The Corona Chronology: Day 17

Walter, internally: “I don’t know why we’re doing this. I only went on this date so my parents would quit pestering me about the fact that I haven’t shown any interest in women since birth. I want to stay in my father’s will, naturally, because an inherited lifestyle is much more satisfying than an earned one, and I only get the money if people assume that I will procreate at some point. As luck would have it, my friend Wanda, who I think has a crush on me, actually thought this evening was all about our budding romance, so the pictures of us having a festive time should at least look realistic.”

Wanda, internally: “I think I might have something lodged, based on my awkward pose and expression. But I’m fairly certain he had nothing to do with it. He thinks I don’t know, but I do. Hell, everybody knows, except his parents, who apparently aren’t the sharpest tools in the shed. But he paid for the drinks, and this questionable outfit, so I’m good.”

Walter, externally: “Aren’t we having a swell time?”

Wanda, externally: “I think you and I might have a different interpretation of what might be considered swell. But I like the alcohol part, so let’s focus more on that.”

Before they could fully shift the focus, a phone started ringing. Why there would be a phone in the middle of what appeared to be an abandoned lot is perhaps a mystery left for resolution at another time. (The bigger mystery? Why our lead characters would be dancing there in the first place. And what’s up with that hideous bow? So many questions, not enough cocktails in the world.) In any case, a phone rang. The duo ignored the noise, as one of them was in perpetual denial and the other one simply didn’t care. The strenuous choreography and misperceived perceptions continued for several minutes.

Finally, a homeless man who had been dozing against a nearby trashcan grew tired of the intrusive racket and stumbled his way toward the phone that logically shouldn’t have been there. He picked up the receiver, had a brief coughing fit because his insurance benefits had run out 74 years ago and he wasn’t in the best of health, and then got directly to the point: “Who the hell is this?”

Brief pause while someone offstage explained just who the hell it was. Apparently, there was a lot of backstory to be shared, as Homeless nodded his head for quite some time, perhaps not realizing that Who the Hell couldn’t see him doing such. Eventually, Homeless looked at Walter. “Is your name My Idiot Son?”

Walter: “I might be known as that in certain circles, through no fault of my own. Who wants to know?”

Homeless: “Well, I would think the ‘son’ part would mean it’s got to be your mom or your dad, but I’ll shorthand it for you anyway. It’s your dad, and it sounds like he drank all the booze that I can no longer afford.”

Walter: “Well, you can just tell him that I’m busy doing a Charleston.”

Wanda, interjecting: “Oh, honey, that’s a line you really shouldn’t say to Daddy. Not if you don’t want him to know the truth.”

Walter: “What truth are you babbling about?”

Wanda: “That you really want to do Charleston, the bartender over at the Sticky Wicket.”

Walter: “Wait, what makes you think that?”

Wanda: “Girl, please. My gaydar dinged all the way back in the third grade when you wanted to play Mary Magdalene in the Christmas pageant.”

Walter, sighing: “Well, I’m glad it’s finally out.”

Wanda: “But you aren’t. I think you need to tell your daddy. And mommy. Because they are the only two people on the planet that don’t know, Mary.”

Walter: “Are you insane? You don’t know what’s at stake in this situation.”

Wanda: “But don’t you want to be happy?”

Homeless, forcefully clearing his throat: “You know what would make me happy? Somebody taking this damn phone. I haven’t had a full meal in three days and I’m a little weak and this phone is heavy.”

Walter, sighing again, walked over to Homeless, handed him a tip (because this was instinctual when dealing with The Help in a public establishment), and brought the phone to his ear. “Daddy?… Yeah, there’s something I need to tell you…. no, you really need to hear this… why do you have to go there?… yes, I understand that there are certain rules to follow or I won’t get the 25 million-dollar inheritance, but it’s time I was honest about myself and-”

The phone was suddenly wrenched out of Walter Magdalene’s hand.

Wanda, glaring at Walter: “You’re right, I didn’t know what was at stake. 25 million dollars? My first reaction is to hate you a little bit because you made me wear this tacky-ass dress when you can clearly afford better. But more importantly, my next reaction is this.” She shoved Walter out of the way and spoke into the receiver. “Mr. Walter’s Daddy? Hi, this is Wanda. What Walter is trying to say is that we are deeply in love, I just found out that I’m expecting, and we plan to get married this weekend. Isn’t this great news?”

Homeless, wandering off to a place where people were less annoying: “Good luck with that mess, Walter. How do you think I ended up on the streets like this?”

Meanwhile, at the other end of the abandoned lot, another phone began to ring. It was Marlon Brando, wondering if Charleston was working this evening…


Previously published as “Past Imperfect – #100”. Slight changes made for this post.


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    • Oh, I hadn’t really considered that angle, so you might be exactly right. Then again, I haven’t seen the movie or its prequels/sequels so I’m just relying on my faith in your keen observations… 😉

      P.S. “Jazz Fingers” sounds like something one would order in a New Orleans restaurant. Just sayin, haven’t actually done so. At least, not that I remember…

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  1. And here I was thinking they got the “Time Warp” wrong…the outfit on Wanda (not a fish. Not even close) is a mystery, but a little mystery is good in life, especially if one has signed up to be a beard for a millionaire. In this time, many a girl or woman or slutty type man would sign up for the job, no questions even asked. Money. Makes the world go ’round, despite what the song writers would have us think about love being the world turner. You can’t live on love, but I’m bitter and cynical and may have that whole thing wrong.

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    • Indeed, one can’t live on love. It would be nice, of course, and there are moments when we all fall under the spell of such a promise. But really, the best you can hope for is that you eventually find people you can tolerate and you work it out from there…


  2. Well, I guess marriages have been arranged for far worse reasons, so who are we to judge? Besides, Wanda seems an understanding sort of girl, should Walter seek to do the Charleston post-wedlock.

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