Etcetera 10.

This is a major thunderstorm, let’s duck into the pool hall and crack some balls.

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Take the table in the back there and watch the felt sonny.

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Never play angry, always play tired.

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Line ’em up, let’s go.

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Hold on, I gotta switch to a heavier stick.

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If you scratch again I swear. I dare you.

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There’s no starting over in billiards.

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Is anyone keeping score?

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Why’s the chalk always made in Chicago?

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Let’s call each other’s shots.

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Fifteen balls. How many? There’s fifteen balls.

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We talking or playing?

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See him? He’s a resort hustler. He comes in here to practice. He only drinks root beer floats.

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He plays with wet hands. People say he’s nuts.

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I missed an easy shot, I’m distracted by the mirrors.

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Let’s have a break and eat our fish sticks at the bar.

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They got darts too?

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Yeah, and also foosball.

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These fake brick walls remind me of a place I used to go in Washington D.C.

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Shoot. It’s bad luck to talk about another place.

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Shoot.

Written By

Joshua Baldwin is an editor at Eephus. He is the author of The Wilshire Sun, a novella. His writing has appeared in The Paris Review, n+1, The Brooklyn Rail, Chicago Review, Prelude, and elsewhere. He lives in Los Angeles. Reach him at josh@eephusmag.com.

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