Oh, revenge...how long until you forget?
I'm reading "A Storm of Swords", book 3 of the Song of Fire and Ice series. Lot of killing, revenge, plots and counter plots. don't get too attached to any character. They can die with a page turn.
It reminded me of a life moment. Years ago, when I was 22, I owned a restaurant, The Coal City Cafe, in Coal City, West Virginia. It was a small place, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner along with both Stroh's and Miller beers. We also kept Bud in cans and a six pack or two for a diehard Pabst Blue Ribbon fan.
Business was slow one indifferent evening after a day of indifferent business and weather. There were three customers. It was about an hour and that's all I remember, except one customer at the counter. Fifty years old, mister White, a square white man with trim graying hair, didn't come in often but he was friendly when he did come by. He owned a tree trimming business and had been doing it for over twenty-five years. He chatted with me about life and business.
Another man entered. I'd never seen him before. He was a small white guy with a pot belly, weasel face and pot belly. Chatty, he seemed tipsy and ordered a small Miller and sat down beside White at the counter.
Pizza orders came in by phone, distracting me so I don't know the exact sequence of events. But White removed the other fellow's glasses and slammed his fist square into his face. Holding his fast as blood ran out, the weasel grabbed his glasses and scurried from the store.
I was speechless. "What happened."
"When I was young and newly wed, I showed up for a job. It was supposed to pay me twenty dollars. I was poor and needed the money. He was the guy hiriing me and he stiffed me. I swore I'd get revenge. I had to remove his glasses first. I never hit a man with glasses."
White finished his beer, paid and left. I never saw either of them again but they both stay in my mind. They would have fit in well in "A Storm of Swords".
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