A Conversation b/w an Iraqi War Vet and a Sheriff’s Deputy

The conversation is so deadpan! Love it. The poor sheriff’s deputy can’t seem to stop talking when he’s in the presence of his boss’s brother, an Iraqi war vet named Mick.

“What’s wrong with your arm?”

“Mule bite.”

“Lucky it wasn’t a snapping turtle,” Johnny Boy said. “They won’t let go till thunder hits. Sometimes you have to wait a week for a storm. Is that duct tape? Might not be sanitary. Want me to take a look at it? I took a course in field medicine up in Frankfort. Learned all manner of things.”

“Can you do something about him?” Mick says.

“Not really,” Linda said.

“Hey,” Johnny Boy said. “I know y’all are brother and sister but you don’t have to talk about me like I’m somewhere else. I’m standing right here.”

“We know that,” Linda said.

The Killing Hills, p. 49


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