Reservation Blues Chpt. 3 Synopsis
This chapter begins with Coyote Springs doing a gig at the Tipi Pole tavern. Amongst the drunken crowd, Thomas notices a beautiful Indian girl in the crowd and decides to sing a song to her. The Indian girl, Chess, also takes notice of Thomas. After the show, Chess and her sister, checkers, help the band to pack up their equipment. Only, most of the packing was done by Thomas, Chess, and checkers because Victor and Junior passed out from all their drinking. Chess then invites Thomas to stay at her place for a cup of coffee and to rejuvenate. As they sit down to drink coffee Chess begins to talk about her experiences growing up. She brings up how her little brother, Bobby, dies during a cold winter night and the sad repercussions following that of her brother’s passing. That night Chess talked a bit about her life. Soon after, Thomas asked if he could use the bathroom and asked if Chess had an extra tooth brush. Then Chess says it’s ok for him to use her own toothbrush. Thomas then falls asleep in the sisters’ couch after Chess gives him a strong kiss in the cheek. The next morning Junior and Victor barge in the door and Victor is looking for breakfast. To everyone’s surprise, Victor cooks up a mean plate of vegetable omelets for everyone. Thomas then gets the idea that it would be a good idea for Chess and Checkers to join the band. The three band players show their true skills to the girls and they gladly join in. Now a band of five, they all agree to have another performance at the Tipi Pole Tavern. They prove themselves to be a knockout. The crowds love them. Thomas and chess make tender awkward love with each other. Then on their way to the next gig the van breaks down on the side of the highway and they are forced to push the van for twenty miles until they reach the next city or town. A cop pulls over to see what the problem is and actually helps them by calling a buddy of his in the town where the next Coyote Springs’...
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