Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Not A Given
New scene I'm working on in How To Own and Operate A Haunted House -- thanks for reading!
Captain Tim wore a dickie and served us spaghetti on the ancient Cornell plates that my parents received as wedding gifts. I tried to cast back to a time when these plates were a chosen and not a given.
“For the lady,” Captain Tim said, setting my dinner before me. It didn’t look awful. I had taken heed of the warning Chris had proffered about his first girlfriend’s attempt at such a meal -- she hadn’t known to drain the grease off the hamburger meat after cooking it and the whole concoction swam in grease no matter how many times she’d strained it.
“And for the man of the hour,” Captain Tim continued. I looked at my sad attempts at making my parents’ dining room look like a bistro. Tim smoothed his dickie and set down the bell that Mimi had used to ring when she needed help.
“Ring if you need me,” Captain Tim said. “I shall retire to the living room to catch some light entertainment.”
Chris and I began to eat, illuminated by a tealight placed in a holder covered with angels that looked as if they had Down’s syndrome. The theme music from Sanford and Son wafted into the dining room. I thought about the episode where Fred tries to stop Lamont’s wedding. And about Chris’s mother Darla’s honeymoon story where Chris’s father brought his best friend Earl along. Just for that, she told us, she started flushing her birth control pill down the toilet, one each day. Such was the lovely conception story. They divorced a few years after Chris’ sister Nika was born. I’d never heard the name. When I looked it up in the OED at school, I found out that it meant victory, but the empty kind that you use up all your resources to get.
Michelle's Spell of the Day
"The only advice I can give to aspiring writers is don't do it unless you're willing to give your whole life to it. Red wine and garlic also helps." Jim Harrison
The Vampira tomorrow -- perfect hangover cure, not that any of you guys need it!
Benedictions and Maledictions