Saturday, April 12, 2014

#AtoZchallenge: Kerosina or Kerosene

Kerosina [Spanish] or Kerosene [English]

"Damn that stuff stinks to high heaven, gonna take a miracle to get ridda that smell," he crinkled his nose and twisted the cap tighter as the repugnant odor swirled around him.

He wiped his hands on his threadbare stained jeans and then checked the contents of his pockets making sure what he needed was there.

He tossed the battered can into the bed of his pickup and sped down his driveway, laughing as the tires spewed dirt behind him, "Payback time, jess hope no one sees me, best if they're not home."

Dusk was just settling in as he reached his destination several miles from his home, a barely standing farmhouse surrounded by overgrown pastures and decrepit fencing.

He slowed the truck as he searched for signs of life but seeing no lights or vehicles parked in the yard, he pulled in.

He carefully stepped out of the truck, ignoring the groan of the rusty door and retrieved the can of kerosene from the back.

Setting it on the weathered front porch he pulled the paper from his back pocket and read it one more time before setting it under the can.

"Ain't got much but hope this will help you keep the youngun's warm for a bit."

As he drove off he thought about how good it felt to pay back his neighbors and friends for all they had done for him when he lost his wife last year.

He whistled a tune as he headed back home thinking, "Payback can be a good thing!"

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  1. That is such a sweet story. :) Payback is a very good thing to do.

  2. Such a nice story and the ending was totally different from what I expected which I liked.

  3. Oh! That was nice.
    I was so worried he was going to do something nasty. :)

    Deeply Shallow

  4. Clever twist ending, didn't see that coming. Nice story about paybacks.

  5. I love it! Totally not where I thought it was headed.

  6. Agree with the others, had no idea it would end that way. :)

  7. Thank you ALL for stopping by and commenting and I'm glad the twist was one everyone liked.

  8. Interesting twist. I'd like to see where you would go if it was a murderous payback on his mind...


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