Monday, July 19, 2010
Double Trouble ...
Bertram and Bernard "Butch & Barry" Sedgewick were close brothers who lived in a ramshackle house at the outskirts of town right beside of the main road ... identical twins as a matter of fact ... more notably they were inveterate, overgrown bullies, neither of which had ever been made to sip from the bracing ladle of correction ... "Double Trouble" as they were so abominably referred to ... certainly an infamously fearsome pair ... upon hearing their names one would suppose Butch to be the more dominant offender, being that the very mention of the name "Butch" often conjures up images associated with extremely boorish or domineering fellows, especially those found in books or on TV ... however in this case Barry was the alpha bully and chief contriver of most of the wretched duo's egregious, strong-armed rascality ... their normal, daily routine of terror was to loiter around town until some unwitting prospect crossed their path ... the odious team would then stalk their "prey" somewhat akin to lions converging on a hapless gazelle ... then gorge themselves on the unfortunate victim's sudden paralytic hysteria!
Now the Sedgewick brother's favorite quarry were none other than Lamar Beefeater and Luther DooLittle, who were both easy marks ... it seemed as though each time Lamar and Luther were required to travel into town for whatever reason they were obliged to contend with "Double Trouble" ... upon their initial meeting and introduction, the Sedgewick boys had bushwhacked Lamar and Luther as they exited the general store with a sack containing Luther's mama's grocery order ... "what's in the bag?" demanded Barry Sedgewick ... "just my mama's groceries" Luther sheepishly replied ... "dump 'er all out on the ground then run fer yer lives!" Butch sternly commanded ... "er take a whoopin'!" he added with a confident smirk ... Luther dumped his mama's groceries right there on the street then he and Lamar took Butch Sedgewick's advice and took off running like a pair of wild horses ... "Double Trouble" just stood there guffawing like ridiculous fools until Lamar and Luther were clean out of sight ... when the coast was clear Luther had to sneak back and gather up his mama's foodstuff because she was more likely to inflict severe bodily harm far worse than that of the Sedgewick brothers had he returned home without her goods ... on another occasion the boys were again waylayed by Butch and Barry as Lamar was forced to dump half a sack of sweet feed meant for the "Shakespearian Mule" onto the middle of the road "er take a whoopin'!"