Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube by Blair Braverman

Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube by Blair Braverman

Author:Blair Braverman
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: 2016-05-18T04:00:00+00:00


“HEYYY,” SAID HELGE JENSEN, ON THE phone. “I’m going to build a fire tonight and call some folks. There’s some Muslims coming, some Polacks, and we’ve got dryfish and a few cans of beer.”

I waited.

He waited.

“I’ll come,” I said, and hung up.

That afternoon, He the Rich One told everyone about a squirrel that he’d trained to eat birdseed from his hand. Squirrels were new on Malangen, more exotic than cloudberries, and some of the men competed with each other to tame them. No sooner had he brought up squirrels, though, than He the Rich One took advantage of the opportunity to complain about the cost of birdseed. This Arild took as a cue to chase him from the shop. “Blair,” he said, “why don’t you show He the Rich One where to find some blueberries by the lake?” I took He the Rich One’s elbow and led him out to his sports car.

“I like you too much,” said He the Rich One, pulling onto the road. “It’s dangerous.”

Something inside me froze. “For who?”

“For who?” said He the Rich One. “For me! I’m an old man with an old heart.”

I exhaled carefully. Of course; this was just He the Rich One. I’d spent the summer with him. We were all right. Still, once I’d shown him the berry patch, I offered to walk back to Mortenhals alone. When I got to the shop I borrowed Arild’s twenty-eight-year-old Passat, which had the problem of accelerating spontaneously, and drove the fifteen minutes to Helge Jensen’s house braking all the way.


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