Looks Ain’t Anything

Looks Ain’t Anything

I’m sitting here on this concrete curb, thinking about the biggest mistake she ever made, and wondering if she’s still alive. If she is, I bet she never thinks of me. I was going places when I met her; trouble is, most of them had steel bars for doors and windows. Huntsville seems more like home than anywhere else I’ve ever been. 

Picture by Kellie Elmore

Picture by Kellie Elmore

But all she saw was the blue eyes behind the wrap-arounds, and the kiss-my-ass hat with the golden locks curling up around the brim. But just like the rest of them, she woke up in a cheap motel with a tequila hangover, wondering where the cool guy went, and what was she doing in a musty smelling bed with a bum that smelled like Lucky Strikes and wine. When she found out we were in Vegas—and married—I thought she was gonna lose her freaking mind. I still laugh when I think about the look on her face—somewhere between I’m-gonna-puke and God- I-hope-I-ain’t-pregnant-again.

Well, I ain’t in Huntsville no more; caught a break when I went into business with my brothers. We got religion and started a company that makes kazoos. People say we should get us a TV show.

Mama says I shoulda been a cowboy; something about how a hat sits my head and the way I can put words together. She says I can make bull shit sound like sweet never-mind, and make a girl weak in the knees just grinning at her.

You got to be careful about judging people by the way they look. That devil in blue jeans might be a bum, and that bum on the sidewalk might be a millionaire.

Hey! Some dude just handed me a dollar bill!

Copyright © 2013 C Mashburn

Sharing this on Kellie Elmore’s Free Write Friday. I been real busy lately and haven’t had time to write for several weeks. I told her I’d jump in if she really tempted me with a good prompt, and she sure enough did. I hope y’all enjoy reading this little tidbit as much as I enjoyed writing it!

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22 Comments »

  1. This is one of your best pieces.. This dude is a piece of work!

  2. Talicha J. said

    It’s true, you never know who people are just by looking at them. Great piece as always 🙂

  3. I really enjoyed the story you created.

  4. I am sooooooooo happy you are back this week! And just as happy about the way you decided to go with the prompt. I figured the majority would stick with a cliche in regard to the image, but here you come and do it up right.

    Thank you for that. 🙂

  5. Charles — I so love this. One of my biggest peeves is the judging of others by their looks … this is a wonderful piece! Thanks for sharing my friend — sitting here smiling from ear to ear!

  6. Great character sketch and commentary too.

  7. Good job! Good lesson. Like this a lot.

  8. xxkultuur said

    Wonderful character. I’m excited to learn to know him…excited and challenged by his take on life! Great read.

  9. neenslewy said

    I love how you turn everything on its head. I especially liked this paragraph;
    Mama says I shoulda been a cowboy; something about how a hat sits my head and the way I can put words together. She says I can make bull shit sound like sweet never-mind, and make a girl weak in the knees just grinning at her.

  10. Heidi said

    Love this! Some stick to the saying ‘you can judge a book by it’s cover’ but that is not always true. Especially with people. And you can’t always go with first impressions. Boy, did she miss out. 🙂

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