Stopped in the Road – Prompt 05, 28,2013

About 2:00 in the morning on Tuesday last week I was going east from Sandpoint ID to Kalispell MT on Hwy 200, just past Hope ID and before Last Hope Saloon, along the north shore of Lake Pendoreille. I rounded a tight curve (all curves on that road are tight). There was a semi stopped in the road with the flashers on. I was just barely able to get stopped within a foot or two from it. I got my flashlight and tire thumper and cautiously started to walk around to the front of it to see what was wrong. There was a body lying in the middle of the road and a log truck that was headed west sitting there with the door open. There were bullet holes in the windshield and then I saw a body hanging from the cab. The driver of the semi, which was a Safeway truck, was just standing and staring. I tried talking to him but he was in shock. A highway patrolman pulled up just then and called for more help. He had the Safeway driver and I pull around the semi so more emergency vehicles could arrive.

I had to leave as I needed to get to Kalispell with my load of produce for Pacific Fruit and Produce for their a.m. delivery. I was worried I would have to pick up a load of wheat and take a different way home, but as luck would have it I didn’t.

By the time I got back to Last Hope the crime scene was cleared up. I knew a rancher by the name of Jim Brown who lived along the highway just west of there. I decided to stop and see what he had heard. As I pulled into his drive he came out of his barn to talk to me. He knew both of the loggers involved in the shooting. It seems Bill Johnson, the logger in the truck, was having an affair with the wife of Phil Benton, the other logger involved. They both worked for the same outfit so Benton knew about when Johnson would be coming along the road. He just stood in the middle of the road and started shooting when the truck came into sight. He didn’t get out of the way in time and the truck hit and killed him. Maybe he planned it that way…????

Jerry Stapleton

Prompt May 7, 2013–A Curious Animal

Curious Animals

Prompt: “Curious Animals”

Every October we make a wine for Thanksgiving called Glog. The ingredients are red wine, vodka, spices, prunes and oranges to name a few. It has to sit and cure for a month. The drink is great to have in the cold northwest for the holidays. The mix is made in a large crock about 24 inches high with a simple plate that is placed on the top. The crock is then set on the porch for 30 days, in the cold.

We had gone out for dinner one night and came home to find this crock, tipped over and prune seeds scattered. There were all sorts of scenarios going on as to the reasoning of such a sight. The conclusion was that it was our raccoon family. They are such curious animals, and boy, what a treat they had that night! It would have been interesting to see them stumbling or falling out of the trees after about an hour of imbibing.

By Carol Taylor

Prompt April 30, 2013–In a Shambles

In a Shambles – Carmel Westerman

My office is only tidied when I’m expecting company. To put it bluntly, I feel comfortable in my own clutter. If you want to call it a shambles – so be it. The room is so tiny, there is only space enough to walk into my office and sit down. To tidy it would require too much energy. I look forward to going to my office, turning on the computer; and re-reading the last chapter of my latest draft. Then when I’m satisfied that I am now in my fictional world – I start pounding the keys. After a page or two, it’s time to get a candy bar. By the time I’m done writing I’ve consumed two cookies, three candy bars, a brownie and a dish of chocolate chip ice cream.