Granny Gets Game

Avatar Author: Bob Liddil I am an author of science fiction, general fiction short stories, poetry, and non-fiction. I have been published in several genres, including fantasy and poetry, as well as non fiction. At one time I published my own c... Read Bio

I heard five shots coming from the front of the house. Pop,pop,pop,pop,pop in quick succession followed by screams from the street. I got up from my chair and made my way to the front of the house to see what was going on, but before I could get out onto the porch Curtis Jay came up the steps and burst into the front hallway, wild-eyed and sweating from fear and running.

“Man, get hold of your granny!” he gasped at me between big gulps of breath. “She shooting up the street.”

Behind CJ came Granny, dragging my old .22 rifle by the barrel and cussing up a storm, the latter of which was far out of her usual 88 year old Pentecostal character.

I said through the screen door, “Granny, what the hell. . .” as she climbed the steps but she cut me off, saying, “Reload that gun, boy, I’mo teach that two-timing Jake Harlan some manners.”

Jake was her sometime gentleman friend.

I took the rifle from her and said, “Really?”

“Don’t you get sassy with me, now _reload!”

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

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Comments (4 so far!)

  1. Avatar Sir Bic

    Bob, this is a fun little story. And it’s most definitely a “crime of passion”. Your ending is great, a bit cliché but fitting. However, it doesn’t meet the challenge’s requirements. I believe you had to end the story with a particular line. I don’t enjoy reading a story and knowing what the last line will be, so it was a pleasant surprise that you didn’t do that. I suppose you should have though.

  2. Avatar Bob Liddil

    You’re right.

    I screwed that up.

    I dunno if I can revise it that much either.

    Ah, well.

    I been off my game this week.

  3. Avatar Kihd

    I thought the last line was good too, it fit the story much better than what the challenged wanted. It’s hard to tell how the story is going to end when you’ve only started. So I’ll let that sl_iiiii_de.

    I really loved this, but you had me at the title. Great layout, and hilarious characters. Well done, Bob.

  4. Avatar Kihd

    Way to italicize, computer.

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