“SallyAnn! Get ya ass in ‘ere!” She screamed.
“What ma? I was doin’ my homework.” SallyAnn said.
“Did ya tell Billy to feed the chicks instead of doing it ya self?”
“Nah. He said he wanted to do it ma.” SallyAnn said trying to sound sure of her self. She wasn’t about to tell her mother that she paid him to do her chores for her tonight so she could met up with Rickie at the football field after school.
“Das not what Billy said.” Her mom said putting her hands on her hips.
“Don’t know what to tell ya ma.” SallyAnn said, “Billy said he wanted to do it so I let him.”
“An’ I suppose he also wanted to feed da cows, do the evening milkin’, and shovel the murer in the horse stalls too?” She said disbelief.
SallyAnn nodded her head and tried not to fidget. Her Mom knew. She knew. SallyAnn had to fully commit to the story or there was no way she was gonna get out of this without a whoopin.
Ma just looked at her, hands on her hips. Then her mom threw her hands up in the air and said, “Just what kind of idiot do you think I am. Just ‘cuz you got more schoolin than I did, you think I’m an idiot?”
SallyAnn felt her stomach hit the floor and her mouth fully dry up.
“In the mornin’ you’re doing all of his chores along with yours.” SallyAnn opened her mouth to complain but her mother continued, “AND Billy dun get to keep the money you paid him.
“Ma! That’s not fair.” She said stomping he foot and crossing her arms in defiance. “I gots plans with MaryKay after school tomorrow.”
“Well if you get all the chores done you can go.” Her mom said smirking. She knew damn well that kid wasn’t getting them done.
SallyAnn knew there was nothing she could say to change her mom’s mind. She couldn’t fight and win. Her mom was just as stubborn as she was.
SallyAnn let every bit of defiance she could come to fruit, turned on her heal, and stomped off toward her room.
“Don’t you slam that door young lady!” Ma said just as SallyAnn did just that. She turned to her husband and sighed, “That kid is gonna be the death of me Earl.”
Earl just snickered and said, “She is your daughter.”