It was either that or set fire to the guy

Posted: August 24, 2020 in Dialog, Prose
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RRBC Interview, Eyes on the Book hosted by Rox Burkey


2 April 2012

The sun was shining at ‘the benches’, the wind was cool but not too harsh.

“Hi, Serge!” I said.

“Hey, it’s Kenny Rogers!”

“Yes, that’s what you said the time I saw you. You said I looked like Kenny Rogers. That was quite a while ago.

“Hi, Hippo!”

“Holy lord thunder! Hi Dennis! It’s really good seeing you again.”

“It’s good seeing you, Hippo! It’s been a while. What have you been up to?”

“I’ve been okay. I come by here every once in a while. I got real drunk yesterday. I’ve been barred from the Scott Mission again. This time for two days.”

“What happened?”

“I put a hole in the wall. It happened in the dormitory. I came in at about four in the morning and my bunkmate wrote the time down in a book as if he was a cop or somethin’. That got me mad. I put my elbow through the wall. It was either that or set fire to the guy. I would have done it too – douse him with lighter fluid, light a match, then ‘poof.’

“Last night, Little Jake and I slept under the bridge. It was a little cool.”

“You have a sleeping bag, don’t you?”

“No, I used to have one, but not now. Jacques gave me a winter coat. Now, I need new boots. The soles are coming off these.

“I’m just about ready to move to British Columbia. Remember, I told you that I had an inheritance coming from my grandma? I phoned my parents on the weekend to see how things were coming along. I thought I was going to get ten thousand. It turns out it’s going to be more than that – about eighty thousand. I’ve got a job waiting for me, working in the bush. I’ll buy a mobile home, and I’ll be set.

“You haven’t seen Joy lately, have you?

“Yes, she was here earlier, but she went home. She’s in the middle of moving. Roy hadn’t paid the hydro, so they’ve had no electricity. I don’t know what’s going on with him.”

Bear  (part black Labrador, part Chow Chow)  barked at a kid riding by on a skateboard. A lady stopped to admire the dog. Jake said, “Don’t try to pet her, she bites, especially kids on skateboards.”

“Oh, that’s what the fuss was about.”


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