Forever Mastadon ~ Episode 126
…“No, mom was a big fan of that newest cleanser at the time, AJAX…
“And how about that girl of yours, she has been a real treat!” Willard Libby is a big fan.
“Like cotton candy in a cavity,” Ace attempts to head off her reaction to the scientist’s use of a possessive pronoun.
Too late, “I belong to no one, certainly not to someone who pretends I don’t exist for years at a time and then compares me to tooth decay..”
“Hey kids, it is my fault for making a false assumption,” intellectually speaking, “but I would be thrilled for you Connie, if it were true.”
She softens her knee-jerk reaction, “Ace and I have had some good times.”
“Then let’s raise a toast to more good times,” the sound of clinking glasses to the brim with Italian Nebbiolo fills the university basement hideaway.
“To good times,” Martin, Constance and Ace respond in unison. The newcomer is blending in quite well; the men are taken by his dynamic presence.
“Ace: That is quite a name. Is that your given name?” helplessly inquiring minds need to know.
“No my mother named me Ajax Aidan Bannion. Can you blame me for changing it?”
“Did she name you after the muscular mythical hero of the Trojan war?” educated people ask smart questions.
“No, mom was a big fan of that new cleaner AJAX.” He was kidding.
“STRONGER THAN DIRT!!!!!!” Constance makes an arm muscle, while singing the familiar advertising slogan. “Hey buddy, you really did need another syllable anyway; ‘Ajax Bannion, he can clean up the mess you make’.”
“Boy, I am going to regret letting that cat out of the bag,” he takes it like a man. “But can we not use that name in public?”
“Sure, but if you misbehave I’m going to say, ‘Ajax Aidan Bannion, you better stop what you are doing and come inside’.”
His secret is safe… maybe.
CONSTANCE CARAWAY P.I.