Creative Writing: Unhappy Meal


Aaron lit a Basic brand cigarette as Amir pulled his beat up 1976 snot
green Chevy Nova into the crowded parking lot of the McDonalds on Route 1 in
Saugus, Massachusetts. He always seemed to do this to himself; lighting
cigarettes when he\'d just have to snipe them out on the bottom of his tattered
army boot. He put his pointer finger to his head and pantomimed shooting
himself. Amir glanced at him uneasily, then scanned the lot for an open space.
Aaron drew hard on his cigarette, filling his lungs with as much smoke
as possible. He needed to get as much nicotine as time allowed. He shut his
eyes, flicked his tongue against his sterling silver lip ring, spinning it in
the hole. It hurt a little. "Probably fuckin\' infected," Aaron chuckled,
thinking of the night he pierced it himself, using only a heated up safety pin
and a bottle of Smirnov vodka for a pain killer.
Amir pulled into a handicap spot. "You can\'t park here," Aaron said.
"Sure I can," Amir replied. Aaron studied the face of the Bosnian
Immigrant. Amir had fought for two years in the war against the Serbs. His
face was remarkably pleasant, although his eyes looked as if they belonged to a
forty year old man and not a seventeen year old boy. His tan skin and wide
smile seemed out of place when one took in Amir\'s mohawk and torn black t-shirt.
"It\'s a handicap spot."
"Exactly," Amir said with a smirk. "I got you in my car, and you\'re a
retard."
"Fuck you," Aaron said, "I\'ll blast you Sylvester Stallone style."
Amir burst into hysterical laughter. "You watch too much television."
Aaron shrugged and slowly exhaled through his nose, decorated with a
silver hoop ring through his septum (also self-pinned). He caught sight of
himself in the rearview mirror. He felt cold.
His eyes were alert, almost piercing. Around those fiery, stabbing eyes
were lines of sadness, although he was also only seventeen. His hair was
bleached blonde and messy --Johnny Rotten messy. His face was long and thin, a
result of many days of not eating, either because he had no money for food or
because he simply forgot to eat. He was menacing, with his facial piercings and
angry eyes, but there was something about his mouth, a kind of innocent smirk
that gave hint of something real within his hard, rough punk rock shell.
Amir got out of the car slowly, stretching out his arms. Aaron caught
glimpse of something wild and almost ancient in Amir\'s eyes. He got out, too,
and tossed his cigarette. Aaron slammed the Nova\'s door. "Let\'s go get some
meat."
"Cow Burger." Amir said, gingerly placing his hands in his pockets.
Aaron looked through the window. Sitting at a table was a family of
four. That looks like my father, he thought, and tried to forget about the many
beatings and harsh words he endured over the last seventeen years. "Amir, it
says no dogs allowed. You\'ll have to wait here."
"Eat me," Amir said and opened the door. Aaron shoved past him
playfully, and was hit by the overpowering stench of fried, greasy food sizzling
under heat lamps. His mouth watered.
Behind him he heard the click of Amir\'s Doc Martin boots, and the jingle
of the chain, safety pin, and padlock belt that the Bosnian wore. He felt all
the customers\' eyes on them, felt the disdain in their uneasy stares. He sent
it back, and shuffled through the line. Amir was silent behind him, unusual
behavior for his normally talkative friend.
Aaron ordered a #4 extra value meal, supersized, and pulled a few
wrinkled bills out of the pockets of his torn army pants. Chuck Norris Action
Pants, he called them. This was all the money he had, change left over from the
30 pack of coors he bought with his last paycheck as a paperboy in Lynn. Aaron
hated that job. He would walk down the street and pretend he was some kind of
Terminator robot, blowing up houses and cars with bionic missile attachments.
They threw his food on a tray as the pimply faced girl behind the
register totalled his order. He paid, and was pleases to discover he still had
enough money for another pack of generic cigarettes.
Aaron took his tray and Amir moved up to the register. In the back room,
the french fry machine beeped endlessly. "God that sounds like the air raid
siren!" Amir said grimly.
Aaron surveyed the dining area for