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Unexpected Visitors

Updated on November 12, 2013
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From my ongoing Autobiography, Bakersfield Blood/ A Wine Squeezed from the Grapes of Wrath


"It's Billy and Dave," said I, as I looked down from my 3rd floor window.

"Let em in," says my cockeyed stepfather. (Not born cockeyed; just punched too hard while doing time in the pen. And somehow the look just fit right in with his flat left pinky. The one he says got that way from the ruler of an overzealous nun.)

For some reason cockeyed step-dad doesn't look too thrilled about the visit. Me, I'm thrilled as can be, and so I fly down the stairs like only a fourteen year old can.

Last time Billy and Dave were here they shared some really good stash with me and cockeyed step-dad, and they gave me a stack of records. These guys were cool, man; I mean, really cool!

I came to a stop on the 1st floor landing, my long hair coming to rest around my shoulders, and jerked open the door.

"Billy, Dave! C'mon in, man."

For some reason, Billy and Dave didn't look too thrilled about the visit. They brushed right past me without so much as a "f'kin aye, little dude." I guess no stash today; no records to add to my collection.

As they start up the stairs I see a lead pipe slide down Billy's sleeve and into his hand.

The year was 1976; the bicentennial. What a fun year that was...for most people.




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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Good short story Wayne...had me hanging in there for more. Poor old Cockeyed stepdad. I guess he'll be even worse off after this visit. Feel sorry for the 14 year old and what he's about to witness, unless there's a twist to the outcome. voted up ++

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Jodah, this was a true event from my youth. Cockeyed step-dad survived that one...but worse things caught up to him. And yes, there was a lot that was not to be desired that I witnessed. But I have survived and life is smiling on me now.

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      Vincent Moore 3 years ago

      Quite the story Wayne, I liked the dialogue and old cock=eyed step-dad. I know there is more to this story, as you left us hanging with the lead pipe sliding down Billy's arm to his hand, surely cockeyed or somebody is going to get straightened out? This cockeyed step-dad reminds me of a kid I went to public school with. He was so cockeyed, it made me cross eyed too looking at him. Well he thought he was a tough kid, he shyt his drawers every day and we all wondered if that's what mad him so cock-eyed, well him and I tangled a few times and he got the shyt kicked out of him some more, man did he stink when he walked by the rest of the kids in school. They didn't have depends back then, for sure that kid would have needed a box of them. lol

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      Ready for more! Jamie

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Good on you Wayne. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, as they say. Glad you came through it all ok.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Never been a step-dad but seems to me I have played every character in this piece. Right around that time. I look forward to more!!

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      Sunny River 3 years ago from A Place Without A Name which resides somewhere between Fantasy and Belief, just north of Reality

      Oh wow! Great piece. The minimalist style works so well here. You find out so much but are left with so many other questions, only to wonder. Very glad you made it out alright. :)

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      Leaves one wanting more. . . .

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      Nikkij504gurl 3 years ago from Louisiana

      Sounds like the makings of a great autobiography. You definitely must have some interesting stories to tell.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      More, more, more Wayne! Seems like someone's fixing to get his head bashed in.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you for the story of your own Vincent. You had me chuckling there.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thanks for the visit Jamie.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Eric, it sounds like you may have a story of your own, eh?

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Sunny. I appreciate the visit and the kind words.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Hello dear Nellieanna! Oh, there is more; always more! ;)

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thanks Nikki. Yes, my past has been pretty interesting, to say the least.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Wayne,

      In just a such passage, you demonstrate just how great you are as a writer. I am scared to know and yet want to know what will happen with that steel pipe.

      Excellent work as usual my friend.

      Kim

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      LaThing 3 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hmmm.... I am sure there is more where that came from. Waiting! LOL

      excellent write, Wayne. Looking forward to reading more from you.

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      mylindaelliott 3 years ago from Louisiana

      Uh oh, it sounds like trouble. I hope there is a next part.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Sha, thanks for the visit. glad you enjoyed the writing.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Kim, I truly appreciate the compliment. Words like that from a poet such as yourself mean a lot to me.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Lizzie, thank you for the visit. I'm glad you could appreciate the piece.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Hi Linda! I appreciate the visit.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      You got me hooked and I'm looking forward to more

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Oh yes I am also hooked and looking forward to so many more.

      Eddy.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Rasma. This was just a vignette of a larger work I am doing. I may share some bits and pieces here and there.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you dear Eddy. It seems everyone enjoys these nuggets. It inspires me to finish the work.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      What a punch…good work!

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much Deb. Have a happy Thanksgiving.

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