It’s First Line Friday over at the MindLoveMisery Menagerie Blog.

Here is this week’s first line: The sun simmered red as it slunk towards the jagged horizon. 

The sun simmered red as it slunk towards the jagged horizon.

“Dang-a-kangaroo, Earl. Don’t that sun look hot ’nuff to fry up some ‘possum patties on?”

“Heck yeah, Earl,” Nimrod agreed. “An it’s slinkin’ down slower’n a snake in a snowstorm.”

“Huh?” Earl scratched his head. “I don’t follow yer analogy.”

“I dunno.” Nimrod shrugged as his chubby cheeks turned crimson. “Couldn’t think o’ nuttin’ else.”

“Yep, been there myself,” Earl sighed. “When it happens to me though, I keep my mouth shut.”

“Now there’s a thought…”

“And, lookit that jagged horizon yonder.” Earl changed the subject. “What’s it remind you of?”

Nimrod mulled it over in his mind. “You really want me to tell ya?”

“Well, yeah! That’s why I asked the question in the first place!”

“Promise you ain’t gonna laugh or think bad o’ me?”

“Now you know I can’t promise nuttin’ like that. Ain’t heard what you got to say yet, so I can’t know one way or ‘nother.”

Nimrod was silent for a few minutes. “Well, okay,” he began. “That there jagged horizon reminds me of the love scene from my all-time favorite movie.”

“A love scene?” Earl marveled. “Who’da thunk ya had it in ya’!”

Nimrod’s cheeks reddened again and he shrugged and kicked at the Georgia clay with his boot. “I dunno.”

“Well what movie was it?”

Deliverance,” Nimrod grinned. “My favorite movie, ever!”

“Ain’t no love scene in Deliverance! What the hell you talkin’ ’bout?”

“They is too!”

“Ain’t neither.”

“Is too.”

“Okay, Nimrod,” Earl sighed. “What love scene? Describe it to me.”

“Okay, smarty-pants!” Nimrod’s chin jutted out and he put his hands on his hips. “It’s the part where the mountain folk make ol’ Ned Beatty squ—”

“Hold it right there, ya sick pile o’ entrails!” Earl interrupted. “Two things. One: that ain’t no love scene. Two: this is one o’ those times when you oughtta have kept yer mouth shut.”

“But I thought y—”

Just then the warden announced to the chain gang that it was quitting time.

SusanWritesPrecise/Susan Marie Shuman

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