🐤 The Lucky Canary ~ Nick Begs Tina Not to Throw Him Out

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Later that Afternoon . . .

The Tuna lets a small smile cross his face. He sips his wine. Tina says, “Tuna, what are you smiling about?”

The Tuna says, “When Tone falls, he falls hard. One thing about him, he goes all in, there is no halfway. Stella missed the train when she got rid of him. Tone got a heart of gold, it’s too bad his brain doesn’t always connect the dots in the right order.”

Legos says, “There’s breaking news on Channel 4.” Legos turns up the TV volume.

“Breaking news from the troubled Bridgewater minimum security prison. I’m Marcy Stankowski for Channel 4 Flash News. We’re the first, the foremost, and the fastest with breaking news. Earlier today we reported that the city’s leading researcher on treating COVID-19 had his Tesla stolen with his laptop inside it from Our Lady of Good Hope Hospital’s parking garage. Moments ago, state police recovered the Tesla at the Bridgewater minimum security prison. Police said the laptop was in the car along with a pizza box from Mario’s Pizzaria in our own North end. Police are looking for the pizza car thief. The police report an inmate wearing a Patriot’s sweatshirt over his orange jump suit claims he saw the warden driving the Tesla. The state police didn’t say if the warden is a subject of interest. More later.”

Roxie turns toward the table. “You think the car thief is some fool from the neighborhood?”

Nod. Nod. Nod. Nod.

Roxie turns back to Legos, “They’re nodding but not talking.”

Legos says, “Roxie, you know the rule in The Lucky Canary.”

Roxie says, “I thought Vegas bought the rights to your slogan.”

Legos bangs his fist on the bar, “They stole my slogan. They didn’t even send a thank you note. It started here and it’s gonna stay here. What happens in The Lucky Canary, stays in The Lucky Canary.”

The Tuna turns to face Nick. Nick, you and me and Tone got a job tonight. Cancel any plans you got for the evening and the morning.”

“When can I sleep, Tuna?” asks Nick.

“You can sleep when we’re done,” says Tuna.

Tina jumps in, “No disrespect intended, Tuna, but the fool hasn’t proposed to me.”

The Tuna says, “Give the fool until tomorrow afternoon. He don’t propose, send him home to his momma. Maybe Tony’s momma will take Nick in and make him pray the rosary with her so Nick can become a priest and pray masses for her after she dies.”

“No. No. No. Don’t throw me out, Tinzi,” begs Nick.

“I don’t hear no words I want to hear, Nick,” says Tina.

“The words are there, Tinzi, but they’re stuck on the back of my tongue. See, I’m trying to move my lips, but the words won’t come out. It’s like they’re glued to my tonics,” says Nick opening his mouth and sticking his tongue out as if were getting a dental exam.

Legos says, “You mean tonsils.”

“What are those?” asks Nick.

Roxie says, “How did he graduate from high school?”

Legos says, “Social promotion. He was old enough to buy liquor for the students and the school administration wanted to get rid of him.”

Roxie points a finger at Tina and starts into a song a capella,

“Don’t let the smooth talking fool, fool you.

Don’t let him talk his way back into your heart.

Don’t let him make a fool out of you.”

Tina raises her shot glass, “Sing it sister, sing it loud and clear. Let the simple minded fool across from me hear the truth, no matter how much it hurts. He’s got one chance for the gold medal and if he misses it, he’s not getting another chance.”

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