Muriel's pit bull is menstruating on the Persian carpet. The sun is setting. Pretty Mary is a sea
creature, an urchin of the deep she has seen in National Geographic.
O'Gatty speaks nervously to the sheriff. He is uncomfortable leaving
Chester in charge of the Blue Motel. Pretty Mary puts a scratchy Animals
album on her Snow White and Seven Dwarfs record player and runs a bath.
She is excited about doing a dance with Socco. Quietly she sloshes warm
water between her legs and closes her eyes. Biting her lower lip to hold
silence, she cups a small right breast with her hand and has an orgasm.
(Socco won't sleep with Pretty Mary since she bought the electric blanket
for fear of nocturnal electrocution.)Reggie is playing with paint
tubes, telling Ada they sure are in demand, these new tubes, and he
squeezes vermilion snakes onto the picnic table. Ada wrinkles her nose and
whiffs. Go way with them stinky tubes. She asks Socco if she's not a
little old to be playing Death, but Socco is standing over here, tying his
shoe. Mine, too, Oreste asks, sticking out a ragged loafer. Reggie's
snakes are slithering all over his face. It's difficult to