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Tag: DeeDee Ratner

Spike & Mike

by on Sep.09, 2009, under comics, Flash

Spike’s my older brother. He’s a wild one, is Spike. Spike’s the one takes things too far. I’m the one with the ideas, and he takes them to where they don’t need to go. I don’t remember dad, and mum was a right-off, so we brung ourselves up in the room above the panel-beaters, him being older and stronger and me being the sensible one, the one with the ideas. Like getting around on matching Ninjas—lock up your grannies, folks, Spike and Mike are in town! Mine was blue and his was green and he loved that ride, sometimes more than me, and I wondered about that, because after all it was my idea to get the contract work in the city that bought us those bikes in the first place.

Living on that Point all our lives, everyone knowing everyone, and cut off from the world and Spike being the way he was, I had to get away by myself sometimes, just go and sit on a rock down on the shore. Spike’d be off somewhere else, bored with my ideas in the end. It was my idea to tie and rope off a pine branch and then swing off it, over the rocks and into the deep water down by the refinery. Or to try and swim all the way across the channel without the sharks or the currents getting you first. Well that was my idea, but I never done it, and Spike did it more times than I lost count, me waiting out in the tinny with a case of beer for when he was done and I’d pull him up and his arms were slippery, his ink glinting in the sun, and the sharks stayed well away, knowing that Spike kept a bowie knife down the leg of his shorts, and a sawn-off in the esky and he’d expect me to go after that shark and its extended family any of them go near him and I would too. Anyway, the sharks are probably just one of those legends they made up to make the place seem more exciting than it is, but the bay does get pretty deep out there in the middle where Spike told me to dump the chains, slick with blood and matter caught in the links. (continue reading…)

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