Cab Tales by Eric Muirhead

By Eric Muirhead

The scene is Houston within the early 70's, and using the evening shift until sunrise a tender cabby has deserted a certified profession and all of the schooling in the back of it looking for existence within the uncooked, which he discovers a lots over the process those fifteen tales of individuals picked up in his cab, encountering a level of affliction and soreness, barbarity and sweetness, and knowledge that some distance exceeds something he has ever skilled.

Chapter : "Medusa"

The cabby alternatives up a tender lady with unusual, enthralling eyes, who proves to be on parole for the homicide of her husband, and in a wierd accident the cabby involuntarily is helping her holiday parole in order that she's going to be despatched again to legal.

Chapter 3: "Metal"

An odd-looking guy picked up past due at a bar downtown claims to be retaining a gun at the cabby from underneath a jacket folded on his thigh, and what happens headed north via a gloomy, deteriorated local is the psychological rape of the younger guy at the back of the wheel.

Chapter 4: "Carmen"

The cabby meets a similar hooker thrice in a single evening, who eventually imparts a lesson in attractiveness he's too crushed to fathom in the beginning.

Chapter Six: "Objet D'Art"

A stripper picked up from paintings allures the cabby with photographs taken of her nude by means of a certified, and false impression her intentions completely, he reports a comeuppance at journey's finish.

Chapter 8: "Drag"

A drag queen headed domestic from a homosexual front room along with her male associate in the beginning has the cabby confident she needs to be a girl, until eventually through the journey he learns not just the reality of her gender, yet even more approximately himself while he then has to struggle for her "sanctity" opposed to her partner's competitive advances within the again seat.

Chapter 9: "Justice"

News of a cab pirated via Greek sailors has a fellow cabby, invoice the Greek, extremely joyful and stale looking for his "fellow countrymen," earlier than our personal cabby, in a stunning flip of occasions, catches up with either the pirates and invoice in a climax of throngs swarming an intersection of the 3rd Ward to witness.

Chapter Ten: "Mockingbird"

A mere teenager picked up off Westheimer proves to be streetwise and hard, having rolled a gentleman to shop for a cache of heroin, yet at the trip east to Galena Park, the cabby discovers a young part to the younger guy, culminating at journey's finish with the depression attractiveness they either proportion within the evening music of a lone mockingbird.

Chapter 11: "Dark facet of the Moon"

A guy decided to shop for a stripper out of her agreement, and opposed to her will, creates a ruckus at a joint off previous Spanish path, and eventually a mob of these inside rushes out the door to "kill" him because the cabby desperately attempts to rescue his passenger.

Chapter Twelve: "Aphrodite"

The cabby needs to keep a stripper threatened with gang rape as a result of an act of defiance she made in the course of her act, and a motor vehicle chase ensues because the cabby attempts to lose the boys reason on harming her.

Chapter 13: "Tiara"

The cabby comes upon a scene of family violence out within the open of River Oaks, and rescuing the elegantly dressed younger girl from her husband's vicious attack, learns not just her tale, yet a lot approximately himself, within the afflicted trip that he realizes is simply again to her abuser.

Chapter Fourteen: "Dolores"

The cabby turns into entangled with the one girl driving force he understands, while she's unexpectedly fired by means of the autonomous proprietor of her cab for being homosexual, and he or she turns up one evening as a passenger, harmful in a manner he doesn't totally understand till she comes again later to the Westheimer One cab stand packed with malice.

Chapter Fifteen: "Sphinx"

In the southwest of town the cabby is termed at sunset to select up a teenage woman whose habit is spaced out and peculiar, and through the journey confronts a guilt deeper than himself, yet implicating him completely, for the abuse he learns she faces the place he is taking her, to paintings topless and apprehensive in a bar.

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