My Sister, Maggie

Noah had a lump in his throat as he looked one last time at the gravesite. Then he nodded to the workmen and stepped away, allowing them the time to fill in the grave and cover it with flowers.

There were so many flowers. Where so many different sprays of bouquets were found in the middle of winter, Noah could only guess.

He knew Maggie was loved by the town, but this somewhat amazed him.

He was doubly amazed by the silence that surrounded her death. Silence was truly puzzling. Having received the telegraph of her passing only three days ago, it had yet to totally sink in. Maggie had been shot in the back. Shot in the back while leaving a bar.

He knew his older sister; she did not frequent those types of establishments. So what she doing there. And did being there result in her being shot in the back. Was the bullet meant for Maggie, or was she just an innocent.

Determination set in Noah’s step as he walked to the line fence surrounding the graveyard and mounted his horse. Silence would not stop him from asking questions. Someone knew what had happened. In fact, he suspected many people knew. Local gossip was a byproduct from being in a small town. When muteness engulfs a town- there is a reason.

Clicking his spurs to the stirrups, Nelly turned and trotted toward town. There seemed to be a nervousness in Nellie’s gait. Maybe she perceived the unsettledness in Noah. There was something not right.

First stop was going to be the Sherriff’s Office. Sherriff Haggarty wouldn’t lock eyes with him at the service. The sheriff’s eyes would drop and instantly look away. That was not the Haggarty that Noah knew as a lad. It was time to find out what Haggarty’s heart wanted to say, that his eyes won’t permit.

Written for Three Word Wednesday: Requirements: Using the three prompt words, create a story.

Lump, noun: a compact mass of a substance, especially one without a definite or regular shape; a swelling under the skin, especially one caused by injury or disease; a small cube of sugar; a heavy, ungainly, or slow-witted person; verb: put in an indiscriminate mass or group; treat as alike without regard for particulars.

Nervous, adjective: easily agitated or alarmed; tending to be anxious; highly strung; anxious or apprehensive; (of a feeling or reaction) resulting from anxiety or anticipation.

Puzzled, adjective: unable to understand; perplexed.


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