After So Long

This illustration is by Philip Isard based on a short story by Michael Daly


Stuart took a yellowed photograph of himself at six-years-old from his briefcase. He passed it through the wicket to the desk sergeant who pushed up his glasses.

“I’d like to file a missing person’s report, please.”

“Do you have a more recent picture?”

Stuart produced his driver’s license. The officer looked unimpressed.

“You’re joking.”

“Absolutely not, Officer,” sighed Stuart, “He’s been missing for a long time. I need him back.”

That night he was sleepless again.