The Waitress, the Whiskey, and the Handcuffs – Part III

The Waitress, the Whiskey & the Handcuffs
The Waitress, the Whiskey & the Handcuffs
The Waitress, the Whiskey & the Handcuffs
Part 1 of The Ruby Chronicles

Ruby Daniel is a 30-something widow trying to get by in a small backwoods Northern town in the 1950’s. Her chicken farm is failing, and she takes a weekend job as a barmaid at an illegal drinking establishment run by a crooked police officer, hoping the extra income will allow her to keep her farm and raise her kids.

When her crude and offensive employer plays an embarrassing prank on her, Ruby gets revenge with the help of her mother, whose devious tactics and unrestrained glee in the details of retaliation leave Ruby in awe, and a little fearful of the woman who raised her.

This comedic short story will leave you laughing out loud and cheering Ruby on, as she learns that standing up for herself can sometimes backfire, but revenge really does taste sweet – and an indignant mother is a surprisingly fierce force to be reckoned with…

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5 Replies to “The Waitress, the Whiskey, and the Handcuffs – Part III”

  1. Right, Missy – here is what you do.. you bundle this up, write a brief synopsis, go google a few literary agents, and send this off – now!!

    This is not good, this is great -jump to it! You have TALENT in spades, let someone who counts know about it. x

    Les Says: I’ve been googling agents for some time now – and coming up with all kinds of warnings about the nasty ones. Not a single hit on who might be an honest one. Don’t suppose YOU know someone who counts…?

    …and as a P.S. Thanks for your compliment – your opinion means everything now that congratulations on YOUR book deal are in order. Now I can say, “I knew her when…”, can’t I?

  2. Do as she suggest, but find a good one. This is good!

    Les Says: Thank you, Mushy. I’m in good company when my top two supporters are both published novelists. Any and all US agent advice will be gratefully accepted.

  3. Keep it comin Les, keep it comin !

    “Pickles”, “Good eatin”, I love it !!

    Les Says: I’m really glad you like it, OldGuy – and I must say that almost every word out of The Little Drunk’s mouth made me wonder what you would think. Part IV is finished; “in the can”, so to speak and will appear next Sunday. The poor Little Drunk has a rough go ahead of him, unfortunately… Makes me feel a little sorry I wrote him that way.

  4. Well! I’m not a writer, published or otherwise, but I absolutely love this story. I think they’re right, Les. You should do as they say. This is just fabulous.

    Les Says: Suzi, thank you. Yours is also one of the opinions that I value highly. One of the few, really. I’m SO glad you like it. 🙂

  5. ugh you write so well I’m there as Ruby cringing at the thought of lying down next to a bed-wetter drunk on a nasty nasty mattress… and I bet she still ends up working at The Dump, doesn’t she? 😛
    (p/s: the “ugh” is meant in the nicest possible way!!)

    Les Says: LOL! Thank you, Willow; I’m thrilled that you’re enjoying the story – if you’re cringing, I’ve done my job. Thanks for the compliment – you made my day!

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