WHAT CAN I SAY?

I didn’t take anything. I’m waiting for a friend of mine.
Yeah, I have a wrench under my coat.
No, I don’t have a receipt for it. It just looks like one of yours.
So you’re stuck with me. How long does this usually take?
Look, I just blew it. Just kick me out. It’s cool.
I’m sick of waiting; where’s the “man” when you want him?
Changing of the guard, eh?
They’ve had me in here for over an hour.
I’m so sorry. Can’t I just pay for it and never come into the store again?
Sorry about the tears, man. My kid is so hungry and what if I lose my place?
We’d be on the street!
But you can do something, can’t you? I won’t ever come in here again, I swear!
Thank you so much, man! I won’t ever do anything this stupid again. Really!
***
 As seen in UMM Binnacle Ultrashorts 2017
(This Flash is expanded into a 10-minute, one act play: let me know by comments if you would like to see it up.)
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DOWNTURN ECONOMICS

Published 2/18/14 here:

Mowing Alfalfa (SwissLane Farms)

Mowing Alfalfa (SwissLane Farms)

Manuel laughs and sets the pace at the lumberyard, salvaging twisted, stained, split lumber, turning short pieces into stakes or pickets. He and his crew replenish plywood, cut orders, load trucks and help customers in 100 degree heat or driving rain.

I’ve carpooled with him since the economy puked in 2008.
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CHET’S IMPACT

Have and Have Not crtsy Lee Chapman

Have and Have Not crtsy Lee Chapman

first publ: jan. 20, 2014

Chet shoved the key into the lock of his Brooklyn apartment and twisted.

In arid Mauritania, Hissein fell writhing against the lead goat, holding his belly from the pain of the parasite in his stomach.

As Chet dropped down the stairs two at a time toward the sidewalk, the tailings dam of Cerro Negro, Petorca, in Chile, began to bulge outward from age and the press of water behind it.

When Chet reached the curb, he glanced at his watch.

Dolores, in the mountain town of Sarang Sarang in Indonesia, died of old age at 53.

He chose the ignition key from his ring.

A village school closed its doors in Belen de Andamarca, Bolivia, for lack of funds. Continue reading