Edna smiles every time Jimmy calls her husband “Mr. Ed.” It reminds her of a talking horse on television.
As a youngster growing up next door, Jimmy was constantly in Ed’s garage. Ed helped keep Jimmy’s bicycle in top shape. Chain, brake pads, tires, handle bars—all monitored and adjusted.
As the years passed, the caring continued—with the roles reversed.
Jimmy inherited his family home and is still constantly in Ed’s garage.
Jimmy wipes his greasy hands after tuning up Ed’s aging Chevrolet. “That should do it, Mr. Ed.”
Edna chuckles as she rocks on the back porch.
This 99-word story is my contribution to the April 15 Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge to “write a story about nurturing a neighborly relationship.”