Once upon a time, Lisa and Adrienne worked for the same alternative newsweekly. Now, both spend their respective days mining their creative souls and leading hermit-like lives. And so an idea was hatched. Every week, one would send the other a sketch - either in illustration or word form - and the other would make a companion sketch. The result would be posted on both their blogs every week, just for grins. Even if the result isn't award-worthy, the exercise might make both minds more nimble. Hopefully.
Every couple of months, the kids spend some time with their grandparents up in the big city. We meet at a small town McDonalds that is almost exactly halfway between here and there. It’s in the pro-fracking part of the state and the many TVs in the place are always on FOX.
Except today. But that’s not really the most interesting part of today’s drop-off.
There was an old guy parked at one of the tables. He was wearing old school hi-fi headphones and working on the New York Times crossword. Yes, in pen. Again, though, not the most interesting bit.
On the table in front of him were coins - mostly nickels but a couple of pennies, too - balanced on their edges with another coin flat on top, like some freaky change stonehenge. Which just goes to show you that wonder lurks everywhere or some such happy aphorism. Or that there is something truly weird with the gravity in that particular bit of the planet. Either could be true.
Text ©Adrienne Martini; illustration ©Lisa Horstman. Until the end of time. Or something.