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Part II ..

*****

most nights after

cleaning the

kitchen

he joined her in the

t.v. room even though he

hated

that goddamned

western

channel …

…..

he usually curled up with a

book

by his favorite author

louis

l’amor …

…..

that one night she told him

she wanted

 popcorn …

…..

… (he took great pride in his popcorn making skills) …

but on that one night they had

run out of

margarine ….. !

…..

(… it was a mystery to him why she didn’t like butter on her popcorn …)

he loved

buttered popcorn … !

…..

maybe  that was

why …

…..

“… wull  … ,” he said,

”there isn’t any margarine … ”

but she insisted …

…..

” … the car’s got plenty of

gas … ,”

she said …

…..

” … and i could use some

 quiet time … so

why don’t you just

leave  … ” ?

…..

so, he drove 8 miles to the

Piggly Wiggly in town

but

it was closed for the annual

inventory …

…..

so

he drove around the

corner

to

Charlies Convenience Store

but

it must have

burned

down …

…..

the walls were charred black and the

roof was missing …

…..

‘’ … i’ll be damed if i’ll drive another

three miles over to

Plank City for a tub of

frickin’ Parkay … ,”

… he said, out loud

to

himself …

…..

“… she’ll just have to eat her

goddamned

popcorn

with butter

tonight … ” !

…..

( … he wondered if she’d

know the

difference …

…..

but

he knew better … )

…..

when he got back

home

she was fast

asleep in

bed …

…..

ummm ….

…..

he

figured …

since the next day was

saturday …

(… and she’d be sleeping in … )

he’d leave early for his

appointment at

Peter’s Quickie Loan Place …

(… across the street from the Piggly Wiggly … )

pick up a couple

tubs of

margarine for the

popcorn

AND

 a couple pounds of

butter

(just in

case … )!

…..

he knew he’d have hell to pay

if

there wasn’t any butter in the

house

since …

she preferred butter on her

toast …

The End ..

For

jpatterson

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