Sept 01: Roy Jr. & Maggie

Maggie
Did your Dad say anything about me?

Roy Jr.
No. I didn’t bring it up. He did say that you girls could leave anytime.

Maggie
What did you ask him? Did you bring Pringles?

Roy Jr.
Yep. Hold on. Here.

Maggie
Thanks. I mean, we can leave, but where the fuck would I go?

Roy Jr.
Dad said most of you were probably abused or told you were ugly most of your lives.

Maggie
What was that?

Roy Jr.
Huh?

Maggie
Did you hear that?

Roy Jr.
What? The owl?

Maggie
I thought owls only who-who’d at night.

Roy Jr.
It’s dark enough back here. Maybe they get confused.

Maggie
Maybe. These taste stale.

Roy Jr.
They do? Sorry. They’ve been on top of the fridge since summer.

Maggie
I’ll take stale Pringles over Fritos any day. I really wish they would get new snacks.

Roy Jr.
Aren’t you cold just wearing that?

Maggie
Not really. No.

Roy Jr.
Do you want to sit down? I stuffed a blanket in my backpack.

Maggie
Sure. Just no getting frisky on me.

Roy Jr.
Frisky?

Maggie
How about right here?

Roy Jr.
Sure.

Maggie
The breeze feels nice, doesn’t it?

Roy Jr.
Feels like fall is coming. So did you run away from home?

Maggie
Is that what you think? That we’re all just a bunch of abused girls that escaped home?

Roy Jr.
Pretty much.

Maggie
Maybe. Ok, that was a bad one. Yuck. Here, you can have these back.

Roy Jr.
So were you?

Maggie
Was I what?

Roy Jr.
Abused?

Maggie
I think you’re abusing me with these Pringles.

Roy Jr.
C’mon. I’m serious.

Maggie
Abused? No. I mean, not really. I mean, maybe. I don’t know. Can we talk about something else? It’s a nice day out.

Roy Jr.
Ok, yeah. I’m sorry. I won’t ask again.

Maggie
You’re fine. I’ll probably tell you someday, just not today. Would you mind rubbing my shoulders?

Roy Jr.
Really?

Maggie
Just do it like this. Press like you’re kneading bread dough.

Roy Jr.
Like this?

Maggie
Maybe you should kneel.

Roy Jr.
How’s that?

Maggie
Over to the left, like toward the edge. Down. Down just a little–oooh, yes. Right there.

Roy Jr.
I think this is the first time I’ve–

Maggie
Perfect. We did this really weird position last night and now my upper back just aches like crazy.

Roy Jr.
Weird positions, like sexually?

Maggie
Um, yeah? I took like three Advil when I woke up this morning.

Roy Jr.
Do you have enough? Should I bring you something?

Maggie
Not unless it’s oxycontin.

Roy Jr.
I think you need a prescription for that.

Maggie
Ha. Someone should tell that to Abby.

Roy Jr.
Who’s Abby?

Maggie
Nevermind. So what were you doing before you came down here to meet me?

Roy Jr.
Nothing much. Just laying on my bed listening to Spotify.

Maggie
That’s cool. Spotify’s good.

Roy Jr.
Yeah, I’ve got like a hundred different playlists and I rarely listen to any of them more than once.

Maggie
I do that too. Some of their suggestions I’ll add to a playlist, but then I usually forget about the playlist.

Roy Jr.
How’s the wifi back here?

Maggie
It’s fine. I think there’s like a tree stump under here. Feel this.

Roy Jr.
It’s a root sticking up. Get up and I’ll move the blanket.

Maggie
So, let me guess. You’re a virgin.

Roy Jr.
No, I’m not. I mean, why would you think that?

Maggie
Roy is a terrible liar, Mr. Owl.

Roy Jr.
What? I’m not lying.

Maggie
You are. Masturbation doesn’t count.

Roy Jr.
Duh. I know that. I’ve had sex before.

Maggie
Ok, with who?

Roy Jr.
Who? Well, you wouldn’t know her. You’re not from around here.

Maggie
How do you know?

Roy Jr.
You just don’t seem like the type of person who would live in Aitkin.

Maggie
Oh really? So where would a person like me live, Roy?

Roy Jr
Believe me, I’m not saying that as an insult. You just look like, I dunno, a girl from Minneapolis or someplace near there.

Maggie
Why’s that? All my tats?

Roy Jr.
That and all your piercings.

Maggie
Oh boy. Are you serious? I’ve seen some chicks in town that have more piercings than me. And these tats are nothing compared to this one chick we saw at Holiday. She had like half her head shaved and this black wave tattooed over her skull.

Roy Jr
I know that girl. Well, I don’t know her, but I know who she is.

Maggie
Ok. So she obviously lives around here.

Roy Jr
Sort of. I heard her parents were divorced, so she spends the weekends up here, then goes back to St. Paul to stay with her Mom. At least that’s what she was doing last year.

Maggie
Did she look like that before her parents got divorced?

Roy Jr
I don’t think any of the kids look the same this year as they did last year. It’s like everyone grew up over the summer. I mean, there’s a few kids–

Maggie
But this chick you’re talking about. Did she have all those tats before she had to split time between her parents?

Roy Jr
I guess. Well, now that I think about it, no. I mean, she always was like this punk type.

Maggie
What if I told you that I listen to country music?

Roy Jr.
No way. Are you serious?

Maggie
And he looks at me like I’m crazy.

Roy Jr.
Well, you look like you to listen to thrashing guitars and drums going off like machine guns. And a guy who sounds like the Cookie Monster shouting lyrics.

Maggie
You read into people all wrong.

Roy Jr.
I wasn’t wrong about my Dad.

Maggie
That’s because you live with him.

 

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