Lady in the Shade

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

The story is all about the cover photo which I took along the coast of California, way back when. A Fictional story based on a real tree and someone's sense of humor.

"Odd," I thought, after seeing a lady seated beneath an Cake-Panned shaped tree.

You see, it wasn't very hot that day, shorts and T-shirt weather at best. So to see this woman seated ever so stately, while wearing a wide brimmed summer bonnet, set my mind to wonder as I passed by.

It appeared she was wearing a cotton dress, I was sure.

And she sat motionless while seemingly watching the vehicles that were in a visitor's procession before her.

I thought, "Shall I stop and inquire as to the reason for such a Sheltered Move on such a Out-and-About Day?"

But vacationers and sightseeing traffic was flowing well, and I did not want to disrupt the harmony of the moment. So we pressed on without so much as a wrinkle in the Touristy, Road-Trip, pond.

***

Returning to my motel in the latter part of the day, once again I saw the woman beneath the oddly shaped tree.

"It is nearly dark and there she sits," I mumbled with aggregation framing my words.

So I pulled my vehicle to the side of the road, stopped, and then I got out.

I thought to myself, "I will ask this woman why she has wasted such a fine day in the shade of such a odd looking tree, and I will satisfy my inner need at the same time."

But when I approach the woman I was surprised to find that there was no woman, instead, there was a smartly dressed manikin seated beneath the tree.

And next to the manikin was a sign and a book. The sign read, "Please register into the "Nosy Visitor's Book".

And if your curiosity is still stoked then join other Nosy People at our Community Playhouse tonight.

What is the name of tonight's play? --- LOL --- Ask the manikin, or come see!

 

 

Author: D. Thurmond / JEF

06-14-2021

Photo: D. Thurmond


Submitted: June 14, 2021

© Copyright 2021 D. Thurmond aka JEF. All rights reserved.

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Rob73

A dramatic story, that is well written. The writing is great, and I enjoyed reading it.

Tue, June 15th, 2021 3:52am

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Thanks for responding.

Tue, June 15th, 2021 3:17pm

Sumit Kumar Arora

Well written story.

Tue, June 15th, 2021 4:22am

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Thanks. ...

Tue, June 15th, 2021 3:16pm

Sharief Hendricks

Hahaha...very clever Jef...

I just loved the ending

Tue, June 15th, 2021 7:39am

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Thanks Sharief, and I'm happy you liked my twisted ending.

Tue, June 15th, 2021 3:16pm

Serge Wlodarski

I'd hate to be the one who has to trim the top of that tree.

Tue, June 15th, 2021 10:38am

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I know! Right?

Tue, June 15th, 2021 3:14pm

Vance Currie

This had the making of a wonderful ghost story, DT, which made the twist at the end all the funnier. A clever, well written story.

Tue, June 15th, 2021 9:25pm

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Thanks Vance. Funny you should say that, it started out that way but I couldn't find a finish.

Tue, June 15th, 2021 3:13pm

Vance Currie

That is exactly what happened to me with 'The Shop That Wasn't There'. And it seems to work.

Wed, June 16th, 2021 9:31pm

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Thanks Vance, and I'll have to go back and review that.

Thu, June 17th, 2021 2:35pm

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