Goose StepsPromise is on her way to the store to buy white roses for her Brothers funeral. Along the way she encounters her Uncle and his friends at an abandoned house. Theyre drinking and shooting the breeze. Promise takes an instant disliking toMoreGoose StepsPromise is on her way to the store to buy white roses for her Brothers funeral.
Along the way she encounters her Uncle and his friends at an abandoned house. Theyre drinking and shooting the breeze. Promise takes an instant disliking to one of the men. She encounters him again at another abandoned house where a terrible crime has taken place. Will this man harm her?The story is the authors short Storyintroduction to the longer work to be released soon. The Road to Astroworld.Excerpt“Where you going, goose?”Promise stopped. She had run through the gates of Paradise Gardens and was walking briskly down Lyon’s Avenue with her head outstretched.
Her Uncle Bobo and his friends loitered on the porch of a shotgun shack. The porch sagged like the inside of a boat. Two columns that held up the porch’s roof leaned together. Her uncle rested on his elbows between the posts stroking his chin with one hand as he eyed Promise. He held a Styrofoam cup in his other hand. His pals in frumpy clothes gathered around him grinning at her. One fellow wore a bus driver’s dark blue uniform. His silver badge gleamed like a razor blade. A bright-green bottle sat on the banister shining under the sun’s rays like a jade offering.
The men had taken a sip from the bottle. Their eyes were heavy and lustful. Promise put her foot on the bottom step. The air was scented with rain, sweat, and the ripe fruity aroma that drifted out of the bottle. She looked at the grinning men and felt big inside. Their attention was on her. It made her act “womanish” as Big Mama called it. At the same time she turned her nose up at their clothes.
These were “old men” at least thirty and they dressed foolish. Not one was as “Fly” as Sugar Face in his glittering jacket and gold chains. He wouldn’t be caught dead in a yellow “grandpa” suit or a T-shirt with a big black X on the front. And he wouldn’t be caught near a shack drinking wine.