There’s a man wearing a white tee-shirt with a smiley face logo coming out of the motel room heading towards the gas station straight across from the main road. He’s also wearing the same perfect smile. And he keeps his black hair long like Jesus, although only sporting a mustache. Someone definitely would say he looks like a happy camper, if there was some voyeuristic observer popping the question at the moment. Like God?
Hmmm. So why does he look so happy, then? Must be some lucky gal …….
“So, Jonesy, my love… this will be our last chance encounter. You do know that don’t you? So sad, because I will not see you again. Well …. not until after you die, of course!”
“Ha ha! Always got jokes don’t you, love? Yeah, you’re right, it’s sad alright. No more of your tender lovely kisses to help me with my luck. But I don’t need your upper lips to seal my fate no more, ‘cus I kissed your lips down town, and it was delicious!”
“Yeah baby, You’ve hit the homerun! And that means I’m adios amigo, I got’s to go now! Oh here comes my cab.”
“Hey! Why you in a such a rush…..”
“Here, you can finish my cigarette because the man upstairs telling me to hurry up for my next assignment, bye love!”
Suddenly she turned into a smoke ring like a halo instantaneously as she exhaled. And the door became slightly ajar for the smoke to disappear into the open air of the late morning’s sunshine, going upwards. The sun’s ray blinded his eyes for a moment before he looked down again to see the city cab driving away like a bat out of hell!
Jonesy stood there near the door halfway open allowing fresh air to enter as he flicked the burning cigarette through its gap. And watched it burn to its butt as he blew a kiss in his mind’s eye. He flew it towards the woman who left in haste hopping on the city cab. Slowly he turned around and walked a few steps and sat on the edge of the bed. Instead of turning on the TV, he just sat there as if in a trance staring into the TV screen’s dark reflection. Jonesy stared deep into the blank screen, and then he began seeing a picture as if it was turned on by the pixels of his mind’s eye.
The cab driver surreptitiously eyed the woman through his rearview mirror while driving and saw her pucker her lips as if she received …a kiss? How strange. He thought to himself admiring her beauty as he fantasized being her. If he looked like her, why, he could get any man he desired. But then another thought came to him …. why did I speed away like a … a bat out of hell! Strange. Something’s definitely weird about this beautiful lady with a green cat like eyes with full long black wavy hair past her shoulders. Oh Allah, why must I be born gay and also be a Muslim in a conservative family? Of course there are no answers but that same old pressure for him to get married soon….. Oh God! She disappeared as soon as he took his eye off of her as he came to a stop at the red light. What the hell? What’s going on? So Hussein immediately turned into the nearby parking lot of a supermarket after the green light.
It’ll be a nice day today Jonesy can tell by the way the air’s warmth and the sky looking less cloudy. Today’s going to be his lucky day. I know it! Thought Jonesy. Always an inner voice to keep him company in his pathetic life of just existing from one day to the next. Everyday he’d get up out of his make shift home, if that’s what it is. It looks more like a giant coffin than a minature log cabin. He built it by taking similar sized big branches and with all the twigs broken off, and stacked them up in a square up to his waist. Afterwards he went towards the area in the same woods where there is a haven for people dumping illegally city won’t collect. He knew he could find a big piece of discarded plastic tarp over there. So all he did was drape it over the branches because it was big enough to cover the whole thing. Yeah, it’s more like a doghouse than anything resembling a home because he can only lie in it… okay, it’s just a bed with a roof over it. And it’s well hidden inside one of many thick copses within the same woods as the illegal dump.
….to be continued….