Doubled Masked Nevermore
By ice rivers
Merle Seton had three masks that pretty much summed up his life; Albert Einstein....Oliver Hardy and Edgar Allen Poe. Everybody recognized Albert and Oliver. Nobody recognized Poe. They thought he was just some weird looking guy with a moustache.
When Covid came around and everybody decided to wear masks, Merle decided to wear his Edgar Allen Poe mask.
It didn't go over well.
Nobody knew what the hell it was "supposed to be" and were pretty pissed off about it.
Merle was a regular at a smoke shop where he bought his scratch off lottery tickets. Everybody knew him there including Coyote Man and Grace.
Coyote got his name because one day on the way to work he ran over a coyote which fucked up his car. Insurance covered the damage. Coyote scratched off the insurance dividend and in the scratching won five grand. He took a grand of it and bought a "professional" digital camera.
God knows what Coyote was taking pictures of.
He also bought his old man a wheel chair. His old man had Covid.
Merle figured Coyote was about his age when Coyote told Merle about buying the wheel chair for his Dad. Coyote is big and bald. When he told Merle how old his dad was, Merle was amazed to find out that Coyote's Dad was younger than he.
The Smoke Shop started getting real particular about letting people into the shop during Covid. You had to wear a mask. Merle deicded to wear his Edgar Allen Poe mask into the shop one morning. The mask didn't cover up his mouth and nose. Nobody recognized him. Nobody was amused.
Grace who sells the scratch offs told Merle that he couldn't buy a ticket without a mask.
IMerle told Gracet old her "Jesus Christ, Grace...can't you see that I'm wearing a mask."
Grace said "that's not a mask...it doesn't cover your face. I'm not selling you a ticket"
"Whaddya mean it doesn't cover my face....you don't even know who I am."
"Whoever you are, don't come in without a mask."
Merle had a Marilyn Monroe Covid face mask in his car. Merle went out to his car and put the Marilyn Monroe Covid mask over the nostrils and mouth of his Poe Mask. Now,Merle waa double masked,
Merle walked back into the shop and asked for five 3 dollar scratch offs.
Coyote, who only buys $20 scratch offs had just won $600 . He was happy.
She didn't want to sell Merle the tickets.
Merle asked Coyote if he would buy Merle the tickets.
Coyote, still happy from his winnning agreed.
Coyote bought the tickets for Merle
Merle went outside and smoked a Black and Mild Jazz (plastic tip)
He won $100 bucks.
Grace didn't want to cash the tickets for Merle cuz he didnt' buy them.
Merle gave the tickets to Coyote.
Grace gave Coyote a hundred bucks.
Coyote gave Merle the money right in front of Grace.
Merle gave Coyote $5 fcor hiss trouble
"I see what you're doing," said Grace." Don't ever do that again."
Merle said he wouldn't and added "Nevermore"
She didn't get it.
Neither did Coyote.
Merle could care less.
Merle had a hundred bucks.
He bought his wife a dozen roses and pocketed the rest.