Thomas didn't answer. He had, in fact, booked the trip after his sister found him curled up in the tub at his new apartment, shivering under a shower that had run cold. She called her husband, a self-styled amateur psychologist with a graduate degree in botany, and the two of them staged an intervention.
Refe Tuma is a Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize nominated writer with stories and essays in The New York Times, Necessary Fiction, the Wigleaf Top 50 Long List, and elsewhere. Refe’s first book, What The Dinosaurs Did Last Night, will be published by Little, Brown and Co. on October 28, 2014. Refe goes by @RefeUp on Twitter if you’d like to say hi. Extra points for correct pronunciation (reef).