“Yes. Cereal. You have no idea how long it’s been since I’ve had a decent bowl of cereal.”
“Well Roy, what kind of cereal do you want? I suppose I could find some sort of a grocery store in this seemingly wretched town.”
He thought long and hard about it. “What’s that kind that has the little leprechaun that’s all dressed up in a green suit on the box? You know, the one that runs from the people trying to kill him and steal his gold.”
“Lucky Charms?” I quickly guessed.
Roy enthusiastically snapped his fingers and smiled wide.
“That’s it. Lucky Charms!”
“I don’t think they were trying to kill him, Roy. I think they just wanted some of his Lucky Charms.”
He scratched at the scruff on his chin and thought about it. “Oh. I guess that makes sense.”
I got up and went to grab my purse and head toward the door.
“Whoa, Sally. You need to let me cut off some of that hair before you go out again.”
I touched my head and wondered.
Roy studied me for a moment.
“About six or seven inches. Grab them scissors you packed and have a seat.”
He pulled out the chair that was tucked under a round, wobbly table in the corner by the curtained window and I sat down in it. He stood behind me and before he started cutting, he ran his strong fingers through my hair as if saying goodbye in some strange way. His hands slid down to my shoulders and he started to rub them. His fingers worked deep into the tension buried deep within.
“Make sure you get the milk, too. That’s pretty important,” he said as he continued to massage me. “And some kind of bowls and plastic spoons so I don’t have to eat like an animal.”
“Sure, Roy. I’d be happy to.”
“Good girl,” he said, and he patted me on the head like a puppy before beginning to roughly snip away at my dear golden locks.
As he went about it, he sometimes tugged as he cut, and it sort of hurt.
“You sure you know what you’re doing?” I asked him.
“It doesn’t really matter. We’re not going for beauty and style, Sally. It’s just to have less to tuck up inside a ball cap,” he answered.
I stayed silent and watched as he worked the shears and my hair fell in clumps to the floor all around me. He suddenly stopped and came around to look at me from the front. He seemed concerned.
“What’s the matter?”
“Nothing. You look great. Hell, I should have gone to beauty school,” he said with a laugh.
“Can I go look at it?”
I went into the pale-yellow bathroom and turned on the light. I looked at myself in the mirror with hesitation.
“Holy hell,” I whispered to myself. “I may never get over this.”
The cut was choppy and uneven, and it looked as if I had gotten my head stuck in the business end of a good ol’ boy’s lawnmower.
“Well? What do you think?” he called out.
“Shit, Roy! I look ugly.”
A moment later he appeared in the doorway and smiled at me. He reached out and touched my messed-up hair.
“You could never be ugly, Sally,” he said. “Not in my world.”
That’s when he suddenly leaned in and pulled me to him for a long, deep kiss. As it went on all hot like that, he fumbled to take off my top as I worked to undo my husband’s jeans that Roy was now tightly encased in.
We made our way out of the bathroom in a heated tangle and ended up falling on the wrecked bed. And that’s where he savagely undressed me and then blessed me deeply with his manhood until I was screaming.
When it was all done, I got dressed and put the ball cap on my head and tucked in my hair like Roy said. He was naked and sleeping on the bed when I went out and got into the car.
There was a man standing outside a few doors down and he looked as if he must have had a really hard life. He was standing there in a pair of shorts and with no shirt smoking a cigarette and drinking a beer. He had real long stringy hair coming off a balding head and it danced undisciplined in the hot wind. I tried not to look at him, but it was kind of hard not to.
Well, sure as shit, he noticed me and came walking over toward the car. He tapped on the window, and I rolled it down part ways.
He got uncomfortably close, and his eyes danced all over me.
“What can I do you for?” I asked him with jailhouse-like authority.
He smacked his gross mouth at me and then cleared his throat.
“Are you heading into town by any chance?” he asked me with a weird, slow-drawn, high-pitched voice you wouldn’t expect to come out of any sort of man.
“I’m headed to the grocery store to get some things for my husband.” I motioned with my head toward Room #13. “He’s inside the room right there.”
The odd man turned and looked at the door to Room #13. Then he softly chuckled.
“Oh,” he said. “I suppose you two were the ones making all that sex noise earlier, huh?”
He grinned and his teeth were a train wreck, and he waved his half-withered hand at the air around him.
“I can’t blame you,” he said. “I’d get in as much as I could too… With the way the world is and all.”
I nodded at him with a hint of impatience. “Well, I really need to get going before the store closes. My husband needs some things and it’s real important I get them for him.”
“Right, right,” the man said. “But just a minute. As I was about to ask… Would you be able to give me a ride just down the road some?”
“Oh, I don’t know. No offense, but I’m usually not one to give rides to strangers.”
“My name is Karl and I’m from Indiana. There. Now we’re not strangers.”
All the same, Karl from Indiana. Without my husband along, I’m just not comfortable with that.”
He turned and pointed down the roadway, presently being washed in the preambles of a desert dusk.
“Just down to the liquor store. I’d walk, but my legs aren’t what they used to be. It’s really not all that far.”
I sighed. I didn’t want to be a cruel person but at the same time I was scared.
“Okay. I’ll drive you there, but you’ll have to find another way back. Deal?”
He danced around in the parking lot and laughed like an insane person.
“Great. Great!” he exclaimed. “But don’t go anywhere yet. I’ll be right back. They won’t let me in without a shirt.”
But then I did something that would turn out to be really stupid. When he trotted off and went inside his room, I tore out of that parking lot without him.
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