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Sister Babylon

Lory Gibson

By Lory Gibson:

 

“I’M ONLY DOING THIS FOR YOU MOM. OTHERWISE I WOULDN’T ALLOW LATASHA WITHIN 100 FEET OF MY HOME!” “LASAUNDRA YOU KNOW YOUR SISTER CHANGED HER NAME TO BABYLON MORE THAN THREE YEARS AGO. SHE TURNED HER LIFE AROUND AND IS TRYING REAL HARD TO GET IN TOUCH WITH HER SPIRITUALITY” “I DON’T KNOW IF BABYLON IS HER SPIRITUAL NAME OR HER STRIPPER NAME BUT IF YOU WANT TO BELIEVE THE FORMER JUST GO RIGHT AHEAD.” DON’T TAKE THAT TONE WITH ME MISS LASAUNDRA WILSON. I AM STILL YOUR MOTHER. WHATEVER HAS HAPPENED BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR TWIN SISTER WE ARE STILL FAMILY!” “I’M SORRY FOR MY TONE. IT’S JUST THAT LATASHA, I MEAN BABYLON HAS TAKEN US, MOST ESPECIALLY YOU, THROUGH SO MUCH. NOW I AM WILLING TO GIVE IT ANOTHER TRY, I JUST DON’T WANT TO SEE YOU LET DOWN AGAIN.” “I KNOW BABY JUST THIS ONE LAST TIME FOR ME AND FOR THE MEMORY OF YOUR FATHER.” “I HAVE TO GO MOM. I THINK SHE’S HERE.”
I’M COMING! I’M COMING! YOU DON’T HAVE TO BEAT MY DOOR DOWN DAMNIT” “HEYYY HEYYY MY LOOK ALIKE DIVA! I AM HERE! MISS BABYLON IN THE FLESH! “YEAH YEAH I SEE YOU! AND WHY IN HELL DIDN’T YOUR COUNTRY ASS USE THE DOORBELL.” “SORRY DIVA I DIDN’T EVEN SEE IT! IT’S RIGHT THERE ON THE WALL GIRL.” THESE RITZY PLACES IN THE BURBS ARE DESIGNED SO DIFFERENT. THE DOOR BELL AIN’T NO WHERE NEAR THE DOOR. IMAGINE THAT.” “GIRL GIVE ME A HUG AND LET ME HELP YOU WITH YOUR LUGGAGE.” “NO LEAVE IT THERE, NESTLE WILL GET IT.” “WHO?” “NESTLE MY FRIEND. HE’S THE ONE THAT DROVE ME HERE. “I THOUGHT MOM GAVE YOU TRAIN AND CAB FARE! “SHE DID, BUT NESTLE BROUGHT ME HERE FOR HALF OF WHAT I WOULD’VE SPENT.” “THAT’S TYPICAL. WHERE DID YOU MEET THIS NESTLE?” “I AIN’T TELLING YOU, HE’S IN THE CAR. HERE HE COMES NOW. SURPRISE SISTER!” “HERMAN TURNER. IS THAT YOU” “IT’S HIM LASAUNDRA, YOUR PROM DATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL. THEY CALL HIM NESTLE NOW AND WITH THAT SHIMMERING CHOCOLATE SKIN I GUESS YOU KNOW WHY.” “YOUR SISTER IS SO CRAZY LASAUNDRA, AND I MEAN THAT IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE. YOU KNOW WE WOULD HAVE BEEN HERE TWO HOURS AGO IF SHE HADN’T INSISTED ON SITTING BY A LAKE ON THE BARE GROUND TO MEDITATE. FOR A MOMENT I THOUGHT ABOUT LEAVING HER. WELL DON’T JUST STAND THERE WITH YOUR MOUTH DROPPED OPEN MISS WILSON LET ME PUT THESE HEAVY BAGS DOWN SOMEWHERE.” “OVER HERE NESTLE.” “IT’S STILL HERMAN LASAUNDRA.” “OH I THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE YOUR STRIPPER NAME.” ” STRIPPER NAME. I’M NOT A STRIPPER LASAUNDRA, I’M A SOCIAL WORKER, YOUR CRAZY SISTER AND HER GIRLS GAVE ME THAT NAME. THEY’VE CALLED ME MR NESTLE SO MUCH I STARTED ANSWERING.”

THOUGHT:( I SEE WHY THEY CALL YOU NESTLE AS WELL. DAMN THIS DOESN’T LOOK LIKE THE SAME AWKWARD, SCRAWNY BROTHER THAT STUCK ME WITH THE CORSAGE PEN. HE IS FINE AS HELL. I WONDER WHAT HE’S DOING WITH MY DRUG ADDICTED, FLAKY ASS SISTER?)

“YOU HAVE A NICE PLACE HERE SIS. MOM TOLD ME ABOUT THE HOUSE WARMING PARTY. I WONDERED WHY IN HELL I WASN’T INVITED. DAMN I LOVE THIS KITCHEN. A DUTCH OVEN! I COULD COOK UP LOAVES OF FLAXSEED BREAD IN THIS BABY! WOW GIRL I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU GETTING YOUR SELF SO RIGHT AFTER THAT NASTY DIVORCE! YOU SURE DID LAND ON YOUR FEET.”

“I AM GOING TO BE HEADED BACK NOW LADIES. BABYLON IF YOU NEED ANYTHING CALL THE CENTER. AND LASAUNDRA IT WAS SO GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN.” “HOW LONG A DRIVE IS IT BACK TO MARTIN?” “IT’S A GOOD SIX HOURS. BUT IF I LEAVE NOW I WILL BE BACK BY NINE OR TEN.” “I WAS JUST THINKING YOU HAVE TO BE TIRED. UNLESS THERE’S SOMEWHERE YOU HAVE TO BE IN THE MORNING WHY NOT SPEND THE NIGHT HERE. YOU KNOW, GET SOME REST. THAT ROAD CAN BE GRUELING WHEN YOU’RE TIRED. AFTER ALL YOU BROUGHT BABYLON HERE FOR LESS THAN A HUNDRED DOLLARS. THE LEAST I CAN DO IS PUT YOU UP FOR THE NIGHT.” “BABYLON TOLD YOU SHE PAID ME FOR THE RIDE?” “SHE DID.” “I DON’T TAKE MONEY FROM MY CLIENTS FOR ANY SERVICES WHETHER IT BE THROUGH THE CENTER OR SOMETHING OUTSIDE THE CENTER. I BROUGHT HER BECAUSE SHE NEEDED TO GET OUT OF MARTIN AND HER PLAN TO STAY WITH HER SUCCESSFUL ATTORNEY SISTER MADE SENSE TO ME!

THOUGHT: I KNEW IT. SHE’S STARTING OUT LYING. SHE PROBABLY STASHED THAT CHANGE SOMEWHERE WAITING TO HOOK UP WITH THE NEAREST DRUG DEALER. BUT SHE’S GOING TO BE HARD PRESSED TO MAKE A DRUG BUY IN THIS AREA. NOW HERE I GO PASSING JUDGEMENT WHEN I KNOW I’M NOT TOTALLY SPARKLING CLEAN MYSELF. RIGHT NOW MY MIND CAN’T EVEN STAY ON BABYLON WITH THIS CHOCOLATE, RIPPLING MUSCLED BROTHER SITTING ON MY SOFA. I COULD JUST IMAGINE CRAWLING IN BED BESIDE HIM TONIGHT IN MY BLACK SHEER TEDDY. THEN PRETENDING TO COVER MYSELF WHILE HE STERNLY SEARCHES FOR MY SPECIAL PLACE)

“LASAUNDRA, WHERE IS YOUR MIND GIRL! I’VE ASKED YOU THREE TIMES WHICH ROOM I SHOULD TAKE. I SEE YOU’RE STILL THE DAYDREAMER YOU HAVE ALWAYS BEEN.

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