Brother, Can You Spare …?


Obviously, there’s more than just a dime’s worth of wisdom here.  And sadly enough, this has been played out in life one-too-many times.

Barkeep Rochelle Wisoff-Fields mixes the cocktails for us.

Janet Webb brought the wine!  Thanks, Janet.  I really like this one.


I threw him on the bed drunk as a skunk.

“Sheeez nuh good … all I wanted was a wo-wo-woman who likes sports and wants ta … BOINK! Ya know that?”

I loosened his shoes.  “Yeah. Three times now.”

“You’re the beshht brother a guy ever had, ya know that?” He passed out.

My phone rang as I left the room.  Martha on the other end asked me where her husband was.  “He’s here.  He didn’t take the news well.”

“You told him about US???”

“No, that’ll come later.  It’ll be the best ‘evils of alcoholism’ speech he’ll ever get.”

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31 Responses to Brother, Can You Spare …?

  1. Treachery! Great portrayal. (Must speak to my brother!)

  2. Subroto Pant says:

    Great mix of love, betrayal and family. Nicely done.

  3. rgayer55 says:

    You should have named the wife Sharon. 🙂 That would have been perfect.

  4. JackieP says:

    Oh no! Now that’s not quite brotherly love is it? Great story.

  5. storydivamg says:

    Share and share alike, but I’m not sure all is fair when it comes to love in this story. A tight tale, neatly spun. Enjoyed.

  6. Sandra says:

    Great story with just the right degree of bitterness, and a terrific title.

  7. K.Z. says:

    beshht brother indeed. i loved your title as well!

  8. Good story, well written. He might be a brother, but I wouldn’t call him the best.

  9. “It’ll be the best ‘evils of alcoholism’ speech he’ll ever get.” Amazing how we manage to justify our own deeds. Well told!

  10. wmqcolby says:

    Hahaha! Yeah, it is, isn’t it?

  11. vbholmes says:

    Suspect that “evils of alcoholism” speech might put him deeper in the bottle–or clean him up and he’ll find himself a sexy, sports-loving woman and Bro will be stuck with the two-timing cold fish. Good story.

  12. Dear Kent,

    Two losers walk into a bar…that’s going to be one helluva hangover. Good one.



  13. Nan Falkner says:

    Good job – I guess. People say that you don’t change without a significant emotional event. Tomorrow – he will get either sobered up or drunk as a skunk again. Thanks! Nan

  14. Ouch. That’s going to hurt!

  15. Ouch… I think brotherly love might come to an end soon

  16. Sun says:

    great scene and i think an earthquake on a grand scale looms up ahead. ha-ha!!

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