Reckless Rita and Feckless Fred

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Feckless Fred

 

Dear Diary,   12/8/2015

 

I’m sitting here next to feckless Fred except now he’s dead, and I’m about half seas-over working on my sixth pint of Conqueror Black IBA. I found a crate in the back of his truck! Okay so murder is wrong, and way out of my comfort zone, but it was really self-defense so I know you will forgive me when I explain why.

 

That’s the last picture I took of him right before Thanksgiving dinner at the community club. Well it’s half the picture. Old feckless was getting an early start. Nothing new about that, but that night was the first time he hurt me.

 

Later, when I downloaded the pictures, I cut his head off and pasted it onto a silver platter surrounded by bloodied mashed potatoes. You’ve got to love Photoshop! I stuck it on an e-card and wrote, “It’s what’s for Dinner – Happy Turkey Day!” Well, it made Olivia laugh and I got to vent. What he didn’t know never hurt him.

 

Only you and Olivia know the things I said weren’t premeditation, like, “If he comes home stinking drunk again I’ll do something drastic!” I never really meant it. I was just blowing off steam. I was pissed and I spouted off, “I’ll spike his drink with Drano,” and “If he lays a single hand on me, I’ll go Unabomber on his feckless ass,” but tonight he busted through the locked bedroom door, blackened my eye and split my lip. I snapped. I guess, by now, I knew I’d kill the bastard someday. I just didn’t know it would be today. 

 

Knowing his nightly routine, I waited to hear him turn the faucets and fill the bath. I heard the water splash in protest as he lowered his fat ass into it. Tonight, I stopped threatening and issuing impotent warnings. Tonight, I made good on them.

 

It was time to put up or shut up. Olivia knew it. She said, “If you forgive him, he thinks he can do it all the time and get forgiven all the time. All that teaches old feckless is that he’s right. He thinks he can injure you and get off with a few practiced tears and empty words.”

 

Geeze, she sure was right. She spoke with the voice of personal knowledge, warning, “One day you’ll make a decision or he’ll force you to, if he doesn’t kill you first.” 

 

She offered to let me stay over when he really had a snoot-full. Until tonight I was damn near living there, but just like she said, Fred forced me to choose. It was his life or mine so I did the first thing that came to mind.

 

I went to the tool shed to fetch a long extension cord and plugged it into the wall outside the bathroom, then got the toaster and plugged it into the other end. Silently, I cracked the door. Fred got up when he saw me enter. Before he could make a move I lobbed the toaster at him, yelling, hey Fred, go deep!

 

You should have seen his face when I pitched the toaster into the tub! Oh, it was so much better than I’d imagined a million times!  What now? I have to call Olivia straight away. Maybe she’ll know what to do with fried feckless.

 

RR

 

 

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DONE!

DONE!

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2-7-2013Kimberly lay across the edge of the tub, half-drowned, and too exhausted with his abuse to care anymore. She lay as though dead, amazed she was able to think at all. He had nearly killed her this time.

“One hour late from girls’ night out is not call for this,” she raged with no ability to move. She wondered how or why she had survived for this long as she stared into the mirror across the room, her makeup running down her ashen face, almost wishing he had succeeded tonight.

Everything inside her was screaming,

I’m done with this fucking shit!” Done! DONE,” but she had no energy to utter a sound.

She couldn’t even summon the strength to strip from her sodden dress and dry herself, but the voice in her head wouldn’t stop. Not this time… 

“DONE! FINISHED! OVER! THE END! DONE!” 

On nights like this, she used to wonder why she had married the bastard. Now, she only contemplated ending it. 

She closed her eyes and really thought hard this time. She hit extremes without fortitude to put plans into action, so she lay there drenched, gasping for air… and plotting.
 
Finally, a quiet strength encompassed her as an actual plan took shape.
Kimberly knew she couldn’t divorce the asshole. She had inherited millions when she lost her parents,

“…and I’m not going to lose it to him,” she fumed angrily, “I’d end up supporting the lazy bastard too!” 

Thoughts of losing house and home to him were nearly unbearable, but the money she inherited from her parents was non-negotiable.  

“No! That is NOT going to happen,” she railed at him mentally, while realizing she would likely get stuck with paying alimony too.

Then her weakness began to subside. Kimberly knew now that she had options.

“Okay, no attractive options,” she surmised while rummaging through her thoughts, examining each of them one-by-one, “but do-able,” she stated to herself determinedly.
 
She pushed herself upright and every bone in her body ached. Her lungs hurt from fighting him for tiny amounts of oxygen. Kimberly wondered how many hours she had fought him tonight. With arms weak and limp at her sides, she succumbed once more, 

“Why didn’t you just do it this time, you fucktard? You could have spared both of us this,” she yelled without sound at the blue light of the television flickering through the doorway, knowing he was passed out, drunk, in front of it.

Kimberly slipped from her precarious perch on the edge of the bath tub to the cold, tile floor.

“What the hell am I thinking, she questioned herself as she sat in a heap of wet clothing with limbs akimbo, Am I really thinking about…” but she couldn’t finish that thought.

She crawled to the cupboard beneath the sink and opened the small door. She reached inside, fumbling in the unlit interior, until she felt the items she sought.

With trembling hands, she extracted his straight razor and his old, rolled up, belt. A small smile claimed her lips and she found a renewed vigor. Kimberly placed the items in the sink and pulled herself up by the surrounding vanity. 

Suddenly she realized that she was still in her stiletto heels. As she kicked them off, she thought of how far away the night of fun and gayety with her friends seemed to be.  

“That was maybe, eight… or twelve hours ago,” she thought, staring at her haggard appearance in the mirror more closely, “Seems like it’s been years.” 

At twenty eight years old, Kimberly looked forty years older than that, and her rage was renewed.

“I – will – not – let – him – do – this – to – me,” she whispered haltingly at her reflection.  

Grabbing up the razor and belt, she tucked them into her elbow, holding them close to her side, and raced quietly past the bedroom where he sat exactly as she knew he would. 

He was sprawled, with his head dangling to the side of the easy chair, with beer cans and a whiskey bottle strewn about the floor around it.
 
She stared at him for a second thinking, “So unlike you… You’re gonna make this easy for me, aren’t ya, you dickwad?”
 
Knowing she would lose her nerve in a moment of pause, Kimberly raced out to the garage and collected a large coil of rope and cut off a length of duct tape.

She stuck the tape to her upper arm and got into the truck she had so carefully parked only hours before. Then she backed it into the driveway, making sure to leave the keys in the ignition.
 
In a moment, she was standing in the soft glow of the porch light with her heart racing. She leaned down to grip her knees, trying to focus on slowing her breathing. When she realized that her dress was still damp, she was enraged anew.
 
In a shot, she was back at the bedroom, padding in quietly, even knowing that dynamite wouldn’t wake the drunken shit. 

She laid the utensils on the ground, nearly tripping over an unseen bottle, of half-empty Tequila, and set about the task at hand.
 
Quickly, she wrapped the rope around him, effectively binding him to the La-Z-Boy recliner and bound his legs with the leather belt. She almost snickered, thinking, 
 
“Boy, you really missed your calling, you lazy fuck! You should have made commercials for La-Z-Boy!”
 
She stifled a hateful smile and gingerly peeled the duct tape from her arm, then pressed it to his mouth and firmly anchored it behind his head. 
 
He stirred from his alcohol-laden sleep to find himself immobilized. He struggled and tried to yell, just as he had when he was trying to drown her.
 
Kimberly bent down resolutely, picked up the straight razor, and used every ounce of pressure her tired arms would exert. 

With a final, wounded-animal cry, she dragged the razor across his throat, unleashing all her years of pent-up rage, screaming,
 
“Doonneee!”
 
By Wildfire8470

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