Body in the Boot

Posted: May 20, 2017 in What Pegman Saw
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Thanks to Pegman I now know there is a border town, Portal, N.D., much like Blaine, WA, which is very close to our little burg, Bellingham, WA. It was easy to imagine a border scene like this.

Alfred feels all raggedy. The way he always does when Wilma’s with him at the border crossing.
Wilma, who never knows what’s in the trunk – ever.
But somehow the way she moves, the way she smiles suggests there just might be a little something to see.
Dumb as a post, almost cute as a button with Betty Boop lips and Marilyn Monroe hair
Alfred loves Wilma. Can’t help it.

“Ah, Mister, ain’t nothin in there. Me and him got a date. See? Reservations at the Electric Club. And we’re already late.”
Wilma winks.
Alfred cringes.
Border-Patrol-Man sighs. “Open the trunk.”

Alfred taps the button that pops the lid.
Border-Patrol-Man slowly lowers his mirrored glasses. “You crazy son-of-a …”
“Officer!” Wilma coos. “There’s a lady present.”
“Toss em out!”

At the Electric Club, Alfred thanks his lucky stars that the odor of five cartons of rotting bananas overpowered the stench of blood.

  1. Oh wow. This is really great. I like the POV and internal dialog, then the pull-back at the end to include Alfred. Tense and funny.

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    • Thank you very much! I had fun writing this. We had to toss out a whole bag of firewood on a camping trip to Canada ~ forgot things like fruit, veggies and wood were not allowed across the border.


  2. Lynn Love says:

    That border guard had no idea just how crazy Alfred really is! Lovely build up to a sordid little tale and I just love your description of Wilma – what a wonderfully fleshed out little bunny she is. Great stuff Alicia

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  3. k rawson says:

    The interplay of interior dialogue and the playful yet dark undercurrent really make this story sparkle. Loved it!

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  4. Dear Lish,

    You certainly turned that trunk on its ear. Alfred’s a sharp one and so’s the author of the story.



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  5. Sarah Ann says:

    Delightful. Love the description of Wilma, and you had me wrinkling my nose again with those rotting bananas.

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  6. Superb internal dialogues, great POV, a creepy undercurrent just waiting to explode, and great character description. You brought those two chalk and cheese characters alive. Your best piece so far, Alicia.

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  7. James says:

    Well, that’s one way to get rid of a body.

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