I have a fondness for Mobius: A Journal of Social Change (they published my short story, “The Yearbook,” after all), so I occasional peruse the fiction there. In “Additives” by Paul K. Binford a boy is working on the carburetor of a go-cart.
“It gave me an excuse to invade my father’s territory. It gave me a reason to ask for his help. It was my effort to crack the grimness on the face that was part of my father’s generation. Actually, I didn’t much care if the engine started up or not. I wanted his attention, his help with something neutral, in the middle between my raw emotional needs and the too-cool dentist.”
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