93. Howdy, neighbour

“Howdy, neighbour.”

On the porch stood a man with an unnaturally big smile, his equally cheery wife and two bored but impeccably cute offspring. The woman handed over the bouquet.

“We’re the Johnsons,” she added. “We’ve moved into number 72?”

I’d seen the U-Haul trucks.

“Welcome to the neighbourhood,” I said.

“My name is Tammy,” the woman continued. “This is Jim. And these little rascals are Kim and Vince.”

Her elbow nudged the kids none too subtly. They almost simultaneously handed over the boxes of chocolates they had been hiding behind their backs the whole time.

“In there is an invitation to our housewarming party on the 17th,” Jim stepped in. “We hope you can join us? You and your husband and family of course!”

There was that unnaturally big smile again.

“That might be difficult,” I replied. “Zach is serving life in Folsom and Dustin should be getting the needle in a couple of weeks time. Unless the governor steps in of course. Fingers crossed. As for my hubby, if you see him around, you might want to give the FBI a call. You could pocket half a million. And if you could now please excuse me. I have a turkey in the oven and I need to baste.”

I shut the door on their flabbergasted faces and dunked the flowers in the nearest bin. As I passed the living room a question sounded.

“Who was that, honey?”

“The new people in number 72. Invited us to their housewarming.”

“You got us out of it, right?”

“Told them you were on the FBI’s most wanted list.”

“Love you, hon!”

 

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13 thoughts on “93. Howdy, neighbour

  1. D. Handler says:

    Well, that’s a strong first impression for sure! Nice touch with the big smile – that little gem set the tone and carried the story along nicely.

  2. KokkieH says:

    The new neighbours are a touch creepy, if you ask me. Though they’d probably say the same about their new neighbours. Loved it.

  3. Late Summer says:

    This one definitely made me laugh. Kind of reminds me of a family friend who always tries to avoid new neighbours!

  4. pandaplatter says:

    glad to read your stories again 🙂

  5. syl65 says:

    Very nice. Smile and chuckle nice.

  6. Perfection. I love these little pieces. Love how you take the reader along all calm and conservative and then in just the same mood drop the reader off a cliff, waving politely as it were and wishing them well. Fantastic.

  7. b00kreader says:

    Wow…I think its even more disturbing that she made that stuff up. Great story!

  8. rosellezubey says:

    This story wasn’t like your other stories. It didn’t have the twisty endings that I really like. It seemed cold hearted and very rude to me. I’m sorry but I didn’t really like it just because it was, like I said so different from what you usually write.

  9. Barefootcountessa says:

    Loved the end note lol

  10. wordkunst says:

    One tiny, though important, thing: USAmericans rarely refer to a “bin” but a “trash can”! Deft use of the habit of turning statements into questions. Well done.

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