The Gilded Six Bits written by Zora Neale Hurston and was first published in 1933.
This story is written in 3rd person (he she it).
This story is about a married African American couple, the husband along with most of the town works for the G and G fertilizer company . The story starts out with the wife Missie May taking a bath, slightly behind her daily schedule, so she hurries up her bath, she had barely gotten her shoes on when her husband, Joe, knocked on the door, they then commenced to their daily game mostly like tag. He would throw money through the doorway, then hide, she would find him then “wrestle” whatever goodies he brought home for her today. After their tussle, they then ate dinner, and Joe announced he was going to take Missie to the new ice cream parlor owned by a newcomer to town named Otis Slemmons. They then went on to have a conversation about the man, Joe wished he had his gut and a few other things, I think the man had some self image issues, though Missie told Joe she liked him just as he was. They had a wonderful time at the Ice cream parlor, Slemmons complemented Joe on Missie. On the way home Joe, for lack of a better word fangirled over Slemmons, commenting on the way he talked, his stories about Chicago (where Slemmons was from), and the gold bits he wore on his clothing. Every Saturday he would parade Missie in the Ice cream parlor, he worked the night shift and Saturday was his only night off. They were a very happy couple, they had a cycle, he would come home, do the mock battle, go to the ice cream parlor and then go to church on Sunday.
Until one night, around eleven a clock at night, G and G ran out of acid, so they sent everyone home. Joe was excited he could surprise his wife, on the way home, he thought about starting a family he wanted a boy. When Joe got home he saw a dim light shining through the bedroom window, he decided to go through the kitchen door. He was going to wash up before going in to Missie, on the way to the sink he accidentally knocked over a plate, he heard a loud gasp. Thinking he scared her, he quickly called out that it was just him. He heard a loud thump come from his room, Joe lit a match and hurried over thinking it was robbers or the like. Only to find Slemmons hurrying to get his pants on. Joe contemplated attacking the figure, but he froze, Missie was crying, and Slemmons was begging Joe not to kill him, offering all his money for his life. Joe unfroze, decked him then told him to get out. Slemmons hurried out but Joe’s intention was overrided by his fury he grabbed Simmons by his vest and punched him he skidded over to the door and Slemmons then got up and ran out the door. Missie May was sobbing, very strongly, not muttering a word. Joe stood there with a broken chain which turned out to be Slemmons’ watch charm in his hand that turned out be a four bit piece, hence why he never let anyone touch it. Joe just stood there staring at it, feeling a plethora of emotion, then he laughed, (why he laughed I have no idea) and then went to bed. Joe then asked Missie why she was crying, she answered because she loved him so much and she was sure he didn’t love her anymore. To that he answered she didn’t know that yet, Apparently, Slemmons had offered her gold pieces, and he just kept advancing, Joe then told her to stop crying he got her a gold piece. The hours went by, Joe sitting on the bed frame, and Missie May dry sobbing, they stayed like that till the sun came up. Missie May didn’t plan on getting up, thinking there was no need for that, no reason to make breakfast, starch his clothes, clean the house, and she was embarrassed. But she got up when Joe asked her if she was going to make breakfast, you could cut the tension with a knife. But Joe never left her, and she couldn’t leave him, she loved him to much. But things were stressed, no more mock battles or candy kisses. Later that year, Missie May had a baby boy, and the spitting image of Joe according to Joe’s mother. And on a side note, Joe’s mother never approved of Joe marrying Missie May. Anyway the child was a motivator to them fixing there problems, Joe went and bought a large amount of candy kisses with the four bit piece. When he got back home, the game of tag began, and everything ended okay.
This Slemmons was full of hot air, his gold was fake, and he had to pay women to sleep with him but he still seemed to think he was something special.