Thursday, February 26, 2009

Coming Attractions: "A Sheep In Wolf's Clothing"

She leans forward and Lamont pulls his zipper down, but the smile on his face vanishes like that of a lap dancer when a trick runs out of bills, because she points a .45 right at his crotch. His pallor turns from tanning machine rustic brown to pale goth.

“Whoa, whoa, there’s no need to take it like that! I thought someone sent you as a present. I didn’t mean anything untoward.”

“Move back slowly and don’t get any ideas about kicking me,” Delia says firmly, “unless you want to find out just how fast I can put all eleven bullets into you.”

Lamont notices how steady her gun hand is and he’s worried. If there is something that he’s learned through all the years of having various businesses in both the marginal parts of town and shady dealings in the good parts of town, a shaky gun hand is bad because that means they might shoot you accidentally, and a steady hand usually means that they have no problems shooting you.

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8 comments:

SkylersDad said...

"His pallor turns from tanning machine rustic brown to pale goth." is just a wonderful line!

Paul Brazill said...

I agree- a brilliant line and a beaut of a story.

Cormac Brown said...

Sky Dad,

Thanks, The Missus gives me poetic supplements every morning.

Paulie Decibels,

Thank you, sir.

Gifted Typist said...

His pallor turns from tanning machine rustic brown to pale goth.

ahhhhh
haahahaha
hahahahaha

That is hilarious. (It was supposed to be, right?)

Princess LadyBug said...

Fabulous story!!!

Now, I gotta know. Just how did you know what a "spinner" is?! :P

Cormac Brown said...

Gifted,

No, it was supposed to be dramatic, as it was based on centuries old proto-Kabuki theater.

Princess,

Thanks, and I, uh, still don't know what that means.

Bubs said...

"...and a steady hand usually means that they have no problems shooting you."

No kidding. I love that line and the lead-up to it as well.

Cormac Brown said...

Bubs,

Thanks, though I wished that I had consulted you on a firearms issue before I sent it in.