Fiction Saturday — “Boxer” — Part Five
by John Kraft
“I’ll let you in, but I don’t have to like it.” –Gloria Dumbaugh
Gloria was pissed.
“I don’t know what else I can do, Hon. He’s my Boss. Look, he’s out cold. I got something I gotta do. Just a few minutes. He won’t be any trouble, I promise. Just keep him on the bed.”
“Our bed you mean.”
OK, on the couch then. I gotta go. It’s important.”
“Terry, he’s been shot. What if he dies on me? What then?”
Terry ran his bandaged fingers through his hair. He wanted to run away. “He won’t die. Doc patched him up. See all that tape? He’ll be good as new in no time.” He set the shirtless, unconscious man on her couch. “Hon, I really gotta go. I’ll bring you back some ice cream.”
“Terry, No, you can’t…” She stopped. She knew it was useless. “Butter Pecan.”
Terry took the Cadillac. He wished it was his. Maybe someday. He parked in the alley behind Walker’s office, right back where it had been before all this mess started.
Inside Walker’s office nothing had changed. The dead guy hit with the shotgun was still dead and was going to stay that way. The Fat Guy by the door was…where was he? Terry started to sweat again and talk to himself.