Fourteen-year-old Kimberly dumped her boyfriend while he was sick. She wrote him a letter.
Barbara often told her young daughter that she was the kind of child other mothers didn’t want their children to play with. She promised to sell her car to her daughter in a couple of months. Barbara sold the car to someone else and told her daughter two weeks later.
Javier had a fight with his wife of many years. She called the cops, he spent a night in jail, and now he’s homeless because the stupid law won’t let him go home. He sneaks back anyway for sex with her—she’s not mad any more—but he’s risking arrest because he’s not supposed to see her or his children.
When Tony got a speeding ticket, he paid a janitor at the courthouse $20 to have the ticket pulled and destroyed.
A man and a woman were friends. They talked and laughed together and enjoyed each other’s company. Then she said something that offended him, and he hasn’t spoken to her since, even to talk about why he won’t talk to her.
When Red Moley, the meanest man in the neighborhood, finally died, he left instructions that his oldest son was not to be involved in any decisions about his estate and was not to get any of it either.
At work, Jim always referred to his wife as his sow.
While Howard’s girlfriend was in the bathroom, he lowered her fur coats out of the window to his friend on the sidewalk.
During the Great Depression, Alan painted salt pork and sold it as bacon.
Stewy spends most of his waking hours trying to kill other people, or sell them things.
George called his workers by their first names, and they called him Mr. Pepp.
Kate was reprimanded for laughing at work.
Eddie B. saw a car hit a parked car and speed off outside his house. Eddie B. caught the guy in his car and made him pull over and wait for the police to get there.
As a young man, Bob always said that the thought of male homosexuality made him sick to his stomach, that he couldn’t stand to be around sissies, and that he would kill any man who tried to seduce him. Now Bob’s elder son is a gay hairdresser.
At Nancy’s office there began to appear fanciful, creative arrangements—pyramids, leaning towers, single-layer carpets, multiple cylinders—of toilet paper in the bathroom. No one would admit doing it.
Seymour happened to see his girlfriend’s car at a downtown meter that was about to run out. He topped out the meter, and he never told her.