His latest novel, Searching For Petronius Totem, is published by Freehand Books. His story collection Life Without Death was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two daughters.

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