Tale Weaver — That Explains a Lot

2A4A1252-4664-4C1A-9BDF-02903E33C387“Of course I have a concern over what’s going on next door,” Martin said. “The guy’s yard is quickly becoming overgrown with weeds. It would take a herd of goats to clean up that mess on the other side of the fence.”

“I’m not talking about his lawn,” Martin,” Maria said. “I’m talking about his dog with it’s incessant barking. It barks day and night and it’s driving me crazy. At least you get a break from it when you go off to work. I have to deal with it all of the time.”

“Do you remember that dog trainer we used when our dog was having behavior problems? That guy was stellar,” Martin said. “I think I’ll pay a visit to our neighbor and ask him to mow his lawn and tell him about that dog trainer.”


A few minutes later, Martin came running into the house, his face pale and his skin clammy. “Maria, call 9-1-1 now!” he shouted.

“What happened?” she asked. “Are you okay? And what’s that awful smell?”

“It’s our neighbor,” Martin said. “I knocked on his door and when I did, his door swung open. As soon as it opened, the stench hit me. There was his body just inside the door. He must have been dead for at least a week.”

“Well, that explains a lot,” Maria said, picking up the phone to call 9-1-1.

Written for the following daily prompts: Daily Addictions (concern), Your Daily Word Prompt (overgrown), Ragtag Daily Prompt (herd), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (fence), Scotts Daily Prompt (trainer), and Word of the Day Challenge (stellar).

Also for the Tale Weaver prompt from Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, “open door.” Photo credit: Google Images.


14 thoughts on “Tale Weaver — That Explains a Lot

  1. Sadje October 11, 2018 / 10:53 am

    An all in one story. Good one.

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  2. JT Twissel October 11, 2018 / 2:50 pm

    Oh dear. Not a pleasant encounter with the neighbor!

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  3. Michael October 11, 2018 / 2:53 pm

    Good one good sir, you hear of these things happening. One I recall was a lady they found had been dead for at least 18 months and she lived in the city with people living all around her.

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    • Fandango October 11, 2018 / 4:21 pm

      How did the smell of an exposed corpse of 18 months remain undetected?

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      • Michael October 11, 2018 / 6:59 pm

        That was the question asked to the respective neighbours….makes you wonder about people doesn’t it.

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  4. leigha66 October 18, 2018 / 4:22 pm

    Very good write! Poor dog was probably hungry!

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