Saturday, April 17, 2010

On the Road for Nothing

The following is a work of fiction. This is the male character that goes along with my "N" post.

On the Road for Nothing

Where was I going? I drove down the road with my mind thinking in a million different directions. It’s not like I had a clear idea of what I was going to say. After a year what do you say to someone? Sure I kicked her out. What else was I supposed to do? Did she want me to get up at 2 am and feed a screaming baby while she got to sleep? Screw that. Just screw that. I wasn't going to do it.

Even before that. She had turned into some needy, cranky bitch with a fat ass. “Honey can you go to the store and get whatthehellever?” NO I cannot. And for the record I wasn’t sleeping with her. Not since she gained 30 pounds. So what did she expect?

But oh my God did she look good when I saw her three days ago in the park. She didn’t see me but I sure as hell saw her. She was wearing a skirt that showed her long legs and a blouse that bared just enough cleavage. Her waist was back to its right size. I would’ve given anything in that moment to have her back in my bed.

The kid didn’t look so bad either. I mean she was walking. Although she was still pretty much a baby. There was no way I was going to be changing diapers. So she was just going to have to get square with that. If she wants me back she’s going to have to get square with a lot of things. And why wouldn’t she? Want me back, I mean.

If she was looking for an apology she was going to have to look somewhere else. I’m not apologizing for taking some time. I’m not apologizing for wanting my lady to look good, and I’m not apologizing for not getting up with a screaming baby at 2am when I had work the next morning.

I sat back and imagined her falling into my arms after all this time. I was sure she’d missed me. I was sure until I got to her apartment and knocked on the door. A man answered. Looks like I was on the road for nothing.

The End


Tahereh said...

wow. really powerful piece. i pretty much hate your protag, which means you've done an excellent job, LOL.

thanks so much for sharing -- and best of luck with everything! :D


An excellent write, it seems SHE had moved on , He on the other hand wanted her back on HIS terms, Well he had a shock. A great read.


arlee bird said...

Yvonne said the same thing I was thinking. He was pretty much of a jerk and she deserved better than that.

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Grammy said...

Hi, Marjorie,
Thanks for visiting my blog, and here I am checking in with you. I really enjoyed the poems and stories. You are quite talented! I will be back.

Stephen T. McCarthy said...

Wanna know what idea occurred to me after I read this piece and the one you posted just prior to this ("New")?...

I thought they could be part of the same story. When the "Jerky Guy" knocks on her door, it's actually one of the movers working in the woman's apartment who opens it. "Jerky Guy" mistakenly thinks the mover is a new boyfriend she has.

This came to me because of the similarity in the character's lives: in both cases there's a new mom who is on her own.

I know this isn't what you had in mind with these two different pieces, but it's odd the way they could actually be melded together with just a few minor edits.

~ "Lonesome Dogg" Stephen

Marjorie said...

@ Tahereh- Yeah he didn't make me all warm and fuzzy either. :-)

@ Yvonne- He was very shocked. I was going to have him get into a car accident. But I figured it would be better for him to realize that he is NOT the end all be all of this woman's existance.

@ Lee- Perhaps she didn't realize it at first, but she realizes it now.

@ Grammy- I'm glad you stopped by. Thank you for reading.

@ Stephan- Actually it is the same guy as in "New". But a year passed between "New" and "On the Road for Nothing" I had thought that the man that answered the door was just another apartment worker or a friend. But I just wanted to leave you all with HIS perception, and his surprise.

Raquel Byrnes said...

Sounds like she made a wise choice. The guys sounded like a jerk.

Watery Tart said...

Oh, this was great Marjorie--what a dispicable man, but so real and identifiable. We've all seen people like this. And I'm VERY glad he got this shock at the end!

Shannon said...

He isn't a very nice guy, but it looks like he got his in the end! What a jerk, great post and very great read!