Today’s words are: proper, brand, husband, pigeon, offend
Coo coo coo, Shanika felt like throwing a shoe and knocking
that irritating pigeon off the tree limb outside her window. If she did that
she was sure it would offend some bird lover and catch holy hell for being mean
to a poor bird. Coo coo coo. She buried her head in the pillow and tried to go
back to sleep.
It was Thursday and that meant chapel. Getting into her seat
next to little miss prim and proper Martha Smith, there was still a few minutes
before they dimmed the lights and the proctors with clipboards counting heads
were walking the aisle. Three of them came up to Martha and congratulated her
on getting engaged.
It's not even midterm and she’s engaged?
The mousy gal was beaming and showing off a ring with a miniscule
diamond chip. The lights dimmed and she took a needed nap after that damn bird woke
her up at the crack of dawn.
In the locker room Martha’s finding a husband was the topic
of conversation. On a small campus with just over a thousand students anything was fodder for gossip.
Beth Shumacher, the point guard griped, “She’s the reason
why freshmen women can’t get an A. The professors think we’re only here to find
The lone senior on the team, Candice Clark, shook her head. “Pity
the poor girl, she’ll drop out find a job and start on her PHT degree.”
Shanika was curious, “What’s that?”
Candy gave her a look, “Putting Hubby Through. She’ll see
him through college and graduate school. Then when he starts earning real
money, he’ll trade her in on someone more intellectually stimulating leaving
her to raise two or three kids.”
“Just because that’s what your Daddy did to your Momma,
doesn’t mean that’ll happen to Martha,” Beth said.
It was time to go out on the court. They looked on the ball
rack and low and behold there were ten brand new practice balls. Shanika grabbed
one and felt the fresh nibs as she shot a three pointer, nothing but net.