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Wheat #4

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The Village is a small town called The Village.   The main street is a wide two lanes with parking at sixty-degree angles to the high concrete curbs. The concrete sidewalks are a full eight feet wide and marked in two foot by two-foot squares. Most of the stores date back to the early fifties or late forties. A two story Penny’s building with a rounded wall faces one corner of the main intersection catty-corner from a Woolworth’s building with wide aluminum trim. The two blocks known as downtown include a very classy jewelry store, a See’s candy store, a hardware store, an auto parts store, at one of the far ends a grocery store heavy with produce and staples, and at the other end a lumber store with outdoor stacks of dimensional lumber.   The town’s show piece is a movie theater with eight three quarter inch thick slightly green glass doors set back from the sidewalk thirty feet in a wide “V” of terrazzo flooring with a ticket booth standing alone at the center of the “V”.   The marquee lined with florescent tubes of red and blue, stands ten feet above the edge of the concrete walk with plastic letters announcing the name of the current movie and its stars. At night a tower above the marquee blinks The Nile encouraging passer-bys to see a movie.

With all the necessary business taken care of in the two city blocks homes start immediately on the next blocks behind shops and beyond the shops leaving no room for additional businesses to be a part of the original plan.


Author: assumptionisfaith

david blankenship is the author of three books "Randolph W. Owens, missing on Bright Island" (a science fiction novel), "Herb" (a children's book), "Jack's second Life" (contemporary fiction) and several short stories. The books are for sale on Amazon's Kindle and published in paperback by Create Space.

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