Today I thought I'd bring a excerpt for chapter 6 from..
could be Pete's place
He had city slicker written all over him. The man had been expected sooner. He facial expression did nothing to hide his irritation.
A two hour spin up to the mountains to help his cheap brother out needlessly turned in to three and a half-hour excursion. Ticked off at himself for not throwing the GPS in the car and on the verge of being violently angry at Fred for the wrong left turn seventeen miles back. Which before he realized it was not right Rufus had driven a sixty-eight miles out of his way.
Rufus wasn’t a chicken hearted man. Still it took him all the guts he could mustard to continue to walk not only into the smoke filled room, but he had to walk all the way up the bar, a good forty feet.
Trying his best to ignore the commotion his entry stirred up he kept his head down and only watched where he immediately placed each foot. The whistles and obscene comments were aimed at unsettling him succeeded. Very much aware this gang liked to provoke incidents. Tonight there would be no way he’d raise to the bait.
Ox stuck his foot out at the
last possible moment. Rufus had
already raised his foot and realized he would not be able avoid tripping. The man’s weight shifted in an useless move to spare himself a fall. It didn’t work.
He tumbled on Ox’s boot and
landed face down on the floor inches from the bar. He sprung back up faster than he fell.
Through the cat calls,
snickers and challenges being hurled his way he profusely apologized to Ox. Before Ox could respond Tots intervened. He ran from behind the bar and brushed the man clothes off.
“Now Ox. I had one fight too many already tonight. I asking… I asking
for me. Let it go this time, ok?”
“Well, Tots you saw He…”
“Around of beers on the house.” Tot called out. Small scale pandemonium
broke out as the men rushed up to the bar. Mick stepped behind the counter
and filled in for Tots.
Where's the Bud?
Tots turned and steered the
city-man out the front door.
“Thanks. How can I ever repay
you?” Rufus asked.
“Just get away from here,
“I'm going. Trust me on that.
But, I was looking for my brother and
his date. He called and said they would be here waiting.” He nervously looked at the door when the noise level went up.
Brother or no brother he needed to leave this place and fast.
Tots eased Rufus’s mind some when he said, “Oh yea, That couple. He was ticked off about something and they called a cab an hour ago. Sorry.”
Rufus thanked the lying man again and hastened back to his own car. He fully intended to not only give Fred a piece of his mind. He was seriously considering a big punch in the nose when he next saw him. He could've gotten himself killed tonight in that place.
“When I get my hands around your neck.” Rufus threatened his brother out
So focused out the get away from Pete’s Bar and Grill Rufus drove right passed
Fred’s car. Of course, with the hood and driver’s side door missing and the wheels on blocks as the sleek new low-profile tires Fred’s bragged about for three weeks, now looked good if not better on Jimmy’s K’s ride. A reconditioned 1987 Chevy Super sport.
Hey it's blue. What do i know from Chev SS or Ford ...?
It might even be difficult
for Fred to recognize his own baby with the new paint job cutesy of the ‘Bloodstains.’ The local street gang was proud of this one.
Graffiti galore. The swirls of black, tan, and red covered most of the vehicle that once was light blue. Everyone now knew the Bloodstains challenged the Switchblades turf, and the most important announcement of all that Patsy loved Jimmy K.
The anger Rufus now carried stayed with him not only the whole drive home but for the next two days. Until it become obvious to the family Fred had not returned home and was missing.
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