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The Thaw


The old freezer chest in the shed had always been locked, and when asked about it Grandpa said he kept deer meat in it.  Then Grandpa died, and the task of cleaning out his house to prepare it for sale fell to his two out-of-state grandchildren, Susan and Jayden, since they were his only remaining family.  The utilities had been shut off for about a month when they finally arrived to sort through things and no one had thought about the old freezer in the shed... until they encountered a smell in the back yard so rank that it made them nauseous.  Covering their mouths and noses with bandanas and armed with flashlights, they entered the shed and approached the old freezer dreading the mess they would find. One by one they tried out the small keys on their Grandpa's key ring until finally one popped it open.  Susan's eyes filled with horror as she shrieked, "Oh my God, Jayden, call the police!"

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I'm joining the incredibly awesome Ivy Walker at "Uncharted"
for Six Sentence Stories
where the cue this week is "rank"

18 comments:

  1. I know of this actually happening. A cousin kept his wife's body in a freezer until her folks got a warrant. He had moved her, but they found her two states away. Creepy!!

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    1. I can't imagine ever sleeping at night carrying a horrible secret like that. You'd have to be crazy to do such a thing, and how cruel not to allow a family to have any closure for so long!

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    1. Definitely both. What a chilling legacy to leave to your grandchildren to deal with!

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    1. Haha, I do too! Who had gone missing, and how long had it been? Did anyone suspect that Grandpa wasn't just a nice old guy?

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  4. *shudder* What secrets did Grandpa leave behind? Good one!

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    1. My thoughts too, Deborah. I wonder what people thought of him before this was discovered, and how he was viewed after. What a horrible final memory to leave behind.

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    1. Let's hope the "dear meat" wasn't Grandma!!

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  6. no! wait! not inappropriate affect! l laughed (ol) at the fun of a surprise twist, doubly enjoyable by it's macabre inference.

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    1. Thank you, I must admit that I have a twisted side when it comes to writing. Papa Bear rolls his eyes at my tendency to kill people off in my stories. :-)

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  7. They'll wish he had buried it in the garden with all the fuss there will be now. Let's hope it wasn't Grandma!

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    1. I agree, Old Egg, what a poor choice of ways to dispose of a body, and on your own property yet! I guess that is the result of not having come up with a good way to deal with the corpse. Poor planning!!

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  8. Ewwwwwww!!! Was grannie missing?

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    1. I wondered about that too, but surely if she had investigators would have scoured the house and shed and found the freezer. So I'm thinking that it must be someone no one realized he had a connection with. I'd like to know!

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  9. OH noes!!!! Grandpa what did you do? Perfect tale for this time of year :)

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    1. Imagine if you had a sweet old Grandpa that you loved dearly, and when he passed you discovered this grizzly postscript to his life. How horrible to come to terms with, not to mention the trauma of discovering such a thing. I doubt I'd ever want to open a freezer chest again. My mom had one in the basement, she kept a wonderful array of cookies there, so I had a tendency to sneak downstairs fairly frequently! LOL

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