You may have come across D.T. Buffkin in one iteration or another over his 20 years in the San Antonio arts community. Perhaps you caught his piano-blues band The Bad Breath at the Esquire Tavern a decade ago, or you have seen his classic country cover band The Texases at a local honky tonk, benefit or gala. Or maybe you saw him leading a group including Augie Meyers and Flaco Jimenez for his 2018 solo album release, or read one of his pieces when he was the music editor for the San Antonio Current. Buffkin has recently finished a cycle of short stories with the unifying theme of betrayal and its many forms and he is currently working on a novel in which three exiled prisoners spend their last years together digging their own graves, reminiscing on their lives, the joys and perils of existence, and awaiting their executions.
An unnamed soldier lies in a hospital bed recovering from an attack that has left him blind in one eye and with no right arm. He befriends a sympathetic nurse and between morphine doses the two develop a special relationship in which they share secrets and, with her help, the soldier writes a bittersweet and poignant letter to a former lover who is imprisoned in the Angola State Prison for an unnamed crime. Upon his release he returns home to pick up the pieces of his shattered life and to find an unforeseen surprise waiting for him.