May 2006 Winner: H. Henry Minick, HORRORS!
Honorable Mention: Carol L. Gandolfo, Cotton
Honorable Mention: Mike Dunn,Circus
Honorable Mention: Joyce E. Wheeler, Waiting For Grandpa
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May 2006 Honorable Mention
Waiting For Grandpa
by Joyce E. Wheeler
Roy owned 3 pair of white cotton socks. Sylvia, his woman, had an audience with the Pope while he was fighting the Big War, and got all his socks blessed. Sylvia never once had to darn them, but she kept giving them away as proff of Gof. Times were tight and he had a par in each pocket and one pair on his feet.
Roy believed in absolutely nothing, even though one grandfather was an ordained minister. See, the other one once rode with Jesse James! He was one nasty man, beating Roy's grandma and his mom. He never met the rat grandpa, but knew he was bald with a skull tattoo. Roy became a barber so he would be likely to shave that head someday. (Sylvia bragged he was a Tonsorial Artist.)
He would sit in a wooden doorframe, waiting for men to appear near his swirly pole, then leap to them with blade ready. They'd think twice about exiting. He had that penetrating look, since being kicked in the head by his horse. He figured all his thoughts leaked out the hole in his skull. Ma said he never had any thoughts from the get-go.
Roy had one big thought: one summertime day, he watched a shriveled guy swaggering toward the swirly pole. The guy had an evil tattooed gald head. Roy and his blade joined him, to vindicate his mother and grandmother. Afterward, Roy was disgusted with himself. He got blood on his white socks!