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by Lynn Demarest in Miscellaneous, Mostly True Stories, Stories
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by Lynn Demarest in Miscellaneous, Mostly True Stories, Stories
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Viagra injectable The word about Sophia’s intoxicating cake got out soon after the first birthday, viagra injectable but the implications were not realized until a month before the second, viagra injectable when Abigale counted three-hundred-seventy-three requests for invitations to the boy’s party.
Viagra injectable “Since when do people ask to come to a two-year-old’s birthday party?” Sophia asked her.
Viagra injectable “It’s your cake, viagra injectable mom, viagra injectable” Abigale said. Viagra injectable “People say you must put drugs in it.”
Viagra injectable “It’s not drugs, viagra injectable” Sophia said. Viagra injectable “It’s love.”
Viagra injectable After the second party, viagra injectable a rumor circulated that Sophia spiked the cake. Viagra injectable The rumor was so intense that it generated a spin-off rumor that said someone had smuggled out a napkin-wrapped pocketful of the cake and sent it to a lab. Viagra injectable The scientists at the lab picked it apart molecule by molecule and found nothing but molecules that one would expect to find in a cake.
Viagra injectable It was therefore decided that Sophia’s cake contained a secret balance of ingredients and perhaps a special way of combining them and applying heat to them that resulted in some sort of homespun elixir. Viagra injectable This feat of kitchen alchemy was attempted by several accomplished bakers, viagra injectable one of whom had gone to the Indiana finals of the Pillsbury Bake-Off. Viagra injectable All of them failed. Viagra injectable Everyone, viagra injectable even the talented bakers themselves, viagra injectable agreed it was not like Sophia’s cake.
Viagra injectable “They left out the love, viagra injectable” Sophia said.
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Viagra injectable Delicious as they were, viagra injectable Sophia’s birthday cakes did more than just taste good. Viagra injectable They also looked good. Viagra injectable She painstakingly decorated them with homemade marzipan sculptures teased together with toothpicks and tweezers.
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Viagra injectable This year, viagra injectable the cake’s theme was western. Viagra injectable The giant slab (any larger and it would not have fit into Sophia’s oven) was to be decorated with candy cowboys riding candy horses and a herd of candy cattle grazing on a green-icing pasture. Viagra injectable A lasso of icing would spell out Happy Birthday Cowpoke Jason!
Viagra injectable The cake was cooling. Viagra injectable Sophia already had finished making the candy cowboys in their ten-gallon hats and sitting astride chocolate-and-vanilla palominos. Viagra injectable The candy cattle were completed as well, viagra injectable five Guernseys and one longhorn made anatomically correct for the amusement of the five-year-old boys, viagra injectable for whom there were few things funnier than wieners, viagra injectable unless it was poopie, viagra injectable a kindergarten fetish Sophia also sought to satisfy by fashioning a few tiny cow pies she positioned under each animal’s rear end, viagra injectable leaving no doubt about what they were.
Viagra injectable Even when it took the form of feces, viagra injectable Sophia’s cake was delicious. Viagra injectable And besides, viagra injectable Jason and the other five-year-old boys would get a real laugh watching each other eat candy cow poo.
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Viagra injectable “Jack!” She called to her husband.
Viagra injectable “Coming!” he answered, viagra injectable pausing to fill in a crossword answer.
Viagra injectable For years, viagra injectable Jack Flowers had done the newspaper crossword puzzles every day, viagra injectable not just the ones near the comics, viagra injectable but the harder ones in the classified section. Viagra injectable He done so many that their sameness had long ago diluted the challenge. Viagra injectable Identical clues and answers kept showing up. Viagra injectable “Sapporo Sash, viagra injectable” for example, viagra injectable always was “Obi.” Who but crossword addicts knew such a word! Anyway, viagra injectable finishing for Jack was a fait accompli. Viagra injectable He judged himself now by how fast he finished.
Viagra injectable “Juvenile delinquent” was the clue for a four letter word ending with a T (the first letter of TERROR). Viagra injectable “BRAT” Jack wrote.
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Viagra injectable Jack wrote down the amount of time he had spent on the puzzle so far (4 min) and went to her.
Viagra injectable “My dove!” he sang. Viagra injectable The kitchen smelled of cake baking and icing sugar. Viagra injectable “You cooed?”
Viagra injectable “I’m out of green, viagra injectable my prince.” She tossed him an empty tube of green food color. Viagra injectable “Can you please go get more?”
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Viagra injectable The Bench Boys had been invited to Jason’s third and fourth birthday parties, viagra injectable and so were among those who had jockeyed for invitations in year five. Viagra injectable This time, viagra injectable however, viagra injectable Sophia told Jack that none of them could come. Viagra injectable There were too many parents and children already coming from Jason’s new kindergarten. Viagra injectable All of the kindergarten parents had heard about Sophia’s cake and anticipated it with such great relish that some of them were even driven to implore their children to be nice to Jason no matter how mean he is to you so as not to spoil their chance at a slice of it.
Viagra injectable “You sure they can’t come?” Jack asked for the fourth time even though he already knew the answer. Viagra injectable Sophia rarely changed her mind.
Viagra injectable “Jack!”
Viagra injectable “OK!”
Viagra injectable He blew her a kiss (her head was in the refrigerator, viagra injectable so she didn’t catch it) then pulled the door shut with his cane, viagra injectable a smooth move worthy of Fred Astaire.
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Viagra injectable “That could have turned out badly, viagra injectable” he thought.
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Viagra injectable The market was a short walk from the condo – maybe four-hundred yards – on the other side of a park that was across the street. Viagra injectable First Jack noticed two joggers on the path that followed the park’s perimeter, viagra injectable which was lined with shady banyans as big as hot air balloons. Viagra injectable Then he spotted a man and a boy flying a virtual squadron of kites, viagra injectable maybe fifteen or twenty of them, viagra injectable most on auto-pilot, viagra injectable the spool ends stuck securely into the grass, viagra injectable angled against a strong and constant breeze that lifted the kites almost directly overhead and pulled their strings taut.
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Viagra injectable “Who’s that?” one of them said, viagra injectable flicking his fuzzy chin at Jack.
Viagra injectable “Just some old geezer from the condo, viagra injectable ass wipe, viagra injectable” his friend answered. Viagra injectable “Who gives a fuck?”
Viagra injectable “Maybe he has some money. Viagra injectable I need more smokes.”
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Viagra injectable Jack took another swing at the soda can.
Viagra injectable As Baby Jason was passed from arm to arm, viagra injectable each new temporary parent was equally astonished by the miracle before them, viagra injectable this despite the newborn’s peculiar-looking cranium, viagra injectable which due to a hard delivery had come out shaped like a butternut squash, viagra injectable narrow at the crown, viagra injectable fat at the base. Viagra injectable A first-time mother, viagra injectable Abby was understandably horrified, viagra injectable especially considering the nurses’ well-meaning but poorly-worded assurances that her baby’s head would take on a more normal shape over the next few weeks.
Viagra injectable Of course the head’s glacial metamorphosis took longer than Abby imagined it would, viagra injectable and with no way of know how normal it would grow before it refused to get any more normal, viagra injectable she ultimately convinced herself that her son’s head was to be forever shaped like a gourd.
Viagra injectable “How can a head change shape?” she wailed to her father. Viagra injectable “It’s made of bone!”
Viagra injectable “Babies heads are different, viagra injectable” Jack said. Viagra injectable He held his softly sobbing daughter as if she were a child again. Viagra injectable He assured her the nurses had meant to say little Jason’s head would become completely normal. Viagra injectable It was just going to take more time, viagra injectable he said. Viagra injectable “Maybe because it involves bone.”
Viagra injectable Jack and the nurses were right, viagra injectable of course. Viagra injectable Over the next few months, viagra injectable at a pace that made the change difficult to see unless you looked at old photographs of the boy, viagra injectable the strangeness of the head subsided. Viagra injectable Within two weeks of the day his diapers started to smell remarkably foul, viagra injectable he was as perfect a baby as anyone could dare expect.
Viagra injectable At thirty, viagra injectable Abigale was still a young mother. Viagra injectable Everyone assumed that she’d have at least one more child. Viagra injectable But in five years she had not. Viagra injectable Some thought maybe she feared having another baby with a deformed head – one that wouldn’t reshape itself as magically as Jason’s had. Viagra injectable Or perhaps it was because she herself was an only child and so recognized the material advantages.
Viagra injectable Abigale was born when Sophia was thirty-eight – late for a first-time mother. Viagra injectable More than that, viagra injectable once the doctors pronounced the baby normal, viagra injectable Sophia began to insist on having her tubes tied before she left the hospital.
Viagra injectable The doctors told her she’d have to come back.
Viagra injectable “Why not do it now?” she asked. Viagra injectable “I’m here, viagra injectable you’ve got me all opened up. Viagra injectable Let’s do it!”
Viagra injectable “The human body is not a Buick, viagra injectable” her doctor told her.
Viagra injectable Sophia had always known she and Jack would never have a big family. Viagra injectable The bulk of her childbearing years had been spent in Barrow, viagra injectableAlaska, viagra injectable the northernmost point of theUnited States. Viagra injectable The location was so remote that pregnancy was a risk accepted only by the native Eskimos, viagra injectable who were in the majority and had big families despite commonly losing one or two infants, viagra injectable and those who got pregnant by accident and could not bring themselves to have an abortion.
Viagra injectable In Barrow, viagra injectable the Flowers had owned and operated the Caribou Depot, viagra injectable a general store of sorts that also slaughtered and butchered wild game brought in by the locals. Viagra injectable Jack himself flew in provisions once a month from Fairbanks, viagra injectable five-hundred miles to the south, viagra injectable small special orders included. Viagra injectable (Larger items came by boat, viagra injectable in the summertime.) For two months in the summer, viagra injectable they also ran Midnight Sun Tours, viagra injectable which took tourists on rides around the bay, viagra injectable where the low-hanging sun was visible not only at midnight but all night.
Viagra injectable On Sophia’s thirty-fifth birthday, viagra injectable she decided she had indulged her adventurous husband quite long enough and started talking about acquiring a normal life, viagra injectable a transition that happened surprisingly fast, viagra injectable since Jack was ready for a change, viagra injectable too.
Viagra injectable They’d both had their fill of snow and ice, viagra injectable and so even though they were far from retirement age, viagra injectable they migrated toFlorida. Viagra injectable Sophia got a job at an accounting firm and Jack flew rich people around in their private jets.
Viagra injectable InTennessee, viagra injectable it is said, viagra injectable you’re never out of view of a church steeple. Viagra injectable InBoca Raton, viagra injectable the same was true for golf courses, viagra injectable and Jack made a point to play all of them, viagra injectable even the private ones, viagra injectable which admitted him as a guest. Viagra injectable As a private pilot, viagra injectable Jack Flowers knew a lot of rich people, viagra injectable and rich people, viagra injectable he soon learned, viagra injectable had country club memberships whether they played golf or not.
Viagra injectable The soda can was not a golf ball and the mahogany cane was not a sand wedge, viagra injectable so it took Jack several swings – each one preceded by a motionless stance – to finally get the stubborn can near a trash receptacle stationed next to the walking path on the far side of the park. Viagra injectable Looking into the receptacle, viagra injectable Jack spotted a discarded cupcake and was instantly reminded of his mission. Viagra injectable Leaving the battered soda can resting against the base of the trash bin, viagra injectable he resumed his march toward the market with a renewed purpose and a silent prayer that Sophia hadn’t seen him dawdle mindlessly as if it were his fifth birthday tomorrow.
Viagra injectable As he drew near the entrance of the market, viagra injectable he saw the Bench Boys. Viagra injectable Junior Jones, viagra injectable a retired master welder fromLouisiana, viagra injectable had brought his card table and three folding chairs. Viagra injectable Junior weighed three-hundred-and-twenty pounds, viagra injectable thanks to a passion for barbecue and corn bread, viagra injectable and so had settled onto the sturdy concrete and wood bench while the other two sat in the folding chairs he’d provided. Viagra injectable Marvin Sladewick was east, viagra injectable to Junior’s right, viagra injectable and Walter Pinchell was west, viagra injectable to his left. Viagra injectable The folding chair in the north position, viagra injectable across from Junior, viagra injectable was empty.
Viagra injectable Marvin was the first to see Jack.
Viagra injectable “Hey Jackie!” he called.
Viagra injectable “Hey boys, viagra injectable” Jack said. Viagra injectable He stopped at the table, viagra injectable thinking he’d only pause for a second or two, viagra injectable especially since he’d spent so much time with the soda can.
Viagra injectable “Jack! Glad you stopped by! We need a fourth, viagra injectable” Junior said, viagra injectable motioning a handful of cards at the empty chair. Viagra injectable Junior, viagra injectable a big black man with arms as big as jackhammers, viagra injectable wore a white t-shirt and denim overalls, viagra injectable as he had since he was a boy (except for weddings and funerals).
Viagra injectable “Can’t do it, viagra injectable Junior, viagra injectable” Jack said, viagra injectable holding up the empty bottle of green food coloring. Viagra injectable “Sophia needs more green.”
Viagra injectable “What’s she need the food color for, viagra injectable Jack?” Walter asked, viagra injectable but of course he already knew.
Viagra injectable “Jason’s fifth birthday party is tomorrow, viagra injectable” Jack said. Viagra injectable “You already know that, viagra injectable Walter. Viagra injectable You asked me about it a month ago.”
Viagra injectable “Sophia’s cake!” Marvin Sladewick said, viagra injectable clutching his arms to his chest. Viagra injectable “She needs the green for the cake!” Marvin was thin as a rail and didn’t normally like sweets, viagra injectable but Sophia’s cake was, viagra injectable as everyone agreed, viagra injectable not to be missed.
Viagra injectable “Already told you guys, viagra injectable” Jack said. Viagra injectable “Can’t get you in this year.”
Viagra injectable “Seriously?” Marvin said sadly, viagra injectable sounding like a disappointed child.
Viagra injectable “Jason went into kindergarten this year, viagra injectable and it seems like his entire school is invited, viagra injectable” Jack explained. Viagra injectable “So no go.”
Viagra injectable “That is a damn shame, viagra injectable Jack, viagra injectable” Junior said. Viagra injectable “I don’t suppose you can save us some cake?”
Viagra injectable “Sure, viagra injectable if there’s any left, viagra injectable” Jack answered. Viagra injectable “But…”
Viagra injectable “There’s never any left, viagra injectable” Marvin finished. Viagra injectable “Deal the cards, viagra injectable Junior.”
Viagra injectable Feeling bad about disappointing his friends, viagra injectable Jack walked through the market’s automatic doors and found the food coloring without any trouble. Viagra injectable Then he started back to Sophia. Viagra injectable He didn’t stop to chat with the Bench Boys this time, viagra injectable but just shrugged and mouthed Sorry silently as he made his way past them. Viagra injectable They gave him the cold shoulder.
Viagra injectable As he started to cross the eastern edge of the park, viagra injectable he noticed that the group of teenagers who had been smoking cigarettes and roughhousing in the first-base dugout now were gathered around the man and the boy flying kites. Viagra injectable All of the kites were on auto-pilot.
Viagra injectable The kite man was pulling his pockets out of his pants as if to prove they were empty. Viagra injectable Suddenly, viagra injectable and without apparent provocation, viagra injectable one of the teenagers pushed the kite man hard against the chest and he fell to the ground. Viagra injectable The kite boy ran to defend his father and pushed the attacker back for a moment, viagra injectable but then he too was pushed to the ground.
Viagra injectable Jack kept walking. Viagra injectable He’d been gone so long that Sophia must know he stopped to fool with the Bench Boys. Viagra injectable She might well be perched on the top floor of the condo right now, viagra injectable watching him. Viagra injectable The kite man, viagra injectable still on the ground, viagra injectable was taking off his shoes and socks for some reason.
Viagra injectable Then Jack heard the kite boy scream. Viagra injectable The teenager with the fuzzy chin had kicked one of the kite spools out of the ground. Viagra injectable It was skittering along on the grass right toward Jack, viagra injectable the kite boy scampering after it and crying, viagra injectable “Catch it! Stop it!”
Viagra injectable Jack grabbed the foot of his cane and hooked its crook around the escaping kite string, viagra injectable which whizzed as it gnawed a small groove into the mahogany. Viagra injectable Not a second later, viagra injectable the wooden spool slammed into the crook of the cane.
Viagra injectable “Got it!” Jack said just as the boy ran up.
Viagra injectable The teen with the fuzzy chin was not done. Viagra injectable With his two comrades standing watch over the boy’s protesting father, viagra injectable who despite his protesting remained on the ground, viagra injectable he starting kicking kite spools out of the ground one after the other, viagra injectable sending them jumping along one after the other toward Jack and the boy.
Viagra injectable It took some doing, viagra injectable and the whizzing kite strings slashed their hands, viagra injectable but Jack and the kite boy managed to stop every kite before it got away, viagra injectable each time securing the spool in the crook of Jack’s cane.
Viagra injectable When the last kite had been successfully captured, viagra injectable the boy gave Jack a high-five and looked back in triumph at the kite vandal.
Viagra injectable “Good try, viagra injectable loser!” he cried.
Viagra injectable Just then, viagra injectable a gust came up and the combined pulling power of the squadron of kites was more than Jack could hold. Viagra injectable He was pulled to the ground.
Viagra injectable “Umph!” Jack said as the air was pushed from his chest.
Viagra injectable The kite boy leapt on top of Jack and helped him hold onto the cane. Viagra injectable He saw that the kites had become hopelessly tangled around the curved crook. Viagra injectable If they let the kites go, viagra injectable the cane would go with them.
Viagra injectable “Hold on!” Jack cried out. Viagra injectable “I don’t want to lose my cane!”
Viagra injectable “I’ve got it!” the kite boy said, viagra injectable and then they both started laughing.
Viagra injectable The teens, viagra injectable humiliated that they’d been bested by an old geezer and a boy, viagra injectable had wandered off penniless. Viagra injectable The kite man came hopping up, viagra injectable still trying to get his right heel into his sneaker.
Viagra injectable “That was amazing!” he said. Viagra injectable “I’ve never seen an old man move so fast! An old man with a cane no less! How old are you, viagra injectable anyway, viagra injectable mister?”
Viagra injectable Jack, viagra injectable still laying on the grass, viagra injectable still grasping the tugging cane with the kite boy, viagra injectable discovered he couldn’t answer. Viagra injectable Even though the boy was no longer laying on top of him, viagra injectable Jack felt as though he was still there, viagra injectable but much heavier. Viagra injectable He found it hard to breathe.
Viagra injectable “Heart…” Jack said. Viagra injectable He released his grip on the cane and grabbed his chest. Viagra injectable The pull of the kites immediately brought the kite boy to his feet. Viagra injectable Then it lifted him easily into the air.
Viagra injectable “Whoa!” the kite boy said, viagra injectable not yet aware of his dire situation.
Viagra injectable As Jack lay on the freshly mowed grass, viagra injectable the kite man ran after his airborne son, viagra injectable leaping and clutching for his feet, viagra injectable which remained just inches out of reach.
Viagra injectable “Let it go! I’ll catch you!” he called out to his son.
Viagra injectable The kite boy clung to the cane. Viagra injectable He either didn’t hear his father calling out or he was too frightened to let go. Viagra injectable Or maybe he didn’t want to lose his kites, viagra injectable or Jack’s cane. Viagra injectable In any case, viagra injectable he held on tight to the jumbled ball of wooden spools and kite string that had been wound around the top of Jack’s cane, viagra injectable then wrapped his legs around its shaft as if climbing a rope.
Viagra injectable The kite man, viagra injectable out of breath and realizing that he could not catch his son, viagra injectable stopped and watched the boy fly away. Viagra injectable By the time the boy reached the infield, viagra injectable he was twenty feet high and rising.
Viagra injectable “Shit!” the man cried. Viagra injectable He looked back at Jack, viagra injectable who was laying motionless on the grass. Viagra injectable The man ran in a small circle twice before dashing off to his car, viagra injectable where he’d left his cell phone. Viagra injectable He dialed 911. Viagra injectable One ring. Viagra injectable Two rings. Viagra injectable Three rings.
Viagra injectable “Come on!” the kite man said, viagra injectable tapping his foot.
Viagra injectable “911, viagra injectable is this an emergency?”
Viagra injectable “Yes!” the kite man said. Viagra injectable “I’m at TreetopsPark. Viagra injectable There’s an old man having a heart attack and my son is …” The kite man paused to think how best to explain his son’s desperate situation. Viagra injectable “He’s being dragged into the air by a bunch of kites! Up! Into the sky!”
Viagra injectable “Please stand by, viagra injectable” the dispatcher said.
Viagra injectable They must hear it all, viagra injectable the kite man thought. Viagra injectable Then he heard the dispatcher come back.
Viagra injectable “Paramedics are on their way, viagra injectable” she said. Viagra injectable “An officer should be there within two minutes.”
Viagra injectable The kite man looked up to see his son easily clear the first-base dugout where the teens had been smoking cigarettes and then the tall banyan trees at the far northern edge of the park. Viagra injectable The boy’s sneakers just brushed a banyan’s top branches as he floated past.
Viagra injectable “Oh my god!” the kite man said.
Viagra injectable Two policemen drove up and leapt out of their car.
Viagra injectable “Where’s the heart attack?” one of them said.
Viagra injectable The kite man didn’t take his eyes off his son. Viagra injectable He pointed to Jack and the cop who’d asked ran to him. Viagra injectable The other cop followed the kite man’s gaze and saw the boy being dragged away.
Viagra injectable “Come with me!” he said, viagra injectable and the kite man ran with him back to the police car.
Viagra injectable It was lucky the wind that day was blowing straight north, viagra injectable right downUniversity Drive. Viagra injectable With the police lights on and the siren blaring and the kite man sticking his head out the passenger window, viagra injectable the boy was easy to track.
Viagra injectable “There he is!” the kite man cried once the police car turned ontoUniversity Drive, viagra injectable headed north. Viagra injectable They followed the boy’s flight for several miles, viagra injectable with the kite man sticking his head out of the window every few seconds and yelling to his son.
Viagra injectable “Hold on, viagra injectable Spider! Hold on!”
Viagra injectable Maybe the wind will die down and he’ll land softly, viagra injectable the kite man hoped. Viagra injectable But he could see by the trees that linedUniversity Drivethat the wind was strong and steady. Viagra injectable It was, viagra injectable after all, viagra injectable why they’d decided to fly kites in the first place.
Viagra injectable After the kite boy had cleared the tall trees that lined the northern edge of the park, viagra injectable he’d felt his arms begin to weaken. Viagra injectable It was hard to hold himself up by clinging to the cane alone, viagra injectable so he struggled to lace the shaft of the cane through his belt, viagra injectable so that his pants helped hold him up and he could just hang there and enjoy the ride, viagra injectable or at least not have to worry as much about falling. Viagra injectable (He still kept a firm grip on Jacks’ cane.)
Viagra injectable Looking down, viagra injectable he saw people onUniversity Driveshading their eyes and pointing up at him. Viagra injectable Some of them seemed to be calling to him, viagra injectable but he couldn’t hear their voices over the sound of the wind. Viagra injectable He looked around and saw theWestCardinalHigh Schoolfootball stadium (where his brother played quarterback) and the Boca Raton Mall (where he and his younger sister had eaten pizza two days earlier) and theBoca RatonAirport, viagra injectable where he could see a jet taking off. Viagra injectable Suddenly he was struck by the fear of being hit by an airplane, viagra injectable or having one fly through the long trailing kite strings, viagra injectable which surely not even an eagle-eyed pilot could see. Viagra injectable He looked around but saw only two small single-engine planes far off in the distance and a jet liner far above him, viagra injectable drawing chalky trails against the sky.
Viagra injectable Looking down again, viagra injectable he saw a police car speeding up University Drive, viagra injectable its lights on (and probably the siren blaring, viagra injectable by the way it was blowing through red lights.) Someone was sticking their head out of the passenger window and then disappearing back into the car, viagra injectable then reappearing.
Viagra injectable “Dad?” the kite boy said, viagra injectable knowing he could not be heard.
Viagra injectable A black bird appeared next to him in the air, viagra injectable easily keeping up. Viagra injectable The bird cocked its head and looked at the kite boy over and over.
Viagra injectable “Caw!” the bird said.
Viagra injectable “Caw!” the kite boy answered.
Viagra injectable Then the bird was gone.
Viagra injectable The boy was a thousand feet high when it occurred to him that he might be able to get down by cutting away one or two of his kites, viagra injectable hopefully no more than three. Viagra injectable But which ones? Not the Spiderman kite, viagra injectable and he wouldn’t want to cut away the largest of the kites, viagra injectable which would have too great an impact on his altitude. Viagra injectable Could he even tell which string went to which kite? Probably not. Viagra injectable He’d just have to chance it. Viagra injectable Cut one away and see what happens. Viagra injectable He dug for the pocket knife his father insisted he always carry. Viagra injectable It was that very second, viagra injectable just as his fingertips touched the knife, viagra injectable that he hit something hard.
Viagra injectable By this time, viagra injectable Sophia was sure Jack had stopped to gawk at young mothers with the other Bench Boys. Viagra injectable She untied her apron in disgust and stormed out after him. Viagra injectable Jack had always been absentminded, viagra injectable easily distracted by one thing or another that caught his quirky attention. Viagra injectable His forgetfulness increased as the years passed. Viagra injectable Now that he was seventy, viagra injectable it seemed to happen at least once a week.
Viagra injectable The week before, viagra injectable she’d sent him down to the car to get something (she’d forgotten what, viagra injectable exactly) and he’d ended up taking two hours to come back because he’d decided the car needed to be washed, viagra injectable and, viagra injectable once it was washed, viagra injectable needed to be driven down to the Chevron to be vacuumed out.
Viagra injectable The week before that, viagra injectable she’d asked him to get a bottle of aspirin in the bathroom medicine cabinet and found him fifteen minutes later on his hands and knees next to the toilet, viagra injectable studying a trail of ants that had entered through the window. Viagra injectable He was trying to figure out where they were going, viagra injectable where the trail led, viagra injectable what they were up to. Viagra injectable The mystery ended when Sophia returned from the kitchen with a bottle of insecticide and killed them all.
Viagra injectable It wasn’t until Sophia got to the edge of the park and saw paramedics loading someone into the ambulance parked in shallow center field that she began to fear that Jack’s delay had been caused by more than just absentmindedness. Viagra injectable She peered into the back of the ambulance just before the doors slammed shut and saw what she thought was her husband.
Viagra injectable “Stop!” Sophia cried from the park’s edge, viagra injectable but the man in the white uniform who closed the ambulance door didn’t hear her in the strong wind. Viagra injectable Sophia started to trot toward the ambulance.
Viagra injectable “Is that Jack?” she called to a jogger passing by, viagra injectable pointing at the ambulance. Viagra injectable The jogger looked at her queerly. Viagra injectable Jack who? her face said. Viagra injectable Sophia, viagra injectable in her panic, viagra injectable had mistaken the jogger for someone else.
Viagra injectable Still trotting across the grass, viagra injectable Sophia called after the ambulance, viagra injectable “Jack! Is that you?”
Viagra injectable She reached the ambulance just as it was pulling away and beat with the palm of her hand on the driver’s window. Viagra injectable The ambulance stopped. Viagra injectable The driver rolled down his window.
Viagra injectable “Lady, viagra injectable we’ve got a heart attack, viagra injectable” the driver said.
Viagra injectable “I think it’s my Jack!” Sophia said, viagra injectable pointing to the back of the ambulance.
Viagra injectable “OK, viagra injectable get in, viagra injectable” the driver said.
Viagra injectable Sophia ran around the front of the ambulance, viagra injectable rendered temporarily breathless by the suffocating heat of the radiator, viagra injectable and climbed into the high passenger seat. Viagra injectable She looked toward the back and saw a tangle of hoses and wires and tubes connected to lighted panels that blinked and beeped. Viagra injectable All she could see was the top of Jack’s head resting on a small white pillow.
Viagra injectable “Oh my God!” she cried. Viagra injectable “What happened? Will he be all right?”
Viagra injectable The paramedic adjusted an oxygen mask on Jack’s face and looked up with a smile.
Viagra injectable “He had a pretty mild one. Viagra injectable His signs are stable now, viagra injectable” the paramedic said. Viagra injectable “He should be fine.”
Viagra injectable Should be. Viagra injectable Not will be. Viagra injectable Sophia held back the urge to cry. Viagra injectable She felt terrible for having secretly accused Jack unfairly of dawdling with the Bench Boys.
Viagra injectable Jack woke up a few hours later in the hospital. Viagra injectable Sophia was there, viagra injectable and so was the kite man and his son, viagra injectable even though the doctor had told them he was unsure how long Jack would remain asleep. Viagra injectable As they waited, viagra injectable Spider told Sophia about his adventure, viagra injectable about the teenagers looking for cigarette money and how Jack had worked with him to save all the kites, viagra injectable how Jack had then grabbed his chest and how he’d been suddenly lifted away by the kites.
Viagra injectable “I didn’t want to let go because he said he didn’t want to lose his cane, viagra injectable” Spider said, viagra injectable looking at Jack, viagra injectable who was sleeping soundly.
Viagra injectable Spider had hoped he would be able to catch a branch on one of the trees at the far end of the park, viagra injectable maybe just with his feet. Viagra injectable But by the time he’d gotten there the tree tops were just out of reach. Viagra injectable After that, viagra injectable he had no choice but to keep hanging on. Viagra injectable He was at 200 feet and climbing.
Viagra injectable “I thought I was gonna pee my pants!” Spider said, viagra injectable smiling and looking at Sophia, viagra injectable who kept looking at Jack.
Viagra injectable “For a minute, viagra injectable I worried that airplanes would hit me. Viagra injectable Then a bird started flying next to me. Viagra injectable Then I started to think I should maybe cut some of the kites free and wham!”
Viagra injectable Only after he had been carried fourteen miles across the county, viagra injectable forty minutes or so after his take off, viagra injectable the police car following him the whole way, viagra injectable the sirens blaring, viagra injectable his father’s head sticking out the passenger window, viagra injectable waving his arms and screaming something he couldn’t hear, viagra injectable did Spider’s wild ride finally end when he hit a cellular phone tower.
Viagra injectable “Want to see my bruise?” Spider said, viagra injectable lifting his shirt to reveal a perfectly straight line across his abdomen, viagra injectable where he’d hit the tower. Viagra injectable (X-rays taken downstairs had shown there were no broken bones.)
Viagra injectable Stunned by the collision, viagra injectable Spider had nonetheless held on to Jack’s cane, viagra injectable which as it had saved Jack earlier that day on the stairs also saved the boy from falling off the tower. Viagra injectable Once he’d recovered from the collision, viagra injectable the boy made his way to a nearly work platform and wedged the cane into a section of the scaffolding. Viagra injectable He then worked to carefully free the kites from the cane one by one and reel them in.
Viagra injectable In all their years flying kites together, viagra injectable his father had stubbornly refused to help him with string tangles, viagra injectable so Spider was an expert at untangling such messes. Viagra injectable Even so, viagra injectable he admitted, viagra injectable he had to cut two or three of the kites free with his pocket knife and retie the shortened string to its spool before reeling it in.
Viagra injectable The cop and Spider’s father had arrived at the base of the tower before Spider had the first kite freed. Viagra injectable They spent the next hour gathering up each kite as it floated down. Viagra injectable When the last kite had been retrieved, viagra injectable the boy tossed Jack’s cane down.
Viagra injectable “My dad caught it before it hit the ground, viagra injectable” Spider said. Viagra injectable “Then I started to climb down from the tower. Viagra injectable I was a long way up, viagra injectable so it too a few minutes.”
Viagra injectable When Spider’s feet finally hit ground, viagra injectable he felt so weak he might fall, viagra injectable but his father held him up and smothered him with hugs and kisses.
Viagra injectable Spider looked at his dad, viagra injectable who was standing over his shoulder. Viagra injectable “You were shaking like you were being electrocuted, viagra injectable” he said.
Viagra injectable “I thought you were going to die, viagra injectable” his father said. Viagra injectable “Do you realize how far up you were? If you had fallen, viagra injectable you would have hit the ground at well over a hundred miles an hour.”
Viagra injectable “I wasn’t going to fall, viagra injectable” Spider said. Viagra injectable “I threaded the cane through my belt, viagra injectable so I was tied to it pretty good. Viagra injectable It’s why I didn’t let loose of it when I hit the tower. Viagra injectable Gosh that hurt!”
Viagra injectable Sophia say Jack’s eyes crack open. Viagra injectable “He’s awake!” she whispered. Viagra injectable She’d never taken her eyes off him.
Viagra injectable “Here’s your cane, viagra injectable mister, viagra injectable” Spider said. Viagra injectable “Thanks for helping me with my kites.”
Viagra injectable Spider placed the cane on the bed beside Jack’s right leg and pushed its crook into his still tremulous hand.
Viagra injectable “Thank you, viagra injectable” Jack said, viagra injectable patting the cane without looking at it.
Viagra injectable “It’s a little bashed up, viagra injectable but I saved it, viagra injectable” the boy said.
Viagra injectable “Thanks, viagra injectable” Jack said.
Viagra injectable “You had a heart attack, viagra injectable Jack, viagra injectable” Sophia said, viagra injectable “But you’re going to be fine, viagra injectable thanks to the quick action of your friends here.”
Viagra injectable Jack turned his head to the boy, viagra injectable “Your kites?” He’d been asleep during Spider’s retelling of the tale.
“We got ‘em all back!” the boy said, viagra injectable “even the Spiderman!”
Viagra injectable “Good…good, viagra injectable” Jack said, viagra injectable smiling a small smile.
Viagra injectable Just then there was a knock on the open door. Viagra injectable Junior Jones stepped into the room. Viagra injectable They all looked at him.
Viagra injectable “How you feelin’, viagra injectable Jackie?” Junior said.
Viagra injectable Jack seemed to grow more alive. Viagra injectable “OK, viagra injectable Junior. Viagra injectable I’m doing fine. Viagra injectable Thanks for coming to see me.”
Viagra injectable “I didn’t come to see you, viagra injectable Jackie. Viagra injectable I came to see Miss Sophia.”
Viagra injectable Sophia threw Jack a quizzical look, viagra injectable but saw in his face no clue about what possible business Junior might have with her.
Viagra injectable “What do you want, viagra injectable Junior?” Sophia asked. Viagra injectable She crossed her arms over her chest, viagra injectable tacitly daring the huge black man to ask yet again if he could come to the party.
Viagra injectable “We were playing cards in front of the market. Viagra injectable You know, viagra injectable Jackie. Viagra injectable You stopped to jaw with us.”
Viagra injectable Sophia looked at Jack.
Viagra injectable “It was … a minute!” Jack protested. Viagra injectable “I did not … play cards! … Not one hand!”
Viagra injectable “Yeah, viagra injectable yeah, viagra injectable” Junior said. Viagra injectable “That’s right. Viagra injectable He didn’t play cards. Viagra injectable He was in quite a hurry, viagra injectable he was, viagra injectable Miss Sophia.”
Viagra injectable Junior drove his big hands down to the bottoms of his overall pockets as he spoke.
Viagra injectable “Anyway, viagra injectable I was feeling kind of bad at how we pressed Jackie about the cake and everything.” He threw Sophia a toothy grin that shone like a lighthouse in his big black face. Viagra injectable “You know that is a mighty fine cake, viagra injectable Miss Sophia.”
Viagra injectable “Get to your point, viagra injectable please, viagra injectable Junior, viagra injectable” Sophia said, viagra injectable waiting for the begging to start.
Viagra injectable “Like I said, viagra injectable I was feeling bad about how it all happened, viagra injectable and it ate at me and ate at me until finally I got up after maybe a couple hands – you know we don’t play so fast with so much to look at – and so I got up and followed after Jackie so I could tell him I was sorry for pestering him, viagra injectable that it was OK if we didn’t get any cake.
Viagra injectable “That’s when I saw you, viagra injectable Miss Sophia, viagra injectable running after that ambulance and beating on the door so they’d stop and let you in. Viagra injectable I was going to call out, viagra injectable but I figured it would be best if I just let them get Jackie to the hospital right away. Viagra injectable You know seconds count. Viagra injectable So I didn’t yell out.
Viagra injectable “The ambulance pulled away and that’s when I noticed the plastic bag blowing across the grass. Viagra injectable And it wasn’t moving steady like it was empty, viagra injectable you know? It looked like it had something in it. Viagra injectable Jackie told us that he was getting green food coloring for you, viagra injectable Miss Sophia, viagra injectable and I figured maybe that was it and when I got to it I knew I was right, viagra injectable because inside that bag were two tubes of green food coloring – these two tubes right here…”
Viagra injectable And with that, viagra injectable Junior Jones pulled the two tubes of green food coloring out of his overall pocket and presented them to Sophia.
Viagra injectable “Oh, viagra injectable Junior, viagra injectable how sweet! You didn’t have to do that.”
Viagra injectable “Yes, viagra injectable Ma’am. Viagra injectable But I know how everyone loves your cake, viagra injectable and I didn’t want to see so many disappointed people on Little Jason’s birthday, viagra injectable so I thought I should bring them to you right away. Viagra injectable Sorry it took so long. Viagra injectable Took us a while to figure out which hospital you were at.”
Viagra injectable Sophia looked at Jack.
Viagra injectable “Jack, viagra injectable” she said, viagra injectable “I think we might have room for one more tomorrow, viagra injectable what do you think?”
Viagra injectable “Junior, viagra injectable you’re coming to the party!” Jack said, viagra injectable and then coughed.
Viagra injectable Just then, viagra injectable Marvin Sladewick and Walter Pinchell, viagra injectable who had been in the hallway listening for their cue, viagra injectable shuffled into the room.
Viagra injectable “Us too?” Marvin said, viagra injectable pointing at Walter and smiling with too-big dentures.
Viagra injectable Jack looked at Sophia. Viagra injectable Sophia just smiled at him and, viagra injectable without turning to look at the two men, viagra injectable said, viagra injectable “OK Marvin. Viagra injectable You and Walter can come too. Viagra injectable And Spider. Viagra injectable You and your dad are certainly welcome. Viagra injectable After all, viagra injectable we have more to celebrate tomorrow than just a birthday.”
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by Lynn Demarest in Stories
Viagra cartoons She was down on the sidewalk, viagra cartoons window shopping in orange sneakers and peg-leg jeans cinched up with a colorful beaded belt like the ones they sell at tourist traps. Viagra cartoons Her blouse was white and crisp and finished off with a tidy bowtie, viagra cartoons a proper one, viagra cartoons tastefully drab, viagra cartoons dainty, viagra cartoons and skillfully knotted. Viagra cartoons It complemented her tomboy allure, viagra cartoons her flyaway strawberry hair, viagra cartoons upturned nose, viagra cartoons pink cheeks, viagra cartoons faint freckles, viagra cartoons lips that curled in a way that made her face seem to smile even when she was not smiling.
Viagra cartoons He was across the street, viagra cartoons on the balcony of his second-floor apartment, viagra cartoons spying on her through a camera with a zoom lens. Viagra cartoons He saw her linger at a display of prim dresses. Viagra cartoons She’s not interested in those, viagra cartoons he thought. Viagra cartoons Not her. Viagra cartoons She’s obviously killing time. Viagra cartoons Waiting for someone. Viagra cartoons Why should there have ever been any doubt? Look at her! Of course she belongs to someone. Viagra cartoons An iconoclastic dreamer, viagra cartoons no doubt, viagra cartoons pouty and beautiful, viagra cartoons an artist who lives in a wreck of a warehouse that reeks of acetone and bodily fluids, viagra cartoons an irresistible specimen with paint-speckled hands and armpits spewing pheromones. Viagra cartoons He’ll show up any second, viagra cartoons pull a battered bunch of field flowers from behind his back, viagra cartoons then invite her to some small-theater production of The Importance of Being Ernest.
Viagra cartoons She moved on to the next window and he dared pray anew that she was alone. Viagra cartoons He noticed her smile pleasantly at passing strangers. Viagra cartoons He searched for the courage to be one of them.
Viagra cartoons Carly Ryan was her name. Viagra cartoons She’d learned how to tie bowties from her grandfather, viagra cartoons a former watchmaker and World War Two veteran named Clark McAddams. Viagra cartoons She’d gone to live with him after his wife died.
Viagra cartoons She was only twenty-two at the time, viagra cartoons fresh out of college. Viagra cartoons Her mother warned her that caring for an eighty year old man was not something to be taken lightly.
Viagra cartoons “For one thing, viagra cartoons” she said, viagra cartoons “the man refuses to be seen without a bowtie under his wattle, viagra cartoons whether he’s going out or staying in. Viagra cartoons It doesn’t sound like much, viagra cartoons but it can drive you nuts. Viagra cartoons Grandma Dee – you know she did his tie every day for the last two years, viagra cartoons on account of it hurts him so because of his arthritis – she said he would stop to put on a bowtie before fleeing a house on fire at three AM.”
Viagra cartoons Carly suggested the old man wear clip-ons, viagra cartoons or maybe the pre-tied kind that go on with an elastic neck band.
Viagra cartoons “I suggested that, viagra cartoons” her mother said. Viagra cartoons “He made a face like I’d farted. Viagra cartoons He was a wine connoisseur, viagra cartoons he said, viagra cartoons and I was asking him to switch to chardonnay in a box.”
Viagra cartoons The day Carly moved in with him was the six-week anniversary of Grandma Dee’s funeral. Viagra cartoons They visited her gravesite in the morning. Viagra cartoons The weather was perfect: dreary and drizzly. Viagra cartoons When they got back home, viagra cartoons they changed into dry clothes and spent the rest of the afternoon together.
Viagra cartoons “You insist on living with me, viagra cartoons so go fetch my ties, viagra cartoons” he said to her, viagra cartoons pointing toward his bedroom closet with a gnarled finger. Viagra cartoons He pulled a chair in from the dining room, viagra cartoons positioned it facing a full-length mirror, viagra cartoons and sat down.
Viagra cartoons Carly hooked the rack high on the mirror so he could still see his reflection below it. Viagra cartoons The rack held about a hundred ties. Viagra cartoons There were silk ones and cotton ones, viagra cartoons solids, viagra cartoons paisleys, viagra cartoons polka dots, viagra cartoons stripes. Viagra cartoons There were ties for Halloween, viagra cartoons Thanksgiving, viagra cartoons Christmas, viagra cartoons New Year’s, viagra cartoons Easter, viagra cartoons Independence Day, viagra cartoons President’s Day, viagra cartoons Labor Day.
Viagra cartoons “Let’s start with the black one, viagra cartoons” he told her.
Viagra cartoons She pulled down the black tie and draped it around his neck.
Viagra cartoons “I’ll show you how first, viagra cartoons” he said.
Viagra cartoons She looked puzzled and said, viagra cartoons “I thought you couldn’t do it.”
Viagra cartoons “I can, viagra cartoons but it hurts like hell and never looks any good. Viagra cartoons Pay attention now. Viagra cartoons I don’t want to have to do this more than once.”
Viagra cartoons “OK.”
Viagra cartoons Carly watched carefully as his crooked fingers proved they still knew how to turn a flimsy cloth strip into a sturdy bow.
Viagra cartoons “Now you try, viagra cartoons” he said.
Viagra cartoons The first few times the tie drooped like an overcooked lasagna noodle, viagra cartoons but after the tenth try, viagra cartoons Grandpa Clark looked in the mirror and said, viagra cartoons “Let’s try another.”
Viagra cartoons Carly undid the black tie, viagra cartoons returned it to the rack, viagra cartoons then looked back at him.
Viagra cartoons “The big yellow one, viagra cartoons” he said, viagra cartoons “with the blue dots.”
Viagra cartoons She found the tie and began tucking it under his collar.
Viagra cartoons “I wore this one when I took you to the circus. Viagra cartoons It was a small circus. Viagra cartoons Not Ringling. Viagra cartoons You probably don’t remember at all. Viagra cartoons You were three. Viagra cartoons Your little fingers tugged at this tie and you asked me if I was one of the clowns.”
Viagra cartoons Carly didn’t remember the circus, viagra cartoons but the yellow bowtie with blue dots looked familiar. Viagra cartoons She had it around his neck in twenty seconds.
Viagra cartoons “That one’s easier than the old black one, viagra cartoons” she told him.
Viagra cartoons “Yep. Viagra cartoons You’ve already passed the toughest test, viagra cartoons” Grandpa Clark said. Viagra cartoons “But let’s keep practicing. Viagra cartoons We might need to get out of here in a hurry one day, viagra cartoons and I don’t want you telling me we don’t have time for a bowtie. Viagra cartoons You should be able to do it in the dark.”
Viagra cartoons She returned the yellow tie to the rack and waited.
Viagra cartoons “Purple, viagra cartoons” he said. Viagra cartoons “Black stripes.”
Viagra cartoons She took the tie down and draped it around his neck.
Viagra cartoons “This one’s my brother’s funeral. Viagra cartoons He was a loner. Viagra cartoons Ended up shooting himself in the head one day, viagra cartoons you know. Viagra cartoons Never could figure out why some people do that. Viagra cartoons Some of them do, viagra cartoons though. Viagra cartoons I think you were only five.”
Viagra cartoons Carly learned to tie bowties in the dark and the two of them them had just more than a year together. Viagra cartoons It was a good year, viagra cartoons even if you counted the time he literally lost his shit and she drove him home with the car stinking to high heaven and she cursing at the stench and he roaring with laughter until he thought he might die right then.
Viagra cartoons He died a few months later, viagra cartoons in his sleep, viagra cartoons on the night of their four-hundredth day. Viagra cartoons Doctors said he just faded away, viagra cartoons like a flashlight some kid left on.
Viagra cartoons Carly wore a bowtie to his funeral, viagra cartoons and every day after that, viagra cartoons too. Viagra cartoons It wasn’t any sacrifice. Viagra cartoons She liked the look. Viagra cartoons She was pleased to be known as the Girl in the Bowtie. Viagra cartoons And what else was there to do after Grandpa Clark willed her the ties one day in a note scrawled on a cheap paper plate from which he’d just eaten a tuna sandwich?
Viagra cartoons The spy on the balcony watched anxiously as a fit young man jogged up and started talking to her. Viagra cartoons The intruder extended his hand. Viagra cartoons She shook it. Viagra cartoons The spy ran out of his apartment and down onto the street. Viagra cartoons When he got there, viagra cartoons the interloper was gone. Viagra cartoons She was still there, viagra cartoons gazing into a drugstore window.
Viagra cartoons He swallowed his fear, viagra cartoons crossed the street, viagra cartoons and worked his way to within three feet of her. Viagra cartoons In the window were adult diapers, viagra cartoons bed pans, viagra cartoons canes, viagra cartoons tub rails, viagra cartoons aluminum walkers.
Viagra cartoons He waited. Viagra cartoons In the corner of his eye he saw her look at him. Viagra cartoons He looked back and thought of Lot’s wife, viagra cartoons stupidly facing Sodom. Viagra cartoons He was transfixed, viagra cartoons overwhelmed, viagra cartoons terrified, viagra cartoons in love.
Viagra cartoons “I used to change my grandpa’s diapers, viagra cartoons” she said. Viagra cartoons “We pretended he was a big baby. Viagra cartoons He’d say ‘goo goo ga ga’ and we’d both crack up.”
Viagra cartoons She looked into his eyes as she spoke.
Viagra cartoons “That’s funny, viagra cartoons” he said.
Viagra cartoons He saw tears welling in her eyes.
Viagra cartoons “Everybody told me I shouldn’t live with him. Viagra cartoons They said it was too much, viagra cartoons that I was too young. Viagra cartoons But I loved him. Viagra cartoons I wanted to get as much of him as I could before he was gone. Viagra cartoons So I went to live with him. Viagra cartoons It was a win-win. Viagra cartoons He needed a woman around the house and I needed more time with him.”
Viagra cartoons “It’s a good granddaughter who would give up a year of her life to care for her dying grandfather.”
Viagra cartoons “Nobody knew he was dying. Viagra cartoons We thought he’d live another ten years. Viagra cartoons But I guess he grew lonely, viagra cartoons and there wasn’t anything I could do about that. Viagra cartoons He missed my grandma.”
Viagra cartoons “I think that happens a lot with older couples, viagra cartoons right? One dies and the other follows.”
Viagra cartoons “That’s what they say.”
Viagra cartoons He took a deep breath and wondered whether he should just ask her out for coffee or risk lunch.
Viagra cartoons As he pondered, viagra cartoons another young woman came bouncing out of the drugstore, viagra cartoons took the girl of his dreams by the hand, viagra cartoons and pulled her away.
Viagra cartoons “Gotta go!” she said, viagra cartoons smiling as she departed.
Viagra cartoons “Wait!” he called out.
Viagra cartoons The two women stopped and turned, viagra cartoons and as they did he recognized in their easy intimacy a declaration, viagra cartoons tacit but unmistakable, viagra cartoons that they were a couple.
Viagra cartoons “Never mind, viagra cartoons” he said, viagra cartoons waving them off. Viagra cartoons “Nice meeting you.”
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