Ninth Life…

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Treacherous little Philip – slipped across the great divide and crowned me ‘Last man standing’. The funeral brought matters into sharp focus. When my time came there’d be no one left to see me off. Jeffrey would’ve marvelled at how fat I’d become, but alas drink took him in the 80s, and Shamus would’ve positively pulsated at the possibility of swearing in church, but a black ball of mutated cells multiplied him out of existence a few seasons back.

My family were in attendance. They’re waiting for funds to be released.

I thought back through my greatest achievements: A bunch of semi-estranged kids, fourteen pairs of bosoms successfully manhandled (if memory serves), a brief stint as a deep-sea diver. Everything else paled…

As they carried out the coffin a leather-clad grandson spoke at me as though I was deaf, dumb and incontinent (Am I the one who failed his driving test four times? Stupid little shit!)

They’re all itching to have me declared insane (which indeed I am for putting up with their sponging ass-clownery for so long).

At the graveside I made a pledge:

I’m getting out of here Philip. I’ve cleaned out the bank accounts – Seventy grand! Should keep me in viagra and hookers for the better part of three years. As for the rest – one call to Montegues (I declare that I am of sound body and mind) and it all gets liquidated.

It’s a Catch-22 that my pursuit of a better life will be seen as dementia. I’ll just have to be a ninja at covering my tracks. I’ve given enough to these terrible people. Time to hit the road Jack. Good luck and God speed. The cash machine is no longer is service.

My eldest, Jacob, owns (or should I say owned) a convertible.

I’ll raise a glass to you Philip when I get where I’m going, but between then and now there’s a pressing need to open up the throttle and blast some air through the ole comb-over…

 

(336 Words)

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4 Comments

Filed under Flash fiction, short story

4 responses to “Ninth Life…

  1. A fun read, Martin. Definitely time to hit the road. Just open up that throttle and go out with a bang, as they say.

  2. Great story. I liked the ending sentence. ☺

  3. Fourteen pairs of bosoms? You never made it with that 3 breasted beauty then!
    Great story.

    • Martin Cororan

      I find it’s important to draw from your own experiences in writing…having said that, she told me she’d keep it under her blouse / hat…

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