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When Shade pistol-whipped her husband, Amberlee let out a cry and fell to the ground. That pissed him off so he pistol-whipped him again shooting her a look that said, "Don't back down now."
"Get me some rope," Shade said. She didn't move.
"Rope!" Shade shouted. "This pig's not gonna hogtie himself."
Amberlee, stood up, fixed her dress and headed towards the utility closet when she heard him shout, "And some whiskey, too!"
She grabbed the Canadian Club from the butler's pantry and, after fetching the rope, returned to her lover.
"Thanks, baby," he said, sizing up the job. "Pour me some of that bug juice, huh?"
She did. She thought of the first day she met him at the Kentucky Derby. Even in that overbearing Southern Fried heat, she was drawn to that thing he had.
Her husband looked up at them. Eyes watery. Nose bloody. Vision blurry. He squinted at his wife, trying to focus, all the while wondering why he even brought her to Churchhill Downs to begin with.
Shade knew this was the perfect time. "Let's give him a show, baby..." he whispered, unzipping that tight green number she was wearing.
As she unfastened her bra, her husband wondered how long it would be before they'd kill him.
Amberlee also wondered. About how long the life insurance settlement would take.
And Shade? He just wondered how long it would take to con her out of it.
__________________________________________________________________________________Art: Robert McGinnis is an American artist and illustrator known for his illustrations of over 1200 paperback book covers and 40 movie posters, including Breakfast at Tiffanys, Barbarella, and several James Bond and Matt Helm films. Read more about him HERE. More of his work can be seen HERE.
Music: John Coltrane, "While My Lady Sleeps," courtesy of the Internet Archive. It can be downloaded HERE.