Sally has the exhusband of her once best friend show up on her door step. She doesn’t know how to deal with him so she does what ever she can to get rid of him. She is also having to deal with an alco
Is this night ever going to end? Sally’s tossing and turning through the night causes her to wake frequently. When her eyes pop open, she hears Bill’s voice saying, “I love you.” She finds herself wide-awake when her parents get up to get ready to go to work.
“Mornin’, Mom. I’m going to get me a cup of coffee. Do you want me to get you one?”
“Sure, it can cool a little while I’m getting dressed. Why are you up? I usually have to drag you out of bed before we leave the house.”
“I can’t get into it right now, but I’ll tell you later. I have a lot on my mind right now and it messes with my sleep.”
“Is it something I can help you with, baby?”
“No Mom, this is something I have to work out for myself.”
“Okay, when you’re ready to talk let me know.”
“Sure, Mom, I will. I left your coffee on the kitchen counter by the pot.”
Sally takes her coffee back to her room. Sitting on the bottom bunk, she sips her coffee and thinks about telling Linda about Bill. I’m not going to tell her anything until I decide what I’m going to do. Maybe the show this afternoon will take my mind off my problem.
Sally pulls in front of Linda’s house and honks. Her younger brothers come running out of the house, yelling back at Linda. “Sally’s here”. They are like bugs on the car, all over it and asking what seems like a thousand questions. Linda gets in the car, but has to get out, getting her brothers off the car so they can leave.
“I bet they are a handful for your mother,” Sally says laughing. She backs the car out of the driveway and heads for McAlester.
“You have no idea what it’s like living with them two. They are constantly into something or trying to be mean to me. They don’t bother Carol, because they know she will whip them.”
“I thought your sister left for East Central. Haven’t they started school?”
“No, they haven’t. She is leaving this weekend to get her dorm room set up. Since it’s her second year she’ll be staying at a different dorm than she did last year.”
“Changing the subject, Mom told me she’ll get daddy to fix the floor board of this car. I’m so tired of losing shoes out those blasted holes. I lost one last week when we went to the river. Mama told me to stop pulling them off and I wouldn’t lose them.”
“She’s right, cause you never leave your shoes on your feet,” Linda says.
“I don’t like wearing shoes. I want to go barefooted. It drives mama crazy. She is one who puts her shoes on first thing in the morning and they don’t come off till bedtime.”
The girls get to town without any problems. Sally parks in front of the Okla Theater and they buy their tickets for Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte. They go into the theater and stand for a minute at the door to let their eyes adjust to the darkness. When they feel they can walk in safety, they walk the center aisle until they find two empty seats together.
“Excuse me, excuse me”, both girls say as they step in front of two young fellows to get to their seats. The movie was beginning as the girls settle into their seats with their popcorn and cokes to drink. Occasionally they glance at the two boys sitting beside Sally. “They’re good-looking,” Linda whispers to Sally.
In one scene, Bette Davis screams and jumps at someone with a hatchet. It startles Sally, who then screams and grabs the young man sitting next to her. When she realizes what she’s done, she’s embarrassed. “I am so sorry I grabbed you. The movie scared me and I didn’t realize what I was doing until it was too late.”
The young man laughs, “it’s all right, I grabbed my brother’s arm. We weren’t expecting it, that’s all.” The four of them finish watching the move, get up and walk to the lobby. The young man looks at Sally and smiles. “My name is Mike Hentry and this is my brother Dougin. Would the two of you like to go for a float at the A&W?”
“How about we follow you there? That way you won’t have to bring us back to my car,” Sally says.
“Sure, if that is what you want to do.”
“Mike, my car is right in front of the theater. Where are you parked?”
“We’re in the parking lot at the end of the street. Give us a couple of minutes to get to the car and then head to the drive-in. What are you driving?”
“I’m in a black ‘54 Ford. It will be easy to spot. I think I’ve got the oldest car in the area.” They all laugh, and the boys head for their car. As soon as the boys get out the door, the girls start talking.
“Can you believe this,” Linda said. “Both of them are as cute as bugs’ ears, but I like Dougan.”
“That’s quite all right because I like Mike. I like his blonde hair and blue eyes.” Sally digs the keys out of her purse and they walk to the car.
“Oh, it’s awful out here,” Linda whines. “We should have come to a night show.”
“Yeah, it kind of sucks the air out of your lungs. Once we start moving it’ll get a little better.” Sally pulls into the slot at the A&W the same time Mike and Dougin pull in.
Mike leans out his window and says, “Come on over here and get in.”
Sally and Linda get out of the Ford and walk to Mike’s car. It’s a red ’62 two-door Chevy. Dougin gets out of the front seat and holds the seat back for Linda to get into the car. Dougin then crawls in beside her. Sally gets into the front seat next to Mike. Sally starts the conversation between her and Mike. “Do you live here in town?
“We have an efficiency apartment at Willow Valley Motel. We’re doing a job for Cherokee Telephone Company.”
“Really, that’s our telephone company.”
“You know all of that underground cable that’s going in.”
“Yeah, I’ve seen it.”
“That’s what we’re doing, laying that cable. Let’s get our drinks ordered. What do you want, Sally?”
”I’d like a root beer float.” Sally replies.
“Dougin, what are you and Linda going to have?” Mike asks.
“We’re both having a Coke float.”Dougin tells his brother.
They all have their floats and continue talking about each other’s lives. The time arrives for Sally and Linda to leave. “Thank you, Mike, for the floats. We had a nice time. Maybe we’ll see you when you place the wire in our area,” Sally says.
“Yeah, maybe, but I have a better idea. Why don’t you and Linda have dinner with us next Saturday night and then we’ll go to the drive-in theater?”
Linda leans on the front seat, “I think that’s a great idea. I’m all for it. What about you, Sally?”
“Sounds like fun. Do you want us to meet you in town or are you going to pick us up?”
As Sally and Linda sit with their newfound friends, they do not notice the car following them. Bill can’t believe what his eyes are showing him. Sally gets out of her car, goes, and gets in the car with this blonde dude. Who is he? Sally is going to marry me and no one else. Go ahead, little girl and have your fun, but you’re not getting rid of me, ever.