continued … when he doubled over she called him a doofey unemployed jake ass ….. he laughed to himself …  ”what the hell is a ‘jake ass … ?”  continued …

….. 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 the reason why … ?

…..

“… wull  … ,” he told her, ”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 … )

continued … 

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