THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 99

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THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 99

…Too many twos, two many 2s and if there was a rock big enough to hide behind, Roy would have preferred it to this…

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Braden has been slowly dismantling the many-gift-mountain of cards, boxes, gift wrap and tissue. There are some meant to be shared, ‘Deke & Gus’. There are many specifically labeled either ‘Deke’ or ‘Gus’. Others are anonymous tributes to The Space Family McKinney.

By sheer coincidence and not divine intervention, we think, Francine and Roy’s packages are the last to be unwrapped. The givers of said gifts are still standing near one another, having ooo-ed, aah-d, and clapped politely throughout the process, which has run past daylight’s influence.

Most everyone has done the math or eliminated themselves from belonging to the boxes. Fate is once again shining a spotlight on that reluctant featured pairing, still trying to sort out their feelings, once they get past continuing awkward social situation.

The lady-well-wisher’s carton is next to last, opened with genuine excitement by Gus, “Channel 13 News Crew bomber jackets, look Deke!”

She was afraid people would think her a self-promoter, “It’s the same one worn by our cameramen and grips.”

“Way kool Miss Bouchette. All the kids at school can drool.”

The final unopened gift belonged to Roy.

“Read the card first Deke,” if Braden has the boy skip that part, it would be fine with Roy, who knows exactly how he signed the card.

Too late!!

“2 the two finest young men we know. With Love and friendship, Uncle Roy and Channel 13 Francine”

The young man reads it loud and proud.

Too many twos, two many 2s and if there was a rock big enough to hide behind, Roy would have preferred it to this. The boys do not think about motivation when it comes to birthdays.

“A 4-D Galaxy Planet Asteroid Tracker by Intel, wow just like the one in your office Uncle Roy… and Francine?”

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Roy wanted to explain Francine’s duplicity, had he known how to. Some things are better left to wondering.

The agreeable crowd subdivides into smaller groups, to sample Braden’s BBQ skills—-and gossip.Related image

Roy looks for that back-forty boulder to hide behind.

Francine is just plain curious, but they are overtaken by the shuffled throng.

“I can’t believe how generous people are. Deke & Gus are so lucky,” Aunt Sassy (from the old country) shakes Roy’s hand like she was trying to bust it loose from his shoulder socket, while eyeing Francine up and down.

“Now Sassy, don’t break his wrist,” insists the senior member of the McKinney relative contingent Savta Inga Bergestrom (from the other old country). “You two look like you are having a wonderful time.”


THE RETURN TRIP

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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 132

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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 132

  …The devil with a sense of irony, not today…

Pentateuch has been sitting on his hot little hands for far too long. The more time he spends away from either, his eternal domain the Lake of Fire or his only respite the earthly cooling stations, the less comfortable it is for him. Such is the life of a demon’s demon.

In the case of his tryst with L. Dick Cannon, the former Science Fiction writer, he dare not show his hand. Otherwise, this human with demagoguery on his brain, might be nudged deep into another fantasy world, should he suspect Pent’s pedigree. So far so good, although Cannon has asked about the smell of burnt hair, whenever he and the wily Mr. Winters meet.

“What can you tell me about this Orson Wells? Is he willing to be a celebrity spokesperson for our new church?”

“He says that he enjoys a good story, but religion of any flavor leaves a bad taste in his mouth.”

“That is not a positive reaction.”

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“He also tells me that he cannot afford to have anything distract him from his career. Things are going “Wells” for him.”

The devil with a sense of irony? Not today.

“Career, I have a mind to put him in his place,” Pentateuch/Winters is annoyed by his continued ineffectiveness. It is hard to believe that a megalomaniac like him can suffer a crisis of confidence. “Keep your eyes peeled for another potential movie star type, could even be a female temptress with a seductive personality. We need people; I mean millions of them to believe in what you’re selling them. We need to get this off the ground, with a more credible client base.”


Constance Caraway P.I.

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