#SwiftFicFriday – Week 97 Winner!

#SwiftFicFriday – Week 97 Winner!

Happy Tuesday!

Bill Engleson (@billmelaterplea) flew the highest this week and takes his ninth win!

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Old Man Garvey’s House

I’m not a nostalgia nut. Don’t dwell in the past. In fact, I am a full-blown, rooted in the present guy. Barely think of the future and never give a nod to antiquity. So, I have to say that finding myself passing through my hometown on the way to a new client’s home further downstream and suddenly veering off my intended direction to take a peek at my old neighborhood kinda caught me off guard.

The family shack was still there. And occupied. A Rustbucket of a VW van was in the driveway, a kids trike upended on the lawn. Coulda been my trike…but my folks never bought me one. Never had a trike as far as I can remember. Later on, I was ten, I found an old CCM.

Okay, I ripped it off. Said I found it. Folks didn’t care. Maybe they even believed me that I found it.

Next door to us, that’s where old man Garvey’s house used to stand. Ancient mausoleum it was. Hovered over us like we were nothing. He hadn’t kept it up. Hard to do I suppose. No kids around. Cranky old bugger.

I was always curious and from time to time snuck into his basement. Lots of old crap stored there in boxes. Old man Garvey was deft so he usually didn’t hear me.

Except for that one time.

Hit me more than once with that corn broom.

Swore I’d get even.

And then the fire.

It was a great fire.

My first.

Nothing left but ash.

And bones.

I suppose it was natural someone would rebuild on the site. Land…worth something. The house there now…looks like it’s seen better days.

And old man Garvey.

Bet he’s still there.

Haunting the neighborhood.

Serves them all right!

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