A Very Strange Will

Posted: April 1, 2015 in Friday Fictioneers
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Lauren Moscato


Old Mrs. Walinski asked Federico to do the oddest jobs.
Last fall she’d said, “Wrap the eaves with aluminium foil. Case them aliens come to find me.”
When the temperature reached ninety-nine she had him spray canned Christmas snow on her truck.
“Cools it off,” she’d said.
This year? “Put a door in the upper bathroom. No stairs. Don’t want no burglars comin’ in.”

Neighbors called her crazy, but Federico liked the old lady.
Her final request? “When I croak, dig up the peony.”
Federico did. He found a box crammed with one hundred dollar bills and a note –
Federico – don’t waste this on foolishness.

  1. micklively says:

    Mrs Walinski sounds like my kind of woman. 😉


  2. Sandra says:

    Good one Alicia; she was a true character.


  3. ansumani says:

    Nice one…Kind old lady…


  4. k rawson says:

    Love it. Ton of story packed into those 100 words. Bravo!


  5. I like her sense of humour!


  6. I loved that Alicia! That last sentence made it all tie in so perfectly! haha! Now he knows why he likes her. 😀


  7. A fun and generous soul. Way to lighten it up Alicia!


  8. You gotta look past the craziness to see the kindness in others. I always say that. 🙂

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  9. draliman says:

    Fun story! I loved Mrs Walinski’s final comment in the note.


  10. Dear Alicia,

    Delightful characters followed by a delightful ending. Well done.




  11. plaridel says:

    enjoyed reading this. one of your very best.


  12. Jan Brown says:

    Yes, it definitely made me smile. Now I’m off to buy a ladder, so I can wrap my eaves in foil 😀


  13. gahlearner says:

    That was fun, with wonderful characters. I really like that old lady, and the story. 🙂


  14. great story. light, airy, funny

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Very cute story and that’s why it’s always good to be kind to crazy and off beat people. You may just wind up with your own Mrs. Walinski!

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  16. Oh, I do so love mega-eccentrics like Mrs Walinski and, in my estimation, the world would be a sadder place without them. You have portrayed her character so well.


  17. very nice! Shows the rewards of helping without judgement 🙂


  18. milliethom says:

    I’d have loved to meet this eccentric old lady! But, when all’s said and done, her heart was in the right place. She truly valued Frederico’s help and he got his just reward. A lovely story, Alicia – and not in the least ‘dark and sad’. I love the way you’ve portrayed both Mrs. Walinski and FRederico. 🙂


  19. Amy Reese says:

    Looks like listening to Mrs. Walinski paid off for Frederico. I guess she’s not as crazy as all that. This has so much color and life! Great story, Alicia.


  20. Margaret says:

    Fun characters and a wonderful, happy ending. Unexpected, too.


  21. I’m so glad she left him some money and he took the time to find it.


  22. She was a character with an eccentric way of life. It was his lack of judegment of her ways that helped Federico in the end. Love this story. A happy ending …!!! 😎


  23. A great character and a great story. I liked Fredrico too, I suspect he put the money to good use


  24. Melanie says:

    Good for Federico. I’m glad he was available to Old Mrs. Walinski, and was rewarded for his patience and work.


  25. Nan Falkner says:

    Dear Alicia – I like your story! I hope Federico uses the money for fun! Nan 🙂


  26. rgayer55 says:

    Great story, Alicia. It was the most fun of all I read based on this prompt.


  27. Fun and lively, I like the characters so much. Well done, Alicia!


  28. Great twist at the end, Alicia. She wasn’t as crazy as people thought. It literally payed to be her friend. Well done. 🙂 — Suzanne


  29. Thank you, Suzanne. I always like it when you stop by. Alicia


  30. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Alicia,

    I am trying to catch up on reading and am so glad I found your story. I am smiling at the way you reeled me in with Mrs. Walinski’s imaginative eccentricities and Frederico’s gentleness and then hit us with the great ending and final words from your protagonist. Just a lovely piece of story telling.




  31. subroto says:

    Loved this one, it made me smile.


  32. Creatopath says:

    This was funny. I liked how you incorporated the windows, door and truck in your story and the ending was brilliant!


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