story prompt: Carlo wants… what?

Uma canção de dor
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Carlo is a sentimental drunk.  Three glasses of wine and he starts with the stories,  his mother, his father, all the aunts and uncles he left behind in Romania. The family farm, the little brother who died of a brain tumor. After the fourth glass he starts singing, and the fifth? If he’s still standing, he’ll try to dance.

Sober he is all about following the rules, never overstepping, or letting anyone else overstep. Chairman of the Better Business Bureau, on the board at the hospital and the Y, fundraising for the politicians he approves of. Which is not many.  An upstanding citizen, admired by all. A very eligible bachelor.

He has a secret desire that he will never act on: