Sunday, March 23, 2014

just a thought

Just a Thought

Eli started with a phone call to his oldest sister Martha. It was about time to share the news they had a sister.

"She's getting married." Eli told her. As it was, none of his four sisters were married. Actually, they were still at home. Martha worked as a receptionist at a dental office. Effy worked as a para-legal. Anya was a school nurse and Beth worked at City in personal. "I think you should plan a wedding shower for her."

Eli clicked off his cell and shut it off. No, he didn't want to hear any bickering.

"How come you, didn't tell them about me?" Deiter wanted to know. He was looking in the fridge for something to eat. All they ate lately was tomato soup and cheese grilled sandwiches.

"I'll wait until the wedding." Eli guessed he liked to prolong the agony. Maybe he should get it over with, but he didn't like the pinching, the finger pointing and of course, the yelling.

"Is there even... going to be a wedding?" Deiter said it was the first he'd heard of it. Why was Lena keeping it a secret?

"I guess there will be a wedding." Eli was hiding nothing. Of course, he'd applied at Good Will. But his application didn't look too good. He hadn't been on drugs nor arrested. In fact, he hadn't been in any rehab of any sort. He didn't really want to talk about that with Deiter.

"I just wish I was good at something." Eli fretted.

"But what about the lottery ticket. You, pick some pretty good numbers. Sometimes." Deiter reminded him that he'd won enough money for them to get a microwave.

Eli only shrugged as if that was nothing. Yes, he'd signed them up for just about every give away out there. He'd won a gift certificate to a spa. Only he'd given it to his mother since he didn't like that sort of thing.

Eli hugged himself and watched the clock. He couldn't always rely on his luck. But he liked to know when things were going to happen. Like it was almost time for the news. But was watching time, even a skill?


cat eyes & skinny jeans said...

Poor Eli.


deb said...

I loved the start of this!

ivy said...

Oh, Eli, I hope he'll find something. & I hope he'll tell his sisters about his boyfriend, too.