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Adventures In Aisle Seven With The New Eleven

Scene One

“We need to get out of the house right now,” Marcus warned.

“Now!” shouted Antonio.

Rebecca stood at the kitchen counter, making a peanut butter sandwich. She did not move.

“There are dangerous men coming,” Marcus continued. “They want to talk to me. That’s okay, but I don’t want you to get hurt.”

“Men coming!” shouted Antonio as he ran around the corner of the refrigerator.

Rebecca put her knife down next to the sink. “Okay,” she said, “But I’ve made this sandwich, and it is going to be eaten.”

“Just come on! They’re almost here, and they cannot be allowed to see you here with me.” Marcus grabbed Rebecca’s wrist with a sweaty hand and pulled her the way that Marcus had gone, out the back door.

“Into the trees!” Marcus said, losing his grip as he pulled ahead, running desperately across the tightly mowed lawn while Rebecca followed at her own pace.

They found Antonio on the other side of a large snowball viburnum, glowering at them with his hands on his hips. Rebecca sat down on a tree stump while Marcus climed up into a young maple tree.

“Up!” shouted Antonio.

“Okay,” Rebecca said, “Just don’t get your sticky hands all over me.” She reached out and pulled Antonio to her chest as she stood up. He arched his back away from her and slammed his fist down on her shoulder.

Rebecca didn’t flinch. She reached out and pulled down the bandana Antonio wore over his nose and mouth. She kissed him lightly on the lips.

Antonio smiled for an instant, then furrowed his eyebrows again and pulled a corner of the hand towel tied around his neck up to obscure his face. “I superhero,” he said.

“Yes you are,” Rebecca said, holding him upside down as she tickled his tummy. “And you need a diaper change.”

5 comments to Adventures In Aisle Seven With The New Eleven

  • ramone

    j clifford, are you not pissed off at what came out of the senate commitee on health-care yesterday? they’re making a mockery of health-care reform.
    also, waiting patiently for scene two. who are those men and why do they want to hurt rebecca?

    • Maybe they don’t want to hurt Rebecca… yet. You’ll have to wait until tomorrow for scene 1 part B, and maybe scene 2.

      On health care, I realized long ago that the Democratic Party leadership cares mostly about SAYING that it’s got health care reform passed, not much about whether the content is worthwhile. The way I read the current Democratic approach, health care reform means fiscal restructuring that ensures that Americans can continue to make insurance companies fat with cash. I’m not going to get health care improvement as a self-employed American from their plans. Pissed? My resentment is too seething to call it pissed. I am no longer shocked by the Democrats’ cheap manipulation of progressives.

  • ramone

    barney frank said tonight he hasn’t written off the public option yet, without it the whole refom is deformed.
    somehow people have to see the sheer greed of the insurance industry. their profits, their bureaucracy, their bonus’ all tallied up would pay for health-care. but,you are so right, don’t count on the democrats or the main stream media to get that message out.

    can you have scene 1 part B without part A being specified? best to go right to scene 2. the suspense is building.

  • Tom

    Oh, that’s not even close to the on-going happenings in hospitals across the country right now. My son works in the OR every day and he said the suits from the big corporate insurance company that runs the place came in and changed a bunch of the rules to lessen THEIR COSTS, while at the same time making it much more dangerous and stressful for the healthcare workers to do their jobs. Safety features are being relaxed and removed from operating room machines (how this translates to money for them we can’t figure out) putting patients at risk of PREVENTABLE accidental death.

    The “reform” is already happening out here and it ain’t the kind that helps us or improves our condition.

  • ramone

    tort reform! that is the one and only thing we need to save health care. apparently billions and billions are spent defending doctors from illegitimate lawsuits. so what if they cut off the wrong leg, these things cost the insurer money!
    wah, wah, wah
    rebecca, the GOP need a diaper change.

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