Undelivered Valentines: Part III
A Serial Story
by Leigh Ward-Smith
She found Emily sitting idle on the front-porch swing reading Watchers by Dean R. Koontz. Her back was sloped Thinker-style, elbow triangulating with her knee and propping up her chin.
An untouched peanut butter and strawberry jelly sandwich sat on the small table with a couple cans of soda, one already empty.
Jamie pictured a Lilliputian Snoopy piloting one of the insects that buzzed in an endless elliptical pattern around the sandwich and open-mouthed can.
“Super, you found the sandwich and the sodas.”
“You know, we both should cut down on our soda consumption.”
By that point, Jamie knew the teen had tuned her out, so she decided to inject some fun into the conversation.
“I was thinking of getting a Mohawk in my hair and a skull tattoo as well. Would they look good on me?”
“Mmm-hmm.” Emily nodded slowly.
“That President Bush sure is a hot guy; I think I’ll steal him from Barbara. Will you help me?”
The clicking of nails on a wooden floor skittered to a stop just inside the front door entryway of the house. But only a trebled yelping jangled their attention, just as a dog-blur slapped the screen door open a moment later and bolted out. Continue reading