"Sunnie Haze"

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“Sunnie Haze” (20)

Several weeks pass,since Mary stopped at Freddie’s. She was afraid of going in there, because she didn’t want to get in an argument with Stan.

When Mary got up the nerve to go back in. She slowly walked in the door,and looked all around. Their wasn’t any Stan sitting in their. Relieved, she shut the front door,and walked over to the bar.

“Where have you been Mary?” said Jab

“I’ve been staying home,I didn’t want to get in another argument with Stan again. Has he been back in,since the night time I seen him?”

“Yes he has!” “He’s been in here every night,but I haven’t seen him for the last two days. Stan really looks bad,he hasn’t shaved,or changed his clothes. He smells bad,who knows when he had a bath last.
He can’t be working,because, he was in here early in the morning,till late evenings. I ask him,where he was staying,and he told me,it wasn’t any of my business.”

“I wonder where he could be staying Jab?”

“If you want my personal opinion, I think, he is living in his truck.”

“That’s not good,” sigh Mary

“No,it isn’t Mary. But he is a grown man,who are we to tell him what to do?”

“I almost forgot to tell you. Last week he had a phone call from a man named John. I yelled over at the corner table,where Stan’s been sitting. He told me to tell John,to go F..k himself. I just told John he wasn’t here.”

“John is my sister’s husband,they work together.”

“Well anyway,the last time he was in here,he stumbled out of here. I told him to be careful,and he just slammed the door behind him.”

“I’m starting to feel guilty Jab,I just used Stan,to get even with an old classmate of mine,which is Stan’s wife. I led him on,in a way. When his wife found out about us,she threw him out. I’m really ashamed of myself.” cried Mary

“Nevertheless,it takes two to tangle. You can’t take the whole blame.”sigh Jab

“I wish,I could agree with you,but I can’t. I’m going to go home. Good Night, Jab”

On her way home,she thought she might call Amy. Maybe John knows where he’s at. I hope Amy doesn’t hang up on me, because she was really mad at me the last time I was talking to her.

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“Sunnie Haze” (19)

A month later,school was finished for Sunnie. She graduated with her class. Stan went to the graduation ceremony, I hoped, he wasn’t drinking. He was sitting two rows over from where I was sitting.He didn’t even speak to me. But he waited until the ceremony was over,and went up front and hugged Sunnie,and handed her an envelope. When Sunnie came over to me,she had tears in her eyes.

“She hugged me and said,”Did you see dad? I was surprised to see him here.I really miss him.”

“I know Sunnie,I do also. But he made his own choice,now he has to live with it.”

Sunnie and her friends,Patty,Sue and Eddy went down the shore to celebrate. They were going for about two weeks. When she came home,she told me the great time they all had.

“I met this wonderful guy.

His name is Fred Stones,and he just graduated from high school. Just like I did,but he lives a couple of towns from us.

We both got along from the beginning we met. He took me out to the movies and dinner.

We walked the beach together,during the evening. A couple of times,we went to the dance,they were having down in Wildwood.
He is really a great dancer,especially when the music slowed down. Fred is so dreamy,where has he been all my life?”

Alise thought,my baby is growing up.

“Have you heard from dad yet?”

“No honey I haven’t.”

Just then the phone rang,”Hello” Alise said.

“Hi Alise,I just wondered what you were doing.I’m on my way to the mall,to pick up some yarn. So that I can finish this blanket for Sharon’s baby shower. I thought you might like to take a ride with me.”

“I have a few things to pick up myself,I’ll be over in a few minutes. Sunnie just came back from the shore.She was telling me all about her dreamboat that she met down their.”
“Wasn’t it just great to be young?

“Yes it was,I remember. By the way,I’m not old,” laughed Alise.

“Neither am I Alise”, Amy laughed.

“Come on over,so that we can leave. John is watching the kids.”

“See you in a minute.” Alise answered

“Sunnie I’m taking a ride to the mall with Amy. Do you want me to get you anything?”

“No thanks mom,I’m going upstairs and call Fred. I’ll see you when you get back.”


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“Sunnie Haze” (18)

“I hope your hungry Sunnie.” Alise said, as Sunnie walked in the front door.

“I am Mom!” “I want to go upstairs,and take a shower first. I went to the shelter after school,and helped out.”

“Okay Sunnie”

When Sunnie came back down,she filled her plate with the food on the table.

“Mom we haven’t had goulash for a long time,I just love it!”

“I know Sunnie,I thought that might be fast, and easy for dinner tonight.”

“Mom did you tell Dad about what I found?”

“Yes I did,he was surprised. But he admitted the cheating.

“How could your best friend Amy,do this to you?”

“She didn’t honey,it was her sister Mary. I didn’t tell you she had a twin,I didn’t think it was important. Because she never came around anyway.”

“So what are you and daddy going to do? I hope you both make-up.”

“I’m sorry Sunnie, it doesn’t work that way. I could never forgive him. I was so mad and hurt at him, I told your father to pack his stuff and get out of this house.

I know in my heart,if your father didn’t have that bad fall. We wouldn’t even be talking about this.Your father didn’t have it in him,to cheat on me. He was always a family man,thinking of his family.”

“Mom, I feel so bad, if I wasn’t there babysitting. I wouldn’t of found that envelope.”

“You can’t blame yourself Sunnie,I would of found out,sooner or later.”

“Mom,I decided,that I’m not going back to Amy’s,to babysit. I’m going to find another job. School is almost over,and I’m going to graduate. I have it figured out,I”ll work all summer at Arby’s. I forgot to tell you,that they are hiring,I already filled out my application. I went by their yesterday for my interview,and I was hired.”
“That’s great news,Sunnie. Did you tell Amy you won’t be babysitting anymore?”

“No!” “I’m to embarrass to go back their.”

“I’ll give her a call, so she can find someone.” sigh Alise

“Thanks mom, I love you” then she gave me a hug.

Sunnie then went upstairs,to do her school work.

Alise picked up the phone and call Amy. After Alise told Amy,Sunnie’s decision.

Amy said,”I don’t blame her,it’s okay.”

Alise yelled up the steps to Sunnie,”Amy said,she understands.”

“Thanks Mom,I appreciate you calling her.”

“I’m going to clean up the kitchen,finish your school work.”


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“Sunnie Haze” (17)

Mary drove to Freddie’s after work,to meet Stan. Of course this was there favorite place. Where they both drink and chat, for hours. Then on a few occasions,Stan would come home with her,and spend the week-end. On one of those week-ends,he reminded me he was married,and had a daughter.

“Doesn’t that bother you Mary?” Stan asked

“Why is it bothering you because your drunk?”

Mary didn’t like his different moods. But she said to her self, she’ll have to put up with it for a while.

Mary had it all planned… Her sister Amy was having a birthday party,for both of them. She said, ”This is the time to get even. She had a letter from Stan,letting her no,how he felt about her. Also a rare picture of her and Stan. One of her female friends,took a picture of Stan and her embracing. When they won a couple hundred of dollars on the lottery.
Mary was mad at Sharon,at the time. But she was glad now,that she had that picture. Because,she said, she plans to leave both in an envelope…. so Amy could find it.

Mary said,she had known doubt, that it would get back to Alise.

When Stan finally walked into Freddie’s, Mary said,he had a long face on him. He was cussing up a storm.He walked over to the bar where she was sitting,and sat next to her.

”My wife just threw me out! Some how she found out about us! All of my personal things are in my truck.”

Mary told him to have a drink,he’ll feel better.

Stan answered, “Your not listening to me Mary,I don’t have any place to stay. I sure as hell am not going to live out of my truck.

Maybe I can move in with you?”he asked.

“Like hell,Stan! I’m not going down that road again. I’ve been their and done that!”

“Your just being a bitch Mary. I’m allow to spend the week-end with you,when you want to go to bed with me. Your like all the other bitches…. Screw You!!

Stan than moves way down to the end of the bar,and orders another drink.

He yells out loud,”I’ll might as well get drunk tonight! Mary the bitch,won’t let me go home with her. So I’ll stay here and get drunk. I don’t have any place to go.”

The bartender Jab,ask Mary,what his problem was tonight.

Mary answered, ”His wife threw him out,and he thinks he moving in with me.”

Okay !!! muttered Jab

Mary told Jab,that she was getting outta here,and going home.

“Be careful Mary.” yelled Jab, as Mary slammed the front door behind her.


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“Sunnie Haze” (16)

Later that day,Sunnie came in from school.She went up to her room and finished her homework. Afterward,she got changed and went to the s.p.c.a. to help feed the animals. She thought out loud,while she was walking to the shelter. ”I better keep my mind busy,this is so surreal,about what’s going on in this family. I hope mom and dad, will make up. If dad comes to his senses,and mom forgives him.”

That day at work,was hard for Alise. She was ostensibly,to all her customer’s. But Alise held her head up high. She wasn’t gone to let Stan get the best of her.

I can’t blame Amy,she sighed,it’s her stupid sister’s doing. How can she hold a grudge on something that happened long ago? She thought,especially something stupid as an prom date.

After work,Amy and I walked home. I didn’t say too much to Amy at first.But Amy kept telling her,that, “she was sorry this happen. Also,she was sorrier,because it started, with her crazy sister.”

Amy I said,”My problem is out the door. I just don’t know how to tell Sunnie,I threw her father out.”

“Sunnie knows what is going on with her father. She is very intelligent,and old enough to understand.”

“I hope so!” I sure don’t want her to blame herself,for what happened.”

“She’ll understand, Alise.”

We both arrived near our house,and I told Amy,”That I would see her tomorrow at work.”
“If you need me,call,or just come over. I’ve got to bring this pass John tonight.”
When I unlocked my front door,and walked into the foyer.

I just cried my eyes out,immediately after I shut the door.

When I came to my senses ——— I thought, ”I better get myself together, it’s almost 6:30 p.m. Sunnie was due home soon.”


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“Sunnie Haze” (15)

The next day after Amy got her kids off to school. She walked over to my house to straighten things out. Before she arrived at my front door,she seen in front of her,Stan,putting his personal belonging,in his green pick-up.She said,he looked like he was taking enough, to stay for a while. I don’t think he seen me,so I stayed back,and waited for him to pull away.

Amy then knocked on the door,and she heard someone crying. She tried the door,and it was unlocked. Amy walked into my house,and seen me crying at the kitchen table.

“What’s the matter Alise? she said

“You dam right know what’s wrong! Sunnie came home and told me what she seen. She told me it was you and Stan,in a picture. With a love letter in an envelope.

When Stan came in from his all,out night again. I confronted him,about you and Stan.

He admitted it.

But he said, ”it’s not you,it’s Mary”.

I almost fell off my seat.

“Further more so what?” I’ll do what I want!” Stan yelled

“I cried out!” “Yes you can do what you want,after you leave with all your things.Now get the hell out of this house,and don’t come back.”

After he packed all his things,he said,”you’ll never make it on your own.”

“With tears,still in my eyes,” I yelled, “Just leave,and get the hell out of this house! Don’t even think of coming back!”

“What on earth are you going to do now,Alise?” Amy whispered

“I don’t know I muttered,but let’s get to work. I would like to stay home today, but I can’t.”

“You’ll probably feel better,being with other people.

I know I would,feel better.” Amy sighed

“Let’s go Amy!”


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“Sunnie Haze” (14)

After Amy slammed the phone down, Mary had a good laugh.

Mary was listening to her country station,when her sister called. Mary,lately likes to sit in her bedroom,with the lights low,and listen to her radio.

Lets not forget about her booze. Mary was a drinker, but she drank more after she met Stan.
Every where they went together,there was always booze in the picture. But she put up with it,because she didn’t want him to not like her.As long as she went along with him,she had an opportunity to get even with, smart-ass Alise.

The more she got to know Stan,the more she disliked him. He really was a women-hater. He always makes not-nice remarks, about women.

For example: This one is a whore,I know the way they look,or this one is ugly as sin. Just dumb shit! You think this is nuts! You should hear him when he is drunk.
Talking about drunk,I got so drunk and horny one night. I made the big mistake of asking him to spend the night with me. I can’t say,we didn’t have a hot time. I just didn’t want this to happen, but it did.

Nevertheless, this is the reason,she left the envelope under her sister’s table. Mary knew,it would get back to Alise. Her best friend,who she seems to like better than her own blood.

Mary thought, Amy would show it to Alise,and it would just rock her world. Then this vendetta would end,and Mary could get on with her life. Mary knew this was petty,but she wanted Alise to feel,like she did,long time ago.

It’s just ashamed, that Alises daughter, found the envelope first. It is what it is! Maybe if there’s a next time, she won’t be so nosy.