Thursday, December 21, 2006
New Beginning 179
“Sir, step out of the car.” Deputy Martin held the man’s license in one hand and palmed the butt of his pistol with the other. He watched his subject clamber out from behind the wheel of the SUV. Unsteady on his legs, the driver swayed on his feet under the cold light of dawn. “Put both your hands on the car,” Deputy Martin suggested. “It'll help keep you balanced.”
“Wait, am I under arrest?” Tory asked.
"No, sir." said the Deputy. "You were stopped because you were speeding, ninety-five miles an hour in a seventy-five mile-an-hour zone.”
Tory Burns snorted. “Uk-h-h. Just because I passed that truck back there doesn‘t mean I‘m drunk.”
“No," agreed the Deputy. "Felony reckless driving, passing a semi by driving on the shoulder doesn’t mean you’re drunk.” Deputy Martin wrote on the ticket. “I’ll have to test you for alcohol level. Breathe into this, please.”
Tory ran a hand through his curly ginger hair. “Is this really necessary officer?” He reached for the breathalyzer bag, almost tripping over his own feet. “I’m already late for work.”
“It’s routine procedure, sir. Look, you can hardly stand.”
“It’s not me,” Tory protested. “It’s these shoes.”
“This is a serious matter, sir. I’d appreciate it if you took that stupid grin off your face. Your nose is as red as any drunk I’ve ever seen.”
Tory shrugged. “Can’t help it, officer. This is my face.”
The deputy glanced down at Tory’s bright, plaid trousers. "Golf pro?"
Tory shook his head no, while his fingers absently adjusted the flower in his lapel.
“I just need you to blow into the bag, sir.”
Tory put the breathalyzer to his lips and blew as hard as he could, inflating the bag to about two thirds. Then, after a couple of deft moves with his hands, Troy returned the breathalyzer to the Deputy.
“What’s this?” the cop asked.
“It’s a dachshund.”
Deputy Martin sighed. “I can't let you back behind the wheel,” he said. "Bad enough you can barely stand, but you don't even recognize an obvious giraffe when you see one."
Opening: Laura Pellerin.....Continuation: Anonymous