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And the bullet ricocheted off her skull and down into the jaw—this shattered pulp of bone and blood through which she screamed, you see, as I recall it. And tore loose from her feebly tied rope. And there she was with saliva and plasma all about, bolting into the cane fields, everyone stunned. She was gone. And I stood there. Frozen. (Pause) And I looked up and saw my father standing on the verandah of the main house with my mother—and he whispered something to her and went inside and nanny came to me.
Well, Mr. Giggles ran over and knelt down and sang right at me, loud, shouting more than singing really. Screaming right at me: “EIGHTY-TWO BOTTLES OF MILK ON THE WALL! ” I refused to stir. I just opened my eyes and stared at this fascist clown. Then another little boy stopped. Tommy Leonardo, I think. He let his head fall forward and fell silent. Giggles leapt upon him and shrieked with rage, “EIGHTY-ONE BOTTLES OF MILK ON THE WALL! ” Then very quickly, other children followed suit. Like spontaneous suicides, their voices fell silent.
In our shells we wait for the danger to pass. —I don’t wanna do uh shot uh that— don’t want em tuh worry. Next, third shot: Here—oh. I will sit. Hands folded. Here I am—no. Arms folded. Next, shot number four. Ready? Hands on books and books open. A full desk and a smiling man. Sergeant Smith has got stacks of papers, but, not to worry, he is a good worker and will do well. Wait. Uh smile. Okay. Go ahead. Take it. Smiling at work. They like smiles. IMPERCEPTIBLE MUTABILITIES IN THE THIRD KINGDOM BY SUZAN-LORI PARKS MR.
Contemporary American Monologues for Men by Todd London