Umber (52.2 — Miss Brigid talks to Sioban)

October 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

We didn’t realize that besides seeing her friends walk to school, Oleander was also seeing her good-for-nothing louse of a father drive his car past the window on his way to the trick rider hussy’s house.  I used to wonder why the little girl looked so sad in the afternoons before her mother got home from work.

Finally one day, I brought her some tea and a biscuit and asked her if she wanted me to tell her a story.  She looked up at me and said, “Daddy just drove by, Miss Brigid.  I see his car almost every day.  I always think he’s going to pull into our driveway and come to visit me because I’m sick, and maybe he’ll bring me another puppy.  He’ll tell me I’m better than Luther and Lorraine put together, and that Mama is more beautiful than ten July Benbows.  But he never stops, he just drives down the street to her house.”

I tried to think of something comforting to tell her, but I couldn’t come up with anything.


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