by Andy Rausch
As they sat together in Joe’s Tavern, Prince Charming couldn’t take his mind off Snow White’s past. It had been weighing on him a lot lately. Sure, she was beautiful, but he also felt she was white trash. She was beneath him. They were from different stations in life, and their differences were becoming ever more apparent. Despite her claims that she had never really slept around, Prince Charming was having a difficult time taking her at her word. She had drank her fair share of tequila tonight, and the other drunks, obviously men from her past, were talking to her as if they’d once been intimate. The worst offender was an inebriated cowboy in a camouflaged ball cap who kept making remarks about her breasts.
Being the gentleman that he was, Prince Charming defended her honor, but it became more and more difficult to do so as horny drunks continued swarming out of the woodwork to make lascivious remarks. She was his wife, goddammit. Why didn’t these men respect that? Even if they had slept with Snow White, why would they be so cruel as to rub it in his face now? And Snow White herself was no help here, either, because she was just drunk enough to flirt back with them.
Prince Charming drank from his gin and tonic and excused himself to the restroom. Inside, the urinals were nasty and overflowing, so he was forced to urinate in a stall. As he stood there pissing, he glanced down and noticed a sentence scrawled about two feet off the ground. It read: “Call Snow White for a good time.” Her cell phone number was written there. It was an outdated number as she’d just recently changed calling plans, but it was a number he recognized.
“Goddammit,” he muttered. The scrawling was down low to the ground, just at the height of a dwarf. Prince Charming’s mind started to race. She’d insisted that she’d never slept with any of the loathsome little sons of bitches, but this written statement seemed to tell a different tale. Jealous, Prince Charming could feel his face turning flush with embarrassment. He walked back to his table to find another redneck leaning over and flirting with his wife. When Prince Charming reached them, the man staggered away.
“Another friend of yours?” asked Prince Charming.
“Just a guy I used to know,” said Snow White, taking a drag from her cigarette. This was another sore spot with Prince Charming—he didn’t smoke and he absolutely loathed the stench of her Pall Malls.
He looked at her sternly. “It seems that you know quite a few men in here.”
She looked at him. Despite her exceeding level of inebriation, she caught the gist of his implication. “Is there something you want to say? If there is, don’t beat around the bush. Just say it.”
And so he did. “Are you sure you told me the truth when you said you’d only been with five men before me?”
She was visibly offended. “Of course it was true.”
Prince Charming said, “I’m not so sure.”
Anger flashed in her eyes now, and she stubbed out her cigarette into the ashtray. “Why is that?”
“You seem awfully chummy with more than a few men in here.”
“And?” she asked.
“And just how did you manage to convince the Woodsman to release you into the woods rather than kill you?”
“What are you asking?”
He just stared at her, unblinking. “Did you have sex with him?”
“No, he was atrocious.”
At this Prince Charming turned and looked at the other men at the bar in an exaggerated motion. “And these men aren’t?”
“Everyone’s got a past,” she said. “Even you.”
Prince Charming took another drink. “I’m not sure I believe you anymore.”
“What are you saying?”
“That you’re a liar.”
This infuriated Snow White. “How can you say that to me? Where do you get your nerve?”
He just looked at her. “Let me ask you another question.”
“Those dwarfs you lived with—are you sure you didn’t sleep with them?”
She threw her hands up, implying there was just no talking to Prince Charming. “Are we really going to have this conversation again?”
“Have we ever really had it?”
She glared at him, fire in her eyes. “And what does that mean?”
“It means we never really had the conversation, because you put an end to it. God forbid you should ever have to talk about something you don’t want to talk about.” Prince Charming took another drink. “You’re a spoiled rotten brat.”
Snow White lit another Pall Mall. “Where is all this coming from?”
“You’re so chummy with all the guys in this bar. Are you really going to try and tell me you’ve never been intimate with any of them?”
She looked at him, but said nothing.
Prince Charming said, “That’s what I thought.”
“What do you want from me?” she asked, fidgeting in her seat.
“I want you to be straight with me.”
He sneered at her. “I think you screwed those nasty little dwarfs.”
“You would think that,” she said, taking another drag from her cigarette.
“There’s a message written in the bathroom,” he said quietly.
She looked up. “What kind of message?”
“It says to call you for a good time.”
“And?” she asked.
“And it has your goddamn phone number on it! And it was written about two feet from the ground—right there at dwarf-level.”
She blew out smoke. “So what are you saying?”
“I want a divorce,” he said, pulling the ring from his finger. He dropped it into his drink. He started to stand, and she reached out to stop him. “Please don’t do this,” she pleaded. But it was to no avail. “I’ll be in touch, Snow White.”
He turned and walked out of the place, leaving her sitting there with her tequila and a half-smoked Pall Mall on a Budweiser ashtray. George Strait was singing on the jukebox, and even though he was her favorite singer, Snow White didn’t notice. She raised her cigarette with trembling hands, tears welling up inside her eyes now.
Prince Charming was the only thing she’d ever really wanted in life.
He was the only man she’d ever truly loved.
And now, as she sat there crying, her tears served as man-repellent, and no one came to her aid. There were no more comments about her breasts. Nothing.
She reached into her purse and caressed the chrome pistol with her fingers, making sure the loaded gun was still there.
Someone was going to pay for what had happened to her.
She stood up, George Strait sounding muted in her ears, her balance just a little off. She drank the last of her tequila and turned for the door. She had tears streaming down her face like tiny snakes trying to make their way down to her neckline. Again, no one approached her, and no one spoke in her direction.
She walked out of the bar, surprised to find her Camaro still parked outside. Prince Charming must have walked home—as if home was where he was really headed. And for the briefest of moments, Snow White considered shooting her lover. But no, she knew what she had to do. She knew who had to pay.
She unlocked the door to the Camaro and turned the key in the ignition, Lorrie Morgan coming to life in the speakers. She put the car into drive and peeled out of the gravel parking lot, kicking up a massive cloud of dust behind her. Her hands still trembling, she lit another Pall Mall. She stomped on the gas now, and the car lurched forward towards its destination.
Six minutes later she was there, parked in front of the seven dwarfs’ trailer house. She turned off the ignition and stared at the house, contemplating what she was about to do. She reached into her bag and grabbed the .45, pulling it out. She climbed out of the Camaro and marched up the gravel driveway towards the trailer house. She then made her way up the stairs, flicking her half-spent cigarette out into the fenced-in yard. She raised her right hand, the hand clutching the gun, and banged on the front door. She could hear Megadeath blaring from inside the home.
No one came to the door, so she knocked again, harder this time.
Finally the wooden door opened and Doc peered out through the tattered screen door.
“Let me in, goddammit,” she said, the cold air chilling her bones.
Doc opened the door and let her inside. She raised the pistol as she entered.
Doc raised his arms to show her he didn’t want any trouble. She moved the pistol up to her left, seeing Dopey there snorting a line of crank from an aluminum TV dinner tray.
“What’s the problem?” Doc asked nervously.
She turned the pistol back towards Doc and squeezed the trigger, and Doc was no more. Dopey looked up. He started to run towards the back of the house, but Snow White caught him with a clean shot. The bedroom door to Snow White’s right opened and Grumpy peered out. “What the hell is going on out here?” he asked.
Snow White shot through the particle-board door, catching Grumpy at center mass, and he fell out of the way. She turned and kicked the door open, seeing Sneezy there naked and crouching doggie-style, where he had been waiting for Grumpy to return. She shot Sneezy, painting the blinds behind him with the contents of his head.
Snow White turned back towards the living room, where she saw Bashful standing there with a naked dwarf woman held out in front of him, his big hand-cannon aimed at her temple. “Shoot at me and this bitch gets it,” Bashful said.
“Who wrote my phone number in the bathroom down at the pub?” Snow White asked, trembling with anger. She did not lower the pistol.
“Goddamn Doc,” Bashful said. “I told him not to write that shit, but you know Doc…”
Snow White squeezed the trigger, firing off a round through the female dwarf’s chest and striking Bashful in the heart. They both fell over dead in a heap of flesh and bones. Snow White moved past their fallen bodies in search of the other two little bastards. She peered down the hall, and Sleepy peeked out through the doorway at the end of the hallway. Snow White fired two rounds, splintering the particle-board wall and catching Sleepy in the throat. She made her way down the hallway, past the row of stockpiled Pepsi twelve-packs line up against the wall. She stumbled, momentarily losing her footing, and she fell towards the floor.
She heard the gun cock behind her. She turned around and saw Happy standing there, his nine-millimeter pistol trained on her. She went for her gun, which she had dropped in the fall, and Happy fired a round through her left shoulder.
“Unnnngggggg,” she blurted.
“Turn around and look at me,” said Happy.
She turned to her right, twisting a bit, and she looked him directly in his eyes. He had his pistol trained on her, and he was holding his cell phone up to his ear with his other hand. Before the 911 operator could respond, Snow White came up with the .45 and shot a round through Happy’s forehead. The diminutive gunman toppled back into the half-assed trailer house kitchen.
Snow White raised herself up from the ground, her shoulder hurting like all hell. She could hear the police sirens in the distance, getting closer and closer. She raised the .45 to her own temple and squeezed the trigger.
And Snow White was no more.