Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Don't Cry Over Spilt Milk


   A Betsy screech is alarming, but at six am it’s downright diabolical. I wait for my nerve endings to settle before I give her my best trust me smile. “I thought I’d clean the hall closet because …”
   “My closets are clean and …”
   “I thought I saw a spider.” I trot out her biggest fear and hide a feral grin as she backs into her room.
   “Good idea,” she says, “I’ll help you after I’ve taken a shower.”
   By help she means supervise.
   On borrowed time I scan the junk and sigh. How will I ever get through an entire house of crap, on the sly, let alone this closet? By the time the water shuts off in her bathroom, I have run up and down the stairs, and out to the garbage cans in the alley and back no less than fourteen times. My legs are numb and the muscles in my right arm quiver when I lift the old 1940’s Singer. Portable my ass.
   “What are you doing with my sewing machine?”
   Betsy’s hands are planted on her hips as water drips off her shower cap and onto her blue paisley robe. “Shit.” I drop the machine and slap a hand over my heart. “You scared the crap out of me.”
   “Watch your language young lady.”
   “Yes ma’am.” For a minute I think she’s going to get all hot and bothered with the call-me-Betsy routine but she tightens her robe and flicks a glance to the sewing machine, then back to me.”
   “Tensions off,” I duck my chin and head for the stairs, “I thought I’d have it fixed.”
   “You always were a good girl.” She says to my retreating back and I wonder if Hell ever has a good season.

Chasing Betsy

12 comments:

  1. I'll have to hear a little more of this one, to figure out where you're going with it.

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    1. Thanks Ms. A, what's in my head doesn't always transition to print, but I'll keep after it.

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    2. You really are a good girl!

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  2. The beginning of an interesting dynamic. Curious to see where this leads.

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  3. Love the back and forth, and as Stephen said, the dynamic really provokes interest.

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    1. Family dynamics are a trip and I soak up all the wonderful tales I hear from others. Congratulations on 200 posts. Quite a feat.

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  4. Oh, lawd! Cleaning someone else's hoarded house. I have close, personal experience with that. Running out to the trash can when she isn't looking. . . wow, can I relate.

    Love it, and can't wait to read the whole thing!

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  5. I am not sure if Hell will have a good season, but I think I am safe in knowing we might now a lot of people there

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  6. Wow, I want to hear more, please...

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  7. Could be good. When do the aliens arrive?

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  8. Did a read back. Keep it going. Totally get it because I've been there. And this is awesome because I get to read it for FREE : )

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