10 Jobs: #4

4. Nurse Maid.

“So how’d you earn this?” Jake asks, sitting on the bed across from Brian. He scrutinizes his brother’s busted face.

“Goddamn, Maggie.” Brian takes the ice pack Jake hands him. “You got any aspirin, man?”

Jake heads to the bathroom. Hunting around, he finds a bottle of aspirin in the medicine cabinet next to two condoms that aren’t his. He doesn’t want to know which woman in his household they belong to.

Shaking off the thought, he pours four into Brian’s hand. “You call her fat again, Brian?”

Brian smirks from behind his black eye. He’s been home six months Jake doesn’t think he’s going away any time soon. “She asked if I wanted to get married one day.”

Jake groans, knowing the rest of the story isn’t going to end happily.

“So, I told her, sure, one day I’d want to get married and that whenever she got married, I’d be honored to get an invite.”

Jake laughs. “Brian, you’re going to hell.”

“Jake, that crazy broad wants to get married, to me.”

“Yeah, believe me, she could do better.”

“Jesus Christ.” Brian hangs his head. “I ain’t ready for this bullshit.” He dry swallows the aspirin and stretches out across the bed.

Jake tosses Brian a blanket. “At least she’s blonde.”

Brian smiles. “Not really.”

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    Chrishna

    February 7, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    I love it!!!

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    Marsha

    February 9, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    This story is good Julia. I like the dialogue.

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    Brian

    February 10, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Love these, could write a full story out of each. I know it’s totally unrelated, but I love how someone with my name is used as the brash, foul mouthed and I assume all around socially/physically dominant character.

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