“You look oddly familiar,” the grandmother said.
“I don’t think so,” the Misfit started, “See; I’m not from this part of town.”
Two gun shots echoed in the distance. The grandmother, still sitting in the ditch, looked at the Misfit.
“That scar on your face, what happened?” the grandmother asked.
“Fell out of a tree when I was a boy. My dad told me not to but I guess you could say that I’ve been a rebel ever since I was young.” the Misfit said with an evil smirk on his face.
The grandmother quickly rushed to her feet with the look of shock on her face. “Mr. Edgar Atkins Teagarden!” the grandmother shouted.
“Excuse me.” the Misfit said with a puzzled look on his face.
“Your father is Mr. Edgar Atkins Teagarden. He used to bring me a watermelon every Saturday afternoon with his initials cut into it, E.A.T. I knew you looked familiar!” said grandmother.
The Misfit walked over to the grandmother and looked her in the eyes. “I remember my dad telling me those stories but I never thought they were true. How do I know it’s really you and that you’re not just pulling my leg? I’ve told you too much about my life already!” the Misfit said defensively.
“Your dad and I used to date back in the day. He’s from Jasper, Georgia and we were both on the same plantation in Tennessee. He bought a Coca-Cola stock not too long after it came out. I heard he died a few years ago. I cared for your wound that day that you fell out of the tree. Don’t you remember?” the grandmother begged.
Hiram and Bobby Lee came back to join the Misfit and the grandmother. Hiram whispered, “Her next?” The Misfit didn’t even look at him nor did he speak. The Misfit just raised his hand at him as a way to silence him. The Misfit looked at the grandmother quizzically.
“I want to see my family. Where are they?” the grandmother demanded.
“I’m afraid we can’t do that ma’am.” said Hiram.
The Misfit grabbed the grandmother by the wrist and pushed Hiram and Bobby Lee out the way. Hiram and Bobby Lee looked at each other with a worried but confused look on their face.
“What are you doing man?” Bobby Lee shouted.
“Mind your business.” the Misfit said.
They soon approach an open field with one lonely tree in the middle. The grandmother and the Misfit could see the family sitting with their backs to the tree. They got closer and the grandmother began to cry. She hurried to her family and turned to look at their faces. She soon noticed that there was no blood. They knew that shots were fired but where is the blood. Her family sat there motionless. The grandmother touched Bailey on the shoulder and whispered to him, “Bailey Boy.” He then jumped in shock. The grandmother hurriedly removed the blind from his eyes and noticed that he was alive. She continued to remove the blinds from the rest of the family and soon noticed that they were also still alive. She removed the tape from Bailey’s mouth and said, “Bailey! I thought you were dead. We heard shots. What happened?”
“The guys tied us up to this tree and fired their guns. I thought one of us were dead. I’m so happy that we are all alive!” said Bailey.
Bailey and the grandmother untied the rest of the family and embraced them. Bailey confusedly looked at the Misfit. The grandmother explained, “It okay, he’s Mr. Edgar Atkins Teagarden’s boy and he’s going to help us get out of here. Aren’t you?”
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