Monday, March 08, 2010

Harter Union: Part Two, Chapter 6

Jason, Aaron, Maggie, Chrissy and I sped south on U.S. 75 away from Topeka to connect with U.S. 56 near Carbondale and then head for Baldwin. We went to Topeka after work for basically something to do and I also needed to pick up a box of junk from my mom’s place before she moved to Texas. She was originally just going to give it away if I hadn’t called to say ‘hello.’ Something my mom said had upset me so I was going well over the speed limit which worried Maggie.

“So, Jeff, what did your mom talk to you about before we left?” she asked.

What upset me was very personal and I didn’t want to talk about it. The look on my face got angrier and my grip on the steering wheel got firmer.

“It must’ve been pretty bad since we stormed out of there in a hurry,” mentioned Aaron.

“And what did she mean by that ‘are you going to kill these friends, too’ remark?” asked Chrissy.

“She meant nothing by it. My mom is just a bitch and I’m glad she’s leaving my state!” I exclaimed. “She’s never been a good mother and I’m amazed I’m not addicted to drugs or dead!”

“So does all your family live around here?” Chrissy queried.

“Not really, my family’s spread out around the Midwest,” I said.

“Are you ready for the Vespers?” Maggie called out.

“No,” we all said in unison.

“Kathryn is freaking out about it, too so it provides a little entertainment watching her explode at the littlest thing and run around mumbling like a crazy person,” Jason commented.

“But she’s got Melissa running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off then yelling at her for doing what Kathryn told her to do in the first place. It’s so stupid!” Chrissy said.

“Why do you think I hired her to work on our side when she’s not Kathryn’s little monkey? I don’t want her to shoot somebody,” I said.

“I thought it was because you wanted to bone her,” Jason crudely acknowledged.

I noticed out of the corner of my eye Maggie flinch and turn her head to look out the window. “Yeah, Jason, I really want to rekindle a romance with my ex-fiancĂ©e who broke my heart and caused me to hate everything. Getting back together with Melissa is the last thing I want to do.” I heard Maggie sigh loudly. “I’m now looking for someone who’s longing for me, you know? Has wanted me from afar.”

“’Afar?’ Using words like that won’t get you any pussy,” Jason said.

“Neither does gonorrhea but somehow you manage,” I said, looking at Jason in the rearview mirror.

“Now the doctor said that was just a simple wart and can be burned or froze off whenever I please.”

“But honestly, do you really want anything that consists of burning or freezing even remotely near that area of your body?” I said. Maggie laughed and looked at me. I reached over and took her hand, no one else in the car noticed but I almost immediately went back to thinking about what happened in Topeka.

Vespers. And Jeff and Maggie's relationship gets closer.