What Terry Was Thinking
“What were you THINKING, Terry?”
He pondered the question.
He wasn’t thinking about how it’s usually not a good idea to co-sign on a loan unless you explicitly trust the person you’re signing with. Or if he actually had the money to pay the debt off himself, should it be necessary.
He wasn’t thinking about the possibility for error, and how easy it was (as it turned out) to accidentally shoot the thing.
And he definitely wasn’t thinking about how much worse it could have been had Mrs. Oliver been home when the whole thing went down. He wasn’t thinking of it at the time, and shuddered to think of it now.
Nope, as he sat there, a blown-up neighbor’s living room later, at the pay phone down the hall from the holding cell, under the watchful gaze of the officer who’d let him out to make the call to Jeannie at work so he could explain to her what had happened, Terry realized his thought process had started with “If I co-sign the loan for Dirk and he ends up getting that bazooka, he said I could hold it”, and had ended with “That’d be so cool.”