Day 25, Chapter 25
Let’s start Day 25 with the opening sequence to the chapter – Pete Gordon, the WCF murderer, at home in his kitchen:
Pete Gordon was standing in the kitchen, whipping up some instant mashed potatoes on the stove while watching the baseball game on the undercabinet TV, when his wife came through the door.
“Whatcha burning?” she asked.
“Listen, princess, I don’t need your frickin’ cooking tips, and now you made me miss that pitch.”
Nice. I was needing a good “frickin'” for my Sunday morning. By the way, Urban Dictionary claims that “Frickin'” is “a Southern or Midwestern slang word used to express excitement or distainment without using profanity.” It’s also used as “an alternative for those of us too classy to use the word ‘fucking'”. Just keep that in mind.
“Sorry Mr. Cranky. I’m just saying you could save that if you put a little milk in it and turned down the flame.”
“For Christ’s sake,” Pete said, switching off the gas, scraping the potatoes into a bowl. “You just can’t let me have a single simple pleasure, can you?”
Alright, I know the point here is to show the reader that Pete Gordon is an unstable potential serial killer, but even his wife’s not buying his tough guy act. While he screams at the baseball game on TV and burns his mouth on the potatoes, she tells him that her aunt wants to take their family out to dinner the following night.
“Yippee. Sounds like fun. Your fat-assed aunt and all of us around a table at the Olive Garden.”
O-o-o-o-o-o-h! Her reaction? She turns off his television, takes the remote away, and puts it in the garbage disposal. “Oh snap”, as they say.
“Go to hell, Petey,” she said as the machine gnawed on the plastic. “No, I really mean it.” Pete shut off the grinder and watching his fucking wife flounce out of the room.
No frickin’ way: an F-bomb? Now I know Pete’s unstable! That is quality writing right there – leaving no doubt that Pete is a force to be frickin’ reckoned with.
He was going to get her.
He was going to get her and Sherry and the stink bomb one day really soon.
WCF, people. Wait for it.
I will wait for it – I’ve got nowhere else to be.
Go to Day 26.