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Dick's Last Lament

There's a saying, never judge a man till you walk a mile in his shoes.

This is a little like that, but . . . different.

Dick's Last Lament by Scott Bell



Putz, pud, prick.  Sticks and stones, right?  I have no conscience, so what does it matter, a few bad names.  Like they’re gonna hurt my feelings?  Gimme a break.  No, you want to know what chaps my ass?  Try taking the blame for every-damn-thing that goes wrong.  Like I have the power, you know?  As if.  Pfft.
              
I’ll give you a for example.  Try this one; you’ll like this: 
              
Meathead is on the computer, right, surfin’ the ever-loving webosphere.  (Meathead is my best friend; the guy really loves me.  Seriously, it’s kind of disgusting, the attachment he has.)  Anyway, I’m trying to talk Meathead into hitting up some porn sites, you know, bring a little excitement into my life, when in comes the Squeeze Box. 
              
You peed all over the toilet seat, she says.  Can’t you aim that thing any better?  (That thing.  Not what she says when she wants to play Down in the Valley, trust me.) 
              
I go: —Hey, spewing that lemony liquid ain’t like shooting a gun, sister.  I mean, the water pressure’s inconsistent, there’s gunk that clogs the mechanism, there’s all this drip-drip-drip from the frickin benignly englobulated hyper-prostatic water balloon gland...
              
Does he say any of that?  Does he defend me?  Oh no, the guy acts like me and the twins, Hi and Lo, have shriveled up and disappeared, locked in Mizz Squeeze Box’s purse.  He goes all I’m-so-sorry-I’m-such-a-douche-it’ll-never-happen-again.  Jeezus McPleezus, what a non-dick he is.  It’s disgusting.  Meathead and I have been together forever.  What would he do without me? I often wonder.  Times like this, I want to stick my head in a zipper and get it over with.  Just call me Bob. 
              
Oh wait, here’s a better one.
              
I’m hanging out with the twins the other night, enjoying the breeze for a change after being cooped up all day.  Hi and Lo, the sensitive little bastards, are rolling around like puppies in a tow sack, getting a long scratch from the Meathead.  I can tell the jerker is thinking we may be getting lucky, because he’s giving me Get Ready for Action signals: a tug here, a tickle there, a tease or two...
              
I’m ready, okay, I tell him.  Leave me the hell alone or I’ll be worn out before it’s time to go in.
              
The last few years, things haven’t been as smooth as they once were.  Age and prescription drugs have shorted out some of the connections between the control center and the, uh, tip of the spear.  Used to be, I could swell up and stand proud from the vibration of the school bus alone, but these days...that school bus would need to be packed with naked cheerleaders to achieve maximum inflation.  The inconsistency has gotten into Meathead’s tiny brain and started a negative feedback loop.  He’s like the little engine that should:  I hope I can, I hope I can, I hope I can...
              
Anyway, sure enough, Squeeze Box shows up in her Let’s Do the Deed outfit, which looks a whole lot like the Sorry, Not Tonight outfit.  Meathead knows which is which, but the distinction is too subtle for me to grasp.  I’m pretty much a clothing optional kind of guy; I don’t really what she wears, as long as it gets shucked sooner rather than later.
              
So they start the cuddling and the kissing and all the bullsquat that I have to sit through to get to the interesting part of the festivities.  Yawn.  I hate waiting.  I want to get in on the action right now, you know?  I mean, damn, what’s the point of the exercise again?  Hello?  Message to Meathead: Let’s get the party started.
              
Thankfully, Squeezie starts the ball rolling by coming down to say hello in that cunning way of hers that I like so much.  Mmmm.  It’s like a warm bath with a living wash cloth.  Meathead’s brain has shut down at this point, and I’m glad of it.  The guy should let me do the thinking more often, anyway.  This I know like I know Meathead’s palm.
              
I hate to spoil the climax of this little tale, but I’ll bypass all the time-wasting foreplay and cut to the chase: something misfired upstream.  Right before I was once more unto the breach, Meathead became aware of a shrinkage problem, a leak in the balloon, a certain deescalation in tension, an abridgement of tumefaction...
              
Consummation concluded prior to liftoff.
              
And who do you think took the blame?
              
Yep.  Moi.  The dick.  The peter, pecker, phallus, johnson, willy, schlong, woody, shaft, joystick, tool, slippery serpent, one-eyed wonder worm, and purple purveyor of love.
              
What’s wrong, Meathead says to me.
              
—It’s not me, it’s you.
              
—I need you to get in the game.
              
—Then stop thinking about baseball scores or whatever and start thinking about the yummy stuff waiting down below.
              
—I want to, but IT’S NOT WORKING!
              
—It worked this morning during practice. Try going to your happy place.  The one with Scarlett Johansson and Amy Adams playing in the shower.
              
—I swear I’m going to cut you with a dull razor if you don’t get hard NOW!
              
—Threats?  Now it’s threats?  Watch it, buddy, or I’ll dribble some pee in your pants next time you have to give a presentation.  Try and speak with everybody staring at the damp spot.
              
—Listen, I have a plan...
              
—And in the words of the king of my kind, the biggest dick of all, if you like your plan, you can keep it.  In the meantime, start making excuses so you can go to sleep.  At least maybe that way I can have a wet dream.
              
I never got my wet dream, but this morning in the shower, Meathead found his happy place.  And of course it was my fault I had a bad reaction to the liquid soap Squeezie bought on sale at Wal-Mart.
              
You may now call me Chappie.


Scott Bell has over 25 years of experience protecting the assets of retail companies. He holds a degree in Criminal Justice from North Texas State University. With the kids grown and time on his hands, Scott turned back to his first love—writing. His short stories have been published in The Western Online, Cast of Wonders, and in the anthology, Desolation. His first novel, Yeager's Law, is available now, and he has three more novels due for publication in 2016. When he’s not writing, Scott is on the eternal quest to answer the question: What would John Wayne do?