You’ve Got To Be Kidding!

It seems saga of Defying Reason, a little town out of step, and out of time, marches ever onward.

Perhaps a brief backstory of The Little Couple from The Applesauce District in Defying Reason, is necessary, since they moved one town over, hoping all would be well in their new abode. The fact that it defies reason why they would need to drive back to their old stomping grounds, sets the stage for this story.

It is a rare day that they journey the six miles into their Once Was Hometown. But journey they do, and this very occasion popped up just yesterday. It was the day of the trip to the drug dealer – pharmacy – where they had medication on the ‘refill’ treadmill for another two months, but also where they prefer to pick up their Pasta Week meatballs, at a favorite restaurant in the little village, ironically named Hopewell Junction! Were things so idyllic there that it simply defied reason to move? Though, The Little Couple heard this Yesterday Town often referred to as Hopeless Junction. Perhaps this was a clue to the events which had insinuated itself upon the land.

The odd thing, is that on a two lane main street, one would think, that changes would stand out immediately, but with their eyes on the road, not the surrounding scenery, they would not see a major transformation to the town until they were heading back to Defying Reason, when stopping to pick up their order of meatballs.

So imagine their stunned surprise when they saw this as they steered their carriageย into the little Pizza Village parking lot:

William Tell Hardware Store Memorial Day 2015

While, “You’ve Got to Be Kidding” was not the first thing out of their mouth, it really expresses the shock with which we came face to face. This had been their go-to hardware store for nine years! It had a special ring to the name “William Tell,” and brought them many of the needs they now use daily in their lives. Small things like the weather station, and the heaters which save them from using more oil to heat their little Applesauce District house; and the bio bucket which keeps the ants at bay, and wood stain to paint the deck, and salt for the winter storms which keeps them from slipping and sliding away.

They had no idea what might have happened, as they sat wide-eyed in the carriage, staring with a sense of disbelieving at what had once been a full standing structure.

ย The Little Hardware Store

Little seems to be known about what took place, to morph the building into rubble. The clerks at the pizza place said that it happened two Saturday’s ago, and nobody knows what caused this unfortunate event. Of course, it is more than likely the authorities have ideas about it, although the news lent only meager information; “the fire which began in the after hours – leaving all thankful that nobody was hurt – on May 24, 2015, ironically the Memorial Day Weekend, and apparently it took 8 hours to put the blaze out. What it looked like then, compared to what it looks like now, makes one wonder if there was not some seepage from Defying Reason invading this hope-filled little town.

When departing the parking lot to return home, a sign was seen, indicating that the owner planned to rebuild.

The Little Couple are left with the question: Can the implications of the name Defying Reason spread to surrounding areas? And as so often happens, it leaves The Little Couple standing there scratching their heads.

Rather than The End, it seems this Epic Story has come to a middle.


Special thanks to metalflowermaker,ย  whom I’ve recently had the pleasure to meet here in the Blogging World, offered three very intereseting prompts to go along with my suddenly serialized Defying Reason posts. The title of this piece is one of them, and I was quite surprised when the situation popped up on the same day for me to use this one.


17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. calensariel
    Jun 09, 2015 @ 15:10:35

    Clapping! I love that this is going to be a serial. You and MFM make a great team!

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  2. badfish
    Jun 09, 2015 @ 21:34:12

    Hey. Finally a break in “no time for blogs.” Now I have a little time, but sooo many decisions to make, and taxes to do (if you live out of the country, you get an extra two months without an extension…I’m always this late). I sat to do them yesterday, ended writing a little post…which made me happy on one hand, and on the other, sad that I didn’t do what I needed to do, like taxes, and deciding what to do this summer (I can’t make up my mind–stay here and blog bigtime like you, or maybe Bhutan or Seychelles or Zanzibar or Madagascar or Cuba or Hawaii). It sucks to be me.

    And the brakes went out on my car! Ran off the road. In the shop for two days!

    But about you: this is a marvelous little ditty (is it ditty, or diddy?). It makes me think of a newspaper article. It might be interesting if the pieces all sounded like that. Sort of a disinterested, unknowing narrator/journalist. We would not have all the details of any one piece, but maybe by the end of the series…it would make a whole…in a slightly skewed way? Or not.

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    • Fimnora Westcaw
      Jun 09, 2015 @ 22:06:07

      Liking that break in blogging coming to, if not an end, then at least a pause!
      Sorry you didn’t get to finish doing your taxes, but I benefitted from it by having a post from you to read!

      Still stuck in that rut about what to do this summer? So, let’s just say, if you had your druthers, and no limitations, and etc, what would be the first thing you’d think of doing?

      I don’t think so @ it sucks to be you. You’ve had more experiences, lived life to the fullest so far, so if taking a little bit of time and doing nothing happens to be a bump in your road, you know you can enjoy it. I suspect you can enjoy anything you do.

      Now the breaks going out on your car, that sucks! Long as you’re still okie dokie, and in one piece, two days will fly by and you’ll be back in the driver’s seat before you get back here to post again,

      I’m going with ditty. Otherwise, you’re singing a song that goes like “do wah diddy diddy, dum diddy do…”

      News that reads like a fairy tale. That’s the ticket. ๐Ÿ™‚ It seems to be taking on a life of its own. What will happen next?

      Good to see you! Thank you!

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      • badfish
        Jun 09, 2015 @ 23:43:38

        Thanks. And yeah…where to go…or not go, still an issue. Sometimes decisions make themselves. It doesn’t suck to be me, you are right, I am blessed and a very lucky man, but it sucks to be inside my mind some times. Times in between some of those really good times. This is one of those times. But yeah, the cosmos takes care of me.

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        • Fimnora Westcaw
          Jun 10, 2015 @ 08:40:45

          Now having it suck to be inside one’s mind, that I can understand. But, the balance of when it’s great to be there, makes getting through the suckosity of other times, gets m through. ๐Ÿ™‚ You know, of course, that change is inevitable. You’ll be back in the good times, anytime now.



          • badfish
            Jun 10, 2015 @ 21:53:50

            Right. By this time next week (after I do my taxes), all will be well. I guess it sucks sometimes inside everyone’s head. And right, it’s all those times when SOMEONE reminds of all those other good times that make life cool. Thanks for being you.



  3. Faraday's Candle
    Jun 10, 2015 @ 07:29:41

    Hopefully the saga does not stop here, or the mystery as the scratching of the head continues……lol. MetalFlowerMaker is interesting indeed.



  4. belindacrane
    Jun 12, 2015 @ 23:17:13

    Love it! I’m glad it’s just the middle! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Liked by 1 person


  5. avsweb
    Jun 14, 2015 @ 18:15:40

    Great writing… ๐Ÿ™‚

    Liked by 1 person


  6. Jill Teresa Farmer
    Jun 15, 2015 @ 03:15:30

    What a style you have! Can’t wait to read more!

    Liked by 1 person


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