Wednesday, September 20, 2017

so little to go on

so little to go on




"You..hired a painter..at the grocery store?" Doris hoped she didn't ask the question, too loud. She put away the groceries while Betty needed more coffee.

"He's down on his luck." She talked of Hurricane Harvey.

"Is he from..around here?" Doris wondered.

"I dunno, for sure." Betty shrugged.

"What? Do you know about him?" Doris was a little frightened. She still hated to leave the house, and here Betty was, bringing in a stranger.

"He makes me think of someone, I used to know. I just want to help him." Betty looked at her, as if it were no big deal.

Doris smiled weekly, thinking she wanted to call Charlie and see if she could stay with them, for awhile, but she'd be brave like Betty.

"Who does he make you think of?" She winced, thinking her best friend was a little strange..or was she showing signs of losing her mind. What if she was the only sane one here?

"I know Carmen would want me to do the right thing." Betty brought Doris a cup of coffee. Doris sat down at the kitchen table with Betty.

"Don't you worry about a thing. I got a baseball bat. I'm not afraid to use it." Betty told her.

Doris couldn't help but stare at Betty, who kept an even smile. About then, she noticed the tall and rather striking fellow in the kitchen doorway. Ed was ready for some coffee, too. He made himself at home, sitting across the kitchen table from Doris

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

on an ordinary day

on an ordinary day




"I like it here." Omaha decided, with his hands half-way in the front of his jeans pockets. Yes, this was where he wanted to move, too. It wasn't too far from Taylor's(his best friend) and there was Carmen's house (his late best friend from high school), he could see down the street. It was a good location.

He looked over at Sheena who looked a little indifferent. He hadn't been concerned about new windows, flooring or siding. These were things Sheena told him he should look for.

"Well..its not a dump." He told her. Didn't she see they weren't going to give him a brand new house, down at the bank. He wasn't that fortunate, but this was definitely in their means. "The fridge is new. And that stove..did you see the stove?" The kitchen was top notch and the bathroom had been redone..sort of.

"But the basement..is so creepy." She hugged herself as if a ghost might live in it.

"Its not that bad." He winced as he imagined mowing the lawn, putting things in the detached garage. They could park in the alley. Off street parking. Wasn't that good? "We could finish it." Maybe going to the washer and dryer was like going into a barn. And the basement steps were steep. "Maybe, we could just buy one of those apartment kind of washer and dryers and put it in the bathroom in the master bedroom."

"Who would do stuff like that?" She wasn't sold on any of this.

"We do, that's who." He winced back at her.

"Oh, Omaha." She shook her head.

"You know, I'm not a millionaire." He reminded her, "And, you, still found a way to love me, anyway."

"OK,"Sheena said. He hugged her tight and he grinned as if he had one the lottery. They could move in next week.

Monday, September 18, 2017

a million to one

one in a million




Betty felt as if she was ready for a new day. Even if she didn't get a bit of sleep. She'd stayed with her daughter Brit, all night at the hospital..just to welcome a big baby girl into the world.

She thought it was going to be a boy. They said all along it was going to be a boy. Even Carson looked shocked.

But the baby was beautiful, with hardly any hair and big blue eyes. Yes, she looked like Brit's father's people.

Betty hadn't associated with them in several decades. Besides, they'd always hated Betty. She had no intention of calling Brit's grandmother to give her the news. Betty had lost that phone number, a long ago.

This was no time to be bitter. She was so happy. She needed to stay happy, but first she needed to go to the grocery store. As it was, she'd left the paint out in the room that she was working on (Brick's room). There would be work to do, but it could wait.

As she walked toward the grocery store, she thought she knew that guy in the parking lot. She had to take a double take. Wasn't that a friend of Carmen's?

A lump lodged in her throat then. She got a little misty eyed, wishing Carmen was here. She shook the thought. No negativity was going to touch her, today.

She grabbed a grocery cart and went for the necessities, but was soon sidetracked by the cherries. They were still around, but not on sale. They wanted almost five bucks a bag for these. She winced hard, but grabbed them, anyway.

"Aw, the price must have went up because of the hurricane." A voice spoke her thoughts. She looked over her shoulder.

Well, she guessed it wasn't Omaha, after all, but the guy made her think of him. Maybe he was a little older, but not by much.

"Yes, its been an awful year." She agreed. That's when he told her he'd been in the flooding. Everything wiped out. She listened to his sad story. "That's..just..so.." She pressed her lips tight. Next thing she knew she was buying him a sausage and biscuit and a cup of coffee in the dine in area of the grocery store.

It was almost like a blind date, but not really. She didn't even know his name. Just that it was a struggle. Things were a struggle now.

"I paint for a living." He told her.

"Really?" A smile emerged. "I think I have a job for you." Betty wanted to help him out.

He smiled and told her his name was Ed.

Betty smiled as if this was the right decision. Ed was coming home with her.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

back to you

back to you




"Looks like I might be staying over, after all." Brick's grin was as endearing as it ever way.

Lily kept smiling, thinking he was the best guy in the world.

"You think?" She winced with a smile.

"Um, its after 10." He could hardly keep his laugh in, as they set on the sofa. Homework was finished, and the news was on.

"I never thought this would happen in a million years." She told him. She thought her mom hated him and he was never to see her again. "I wonder what changed my mom's mind?" She looked over the top of the couch and saw her mom cleaning quietly in the kitchen with Barry. They looked a little cozy. Maybe they'd forgotten about them.

Barry came into the livingroom.

"I got the room ready in the basement, for Brick," he said as he stuffed his hands into his hoodie pockets.

"Does he have too? He could sleep on the couch," Lily said.

"He'll be more comfortable in the basement. Its a guestroom." Barry shrugged.

"Come on, Lily..its time for bed," her mother said, as if playtime was over.

Naturally, Brick thanked her mother and Barry for having him over.

Lily just sighed. What did they think they were going to do?

"What do you and Barry do? When you go to bed?" Lily wanted to know, after she followed her mom to the bathroom where her mom got out her toothbrush and watched her get ready to brush her teeth.

"I dunno..what do you think we do?" Her mother's mouth was straight lipped, as she hugged herself, waiting patiently for Lily to brush her teeth.

"I used to think you must do tricks in bed." She smiled.

"Quit being silly." Charlie told her. "We sleep. You need a good eight hours, you know, to get ready for the next day."

"But..its hard to sleep sometimes," Lily said. "Did you always sleep good?"

"Um, not always." Charlie sounded a little sad about it. "I didn't have a home like this when I was your age."

"Why not?" She didn't know. Why hadn't her mom told her before now?

"Parents disagree. That kind of thing," Charlie said. "I didn't know if they cared about me. I worried about them..maybe too much. But I don't want that for you. I want you to be happy."

Lily nodded.

"I want you to be happy, mom." Lily told her.

"I am." Her mother patted her back. Lily gave her a hug. She hoped she hadn't been too much trouble for her mom.