#AtoZChallenge April 24, 2018, Under the Shade of a Thin Tree
26 posts. 26 days. And 26 letters of the alphabet, one post beginning with each letter, in April.
Follow me as we visit the not-quite-normal retirement village of Twilight, Arizona, where reality clashes with the unexplained.
Under the Shade of a Thin Tree
It was Ed Robinson’s first summer in Twilight, and he’d learned the trick to living in the Arizona heat. After four months of stifling temperatures, capped at one-hundred-and-nineteen degrees the previous week, he knew not to venture out after noon. After ten, if one could help it. It was insanity to do otherwise.
Fortunately, retirement took care of any reason to brave the heat. No office to go to, no commuter train to ride, no commitments or schedule he didn’t want. Just days of blue, cloudless skies, early morning golf games, and books to read, cable movies to watch, and meals to cook.
His latest hobby, cooking, sent him out past his self-imposed curfew of noon. While riffling through his recipes, one with lemongrass and Thai lime juice spoke to him, demanding his attention. Unfortunately, The Mart, less than a block away, wouldn’t carry either ingredient.
There’s no help for it. Trader Joe’s it is.by