Sunday, August 14, 2011

Six Days Of Absolute Heck

For years, my friend Bill and I have had a running joke, one which really makes no sense. It went something like, "You know you've had a good weekend when you wake up wearing a nun's habit, strapped to the hood of an Isuzu Trooper doing 100 miles per hour over the I-480 bridge.

I have no idea how or why we came up with it. But it just stuck.

In April, literary agent Janet Reid had another of her 100-word short story contests.  The words were:


I managed to meld that with the Isuzu Trooper thing.

Last week, I decided to finish it an explain exactly what I was doing strapped to the hood of an Isuzu Trooper...  Below is the result. I have to admit, I'm pretty darned proud of it.

Six Days Of Absolute Heck

    I was hungover. Hell, I might have still been drunk. That rum sure packed a punch. Or maybe it was the punch, packed with rum. Maybe that’s where the term “punch-drunk” comes from. Maybe I shouldn't be so focused on etymology or what caused my current state, but rather the current state itself. What exactly was I doing wearing a nun’s habit and a gunbelt, strapped to the hood of an Isuzu Trooper doing 100 miles per hour over the I-480 bridge?
    Not again, I thought.
    Actually, it wasn’t a thought. I said it out loud, though “out loud” is relative when strapped to the hood of an Isuzu Trooper doing...well, I already covered that.
    I knew the “why” and I knew the “who.” What I wanted to know were the “what the f-” and the “where.” To the zoo? No, they already did that...was it Monday? This past week had been one long, trying, hazy blur.
    Yes, Monday was the zoo. They gave me a friar’s cut and locked me inside of the primate house. Unfortunately, it wasn’t my head which got “the treatment.” It other end. And it wasn’t a cut. It was a Brazilian wax. Ouch-ie! I am so not looking forward to that hair growing back in. The baboons didn’t find it funny in the least.
    Tuesday was karaoke night at the Ugly Broad Saloon. I had to sing Britney Spears’s “...Baby One More Time.” Worse, I had to wear the outfit she wore in the video: the grey sweater-ette, the midriff-baring white oxford shirt, the plaid miniskirt, and the grey hose. Thank goodness I didn't have to do any corresponding costume changes; I had no idea where to find a pink jog bra. Even worse than that, I had to mimic her dance moves perfectly, or do it again. It took me three tries to get it right.
    Wednesday, I had to sit in a confessional booth, and just moan. For five minutes. They timed me.
    Thursday? Oh yeah, on Thursday I had to don full monk’s garb--but with pink pumps instead of sandals--and stand on Public Square wearing a sandwich board that read “Repent! The End Is Near!” on one side and “Kick Me!” on the other. Every 15 minutes I had to cast it aside, yell “flash mob!” and try to convince everyone around me to line-dance. And, boy, did that flannel robe really itch, especially in the certain area that was still recovering from Monday.
    But I think Friday was the worst. I spent the night in a movie theater passing a collection plate back and forth across the aisles. Had it been the local Cineplex, it wouldn’t have been so bad. But it wasn’t. Naturally, it was a theater where they showed blue movies. I don’t even want to think about what the hands that put the money into the plate had been touching before they went fishing for their change. I did manage to collect $4.52, plus 26 tokens which (I later learned) are for the private viewing booths. I sure hope I can use them at the batting cages or Chuck E. Cheese. I don’t want to have to come back here to spend them, which is one of the requirements.
    Thank goodness this is the last day. I hate “Heck Week.” Let me tell you, the seniors in seminary school can be real assholes.

Comments? Anyone? If nothing else, I'm definitely seeing another submission to Flush Fiction.

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