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Short story 3 (bilingual exper

by Nenuks

Libraries: Humor, One Shots, Original Fiction

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A man walks into a bar... Paragraphs alternate between English and Spanish, with some Central American slang. An experiment for my own amusement.. hope others enjoy it, too, at least as much as I did the writing of it.

Short story 3 (bilingual experiment)

 “Dude, you can’t go in there.” I raise an eyebrow and keep moving forward through the bead curtain, to the bar at the far end of the room. “Set me up.” A glass appears before me, and I drain it. “Another.” Again. “And… keep it moving.” The bartender looks at me and decides to not say a word.

“Qué pedos que no quiso la pendejita esa.” El barman espera no más. “Si nada de raro tiene. Gasto, ¿y no hay recompensa? ¿Cuál es su rollo?” Una mirada y sé que entiende mi punto. Levanta una mano y la mueve ligeramente a un lado. “Si ni que hubiera sido la primera vez.” Inclina la cabeza a un lado.

“I mean, what the hell?” A straight, open look. Another glass bottoms up. “It’s part of the deal, isn’t it? An even exchange.” A sideways glance through narrowed eyes. “Or not, huh? What, she has the right to not come through?” Eyes open wide, brows rise. “So do I then, don’t I?” A silent amused snort.

“Ja.” Otro trago. Ésto lo tengo que pensar. “¿Quién la ocupa? Ni que fuera la última Coca-Cola en el desierto.” Una leve sonrisa, notoria más en ojos que labios. “Hay otras opciones, ¿no?” La misma sonrisa, un poco más intensa. “¿Y entonces? Ya cerraste, ¿verdad? Tomate un trago vos también.” Una pequeña inclinación.

“So what’s next?” A dishrag is set on the bar. “Need some help?” A smile, broader still. “Where do we start?” A wide gesture indicates anywhere. “You don’t say much, do you?” “Do I need to?” a gravelly voice replies.

 

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Disclaimer: No profit obtained or intended from use of Coca-Cola name; it happens to be part of a slang phrase in everyday use to mean something along the lines of, "You're not even so all that".

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