The Bitter go Round
By Franklin Newman
An amusement park had opened in London.
A thousand people came to the grand opening.
The place was full of wonder and joy.
Almost everyone was having a good time.
As she walked through the fair, Kylie Moriarty, a doctor and a sorceress,
found the crowds bothered her.
She had only come for her family’s sake, as they wanted to come for the grand opening.
She let them have their fun, while she waited at a merry-go-round.
It wasn’t functioning.
The repairmen could not figure out why.
Kylie brushed them aside, and used magic to repair it.
Kylie got on it, and rode it around.
She invited the repairmen. One got on, and the other ran away.
A woman stormed up to them, carrying a bag.
As she got to the ride, she threw it at the repairman.
Of course, the merry-go-round let him escape
as the papers she threw at him got caught in the wind.
She tried to grab him, but again, the ride rescued him.
Enraged, she jumped onto the ride.
She berated him during the ride, for she had found
while snooping, that he and Mrs. Jones had a thing going on.
And she screamed, repeatedly.
Neither Kylie nor the repairman wished to hear her tirade.
Four other people, two married couples, misinterpreted her screaming.
They thought she was having a blast.
They got onto the merry-go-round too.
When she finished screaming, the repairman had heard enough.
Mrs. Jones wasn’t his lover, but she was his solicitor.
The repairman was seeking a divorce. His wife had a tendency
of stealing his money and spending it on luxuries.
He worked, she didn’t, and had invested his savings into a fund
for his children’s education. But she would rather look her best,
and play one-up on her friends. He’d had enough.
As they rode around on the ride, another husband turned to his wife, and proclaimed
angrily that he was annoyed because she was a catholic,
and refused to use birth control, or see doctors, she’s pregnant again.
They had two kids already. He could not afford three.
She countered he should try self-control, and that she felt her children
were a wonderful thing. What she hated about him was, no matter what,
he insisted on belittling everything she did, despite the fact that she worked
and coupon-clipped to see his way through education.
He refused now to do likewise for her, and left her stuck with all the responsibilities.
Did he think that his job ended when he came home from work, while her job never
ended at all? How unequal! After all, she worked too. This led up to
the last husband’s gripe. A nurse, he had lost his job in America due to the depression.
He’d returned home to England, with his American wife, who didn’t have a clue
how to get along here. While he tried his best to adapt to America, she felt that the
British should change to accommodate her,rather than her learning any survival skills.
She was angry with him because he was not working anymore,
and they lived with his mother now. He felt it was his responsibility to tend
to his ill mother. His wife thought this meant living off her.
So she worked, and had no interest in staying with a man who couldn’t support her.
The husband then countered that he’d known all along that she had been sleeping
with an American businessman whom she knew before, because he caught the
American boasting about how easily strung-along she was.
He would be glad to work again, but his wife wouldn’t care for his mother.
The witch could not bear to hear anything further.
She stopped the merry-go-round, and she glared at the six couples.
She screamed at them all, telling each of them off.
Starting with the repairman, she warned him that he should make his wife,
Fiona, feel special and loved. She shopped because she felt ignored.
But before his wife could gloat, the witch cast a spell on her,
transforming all her fine, expensive luxury items into prudent, sensible, affordable
things. Then she cast a spell on the second husband’s wallet, overstuffing it with
bundles of cash, but she also placed a curse upon it. This cash would see them
through and offset the cost of the children, but the cash would not allow itself to be
used on anything that was not related to caring for the kids. He would have the money
should his children need something, but wouldn’t have it for his own desires.
“This is the nature of parenthood,” she replied. “You aren’t important anymore.”
But then she drew a tarot card, and she informed the wife that her beliefs against
doctors had also gone too far, and that she had neglected her entire body.
Now she was at risk of cancer and needed to be seen. So Kylie scheduled her
an appointment at the clinic where the witch worked, being a doctor.
Then the witch turned her attention to the third husband and his colonist wife.
She informed him that he did have a responsibility to his wife as well as to his mother,
and that at this stage, his mother would benefit more from being in a place where she
could get the help she needed continuously. He could not stop her coming death.
He must return to work.
The American wife gloated, but the witch shot that down.
She told her that she needed to quit playing the tart.
He certainly stood by her, despite knowing that she wasn’t faithful.
Here is a man doing his best to save his own mother. This woman was an idiot.
The witch felt her husband was a good man the American did not deserve.
She told them all to work it out now, because she wouldn’t listen anymore.
Then Kylie walked out of the park.
Franklin Newman is a novelist, dramatist, and professional tarot reader with Asperger’s Syndrome. He lives with his cat and dreams of finding success in his writing career. His typical heroine, Dr. Kylie Moriarty, is a force of pagan justice.