Refrigerator Art, Some Assembly Required
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
-- Winston Churchill
As the evening draws to a close, the sheriff's car pulls up. Despina, who is heading back to her hovel, half asleep, greets him.
"Was that you this morning I saw rushing back to the reservation?"
Despina nods, "I made a used refrigerator run, surely hitting every pothole in that entire stretch of road, but I arrived before the start of school."
Spying Paul Peter eavesdropping as she passes, she hails him.
"There's a slight hitch."
Bruno walks over, listening intently.
"The refrigerator doors are still on, but the Freon's still in, too."
"And the motors?"
"Presumably. And the piping, as well."
Rubbing his jaw reflectively, Bruno offers, "Need more hands, tools, and how you say? Assemble line for Saturday?"
Turning briskly, he sets off toward his hovel, where he houses a first-class tool chest.
"Spoken like a true engineer," Paul Peter says as he fires up the jeep for a fast trip to town to tipple. “I’ll bring the English students to town then to facilitate the loading process.”
As Despina returns to her hovel to prepare for bed, she thinks, as long as he doesn't have to dirty his hands, then chides herself for being waspish when he is helping her.
If the math flash cards stick to my arm like this afternoon, I'll just have to prepare them in the mornings. I hate having red and green numbers all over my skin! as Mickey examines her arm in his headlights, raising his eyebrows in inquiry.
“You don’t have to look at me like that! I didn’t get them in a concentration camp or prison!”
Looking as if he’d like to kiss her pique away, he laughs, heading back to his patrol car since the campfire group has broken up.
Last updated 12/27/08 changed time period to late evening. 12/6/08 - Added for Saturday; changed jeep. “I’ll bring the English students to town then to facilitate the loading process.”; reworded As Despina returns to her hovel to prepare for class, she thinks, as long as he doesn't have to dirty his hands, then chides herself for being waspish when he is helping her. - 1/3/06 (removed meat from Show and Tell, which broke the flow of later events...) 11/29/04 (Added meat from Show and Tell) 6/25/03.(8/21"The doors ...Freon, Rubbing his jaw...assemble)
Word Count: 224
Reading Level: 5.6
Sunday, October 28th, 2001 1:50 pm (pandemo)