Frustration's Final Act

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Mystery and Crime  |  House: Booksie Classic
A very short story about an old woman being robbed and the decision that she makes.

Submitted: August 31, 2016

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Submitted: August 31, 2016



The old woman sat on the park-bench feeding popcorn to the pigeons as the man approached. As he drew near he pulled his turtle-neck sweeter up over his mouth and drew a handgun from his pocket, saying, "Give me your money and your jewelry old woman!"

She held out her pocket-book towards the man and he quickly snatched it away. A moment after raffling through the purse the man said, "Where is the money?"

"Money?" she questioned. I eat Ramen and Spam so I can afford my medicines, a banana once a week on my cereal, if I can afford the milk. And you, you poor sick soul, you just wish that I had some money. Well I don’t, so go ahead and shoot because you'd be doing me a service.

"What about jewelry, a watch, maybe a ring?" The man questioned.

The old woman began to chuckle while saying, "I worked for forty years so they gave me a gold watch when I retired. It stopped running after five years. The next year my drug crazed son stole it and my wedding ring to buy drugs. You know what I'm saying, don't you, you pathetic mess?"

"I don't believe you woman, give me some money!" The man said as he grabbed her by the hair and put the gun to her face.

"Tell you what I'm going to do," the woman replied, "I'm going to put both of us out of our misery and end this."

At that moment the old woman pulled a steak-knife from her coat pocket and thrust it up under his rib-cage. As the blade entered his heart the sudden pain clinched his muscles, the gun fired.

The old woman died instantly, but her son lived just long enough to utter a last word; --- Momma.


D. Thurmond / JEF  ---  08-31-2016

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