A Pound of Flesh
By Michael Danese
Copyright 2011 by Michael Danese
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A Turkey buzzard is high in the sky over suburban Santa Barbara. From his view he can see a castle of a house. It isn’t the Taj Majal or San Simenon, but it will do.
By the pool he can see a woman lying lazily. She lights another cigarette and fumbles with her iPod. Her name is Shannon. She is in her mid 30’s, quite fit and attractive. There was really no need for the obvious cosmetic surgery to her face and body, but when you live where she lives, and live with who she lives with, it comes with the territory.
As the buzzard flies away, Alex quickly walks from the house to the pool. It is quite a stroll, past the gardens, the hot tub and the sitting area. “Hey . . . Hey!” he yells, trying to get Shannon’s attention.