Friday, May 4, 2012

Sweet Saturday Sample: The Yard Sale

This sample is from my new short story, "The Yard Sale", available now on Amazon.  It made Amazon's Top 100 Best Sellers list in comedy.  

Jennifer Riley's yard sale changes her life as she meets a host of characters from Early Birds to Prince Charming.

This little clip features the arrival of the Pack Rats at Jennifer's yard sale. Gale and Buddy are helping Jennifer with her first yard sale and the story features the different types of shoppers who go to yard sales. Gail has all of them aptly nicknamed.

“Buddy!” Gail yelled. “What the hell did you blow up?”

“I didn’t blow up nothing.” He used a power driver on the karaoke machine. “That was the Jeters’ van.”

An old white van, with round headlights and dents in its rusty body, shuddered as it stopped by the curb. The van backfired again before the driver shut off the engine. I pressed my fingers against my ringing ears. “Who is that?”

“The Pack Rats.”

The van doors creaked as a family emerged. A tall bony man, his clothes drooping on his thin frame, and a muscular woman with a round face got out first. Three scruffy boys in faded jeans and torn shirts emerged from the rear of the van accompanied by an elderly female, presumably their grandmother, who wore a gathered skirt with ankle socks. The two women carried tattered shopping totes from Sears.

“The Jeters spend the summer going to yard sales and buying junk. God only knows what they do with all of it,” Gail explained.

I greeted the Pack Rats with a smile. “If you need any help, let me know.”

The boys were instantly bored because I didn’t have any toys for sale, and they started shoving each other around. 

“Boys,” their mother scolded them. “If y’all gonna fight, git out there in the yard. Right now.”  

They took off for the shade under the cottonwood tree where the fighting commenced. Fists and feet were flying as they kicked and hit one another. They slugged it out on the ground and tried to choke each other. 

While they were pounding away, I whispered to Gail, “Shouldn’t we do something? Try to stop them?”

“Are you kidding? They could whip us like nothing.”

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Sandra said...

I can easily picture this scene happening in my own yard. Thanks for a laugh!

Elaine cantrell said...

This brought a smile to my face. Nice job.

Patricia Preston said...

Thanks, Sandra and Elaine. Glad you enjoyed it!

Jenna said...

This was such a fun sample to read! Love the premise. Sounds like a blast. :)

Patricia Preston said...

Thanks for stopping by, Jenna!

Lindsay said...

I did a yard sale once and it was never like this one. No fighting kids and most of the people were polite