Monday, August 4, 2014


'Get a load of that'. He pushed his hat up, the inside dark brim drenched in three year sweat.
'What'? his wife replied, tired of saying what.
'There'. He slowed the car, rolling off onto the gravel. 'Miss Bizarre spinning rope'.
'She's looking for fresh underground streams'.
'You know'.
'Hell, you're thinking of a wishbone twig'.
'Oh. Yeah. Forget it'. She raised her green-lens, white-framed sunglasses and blinked.
'Well, maybe that's a new tack searching for oil,' she offered. She watched him wiping his hat. 'She certainly has got you bothered'.
He smiled. 'Clearly she wears the pants in her house. And I bet she needs a drink out in the blazing sun. Invite her over.'
He rolled the car closer in low gear, no tracks in the hard earth.
She motioned her over. The roping continued, oblivious to her audience of two.
'Hey!' She choked, as she was dry too. 'Hey!' Better this time, and the lassoing lady stopped.
The woman moseyed over, rope in hand, bending down to the open car window, peering over the top of her shades. The man had never witnessed violet eyes as those, and muttered "damn" under his breath.
'What the hell'? she hissed in a vulgar, smokey voice. She smelled of a pleasing peppery perfume.
'You thirsty'?, they offered in duet.
'You got it, give it, I'll take it, George'. She tipped the bottom of the dark bottle towards the noonday sun.
'Who's George? Is your car broken down'?
She ignored them. Wiping her mouth with her arm, she took a step back, seemingly inspecting their dusty automobile.
'What a dump'. She took another long drink.

Elizabeth Taylor, Set of Giant
by Frank Worth.


Blogger Tess Kincaid said...


8/05/2014 4:40 PM  
Blogger Helen said...

Mr. Stevens would have enjoyed this, might have directed it! I think she was wearing "Opium"~~~

8/05/2014 6:21 PM  
Blogger Karen S. said...


8/06/2014 1:06 PM  
Blogger Berowne said...

Intriguing; quite clever. Well done.

8/06/2014 2:58 PM  
Blogger Kutamun said...

Is it Artemis or Ambrose Bierce in drag ?? Good one

8/07/2014 7:00 AM  

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