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Dec 17

We Were Free!

We were free!

Houston

We were free!  Escaping all judgment and punishment, we were on our way to a new life with no rules or restrictions.  I was excited to do whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted to.  As soon as we got there, I took out the maximum daily limit out of an ATM, which was about two hundred dollars.  I continued to do this each day until my account was dry.  I wasn’t sure how long before they would freeze my bank account.

I think Sal had a little cash.  I did not have any money left from drug sales, because the last shipment was confiscated with Jane’s arrest.  I would receive one more paycheck, and I did have some money from being a barracks “loan shark”.  I also had some money that my parents sent me, to fly to Germany for my brother’s high school graduation.  That would not be happening.

We were free

I bleached my hair and shaved it into a Mohawk

We drove to a Holiday Inn where we could stay the night and decided to pay the weekly rate.  One of the first things I did was to change my appearance.  I bleached my hair and shaved it into a Mohawk.  I did not want to look like a soldier, I needed to blend in and it was also an act of rebellion.  So for the first week, we did nothing but sleep, eat and go out to the clubs of Houston.  It was easy to find ecstasy and so we did that too.

That weekend Jane and a couple other people traveled to hang out with us.  She had been released on bail and was waiting for a court date.  Since it was her first offense and she was not in the military, she probably was only going to get probation and community service.  She also informed us that she saw Sal and me on a news report back at Ft. Polk.  They were hunting for us, and posted pictures of us as two AWOL military fugitives.

We paid for another week at the Holiday Inn but, this was not going to last.  My money was going to run out.  Sal was doing nothing to contribute and basically had become like a whiny leach.  Partnering with him was such a dumb idea.  I had to drag him around everywhere.  Tension started to build and he could tell I was not happy with him or this arrangement.  I think Jane was starting to get sick of him as well.

We had to downgrade to a cheaper place to live, and we found a motel that gave a military discount.  I still had my military I.D. but I made Sal check in because I did not look like a soldier any longer.  This place was terrible.  It was a seedy area of town and I am 95% sure some of our fellow dwellers were prostitutes.  We set up for another week but, I was determined not to stay there any longer than that.

We were visiting Sid and his girlfriend Dee and Sal asked for the keys to my car, he needed to go get something. Hours passed and he did not return.  I was furious, I had a bad feeling about this and I was getting angrier by the minute.  Some other friends from Chicago were in town and said they would come get me to find out where he had gone.

For some reason I decided to check the bus station.  It was there that I found my car.  The keys were in it but all my stuff and any money I had left was gone.  He took everything including my clothes and a knife collection, and bought a one way ticket back to his hometown.  We had missed him by a half hour.  I think it was a good thing because had I caught up with him I was literally going to kill him….

  • emilycarlton

    Another chapter!

    • dilemmamike

      Thanks for continuing to support me through reading. I appreciate.

    • David Mike

      Thanks for your continuing support through reading. I appreciate it.

  • Judith Heaney-mcKee

    This is such an incredible story, David. And as a writer and avid reader, it kills me to have to wait for the next installment. I look forward to reading the next post whenever you post it.

    • David Mike

      I have been pretty consistent with Tuesdays at my posting day. Thank you for your interest in my story.

  • Darren Mike

    THAT’S WHY YOU MISSED MY GRADUATION???!!!
    Just kidding… 🙂
    Great post! As always, leaving me wanting more…

    • David Mike

      Unfortunately this is true.

  • I just joined the party. This story. Wow. Moreover, your 1989 hairstyle though. It’s so fresh! I totally thought that picture was taken today with an Instagram filter.

    • David Mike

      I am a Cosmetology Instructor, and one of my current students had this exact hairstyle today. Thanks for reading!

  • Incredible story, David. Thanks for sharing more of where you’ve been with us. I kinda like the Flock of Seagulls look though 😉

    • David Mike

      I’m getting a little old to try to sport this look again!

  • Cindra @lifewithafarmer

    Your story is very intriguing, and of course, I’m expecting a “lived happily ever after ending”. But if I may ask…did you feel any remorse during this time? Was there anything that felt unsettling inside? I’m just curious. 🙂

    • David Mike

      As you read a little more into the story, I talk about some pivotal moments that really got me thinking about my actions and how they were affecting others. At this point in the story, I was just so stupid. I’m lucky to be alive. God knew I needed to hit rock bottom in order to change. We will never fully understand grace until it has been extended to us.

  • I was so sure you were gonna say he had gotten arrested.

    • David Mike

      I don’t know what ever happened to him. Probably just a discharge.

      • I hope he has turned his life around also.

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