This is the last vignette for the book, A Twinkle in the Eyes of God, A Monk Buttman Mystery.
I pulled into the driveway of Farrell and Rebekah’s home, a doublewide modular house they were renting from Farrell’s parents. The grass was trimmed and the flowers along the entrance were still in bloom. I parked the truck next to the house. Carleton was behind me in the Falcon, and Duane behind him in his truck.
“Kinda a cumbersome way to do this, don’t ya think?” Car handed me the keys to the falcon. I walked with him to Duane’s truck and gave him a hug. They both knew I was heading out from here, and I think there was an understanding that this might be it. “You sure you want to live in California?”
“I need to get away for awhile,” I told them, as I had before, each time they’d ask.
“Well, take care, man, and best of luck,” Duane said as he put the truck in drive.
I watched them drive away.
Rebekah was at the door. She put her arms around me and kissed my cheek. I followed her into the house. She liked to keep it clean and organized, with everything just so. We sat on their new couch. It was a deep-seated thing, charcoal gray, that you seeped into.
“What do you think?” she asked, patting the cushions.
“It’s certainly comfy,” I said.
“Yeah.” She continued to run her hand along the fabric. “I guess you’re here to say goodbye…”
“Yeah… I need to get away for awhile.” I shook my head. Is that the only thing I can think to say to anyone? I took the truck keys from my pocket and handed them to her. “Don’t forget the shotgun’s behind the seat.”
“Aren’t you going to need it? You know what Car says…” She tried to smile at that.
“Yes, we all know what Car says, but… I’ll be ok.”
“Of course, just ask your mom,” I said.
“Sorry. I’ll be all right. How are you doing? Are you and Farrell happy?”
“Oh yeah, we’re doing great. Hopefully we won’t be here too long. I mean it’s nice Chess and Pell letting us live here cheap, but I want my own house—”
“And babies?” Rebekah was always talking about having a family.
“Already working on that,” she said, smiling.
“I wish you more luck than your mother and I had.”
“So no baby brother, huh?”
“Doesn’t look good. Maybe some step brothers, but…”
She put her hand on my arm. “Do you know where you’re going?”
I laughed at that. When have I ever known where I was going? “West. Maybe back to California. I don’t know.”
“You’ll let me know when you get there, won’t you?”
“I will.” I got up. I needed to go. I could feel the pain welling inside and I was tiring of crying, tired of feeling lost.
She followed me to the Falcon. I turned to her. “Oh, I almost forgot. My journals are in the truck.”
“Journals?” She seemed surprised.
“Yeah, in case you take up farming,” I said.
“You didn’t want to leave them for Judah?” I’m pretty sure she was joking.
“No. Besides, I’ve been told he’s got it all figured out. Just ask your mom.”
“Sorry.” I hugged her one last time. “Be happy, Becky.”
I kissed her and drove off. I made it a good two miles before the tears began streaming down my face.
All the way to California.
©2020 David William Pearce