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VI. Travis

by Eli Skipp

travis will never get the opportunity to age all that much. because of lifestyle choices and
genes that should have never been passed on, travis has lived his life burdened by early-onset
arthritis and a terrible version of psoriasis, a penchant for being severely overweight, and a
style that can only be described as "red-neck." these combined elements have made travis' life
difficult, punctured by only brief glimpses of happiness: a female friend of his borrows half of
his bed one evening, he purchases himself a 1979 silver lincoln, he smokes a hell of a lot of pot.

come fifty years, he's hunched, aching, in pain, and surprised he even lasted this long. he's
chain-smoked menthol cigarettes for nigh on thirty-three years, his mother got cancer when she
was just twenty-something, he had lived his life assuming he'd be dead by now, to no avail. he
will never have married and never reproduce based on this assumption. he will keep dogs, which he
loves intensely. one day travis, with creaking joints, will chase one out into the moon-rock of
the everglades and not bother to come back.


Author's Note: Travis is a unique person full of set-backs. He lives on a junk-yard and doesn't talk much.

Posted on 03/05/2010
Copyright © 2022 Eli Skipp

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