The Happy Ho – Chapter 6.3

“I’m going to kill that fucker!” Danny rarely used profanity these days, but this seemed like as good a time as any to break it out again. “No, you’re not,” Happy corrected. “You promised me if I told you wouldn’t tell anyone or do anything. You promised.” “I did. But I also promised your fatherContinue reading “The Happy Ho – Chapter 6.3”

The Buddha – Chapter 4.11

They sat at a large round table that could have sat twelve people comfortably, right next to the water. It was a beautiful night with a waxing gibbous moon shining brightly overhead, its reflection bouncing almost as brightly off of the water in the bay. A second girl had been waiting for them at theirContinue reading “The Buddha – Chapter 4.11”

The Buddha – Chapter 4.9

“Brig, just because you’re partying again doesn’t mean you have to screw up your mission or lose your inheritance. Be smart. My mission is almost over, and everyone thinks I’m the greatest missionary since Sister Mambawambawambamamba,” the Buddha said, butchering the name of the Filipino Sister. “If you’re baptizing, that’s all that matters. As longContinue reading “The Buddha – Chapter 4.9”

The Buddha – Chapter 4.8

When Brig returned to the table, a full glass of beer had replaced his empty one. Tommy had ordered another round. Brig intended to take another pill when he was in the bathroom but uncharacteristically restrained himself. He realized he was on the edge of turning a comfortable buzz into a drunken stupor. “There heContinue reading “The Buddha – Chapter 4.8”

The Buddha – Chapter 4.7

“Let’s ride!” Brig declared, meeting the Buddha’s gaze and throwing back the shot of what he suspected was alcohol. The Maotai burned his throat, catching Brig off guard, “Oh, shit.” he coughed, “What the hell is that!?” “That, my friend, is the unofficial, official, national drink of China. It’s called Maotai, and it’s strong likeContinue reading “The Buddha – Chapter 4.7”

The Buddha – Chapter 4.5

Another couple of weeks passed without incident. In the month that Brig had worked with the Buddha, he had more than doubled his number of baptisms. The Buddha was setting a torrid pace and breaking the mission’s long-standing baptismal record seemed likely. Brig questioned the sincerity of some supplicants, but nobody else seemed concerned. HeContinue reading “The Buddha – Chapter 4.5”