Selected Strike

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Humor  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: December 30, 2017

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SELECTED STRIKE – A Guaranteed Truthful Story – © by Blake D Prescott


Jeb walked with determination. His overalls billowed behind him, succumbing to his brisk step. His face mirrored determination, – teeth clenched & lips drawn inward, eyes not wavering from dead ahead; so configured, he crossed the dirt road and entered the country store.
“Hello, Jeb. Be with ya in a minute. Caught me in the middle of butcherin‘ this here deer. There we go. Now just for a quick wipe of the hands. OK, Jeb, what can I do for ya?”
“It’s these strikes as ya please matches ya sold me. I tried, but they’s no danged good. The heads come off just as oft’ as not. They ain’t right!”
“Oh, calm down now, Jeb. I see you’re more fired up than these here matches. Let’s see the box.”
Jeb handed the box over, half slamming it on the counter.
“You struck it on the box, did ya, Jeb?”
“No, they’s supposed to be strike anywheres.”
“All right, Jeb, let’s give ‘er a go here.”
He took one of the matches out of the box and looked it over, real careful like, and then looked at Jeb. He could see that Jeb’s expression hadn’t changed a whit.
“Looks all right, don’t she, Jeb?” He held the match right between the eyes of the two of them. Then he lifted his right leg and took that match and gave it a fast stroke over the seat of his pants. It lit up and stayed lit as he brought the stick with its bright yellow flame right back between their countering stares.
“Seems just fine to me, Jeb.”
Jeb, kept those lips curled as he slowly answered, “If you think I’m goin‘ to come over here and scratch your ass every time I need a light, you got another think comin’.”


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