The Old Clunker

February 24, 2016 at 3:39 pm 39 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 26 February 2016

 Al Forbes
Photo Credit: Al Forbes

“Ethel, it’s time to sell that old clunker gathering dust in the garage,” Jason said. “I need space for my Harley.”

Jason was the son-in-law who moved in to the house with her daughter after her husband passed away.

At first, Ethel thought it was a good idea. Jason was unemployed. She could help them get back on their feet while they kept her company.

Last night, Ethel overheard the son-in-law and daughter talking about selling the house so they could buy a camper.

Late in the afternoon the following day, Ethel went out to gather wild mushrooms for dinner.

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  • 1. Michael  |  February 24, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    O naughty lady. I really liked your take on this weeks prompt.

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    • 2. plaridel  |  February 24, 2016 at 6:58 pm

      michael:

      despite her age, she still has her smarts. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 3. Dale  |  February 24, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    I love Ethel… and not just because she visited MY story as well!
    When will today’s “youtes” stop underestimating the older folks?

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    • 4. plaridel  |  February 25, 2016 at 9:47 am

      dale:

      they want to take the old clunker for a ride. that will do them. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • 5. Dale  |  February 25, 2016 at 9:54 am

        ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  • 6. Sandra  |  February 25, 2016 at 12:52 am

    Way to go, Ethel. And quickly. Nicely done.

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    • 7. plaridel  |  February 25, 2016 at 9:46 am

      sandra:

      what’s more they could ask? after a nice dinner, a good night sleep.

      Reply
  • 8. ceayr  |  February 25, 2016 at 2:19 am

    You packed a lot into this little tale, sir, well done.

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    • 9. plaridel  |  February 25, 2016 at 9:46 am

      ceayr:

      thank you. elderly abuse is more common than we think.

      Reply
  • 10. rochellewisoff  |  February 25, 2016 at 3:15 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    I think I’ll pass on the mushroom gravy. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 11. plaridel  |  February 25, 2016 at 9:45 am

      rochelle:

      i think that’s a good idea. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 12. draliman  |  February 25, 2016 at 4:48 am

    “It was all just a tragic accident, officer, they looked safe to eat…” ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • 13. plaridel  |  February 25, 2016 at 9:45 am

      draliman:

      he’d think it probably was, given the circumstances. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 14. gahlearner  |  February 25, 2016 at 6:07 am

    Heheh. I like Ethel, she’s feisty. Great twist.

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    • 15. plaridel  |  February 25, 2016 at 9:45 am

      gahlearner:

      she was an excellent cook, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 16. Bjรถrn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  February 25, 2016 at 6:21 am

    Ha.. yes mushrooms sounds like a great idea… love it..

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    • 17. plaridel  |  February 25, 2016 at 9:44 am

      bjรถrn:

      it was act of desperation. she showed them kindness and still wanted to take advantage of her.

      Reply
  • 18. Snow's Fissures and Fractures  |  February 25, 2016 at 6:59 am

    Oh my, not wise to mess with Ethel.

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    • 19. plaridel  |  February 25, 2016 at 9:44 am

      lora:

      i agree. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 20. ansumani  |  February 25, 2016 at 11:14 am

    ha ha. Ethel needs to get rid of them before they get rid of her. Good story.

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    • 21. plaridel  |  February 26, 2016 at 9:43 am

      ansumani:

      there’s nothing wrong with being proactive. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 22. FabricatingFiction  |  February 25, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Good old Ethel!

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    • 23. plaridel  |  February 26, 2016 at 9:42 am

      louise:

      she was only seizing the moment. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 26. Keith's Ramblings  |  February 26, 2016 at 2:34 am

    Sort them out Ethel!

    Visit Keith’s Ramblings!

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    • 27. plaridel  |  February 26, 2016 at 9:42 am

      keith:

      exactly. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 28. rgayer55  |  February 26, 2016 at 3:32 am

    Good for her. Let’s move that Jason out and make room for another clunker.

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    • 29. plaridel  |  February 26, 2016 at 9:41 am

      russell:

      that’s sweet justice for you.

      Reply
  • 30. patriciaruthsusanve  |  February 26, 2016 at 6:19 am

    What a twist. We have a kindly, lonely widow at the becoming and a potential murderess at the end. And everyone will think it’s accidental. All she has to do is take a tiny bite herself. Perhaps she just went over the edge. Well done, Plaridel. — Suzanne

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    • 31. plaridel  |  February 26, 2016 at 9:41 am

      suzanne:

      out of her kindness, they still wanted to take advantage of her. I think they deserved a second helping of the mushroom soup for good measure.

      Reply
  • 32. penshift  |  February 26, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Oh, brilliant ending! Certainly not the sort I’d let my daughter (if I had one) be with.

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    • 33. plaridel  |  February 27, 2016 at 9:23 am

      penshift:

      thank you. deeply appreciated.

      Reply
  • 34. Amy Reese  |  February 26, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    Nice one! They won’t see it coming. Too bad they couldn’t be decent about all Ethel did for them.

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    • 35. plaridel  |  February 27, 2016 at 9:22 am

      amy:

      you give some folks an inch and they demand a foot.

      Reply
  • 36. Inside the Mind of Isadora  |  February 27, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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  • 37. Margaret  |  March 1, 2016 at 3:20 am

    Oooh – mushrooms. What a devious lady. Good story.

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    • 38. plaridel  |  March 1, 2016 at 3:18 pm

      margaret:

      easy does it. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 39. rogershipp  |  March 6, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    Way to go, Ethel! You gotta look after yourself!

    Reply

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