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 Category:  Humor Fiction
  Posted: January 14, 2020      Views: 126
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Barb works at the local food bank volunteering her time at the country market. Barb has lived just about every profession there is to do. She has had a wild ride in her lifetime and uses poetry to tell everything. She is a cancer survivor. She hates - more...

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Chapter 1 of the book Prose 2020
contest entry
"Beware the Gossip" by Barb Hensongispsaca

It started early in the night - two seemingly lonely people coming to find solace from the harshness of the outside world. I'm not sure which one entered first, but when I saw them, they sat at opposite ends of the bar, nursing, what looked like, a 'stiff' drink each.

She talked to a few men who apparently said something she thought quite funny because they laughed. She looked quite at ease, even though she seemed out of place sitting there. The men, who tried to strike up a friendship, soon walked away to pursue other interests. She seemed quite happy sitting where she was as she nursed her drink, making it last way past the melting of the ice that was trying to keep her drink chilled.

The man, on the other hand, I noticed had moved to a booth. He seemed to enjoy the privacy it provided as his eyes roamed the bar, only to fall on the woman. He was on his third drink when I noticed him motion for the waitress to come to his table. She sauntered over, hips swaying in too-short shorts, and leaned down to give him ample view of her button-up shirt tied at the waist.

"See anything you like?" she said in a tight southern drawl.

"Yes, Ma'am," he said, being polite, but knowing what she was hinting at. It was getting close to closing time and 'last call' would be announced.

"See that woman over there at the bar? I want to buy her a drink," he stated as he watched the woman still sipping her stale drink.

A little put out, the waitress stiffened and asked, "What would you like to order?"

He gave her enough money to more than cover the drink and said, "A Sloe Gin Fizz, please, and keep the change."

With those last words, her demeanor changed. She gave him a big smile and left to complete his order.

The man watched as the waitress delivered the drink along with a message of who it was from. The woman looked confused, then looked up and smiled at the man in the booth. She raised her glass and mouthed the words 'thank you'. At that point, the man got up and made his way to the woman's table.

He stood there for a little while at which point, I assume, he asked her permission to sit down, as she nodded to the seat beside her.

I began to notice some flirting between the couple, but I also noticed that the people around them were watching, talking. I heard words like: 'married', 'adultery', 'children', 'I don't know her - but', 'how could he', 'I thought she was a Christian', 'I know he loves his wife'. The accusations became harsher when they left together.

I had to laugh, I know them both. They are my best friends and have been married for 20 years ... to each other.

Can't wait to hear the gossip tomorrow.

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