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Lawyers in Hell snippet, May 15 2011

May 15, 2011

“You’re a failure, Guevara,” said the man who’d kicked open the door to the shanty where the rebel leaders slept.  “You failed as a doctor, you’ve failed as a revolutionary and you couldn’t even die well.”

Slowly, Guevara looked up.  “Who in hell are you?”  Che Guevera took a final swig from his beer and threw the empty at the pile on the floor, where it hit a full bottle.  The full bottle exploded with a punctuating bang, showering the shack with foam and glass.

“William Walker.”  Walker ignored the bang and the spray.  “Get your ass up and listen for three seconds.”

A hairy man in a filthy tie-dyed shirt sat upright on his cot, pawing shards of glass from his beard.  None of his snoring compatriots so much as moved.  “Who does pint-size, here, think he is, boss?”

“Yeah,” echoed Guevara.  “Who do you think you are, Walker?”

“Ask the Hondurans.  Ask the Nicaraguans.”  Walker’s eyes scorned the shanty, jabbing disgust at empty bottles and empty souls passed out on furniture or on the floor.  Rusty, half-assembled, hell-made AK-47s were nearly buried under rum-stained leaflets on a coffee table.  “Ask the Sonorans or ask a Vanderbilt.  Who I was, and who I am, doesn’t matter.  What matters is that you’re no longer in charge of the revolution, you over-the-hill sot.”

“Wha’ the?” the hairy man asked.  “You tryin’ to take us over?”

“This bunch of losers?”  Walker gave a harsh laugh.  “Who’d want you?  What I said is that you’re no longer in charge of this so-called revolution.  Now I’ve said what I came for.”  Walker turned on his booted heel and left.

The man in the tie-dyed shirt turned slowly to Guevara.  “Wha’s that all about?”

“I don’t know,” said Guevara.  “But I guess it means we got a problem.  Americans.  Again.”

From ‘Revolutionary Justice’ by Leo Champion, in Lawyers in Hell ((c) Janet Morris 2011, all rights reserved.)

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 15, 2011 3:16 pm

    “…you’ve failed as a revolutionary and you couldn’t even die well.”
    I love this line!

  2. janet morris permalink
    May 15, 2011 11:13 pm

    I liked Leo’s snippet so much I posted it on Twitter. JEM

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