By Robert Devereaux
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It was hard to get it out. The air stifled. The bathrobe sash hurt his chest. There seemed no leeway at his wrists. ” Another button eased out of its hole. Mike’s hands now met across his girlfriend’s belly, his fingers dishragging the sweater. ” Patti whined like a child. He ignored her. ” Say no. Ward glanced at Timothy, looking worried and pale. “Just . . just my own. ” His hands clenched the sweater below Patti’s breasts. From the look in his eyes, Ward was afraid he might take up the switchblade again.
I doubt it. The poor kid grows up without a daddy, a grampa who’s off his nut, a granny who should have been institutionalized long ago, some rock-worshiping pagan gal who calls herself Joyful Oceanspray or somesuch nonsense—did Joe ever do a background check on her—” “—many times—” “—a mother who’s always off delivering babies to make other people’s family lives more complete. Poor kid ought to be on his way to church. ” “There’s room in our car. ” She gave him a look. “I wouldn’t mind having his grampa’s income,” said Harold.
But the rhythms—it wasn’t just a trick of the whiskey—brought back that day last April when Fay had dropped her pretended love and blasted him with loathing. She had scooped him out, left no skin on his bones, no guts worth preserving. “Sure, let ‘em all go to hell. Easy for you to say. ” Tom looked around as if Auroville were about to leap on him. “We should have got out while we could, but I didn’t want to do that. ” “Yeah, I’ve heard that often enough: It’s my life, keep the hell away, I’ll do what I damned well please with it.