Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Untitled - Part 4

First

"What's in this?" he asked.

"Nothing. Eggs. Salt. Pepper."

"Is it good?"

"It’s fine. It’s eggs."

He took a bite. "Not bad."

"I told you."

“So.”

"So?"

"What do you think?"

"I don't know."

"Is it safe?"

"I don't know. Probably not."

"We have to do it."

"Yes. We do."

Second

They’d talked about it for weeks. Risks, rewards. It was like a business to them. It was a business. Not the way most people thought about business, maybe, but a business still. It took planning and investment and sweat and if things went well there was profit to be made.

Third

The radio played while they ate. The window was open and the music carried in the still, heavy morning heat, a song that wasn’t good and wasn’t bad. A year from now nobody would remember it. Mike smiled to himself and pushed his toast around the plate, drank some coffee.

Fourth

Ray finished his eggs. “Those were good,” he said.

“Glad you liked them,” said Mike. “Ready to make the call?”

Ray shrugged. “You’re sure this is the right number?”

“I checked it. Three times. He’ll be there.”

“What if he’s not?”

“He will be.”

Ray dialed.

Somewhere the phone rang.

11 comments:

Jennifer said...

Ok, are you working for the egg lobby?? Are we all craving fried eggs now?

Kathleen said...

Snag opened a diner!!!!!!

Jennifer said...

And it's got a large, rotating vulture on the top!

Snag said...

I'm in thrall to Big Egg.

blue girl said...

Snag opened a diner!!!!!!

LOL

fish said...

Kathleen isn't craving an Egg McMuffin right now. She isn't. She doesn't want want that cheesy, eggy goodness as she starts out her day.
She doesn't all right? So stop suggesting that she wants and Egg McMuffin.
For Breakfast.
Right now.

Jennifer said...

Is want want greater than want? Does want want equal need.??

fish said...

want want is the proper antecedent to conjugate form want and. N.B. The "d" is added to an when followed by a McDonald's proper noun (otherwise known as a "Mickey-D."

Jennifer said...

I think you're drunk, fish, but I'm still laughing.

Kathleen said...

you know what's really weird? Now I am totally craving an Egg McMuffin!


seriously though, I really want one.

fish said...

Ah ha ha ha!!!! Victory is mine!!11!!one!!!

I am pretty sure that Kathleen does not want a nice piece of strawberry cheesecake.
You know with whip cream.
Because that doesn't sound good at all.
Not even a little bit.
Cheesecake.
With strawberries.