Monday, April 06, 2015

Time Bomb



Jenny was flat clobbered. Gary was cheating on her. How had she missed it?  Even as their sex had been flat lining, her condom purchases for Gary (he would never use them is she didn't) had, if anything, been increasing.  She was acutely aware of that fact because of the embarrassment she still felt at the Safeway checkout when the Trojan Bareskins were scanned.  Her first instinct was to confront him and send him packing, but that would only serve to facilitate his plan to break off their relationship; he was such a coward about relationships.  No, she wanted him to hurt.  And she wanted that bitch he was screwing, Brenda, to suffer like she was suffering.  As it happened, it was to be so easy.  DNA.

She got the idea while following the O.J. Simpson trial.  An article in Time speculated that DNA databases were being established by law enforcement, and one day everybody's would, like fingerprints, be computerized, indexed, and available.  She stayed with Gary for another few weeks, silent, and even enjoying their occasional "pokes," as Gary called them.  Afterwards she secreted the condom away in the freezer. 

Jenny found a degree of satisfaction, even humor in his concocted excuses for getting home late, or for his sudden out of town sales seminars (semen-ars, she thought).   There were 5 condoms left in the 12 pack.  When they were used, she left him.  Jen wept when she told Gary she was breaking up with him; a nice touch that, and not without her feeling some genuine emotion.  She told him she knew he wasn't gong to marry her anytime soon, adding that "her clock was ticking."  Gary was shocked of course, but did nothing really to dissuade her.  Was there someone else, he had  asked?  She assured him there was not. He seemed relieved, probably because he hadn't been cuckolded.

So now she drank her coffee and scanned the newspaper, actually surprised that the time had crept up on her.  Wow, it doesn't seem like 20 years she thought, a scant smile forming on her lips.

I'm seeing way too many crime stories.  This just popped into my head during Black List last night,  which by the way is the new best television series ever!


leelu said...

"Look at you, thinking like a cop!"

Becket to Castle...

Anonymous said...

I don't usually watch the new "Hawaii-Five-O" (I couldn't stand the old one) but I watched it the other night and saw the great Chi McBride give a great performance as a cop totally thinking like a cop!

A detective's intuition should not be sold short.

Caballero Andante

Anonymous said...

Somewhat the plot of the novel Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow, which was published just before DNA started being commonly used as evidence. The wifey was upset that the hubby had been stupping one of his co-workers, killed her hubby's lover and framed him for it.

Sir H the Comet

Rodger the Real King of France said...

What? Turow hired you to undermine my movie rights? (I do remember that book and movie, but ... . Nah).

gadfly said...

I usually agree with The Rodger on his entertainment choices - but Black List is poorly written and is even more poorly acted.

James Spader needs to go back to comedic roles and the female lead has no acting talent to offset her bad bod.

Anonymous said...

Spader is excellent in his role on Blacklist. Period.

Rodger the Real King of France said...

gadfly, in my initial review of Blacklist I gave "4 stars for entertainment value and 3 stars for general fitness (writing and acting).. We had watched just 2-3 episodes at the time, so I'll guess that you pulled the plug too early; it has evolved into something so compelling that we are now watching 2-3 episodes at a time. The writing has vastly improved, the villainy is outstanding, and Spader is superb. Trust me on this and watch a few more episodes.

leelu said...

I'm with gadfly, but I will heed your suggestion.

Have you tried "Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries" yet?

Anonymous said...

Spader is excellent. His character is delicious. But the rest of the show doesn't thrill me. The female lead should've been Cote de Pablo.

BTW, is anybody watching American Crime? It's an intriguing show without a single likable character.

Phil N. LeBlanc

Anonymous said...

James Spader- superb. The show- addictive and excellent. Blacklist is THE best show on TV right now.

Anonymous said...

In NY today and saw Spader standing outside the set on the Chelsea Pier having a smoke. Spoke briefly and he was quite cordial for being at work and interrupted by a taller and more handsome man.

Tom Smith

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