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Friday, April 19, 2013

OH LAWD chapter 16



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Having got through the worst period of my life so far, I got back to normal for a boy my age.

The next Saturday Linda and I went to the movie again and Marly and her boyfriend were sitting three rows in front of us. Things were going well when I saw Marly slap her boyfriend, and say some angry words in a whispered tone which I couldn't understand. He got up abruptly and left while Marly stayed and sat alone.

She walked home with Linda and me. They lagged back and were talking while I impatiently walked ahead.  Finally I just walked on home while they were engaged in some private girl talk. Neither Linda nor Marly would answer me when I asked what they were talking so serious about.

After a while I gathered Marley’s friend had gotten too fresh and went too far. When I told her I was going to beat him up she said, “Just forget it for that was the last of him as far as I am concerned.”

I said, “If he calls you again let me talk to him or he bothers you at school let me know and I will put a stop to it.” As it turned out she wasn't bothered by him any more.

I asked Noonan if he had any more stories he could tell me and he said, “Did I ever tell you about moving to Mexico and marrying a Mexican girl?”

I said, “No, I don't think so.”  He said, “It was a number of years ago when I lived in San Diego California. There were two women fighting over me, each of which thought I was her man.

That may have been my fault because when I had a couple of drinks I didn't know what I was doing.  Sometimes I would ask a woman to marry me and that got me in a lot of trouble.  As it turned out both of them set a date for us to wed and as it happened it was the same date for both ladies.  Each of them came from big families and I mean they were a lot of them and their brothers were monsters.

I knew I couldn't marry both so I crossed the border into Mexico and went south to a small town. It wasn't long before I knew many families, and was invited to wed the older sister. Accordingly to their standards she was too old to attract most men for they all wanted teenagers for wives.

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It didn't bother me that she was twenty four or five or even twenty six. I never knew for sure how old she was, because that was a family secret.

Her name Alisa and she did most of the cooking for the family and they insisted I move in with them for they didn't want to lose their cook. Outside of getting a little wood for cooking and a few chores I didn't have to do much of anything.

I still remember the first time I ate her cooking. I took a big bite of something and at first I tasted the delicious flavor of the food and a few seconds later the hot seasoning hit me. Those peppers took the skin off of the inside of my mouth. After a few days I could tolerate the heat although the scarring that took place damaged my palate somewhat.

He said that although we were married she never slept with me, and I thought that was strange for Mexican girls are known for being quite passionate.

I thought well after all I had everything else I needed, and it was siesta time most often for me. Then something strange happened.  She was going to have a baby.

At first it must be a miracle until I found out she had a boyfriend. As it turned out I wasn't married to her after all. The guy who was supposed to be a priest wasn't a priest at all, and she was really married to a fellow her father hated. When the father found out what was going on, at first he blamed me.

I explained that I was as surprised as he was. To make a longer explanation shorter he told me to leave, and her real husband moved in.
 
I wanted to get out of there before someone did harm to me, so I caught an old bus to Ciudad Juárez and then crossed over to El Paso.”

Oh Lawd!   
 
 To be Continued
 

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