NUT WEEVIL SCREW
by Jeffra Hays
Copyright 2011 Jeffra Hays
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NUT WEEVIL SCREW
“Nellie, sweetie, I’m so proud of you.” Wendy stood close behind Nellie and held her cheek to Nellie’s ear. “You said no, and see? You’re doing better. Even better than you did on Friday.” She pressed her thumbs into Nellie’s solid shoulders and gave her an unsolicited massage. “You should be proud of yourself. Let me see you smile.” Nellie swiveled around and obeyed. Her grin exposed a chipped front tooth, but hid part of the delicate scar that ran from her right eyebrow to her jaw. She grabbed Wendy’s smooth hand in both of hers and presented her with a wet, creamy pink lipstick kiss on the knuckles. Wendy yanked her hand away, reached across the desk for a tissue, and faked a cough.
“You got a cold, Wendy? You sick?”
“No, sweetie, it’s my throat. It’s nothing.” She wiped her hand behind her back. “So now you can put the paper in straight, all by yourself. Use four fingers instead of two, the way I told you. Tomorrow I’ll show you the new ribbon I found for you. It’s black and red. And how to move the carriage back and forth. Soon you’ll be an assistant, just like me.” She threw the dirty tissue into the wastebasket under the desk. “I’ll have turkey for a change. I’m sick of tuna and egg salad.”