Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Ten More Days

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Ten more days…only ten more days…Rosalie heard this phrase in her mind with each bus stop, with each passenger trundling off the bus and new passengers pulling themselves aboard. Her smile greeted them with each closing of the door.  Ten more days.

After all these years, Rosalie had come to know their names, their lives with all the good and bad, and how they aged as she followed them wrinkle for wrinkle.  Now, retirement marched closely: Ten more days.

Passengers sit in fixed two-seat units. There are metal poles and bars for standees to hold.
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Then a new passenger, pretty young woman clutching her bag and books to her chest, leaped upon the steps.  Looking over her shoulder, pretty woman caught the glare of an angry man racing after the bus.  “You bitch!  Get yourself out here!”  He screamed her name, “Cassie!”

“You okay, baby?” Rosalie closed the door and pulled away from the bus stop, brakes and hydraulics singing. She saw in the mirror other passengers, faces creased and worried.  Young Woman looked up, face bruised and tears creasing.  “Cassie?”

No story needed.

“We all been there, Sweet Child…Bastard needs a good whuppin’…We keep you safe here, Baby…” Slowly a smile crept across Cassie’s face.

Day after day, Cassie raced faster and faster, the Bastard drawing closer and closer.  Day after day, the Bus Family held her, carried her to safety.

Then one day, on Day Ten, Bastard gripped Cassie’s arm, backhanding her soft face. 

The bus door opened, with Rosalie flying out, facing the Bastard nose to nose.  Following close behind, the Bus Family surrounded, encircling him tightly.   Rosalie lightly rested her hands on Cassie’s shoulders, whispering, “You tell him, girl.  You don’t need him anymore.  We’ll take you in.”

Words bottled up burst out and nailed the Bastard for every sin that was his.  The circle tightened when Cassie gave him a right cross.  “You get your crap outta my apartment before I get back…”

The Bus Family climbed back on, each one shoving or kicking him. We take care of our own…


Rosalie smiled inwardly. I’ll tell the company I’ll stay for a few more months….

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29 comments:

  1. Bastard got what he deserved indeed, I guess there are reasons to like riding the bus lol

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    1. If one rides the bus everyday back and forth, the bus driver recognizes and remembers. There's a friendship there.

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  2. Who needs retirement when you have family like that

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    1. Absolutely--people who surround you everyday become and extended family.

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  3. Well done Cassie! A right hook, haha! I love it. That'll teach him.

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  4. What a wonderful story.

    Many can not take what they dish out.

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    1. One hopes the Bastard finds himself facing a martial arts girl someday.

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    1. Seeing her potential is a good beginning.

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  6. I didn't think she would retire after that. She'll stick around to be sure Cassie is all right and the jerk gone.

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    1. Rosalie keeps an eye out for her family, for sure.

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  7. Always nice to find your own 'community' of concern and care. Lovely story.

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    1. We all need that sense of family and community.

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  8. Hooray for community.
    Love this. Thank you.

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  9. Good for Cassie. Takes guts.

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    1. Hope there are more Rosalie and Cassie women out there!

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  10. Yeah--threw Bastard under the bus--sort of!

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    1. Great use of that phrase!! Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. What a wonderful Bus Family, taking care of Cassie, helping her boot out the so-and-so. I liked this.

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  12. Family is nice to find, anywhere you find it. :)

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    1. It is. Living overseas with young kids, we found "family" there.

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  13. If only it could be this way. Bastard is so likely to refuse to leave or come back and kill her... She needs the Bus Family in her apartment.

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    1. I know. I gave this a happy-ever-after ending. I like to think that one of her family (a huge brother?) would stay with her.

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