Solution From Walmart
by Faye Sizemore
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speculative fiction for the internet generation.

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Solution From Walmart


       Ethel slowly straightened her back and wiped the sweat from her forehead with the back of her hand. It had been a hot afternoons' labor but, now standing back, surveying her work, she was satisfied that it had been worth it.

       She had purchased sixty dark red brick colored patio blocks from her local Walmart and laid them side by side over the newly dug dirt.Each measured twelve by twelve and weighed about thirty pounds apiece.It had been a hard back breaking job but she had done it, and all alone. The dear boys at Walmart had loaded them for her but she had taken each one, one at a time, from the truck bed and laid them in place herself.

       It was a beautiful addition to the patio already there. She was proud of herself and as tired as she was, she wondered how she had ever been strong enough to finish so soon. It had started out with a blinding headache at work so she had begged off early and come home.. home to the shock of her life.

       There was her beloved husband, Arthur in the arms of the next door neighbor's wife, Mildred, her supposed best friend.. This would not do.. no, this just would not do.. She could still see the look of shock on their faces, a look frozen there now, forever.

       Surveying her lovely new patio, again, one more time, she placed some of her small benches here and there with a few pots of flowers next to them and then she went into the house to clean up the blood and take a shower before she started her supper.

       It was then that she noticed her headache was finally gone...


copyright 2005 Faye Sizemore.

Faye Sizemore:

I am an imaginative grandmother, loose with pen in hand ,who just loves a mystery from the unknown.