Have You Seen Charlie & Sam?

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Charlie and Sam met in a bar. A sort of bar that is an out of the way, hole-in-the-wall, place where people go in an effort to not be found. The bar lacked décor which was the décor. No table and chairs, just a bar. A place everyone is welcome and one that wears the nicks and dings of past patrons with pride. There at the end, sat Charlie.

An elegant sort of being, Charlie sat alone. To Charlie presentation was the key. On his small frame, he wore a perfectly matching suit, trimmed and pressed in crisp lines, in which he sat with perfect posture. Charlie lived by the motto, “Speak when spoken to, and mind your own business.” Yet, with this entire perfectly elegant aura, Charlie was alone.

The bar door opened but Charlie did not notice. He did not see the total opposite sort of being now approaching his solitude.

Enter Sam. A total frantic sort of being that jumps at the chance to cause chaos. A rather large being that could care less about image, noses into any conversation and sooner rather than later over takes his immediate surroundings. Sam was a pushy sort of know-it-all, which in another life could be described as a bad dressed, used car salesman.

As the door closed, Sam fixated on the empty stool next to Charlie. With the speed of the caped crusader he headed straight for Charlie. A smile crossed his face as spied his victim and pushed the stool closer. Saddling up Sam was about to do, what Sam did best; cause chaos.

Charlie tried to ignore the unwanted company. He could not believe this frantic, un-kept, being had picked that stool. “Exactly why does he have to sit in my lap?” Charlie thought.

“What’s up bro?” the gruffly spoken voice questioned. Immediately followed by, “Share the nuts, dude.” Charlie just raised an eyebrow as if to warn the unwanted being, “you are too close.” Sam did not get the hint.

”Dude, the nuts are free, pass ’em. What’s up with the pressed threads?” All the while spinning and rocking on his seat as if his first stop should have been the facilities. Again, Charlie raised an eyebrow however, this time made certain of eye contact. Sam was slow.

Sam felt as if he had asked politely and started to reach across Charlie for the bar nuts. Charlie in turn, slapped his hand away. Sam was shocked, “Dude, you don’t own the nuts, what is your problem?”

Charlie could feel the tension in his neck and breathed deep before he responded. “Sir, there is an entire bar here and several additional nut dispensers up there, why don’t you move to another stool and I am not a Dude.”

“Man that starch has gone to your brain, you need to lighten up, enjoy the company and SHARE the nuts.”

Charlie could see the situation was hopeless, his solitude destroyed, decided to pay his bill and move on. He was reaching for his change when Sam struck again. “Dude, you leaving? Then I’m claiming dibs on the nuts.” and proceeded to again reach across Charlie.

That was the last straw. Charlie’s elegant nature left him. He waited for Sam to have the nut bowl in his hand before he launched his revenge. Just as Sam’s controlled the nut bowl,Charlie  grabbed his arm and bit as hard as he could. Amazed at how good that felt he was not done. As he stood and walked past Sam’s stool….

he gave it a spin that slung nuts all over the floor. “I’m sharing the nuts, DUDE!”

Who are Charlie and Sam? The cardinal and squirrel I watched play this morning at the feeder. I just put another spin on backyard wildlife.



Martha said, 

and here I thought you were describing the local pub...

January 12, 2011 at 12:10 PM  
Patti Struble said, 

Nice work. I like Charlie's abandon. And, a cool inspiration.

January 12, 2011 at 12:17 PM  
Tracy said, 

good job, I was in the pub and waiting for that storyline to continue!
Nice work!

January 12, 2011 at 12:26 PM  
Matthew Rush said, 

AWESOME! I love the surprise twist at the end.

Also, I came over here from Alex Cavanaugh's blog, and am now your newest follower.

Nice ta meet ya!

January 12, 2011 at 12:56 PM  
Dan said, 

Wow, that's awesome. Most people would see a squirrel and a cardinal and see...well, just a squirrel and a cardinal. Imagination is such a wonderful thing.

January 12, 2011 at 1:18 PM  
floweringmama said, 

Girl, you rock. There's no other words for it. That was just hilarious!

January 12, 2011 at 1:33 PM  
Alex J. Cavanaugh said, 

Oh that is clever! I take it the Cardinal was Charlie?

January 12, 2011 at 2:58 PM  
Carol Riggs said, 

Haha, very imaginative story! Great twist at the end. ;)

January 12, 2011 at 3:09 PM  
Cruella Collett said, 

Haha, I was getting slightly worried about the riff-raff frequenting your local watering hole ;) But I suppose you cannot expect birds to be entirely proficient in social codes... Great story!

January 12, 2011 at 3:17 PM  
Cruella Collett said, 

Bird or squirrels, I should say... Mustn't put all the blame on one side here ;)

January 12, 2011 at 3:18 PM  
Clarissa Draper said, 

Humans mimic nature to the extreme. Fun story! Thanks for sharing the story about the nuts.

January 12, 2011 at 3:40 PM  
Lynda Young said, 

Haha, that's so great! Awesome twist and great characters.

January 12, 2011 at 4:32 PM  
welcome to my world of poetry said, 

A very clever piece of writing Jules, and the unexpected twist at the end WAS unexpected.


January 12, 2011 at 5:06 PM  
Summer Ross said, 

I really enjoyed this piece because the inexpected was that you managed the inspiration from something you saw with animals. well done putting it into words. The only real problem I saw was this sentence "The bar lacked décor which was the décor." Its a bit off beat and reads awkward, I understand your meaning though, perhaps it is the using the same word twice in one sentence? I saw play with it look it up in a thesaurus and see if there is another word that might fit? Just a thought.

I like how charlie finally had it and did something about it. thanks for posting. happy writing!

January 12, 2011 at 7:30 PM  
Flying high in the sky.... said, 

Too Good!!! Too Good!! you write beautifully!!

January 13, 2011 at 4:40 AM  
Amie Kaufman said, 

Love it, love it! Hilarious, and well written too! Thanks for sharing!

January 13, 2011 at 6:19 AM  
Chris Phillips said, 

sharing nuts is important, i don't care who ya are!

January 13, 2011 at 2:32 PM  
The Golden Eagle said, 

I love the twist at the end of the story!

January 13, 2011 at 3:05 PM  
MT said, 

HaHa! I miss cardinals (I used to live in VA). They don't have them in my neck of the woods now.

January 13, 2011 at 4:01 PM  
Aleta said, 

OMG - you spin such a wonderful story!!! Love, Love, Love your blog posts!

January 13, 2011 at 5:39 PM  
L'Aussie said, 

You set us up nicely there Jules. I love a good twist and you did it so well.

I especially came by to thank you for your response to my 'disaster' post. My head is above water but I am isolated here in the CBD. It will take a long time for Queensland to recover.

Also thanks for attending my Publication Party. Great stuff! I hope you can keep coming! Clarissa will be great! She intrigues me...

Denise :)

January 13, 2011 at 6:23 PM  
Vicki Rocho said, 

hahaha! That was funny. Were you cracking up watching it?

January 13, 2011 at 7:37 PM  
N. R. Williams said, 

Nice. It reminded me of my life. Me at my desk, banging away at what ever I need to do and my grandson jumping up and down, saying, "Meme, can I sit on your lap."
N. R. Williams, fantasy author

January 14, 2011 at 12:58 AM  
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