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LONG WALK AT THE END OF A SHORT ROPE
“I’ve always wanted to go to prison.”
“Shut up, Nash, this isn’t my fault.” He gingerly inspected the lump that was forming just above his eye.
“No seriously, Hawkins the décor is lovely.” I nudged what was obviously a discarded condom with the toe of my boot. It stuck. I tried to shake it off. “And speaking of this not being your fault, which one of us was stupid enough to hit a cop?”
“That was only after you said you slept with his wife.”
“Said. Not hit. Important difference.”
“Fails to be important if he succeeds in murdering you.”
“But see, then we get to sue him for assault, instead of the other way ‘round”
“Which is loads of fun when you’re dead.”
We were interrupted by the approach of a flabby-jowled desk cop sporting a bolo tie, holding a cheap mug of coffee.
“You two are free to go.” He took a sip. “Someone posted your bail.” He offered by way explanation.
“Really?” We said surprised unison.
The door slid open with a tortured groan.
“Listen Officer,” I said. “I wanted to thank you. I think we learned a valuable lesson here today”
“Yes,” Hawkins took my lead, “We’ve a renewed respect for authority.”
The Officer, distracted, stared beadily at Hawkins, trying to catch a whiff of sarcasm.
I deftly removed the spent condom from the sole of my boot, slipping it into his full coffee mug.
“Absolutely,” I intoned. “I think everyone got exactly what they deserved."