|Change Passes Us By (standard:other, 1365 words)|
|Author: awake||Added: Nov 16 2001||Views/Reads: 1704/1068||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|This is a short story that is written in first person with a flair of southern dialect and mannersims. The main character, an older woman is thinking of an "friend" with a colorful past. In the middle of her thought she runs into the firend and|
Story: Change Passes Us By by Diamonte Hamlett Quiet is kept; I've never really cared much for Vemillle Toulaborne. I guess I could be considered brave just thinking a thought like that out loud. Everybody else in this town act like she the best thing since microwaveable popcorn, but not me I'm an old fool. I've known her for more than 2 decades and in all that time you think a woman like that would become grown enough to change. I hate to say it but she is still the same ole Vemille she was when up ran off Neola Brown's husband, 5 years ago, yes she did. Ain't nobody heard from or seen her since. I have to admit though thinking of Vemille brought a lot of memories back. Got me to thinking about my Charlie, God rest his soul. She swear up and down he was trying to get with her first but I know better, Charlie Turner didn't have a tasteless bone in his body, so why would he go against his own grain and try to date something as tawdry as Vemille Toulaborne? It just ain't gonna happen. I'm on my way to the supermarket, this weeks paper say you can get 3 cartons of eggs for a dollar, and honey that a whole lot of bang for my buck. There goes Verde's old-fashioned press and curl. I' been meaning to make an appointment but I just haven gotten around to it. Anyhow as I was saying, you just can't catch sales the way you used to. So it's my best interest to catch this one while it lasts. Oh my word, speak of the devil and she shall appear, who do I see strolling down Heming Way except for Vemille Toulabourne herself. I've got to make it my business to greet the old girl. "Vemille Esther Toulaborne is that you, I was just thinking about you " I say in my best girl-I-haven't-seen-you-in-so long-voice. "Mayme Turner is that you, I aint came clean all the way from Las Vegas Nevada not see my girl Mayme." Now Vemille was at least 10 years younger than me but to look at her you'd think it was the other way around. Las Vegas Nevada, I'm thinking to my self is that where she purchased that gawd awful looking knock off mink from, with that dress I'm sure my mama would have loved to see in her day. I was raised with better manners than that so I say, "Girl don't you look good, life sure been treating you good." I didn't even bother to mention the 20 lbs. she put on. Which is a shame cause I still coats I had since I was young woman. But that's all up to them genetics, my momma stayed slim like that. "Chile I can't complain, you haven't changed a bit, How is that fine husband of yours Charlie doing he still at the post office?" "Girl, Charlie been dead about 2 years now, that sugar and pressure ain't do him no good." She still had it, just her mentioning my Charlie's name was enough to send my pressure through the roof. But uh uh not today, Dr. Kudowski told me one more episode like that one a few months ago when I hit bingo for $500.00 dollars and found out I had the wrong numbers. I'd be the intensive care unit for sure. I aint' gone let this heifer get me worked up. "Oh Mayme no, I hadn't heard a thing about it." This huzzy put a performance better than Betty Davis could in her prime. Everybody know Charlie gone, Just before she got to hootin and hollin too bad and vowing she'd jump in the grave, I asked her with the slightest twinge of nosiness, something for which I'll ask for forgiveness later. "Vemille, I tell you it's been great seeing you again, are you back for good?" Thought I should ask just in case I needed to warn the rest of the women before she try to steal to they man like she did Neola's Isaac, who by the way wasn't with her, but I contained my self like any church going woman would. Besides rumor already had it that once Isaac got her as far as Kansas she took off with some ole truck driver and left him cold. No better for the old buzzard, Neola say she didn't hear from him Click here to read the rest of this story (62 more lines)
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