Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Goon

"I've been around a long time, since Marcos' time, actually," he said. "I help take care of the bad guys, if you know what I mean.  For peace and order, ba."

I nodded and smiled.  I wished he would just go away.

"Stick with me, chief," he said.  "No one will bother you as long as I'm around."

"Is that right?" I said. 

He chuckled.  The green tooter behind his fake moustache quivered in response.  For the first time, it seemed, he noticed the funny disguise he wore.  "Yeah, I just sell these on regular days, when I have nothing to do."

"Hey, friend," a young man called from out back.  "How much for the toy?" 

"P25 lang."  He scampered off to the prospective customer with his wares.  I sighed, relieved to be finally at peace.