Monday, December 14, 2015

The Old Bin

Delores at Under the Porch Light



The storage bin had been a part of the farm house as long as anyone could remember.  Even back many generations, that bin was there, leaning up against the barn. 

It used to store chicken feed.  Farmer Gunter got rid of the chickens after a few decades. 

Then the bin was used to keep coal before the farmer switched to propane.  He cleaned the bin out and thought about how it could be used.  He even asked his wife Bernadette what they should do with the empty bin.

Bernie launched into another harangue about him being too lazy to even think for himself, and then moved on to his other deficiencies.  The list was long.  Gunter stared at her blankly as she continued.

After some time, Gunter packed up his suitcase and gathered up all their money stored in the cellar since the Great Depression.  As he passed by the bin, he patted the lid which sported shiny new nails all around the perimeter.  

“You’re right, Bernie.  I shoulda thought of this long ago.”  Silence was the answer.


This was a photo prompt compliments of Delores at Under the Porch Light back on July 17, 2013.  I liked the macabre even then.

22 comments:

  1. haha he better get a move on before the bin starts to smell

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  2. Let that stand as a reminder to all of us wives.....if you have a complaint, keep it to yourself. Good job Susan.

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    1. Did you remember that photo prompt? It was excellent...with so many possibilities!

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  3. Those nails show just how insistent she was. He is not taking any chances about her coming back...

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    1. He was ready for some quiet, and made certain that he had it.

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  4. Hahahahaha! A better place to store bones than wood or chicken feed! ;)

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    1. She'll feel right at home, well, sort of.

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    1. We had an old barn, and there were so many nooks and crannies that we children explored. Found odd things. Secrets are there.

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  6. Awesome story, people store things in amazing places. I heard of a house, when the place was levelled a secret stash of guns, rifles and ammunition was found. They never could find it, not even with the dog which barked at the walls.

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    1. Makes me wonder who owned the farm and what was in his mind? What a story that would be to tell!

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  7. I wonder if that's why houses these days don't have such attachments?
    And I hope Gunter gets far enough away that he can't be found.

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    1. I think so. Farm is remote. No relatives. Hitch hike with a stranger. Take a bus to Montana. I think he can do it.

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  8. This was a much better idea than dragging her along with him like in "Weekend At Bernie's." Loved your surprise ending with nods to Hitchcock and Serling! Terrific tale, Susan!

    Julie

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    1. That was one excellent movie. Loved Hitchcock and Sterling. Many surprises in their writing.

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