OF MICE AND MINESTRONE by Joe R. Lansdale preview: “Of Mice and Minestrone” and “Kill Ya Dead Jalapeño Cornbread”
In celebration of the release of Joe R. Lansdale’s enthralling OF MICE AND MINESTRONE – HAP AND LEONARD: THE EARLY YEARS, Tachyon presents glimpses from the collection that “is classic Lansdale at his legendary best.” (NY Journal of Books)
Of Mice and Minestrone
Joe R. Lansdale
“You went to Lubbock. Why did you come back?”
She stopped, looked at me. “Oh, kid. You don’t know nothing. He come and got me. He come and got me that very week. He knew where I went. Where else was there for me to go?”
“You didn’t have to go back with him.”
“Yeah. I did. It’s in the Bible. I’m to obey.”
“Oh, hell, Minnie. That isn’t true, even if it is in the Bible. Some Old Testament bullshit.”
“Don’t talk like that.”
I didn’t normally talk like that around women and adults then, but in that moment, I sure did. I couldn’t hold it in.
“Look what you’ve come back to. Why?”
“Didn’t have no other place to go, and he come and got me and put me in the car, and I’ve accepted that. I smart-mouthed him and he gave me this just this morning. I’ve learned my lesson. His word is law, and that’s how it is. That’s my life.”
“That’s no life. You don’t deserve this.”
She lifted a hand in the direction of her face.
“I had it coming.”
“No you didn’t.”
“You go on and leave me alone now. Nothing you can do for me. Nothing anyone can do for me. You go on. Don’t bother me again.”
I stood on my spot and watched her limp off down the sidewalk with the attitude of an outcast leper, limp on across the park where there were seesaws and swings and tall oaks and pecan trees, and the shadows of the trees lay over her like a shroud.
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