I sit up in bed.
“And then…they lose
the game,” I say. Shannon rustles next to me. I lower my voice to a strong whisper. “It’s my
dream, and they go and lose the game. What does that
“For one, it means you watch too many movies,” Stache says, looking around at everyone. “That death scene was a little over the top, wasn’t it?”
Tooth waves Stache off and contemplates. “It could be a subconscious fear of success,” he says. “Maybe somewhere deep inside yourself, you realize that winning will actually never satisfy you.”
This reminds me of an interview Tom Brady did for 60 Minutes where he said “There’s gotta
be more than this.” The dude had won three Super Bowls before the age of 30, and he wasn’t satisfied. God, I wanted to punch him after that interview.Don't worry, Tom. There's more to come...
namely supermodel booty and
honest-to-goodness lady hair.
Still, if he
wasn’t satisfied, how could I
Patch is staring at Shannon. The way she’s positioned in bed, her cleavage is pressed together, and one of her spaghetti straps has dropped from her shoulder. I think he’s seeking nipple.
“Dude,” I say. “Would you stop that please?”
“Stop what,” Patch says.
“Trying to look into her nightgown,” I say.
Stache comes to Patch’s defense. “What’s the problem?” Stache says. “That’s not even your wife. That’s a doppelganger, a phantasm – a plot convention
“Yeah,” Patch nods. “What he said.”
“Still, keep your eye off my plot convention,” I say.
“What about this big Yellowstone trip?” Bandana says. “Supposedly, it’s the McGuffin of your tale, and you haven’t started
I consider the point, and decide Bandana is right.
I lean over and tap Shannon’s shoulder.
“Honey,” I say. “Honey.”
She turns and grunts. Patch continues twisting his head for a prime angle.
“Honey, it’s June,” I say. “It’s time for our trip.”
Shannon awakens slowly, and looks at the expectant faces surrounding us.
“It’s time, sweetheart,” I say. “We need to go.”
Shannon wipes her hand across her brow. “My God, your narrative is so
disjointed,” she says. “First of all, I’m
the one who woke you
up for the trip, like I do for anything that takes place before 10 a.m. Second, are you telling me you’re just going to skip
the playoffs leading up to the finals entirely?
The way the Celts rolled over D-Wade’s Heat in the first round in 5, then took down LeBron’s Cavs in 6 after being down 2-1, and finally taking out Dwight Howard’s Magic in 6?”
Bandana looks impressed. “Whoa, what just happened there?”
“In my subconscious utopia, she’s a huge
sports fan,” I say.
Everybody does the I-understand ohhhh
I turn to Shannon.
“So do I get to tell this story how I want?” I say. “Or are you going to try to take control like you do with everything.
The guys look suddenly uncomfortable.
“Relax,” I say to them, taking a hold of Shannon’s shoulder and giving it a little shake. “Remember, phantasm.”
Tooth looks skeptical. “Even in an alternate reality, I’d be careful,” he advises.
I look to Shannon again. She’s fixed on me with a ferocious glare, her lips clenching like a dog ready to strike. I withdraw my hand.
Stache’s facial hair broadens with a grin.
“Fantastic,” he says. “Even the imaginary her-”
Shannon’s glare locks on Stache, who leans back with discomfort. He looks to me.
“Could we get on with it?” he says.
“Yes,” I say. “Game One.”
Links: Travelling: Intro / Book Jacket
, Chapter 1: Cribbagegate
, Chapter 2: Two e-mails
, Chapter 3: Pattern
, Chapter 4: Shattered
, Chapter 5: Hilarious Pee
, Chapter 6: Suicide
, Chapter 7/8: Coaching High school, Shark attacks and appetizers
, Chapter 9: June
, Chapter 10: 18 and oh no
, Chapter 11: DNA
, Chapter 12: Peanut Butter Sandwiches
, Chapter 13: Tom Brady and the McGuffin
, Chapter 14: Game 1
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