The Property of Lee Harrison Peeters Chapter Eighteen: Barbershop

17 02 2010

The Property of Lee Harrison Peeters

Chapter Eighteen: Barbershop

We find the stranger in a barber shop getting a hair cut and shave. The barber is a jaunty looking fellow with thick bushy sideburns and a lambchop moustache. The stranger takes a seat in a chair. He asks for a shave. The barber puts a large kettle on the stove in the middle of the room. He soaps up the stranger’s face.

Barber: “Yes, sir. We’ve been getting our share of tourists.”

Stranger: “Good for business then.”

Barber: “Maybe. Lot of soldiers. Mostly Irish. And negroes. From the States.”

The stranger takes out a piece of paper from his pocket. There is a sketch of a male black man on it.

Barber: “Nope. Don’t know many negroes. You might ask the blacksmith. Most everyone goes through his livery stable.”

The barber sharpens his knife and begins to pare off the stubble from the strangers face. The dog begins to growl. One of the gang of four, the kid, enters the shop. He takes a seat. Kicks off his boots. And begins to pick at his feet.

Barber: “Be with you shortly.”

The stranger keeps an eye on the kid as the barber finishes the shave.



One response

17 02 2010

really like the collage..but the piece itself is so short..waiting for more….

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