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This photo didn’t take me to Iowa, but to the back woods of Arkansas. The story is an edited snippet from a story in my short story anthology THIS, THAT AND SOMETIMES THE OTHER which is out of print (save copies still available from the author 😉 ) It’s still available on Kindle. The story is based on one of my husband’s memories of spending summers with his best friend Ray (Francis Ray Stills). We had fun working on the longer version together.
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Word Count: 150
Granny Stillwell’s shack, built into the hills, was propped up on cinderblocks. Another rough-hewn cabin sat just the other side of a vegetable garden. A tire-less, 1940’s pick-up truck, also set on cinderblocks, had been pushed up against one wall “to keep it from a-leaning too much.”
After supper, his stomach full of catfish and rhubarb cobbler, Kenny Lord lazed on the porch and thought about the day.
“Hey, Lordy-Lordy, know how to swim?”
“Time to learn.”
He would never forget his terror when Boyce shoved him off the cliff to the Buffalo River 50 feet below. Boyce’s evil laughter filled his ears until water surged up his nose and his panic-stricken lungs blazed.
Kenny seethed. “Boyce better watch his back.”
“He was jest funnin’,’” said Frankie-Ray Stillwell.
Granny spat out a wad of chewing tobacco. “Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord.”
Kenny smirked. “That’s me, Kenneth Donald Lord.”