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Justin Carter

from I Remember You Well In The Charlottesville Motel

 

While we were in Charlottesville, I took a job working on the ground crew for the Parks Department, mowing the grass for minimum wage & a free lunch, which I’d usually wrap in a napkin & take back to Louise, who was spending all her time at the motel watching soap operas. We were spending just as much money as we were making though, which is why I got the idea to start selling pills. We’d bought a bunch of them in Orlando because we had a little money then & I’d told Louise not to take all of them, just in case we needed some later when we didn’t have the cash anymore. So, I started making connections with kids I met at the park & then I started selling the pills to them. I told Louise the city gave me a raise & I think she believed me.

 

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from I Remember You Well In The Charlottesville Motel

 

Mike is her ex-husband. Back in his day, he’d been a strong guy, finished third place in the state bench press tournament when he was in high school & even got a scholarship from Colorado State for it. But then he got into drugs & ended up spending three years in the state pen for selling meth. When he got out he moved back to his hometown & met Louise. He was still strong then, but prison had done something to him & all he wanted to do was lay around & drink beer. Louise was just finishing high school when they met. She didn’t have much of a future so she got married to Mike. He found a job at the Meat Prince & she started working at a bar. Mike eventually became the manager & Louise eventually got pregnant & quit her job to raise Hannah.

 

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