Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Say it Ain't True

"I like my life, OK?" Tess stirred up her hot noodles at the afternoon break time. "I don't need fix'n up." She was lucky today. Molly had break time with her, which never ever happened.

"Its just Rumors." Molly sounded as if it were nothing.

"I thought they closed down. Wasn't there a shooting or knifing or something?"  Tess made a face at the cup of noodles, but she dug in. She'd finally got around to eating something. She'd spent her lunch break with Dax. They'd looked at a mutt he was wanting to get. But it sounded like she'd have to keep him. So she said, no.

"I think you're thinking of the other Rumors." Molly munched on a granola bar with her apple juice.

"There's another one?" Tess glared up at her with her feet on the chair as she leaned back on the couch, trying to find energy for a few more hours. "You know, what I should do, is clean out the fridge."

"God, Tess, you don't want to do anything, anymore." Molly made a face. A weird one. "You just can't get over Grant."

"I'm f u c k i n g   over.... Grant."  Tess was about to lose her appetite.

"But you guys were tight. You know. I thought you'd be married with a kid by now." Molly made it sound so perfect with Tess' ex-fiance. She still had his ring. She didn't throw it off the bridge like she told him, when he asked for it back.

 Obviously, Molly didn't know Grant. No one knew just how vain he was. He only loved himself, and she just wasn't pretty enough for him. And... he'd never know her now. And she was proud of that. She darn sure was. She found herself smiling.

"OK, lets...f u c k i n g  do this." She swallowed a noodle then.

"You, have to watch your language." Molly gave her a stern look.

"Around that dude who's name rhymes with the F word?" Tess winced.

"No. Here. You, dufus." Molly got up. Break time was over and Tess was still left with a lot of noodles.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


picking up the sword

"Jesus." Sal flung his cigarette off the top of the building as he pushed his phone back in his jacket. He was on a smoke break with Puck who was in maintenance. They usually talked about cars. Not much else. Sometimes bands. They did find out they'd dated the same girl in high school.  Of course, Sal had gone out with Shelly once while Puck had dated her his whole Freshman year when she was a senior. Sal sometimes wondered if they even knew the same girl. The downside was, Puck had never gone out with anyone since.

"Huh?" Puck looked at him then who was still smoking.

"Its this thing, my girl wants me to do. I guess I better do it, cause, we might be on the outs if I don't." Sal said all sleepy as he shoved his thin hands in his smooth black suit jacket he wore over a slim V neck white T. He looked down to make sure there were no ashes on his black pants. He yawned once more looking at his black high tops. He was semi-professional. Of course, he worked in the basement and no one saw him but Puck, anyway.

"Like what? You gotta buy her tampons or something?" Puck looked slightly sullen, but not exactly arrogant as he winced at Sal.

"No." Sal slightly shook his head. "She wants me to find her co-worker a date. Tonight."

"Is she pretty?" Puck asked.

"I dunno. Hadn't seen her a very long while." Sal shrugged.

"I like geeky girls." Puck explained as he blew smoke into the breeze.

"She works at the library." Sal's thin shoulders pulled in from the cold.

"Cool." Puck nodded. "Do I have to dress up?"

"Well." Sal had to think on it. It would probably be a dark place they'd go. "Casual's fine."

"I dunno. I don't really date." Puck looked sad.

"How long has it been?" Sal squinted.

"I stopped counting the years." Puck sighed.

"Well, its your lucky day, Puck." Sal gritted a smile and gave Puck a slight slap on the shoulder.

"Ow. You're really scaring the s h i t out of me, Sal." Puck put his cigarette out.

"Meet us at Rumors, nine o'clock sharp." Sal decided.

"Why so late?" Puck looked confused.

"That's not late." Sal almost laughed.

"But that's when I go to bed." Puck told him.

"Not tonight." Sal gave him a cool smile as if he just might be a matchmaker.

Saturday, May 13, 2017