My 333 words offering for Trifecta this week is a sweet story. The word this week is freak
3 : one that is markedly unusual or abnormal: as
a : a person or animal having a physical oddity and appearing in a circus sideshow
b slang (1) : a sexual deviate (2) : a person who uses an illicit drug
c : hippie
d : an atypical postage stamp usually caused by a unique defect in paper (as a crease) or a unique event in the manufacturing process (as a speck of dirt on the plate) that does not produce a constant or systematic effect
To compete with sewer rats for the best leftovers was always easier on Friday nights. People tended to throw away most of their expensive meals and rely only on alcohol to start their weekends. Eric Winterbottom Jr. had once been the most desirable bachelor in town, but after the scandal he was now considered an outcast and a freak. His old friends didn’t even recognize him with his grizzled beard and filthy clothes.
He couldn’t believe his luck when he found it.
The reason he was an outcast, the mistake that pushed him over the edge. What a freak coincidence to find the ring in a garbage can. Would this be a ticket home? Could he redeem himself?
The wedding, he recalled, was perfect until the ring disappeared. A heirloom of his mother’s and grandmother’s was lost. He stood there with only faint memories from the bachelor party the evening before. His best man, Louie, assured everyone that he saw the ring last time at the strip-club. Eric wouldn’t believe it, but when pictures of him with a stripper started to circulate, his destiny was sealed.
Amanda, his bride to be, married Louie and Eric was sent to Iraq, where he managed to survive on booze and drugs. Since then it had been a steep journey downhill.
And now he had found the ring. A brass-plate outside the house said:
Amanda and Louie duPres
In a flash of recollection he remembered that Louie had taken care of the ring for safekeeping before the bachelor party. Fuming with anger he rushed up to the stairs, and started pounding the door.
To his surprise it was opened by Amanda, looking not a day older than when they parted. A middle-aged women appeared from the shadows and said in a calm voice.
“Eric, I’m so glad you finally found the ring. When Louie died I saw his deceit, and I have left the ring for you to find every Friday night since. Here’s Melinda, your daughter”