The Minotaur Takes A Cigarette Break

By Steven Sherrill

5 thousand years on - and the Minotaur, or M as he's recognized to his colleagues, is operating as a line chef at Grub's Rib in Carolina, preserving to himself, protecting his horns down, attempting in useless to place his previous at the back of him. He leads an ordered way of life in a shabby trailer park the place he tinkers with automobiles, writes and re-writes to-do lists and observes the haphazard goings on round him. Outwardly managed, M attempts to conceal his emotional turmoil as he's transported deeper into the human global of deceit, confusion and want.

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The Minotaur remains at the flooring. From the place he lies he can watch the bats circling in spastic orbits round the highway lamp looking for moths and mosquitoes. “Do you recognize what this freak did? ” Shane asks Hank. “He stole her funds. He stole her funds and he raped her. ” “No,” Kelly says. “Raped her whereas she was once subconscious. ” “No! ” “Put these nasty fucking horns of his among her legs. ” “Goddammit, Shane,” Margaret says. “You don’t understand that. ” “I didn’t suggest for this to occur, M,” Kelly says. simply because Hank is not any god, and since at his center Shane is not any demon, theirs can be a fight of bravado, exactly the form of stupidity that will get humans damage, occasionally killed. “Hank,” Josie says from the porch. “Μ,” Kelly says from the place she sits at the flooring. “Mmmna,” says the Minotaur, emerging. Hank says not anything. The trailer hitch at the rear of the Minotaur’s automobile, the polished metal ball, sparkles like a jewel within the headlights. Kelly cries softly; the Minotaur hears the watery sniffle. Eye to eye, Shane and Hank are locked in a personal and silent fight. The others wait to take their cues. Adrienne, regardless of her anger, shamelessly gawks in any respect that's contained by way of Hank’s teal lingerie. it truly is that second in a war of words whilst not anyone understands what’s going to occur, whilst the end result is up within the air, whilst the outcome relies as a lot on likelihood as anything. “Ungh,” the Minotaur says, and strikes towards Kelly. Margaret, nonetheless uncertain, steps among them. Shane prepares to lunge. Hank attracts again his fist. Kelly covers her eyes. Then Sweeny speaks. “Quite a ruckus for 3 o’clock within the morning. ” Sweeny comes round from at the back of the vehicles. it truly is doubtful how lengthy he’s been there. With the longest blade of a tiny penknife he cleans the areas among his entrance the teeth, making high-pitched sucking noises as he strikes from one the teeth to the subsequent. Sweeny, in pinstriped overalls and naked ft, makes an remark. “Some fogeys is making an attempt to sleep,” he says. “Mind your small business, previous man,” Shane says. Sweeny appears to be like at him, chuckles. “You on my estate, son. My company can be to have you ever arrested. Or it'd be to shoot you. ” each person quiets. “You ok, pass over? ” he asks Kelly. “No, she’s no longer okay,” Adrienne solutions prior to Kelly can communicate. “Among different issues this freak of nature stole all of her cash. ” “Miss? ” Sweeny says. “You ok? ” “Yes, sir. i believe so. ” Sweeny takes Kelly’s hand, is helping her rise up. He strikes slowly. “M,” he says. “Trailer hitch seems to be sturdy. you probably did a very good task. ” every person seems on the trailer hitch at the again of the Vega, careworn. “What the fuck! ” Shane says. It’s humorous how instinct occasionally arises from the main not going assets. it can be that Sweeny was once hearing the come upon from the very starting. Or it may be that the Minotaur pointed out Kelly’s identify on their lengthy force to Florida for the corn puppy trailer. provided that Sweeny, in his personal means, is a romantic, it’s no longer not easy to determine the place his perception comes from. “This your little gal, M? ” Sweeny asks. “Mmm,” he says, thinking about.

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