Ordinary Handsome: Preparation

Among all my other tools, I kept a fifty-pound bag of lime and an empty coffee can in the back of the Jeep. Nobody would pay any mind to it, since there were a lot of dirt basements in Handsome. After a rain like this, the dampness stunk up houses and clouded backyards with septic overflows.

I needed to keep Jackson as fresh as I could. I’d sprinkle it over him like pepper in a soup pot. It helped, but only a little.

So what did your son do, he asked.

What did he do?

I tossed half a can of lime on Jackson’s lap. He was giving off a nasty gassy smell that made my stomach want to roil and heave.

Did he rob a bank or something? Folks don’t normally call on the sheriff for no good reason.

I set the coffee can down on the table. It didn’t matter now.

He got involved with the wrong sort of woman, I said.

It looked like Jackson smirked.

I’m thinking about where I should put you, I told him.

I’m good here, he said. Though it does get particularly cold and wet at nights.

The rain’s gotta stop sometime.

And then there’s winter.

I thought about prying up the floorboard and setting him underneath. I had a pry bar in the back of the Jeep, and the construction of the shed was jack-leg basic. If they were onto me, the place was useless anyway.

So what happened, asked Jackson.


2 thoughts on “Ordinary Handsome: Preparation

  1. createarteveryday March 2, 2015 / 2:03 am

    I’m really enjoying your quick pieces. I used to be a wannabe writer and now I’m a wannabe artist but I think it’d be fun to combine the two. You have a real knack for pulling me in immediately and being fresh and interesting. It just seems to breathe out of you so easily. Glad to have found you here on WP!

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    • smbaird March 2, 2015 / 11:15 am

      Thank you, and it’s mutual. The “Handsome” pieces are actually excerpts from my novel. No hard-sell, but there it is. The writing isn’t usually easy, but I don’t want readers to see all the construction work going on behind the curtain. I want them to enjoy the play 🙂

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