mostly haikus by nick krefting

three day weekend – “getting clean”

In Three Day Weekend on June 10, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Randy wasn’t covered in cranberry juice, but it was enough. He’d played the stupid game, knew it would end exactly in this way, knew he would get angry at the way it would end, and he had let them talk him into it anyway.

Angrier at himself than anything, he walked away in a huff, his friends calling sympathetically for him to stay and not get so mad. But he needed his time, so he walked upstairs to take a shower and cool off. He found the bathroom occupied, so he stewed in the hall a little longer, covered in increasingly thick and sticky juice.

“Hello?” Randy heard Mickey’s voice call out from the other side of the door. “That you, Randy?”

“What…”

“I heard some talk about cranberry juice from downstairs, figured it couldn’t be long til you took your shower.” Mickey laughed. “You’re getting a bit predictable in your old age, huh? Hey, listen, I’m about done in here, hang on a sec.”

There was some shuffling, a flush, and the sound of the sink. Then the door opened, with Mickey’s beaming face framed by his chin-length curly brown hair. “Have a good cool-off, my man, ” he said as he walked past him toward the stairs.

Randy stood in the shower for ten minutes, getting clean and wondering what the secret was.

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