CARTER

Nobody will tell you they’re stupid you have to figure that out for yourself. Course you gotta watch out for the ones that do tell you they’re stupid because they probably aren’t. And then the hard question is how do you love then how do you love somebody you know you’re supposed to love but they’re stupid, or at least they don’t tell you they aren’t?

ELECTRA

It’s in what you do not in what you ask…

Carter turns back to his phone now not because of a notification and not because of the TV which would catch any man’s attention the picture of a censored naked woman an outdoorsman show on Discovery survival reality TV where two people meet out in the middle of nowhere naked a man and a woman and they have to survive like that for twenty-one days like playing Adam and Eve again except this time it ain’t paradise Carter’s ignoring that and looking at his phone because his mother is talking about a recent religious conference in Cleveland, Tennessee what a certain Perry Stone said in one of his preaching seminars and so he acts like he’s answering his phone when really he’s watching the TV and not listening to his mother at all.

He’s outside. Next to a car not his ex-wife’s car not the Cadillac but a white Volkswagen they’re standing by the trunk and Electra is showing Carter her supplies pulling out each item one at a time the butane the pressure cooker the spare batteries and flashlights clothing and sleeping bags for cold weather rope jumper cables the other accoutrements of survival and the piece de resistance a Clorox bleach bottle cut in such in way so as a woman can relieve herself while in the car and Carter looks at it all and says:

CARTER

I’ve seen ads for those on the web. They come in different colors shaped a little different way but I guess they express the same need…

ELECTRA

I know you don’t want to hear it but we’re in the last days. There’s a financial crisis coming. And not just the church is saying it look at the secular media. Glen’s taught me about how to live out of my car if I have to you know where I live how the blacks have taken over the other side of town. If the economy crashes I’ll have to defend my home. I have a gun but I’m an old woman…

CARTER

I’d rather be the looter than the looted. You can loot because you don’t have a choice. You’re desperate maybe other people are counting on you. But to defend from being looted to use that gun… I wouldn’t want to have to make that choice.

ELECTRA

September 23rd is what they’re predicting. Put some money aside. Prepare your house.

CARTER

No man knows the day nor the hour… She liked your light. The one you made out of batteries and a Christmas light strapped together with the lining from a rubber tire. Maybe you should make her one. For her and the girls when the power goes out.

ELECTRA

Does she tell you she’s stupid?

CARTER

No… like anyone smart she puts it all back on me…

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