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    Wayne Gray
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Story Prompts/Ideas - 4. Joe, continued 1

"It's too late." Joe sipped his almost-cool coffee, grimaced and sat it back on the sunny windowsill. He stared out, watching kids play across the street in their yard. "I'm a failed farmer with nothin' but a half-feral cat." He cast about, looking for Tux. Not finding him in the small room, he shrugged. "Somewhere."

Bill snorted. "So, start over. You're just, what? Fifty-five? That's not too old."

"Fifty-two, thank you very much." Forgetting, he took another drink of that coffee. This time he put the mug on the little end table beside his chair, and pushed it away. "The sun and work don't do a man's skin any favors."

"Fine, fifty-two. Even better." Bill had an amiable smile on his face, and Joe had to look away from him. "Come on. Come with me to the farm. See it. Being there might do you some good. Besides, I need the help, and like I said, I'll pay you for your time."

"Didn't get enough of me already, eh?" Joe kept watching the kids, but smirked at his remark to the younger man. "Figured you'd be sick of lookin' at me after my awful week at the diner."

"You're just learning." Bill stood. "But this is something you won't have to learn." He reached down a hand. "Come on."

Sighing, Joe finally looked at him. Bill's earnest green eyes and crooked smile made his stomach flutter. Knowing better, and already hating himself for caving, Joe allowed a tiny nod, took the offered hand, and let Bill pull him to his feet.

I don't have a story hidden away, lurking ... but this part of a scene came and I obliged. Maybe someday I'll tell Joe's whole story.

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You have me intrigued, I definitely want to read Joe's story.

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"I'm a failed farmer with nothin' but a half-feral cat."

He cast about looking for his tux?  What the heck?

Sad self-description--good luck Joe.  Laughing as I read this.   Thanks for posting this clip.

Last two lines are great.  I needed that inspiration this morning as I pen of a man from Pig Hill and Waffle House diners.

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5 hours ago, chris191070 said:

You have me intrigued, I definitely want to read Joe's story.

Thanks, chris.

Got a lot to do before I get to it, but his story is beginning to call to me.

First, Wild Maple Farm! 🙂

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1 hour ago, MCVT said:

"I'm a failed farmer with nothin' but a half-feral cat."

He cast about looking for his tux?  What the heck?

Sad self-description--good luck Joe.  Laughing as I read this.   Thanks for posting this clip.

Last two lines are great.  I needed that inspiration this morning as I pen of a man from Pig Hill and Waffle House diners.

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Hehe. Tux is the cat’s name - a black and white feline.

I’m happy it could inspire you. Thank you for letting me know that, and good luck with your writing. 🙂

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14 minutes ago, Wayne Gray said:

Thanks, chris.

Got a lot to do before I get to it, but his story is beginning to call to me.

First, Wild Maple Farm! 🙂

I think we're needin' to find out about Joe,.  Hope he's sorting things out as we wait.

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On 6/29/2020 at 5:02 AM, chris191070 said:

I definitely want to read Joe's story.

 

On 6/29/2020 at 11:01 AM, MCVT said:

I think we're needin' to find out about Joe,.

 

I third this idea @Wayne Gray😁

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