Louis Dumkowski decides to face the loan shark to whom he owes money, and surprisingly is forgiven and hired, along with his friend Cleatus Washington. He even gets a girl friend for the first time, and that’s when his troubles really start.

     She ushered them toward the overstuffed sofa in the middle of the room.  “Ya’ll sit yourselves down,” She said.  “Can I get you some ice tea or lemonade?  I got both.  You must be thirsty.  My, my, Cleatus, you have grown into a fine looking young man.  I’m so glad to see you keepin’ neat and all.  I wish Louis would take more after you.  Did I ask after your sisters?”

     “Yes ma’am,” Cleatus said.  “They both doing fine.  Got jobs and all.”

     “You still living at home?”

     “No ma’am.  Me and Louis got us an apartment over near where we work.”

     “Oh, that’s nice, I think.  I didn’t know that,” She said, giving Louis a narrow-eyed look.  “Louis never calls, so I never know what’s goin’ on anymore.”

     “I been meanin’ to call, mama,” Louis said.  “We just been so busy, I never get the time.”

     “You been too busy to call me,” She said.  “But, you seem to have plenty of time for that girl friend of yours.”

     Louis’s mouth dropped open.  “Mama, how you know about Cara Lee?”

     “Fortunately, she’s a lot more considerate than you.  My own son; and you don’t even tell me you got a girl.  When’s the last time you talked to her?”

     “We went to a movie last night,” Louis said.  “Why you ask?”

     “What did you do after the movie?”  Ruby asked.

     “Aw, we just went back to her place and listened to tapes for a while,” Louis said.  His cheeks colored slightly.

     “I reckon that ain’t all you did,” She said.

     Louis’s face was now a bright red.  “Mama!  Ain’t no call talkin’ like that,” He said.  “I’m a grown man now.”

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