By James Kelman
Tammas is 20, a loner and a compulsive gambler. not able to carry a role for lengthy, his lifestyles revolves round Glasgow bars, residing along with his sister and brother-in-law, having a bet retailers, and casinos. occasionally Tammas wins, extra usually he loses. yet playing offers him nearly as good an opportunity as any of getting to know what he seeks from lifestyles due to the fact society bargains no prospect of a extra pleasant replacement.
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I vacuumed, scrubbed the bathroom, cleaned the kitchen. Ironed, ironed, ironed. What did I iron? My shirt, shirt, shirt. At one point I was so bored I reattached my cable to the TV and watched eight minutes of a Santa Monica city government hearing on mall pavement. Then it was evening. For a while everything was the same, except now it was dark. Then I heard Brian come down the stairs, presumably in a huff. His walk was an exaggerated stomp meant to send angry messages like African drums. ” No doubt later, in the sports bar, other like-minded guys would agree that Brian was not pussy-whipped, affirmed by the fact that Brian was in the bar watching a game and not outside Philipa’s apartment sailing paper airplanes through her window with I LOVE YOU written on them.
She was already focused on me and she set her things down without even looking where she was dumping them. “Sorry I’m late,” she said. ” “Well, almost,” she added. I didn’t say anything about her apologizing for being almost late. I couldn’t quite wrap my head around the concept even. If you’re almost late, it means you’re not late, so what are we talking about? The thing I like about Clarissa is that she starts talking immediately, which gives me the opportunity to watch her without saying anything.
One of us is getting screwed: Either she’s a professional and I should be paying her, or she’s an intern and I’m a guinea pig. Then something exciting happened. Her cell phone rang. It was exciting because what crossed her face ranged wildly on the map of human emotion. And oh, did I divide that moment up into millionths: The phone rang. She decided to ignore it. She decided to answer it. She decided to ignore it. She decided to check caller-id. She looked at the phone display. She turned off the phone and continued speaking.
A Chancer by James Kelman