fishing for a complaint

Lavender Roaring Fork Clinchfield always enjoyed a nice pizza pie, with a slice of amore on the side, so when Miss Generous Tupelo invited him to Beauregard’s Italian and Live Bait, he didn’t hesitate. The décor was a nod to the region’s rugged pioneering past, with miner’s lamps instead of candles and repurposed shovels for chairs. They shared a mischievous spirit and showed up for dinner in matching waders, with flies hooked through soft hats. There was no doubt they looked silly, but blind obedience to social expectations was not part of their vocabulary, although sushi was off the menu.

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Authors note: This link Iron Hollows Fiction goes to the “Iron Hollows” category of 100-drabble fiction segments or click each drabble link below. They are not serially linked but rather vignettes set in and around the fictional town of Iron Hollows.

Dramatis Personae:
Lavender Roaring Fork Clinchfield: True scion of the South: notable for his fashion plate and bachelorhood.
Chromium: An American Blue Gascon fond of sniffing the ladies.
Miss Forsythia and Miss Hydrangea: Perky and together in that way.
Troubadour Peppermint: Deceased founder and savvy huckster.
Harmonious Intent: Deceased rival to Troubadour, prolific and fertile bigamist.
Sanctimonious Poppermince: Direct male descendant of Troubadour, current mayor and a disappointment.
Generous Tupelo: A woman with eyes for fun and a body for sin.

“the legend of the time before”
“along the non-existent waterfront”
“gunpowder explodes, fireworks delight”
“clouds play peek-a-boo with moon”
“homemade gravy for the grits”
“unsuccessful sultry spring seduction”
“where there is snow there are complaints”
“thankfully the tavern had stocked up”
“air as crisp as a grilled McIntosh”
“auction night to fill the food pantry”
“discontent brews in men’s souls”
“boogie to classic carols”
“sometimes surrender is inevitable”
“misty smells gather in the valley”
“a collector of all things rare”
“pass the salt please”
“monuments fossilized by the past”
“secret sauce of peppermint schnapps”
“always read the fine print”
“another type of deadly weapon”


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