The men were disgusting, so I tried not to get too close. Whenever Daddy had company I stayed in my room. I did a lot of reading, or writing, between beer calls.
Daddy had friends over one night. I was in my bedroom when Mr. Cliff came in.
“I’m going to run up to the corner for another six pack,” he said. “Do you want to ride along? I’ll get you kids some candy.”
When Mr. Cliff mentioned candy, my ears perked up and I ran to the kitchen.
“Can I go with him, Mama? Please?”
“Well, if he’s just going to run up to the corner and right back, then I guess it will be all right.”
I climbed into his truck. Daddy was in the outhouse when we pulled away. I didn’t know why, but after we started down the road, I felt afraid. I stayed way over on my side of the truck and held on to the door knob. Mr. Cliff was talking and laughing.
“What kind of candy does your brother and sister like?” he asked.
“Ronnie likes black shoestring licorice. Penny likes the candy buttons, so she can rip them off the paper.”
“So what do you like best?” he asked.
“Well, I like the red candy lipstick.”
“Oh, I do too,” he said. “That’s my favorite.”
We pulled into the store. I picked out some candy for all of us kids. Mr. Cliff picked out some extra candy and threw it in with the rest. He got his six pack and we headed home. I couldn’t wait to get back and show them the bag of candy I clutched on my lap.
He was driving real slow. I kept my head turned, looking out the window and watching the trees pass. The sun was going down and it was hard to see, but I kept looking. There was a dead deer lying at the edge of the grass, all mangled and twisted. I wondered how long it had been lying there, it’s body game for other animals.
About half way home, Mr. Cliff stopped and pulled off to the side of the road.
“What are you doing sitting way over there?” he said. “I won’t bite.”
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