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.

     “You mean, get married?”

     “Usually, people get married first, and then make babies,” She said.  “But, it ain’t exactly unknown to do it the other way ‘round.  I’m sure your daddy will say the same thing when he gets home.”

     “Does he know?”

     “Not yet, but I mean to tell him soon’s he gets home from work.”

      Oh shit, Louis thought, now I’m gonna be in for it.  He’ll give me that stone cold stare of his.  “I wish you wouldn’t do that, mama,” He said.  “He don’t really need to know.”

     “How can you say such a thing, Louis Dumkowski,” Ruby said.  “You ‘bout to make him a grandpa, and you don’t want to tell him.  Now, if you was to call that girl and make things right before your papa gets home, it might just be a little easier to tell him.”

     Louis sat staring at his mother.  Cleatus, sitting beside him, kept his face straight and his mouth shut.

     “I guess I could call her,” Louis said finally.  “I don’t know ‘bout gettin’ married, though.  That’s a big step.”

     “You don’t think gettin’ her pregnant is a big step?  Louis,” Ruby said.  “You got to do right by that girl.  Now, you go on and call her.  I got an idea; why don’t you invite her to come over, and we can have a family talk.”

     He nodded dumbly and went into the foyer to use the phone.  A few minutes later he came back into the living room.  “She just got off work,” He said.  “She oughta be here in about half an hour.”

     “Good,” Ruby said.  “I’ll go out to the kitchen and fix us some snacks.  Your papa’s gonna be hungry when he gets home anyway.”

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