Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Conclusion: The Seeds That Are Sown

This is the conclusion of a serial short story. To start at the beginning, click here .
The Seeds That Are Sown:  Part 7, Conclusion


The Clifton Cackler -                 We print what you should know.
Special Edition!!

Local Man Gets Mulched!
The Compost Heap Might Be the Best Place For Him

Clifton Heights- It was reported yesterday that Stephen J. Roberts, husband and "person of interest" in the investigation surrounding his wife Leia's death, was killed in a freak accident yesterday. Roberts, 42, apparently fell into a drunken stupor while visiting his wife's grave and was run over by a lawn mower. The newly hired cemetery caretaker, Julius Blake, told police that he had been mowing an overgrown area of the site and that he did not see Roberts' prostrate form until it was too late.

According to police, Blake was in a state of shock and had very little to say. No kidding! When you slice and dice a guy, it tends to make you a little less than talkative!

Results of toxicology reports will not be available for 2-3 weeks, but Leia Roberts' sister confirmed that Mr. Roberts had been doing quite a bit of "drinking and whoring" the past few days. Last time the Cackler checked, that wasn't one of the recognized stages of grieving! There have also been whispers in the hen house about abuse and such before Leia Roberts' sad and untimely demise. We at the Cackler have certainly seen some unbecoming behavior on the part of Roberts in the past, and his wife seemed to be awfully clumsy of late despite being a standout cheerleader during her years at Clifton Heights High School and varsity coach the past 10 years.

The couple had two children, ages 6 and 2. Both are now staying with Leia Roberts' sister Rina Gerhard pending a guardianship hearing.

Currently there are no charges pending against Julius Blake, and police confirm that the death will be probably be ruled an accident.

Mr. Blake states that he will continue with his job as cemetery caretaker. "I'm a very quiet, peaceful individual and the grounds are like a sanctuary to me. I feel that it's important for me to spend time there each day, cultivating serenity and beauty. I feel close to the spirits there."

Blake reportedly sold his only possession of value, his mother's diamond ring, and used the money to set up a trust fund for the Roberts children, saying "Mother wanted me to give it as an engagement ring one day, but I'll never marry."

And in one last happy twist of fate, Blake found and returned the Roberts' family dog, which had apparently run away over a month ago.

"Perhaps the spirits guided him back to me, knowing that the children would need him," he said tearfully, hugging the German Shepherd.

We at the Cackler applaud Blake's dignity, strength, kindness and compassion in the midst of a terrible tragedy. Julius Blake, you truly are a flower on the compost heap of life!

Author's note: this is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to actual people, places, events, or tabloids is unintentional. 

 I woke up this morning to find my email was compromised. Great. And the phishing has been since I started blogging. So I've removed contact info, etc. from my page for now. Sorry. You can still connect with me via my google profile.


  1. Yikes, sorry to hear about your email getting compromised. Glad Yahoo contacted you and clued you in though. Hope to see you back soon!

  2. Don't let the bastards get you down. You can start a new blog, if and when you're ready. I don't want you to go, but I do understand.

    Great story. I saw this saying on someone else's blog: "Karma's a bitch and she has sisters!"

  3. Bad luck! There are some nasty people out there and it only takes one to sour your life. I hope things look up for you:-)

  4. Oh dear, I hate it when good people are targeted and exploited by others in this way! Take some time to regroup and if you need any help or advice then reach out!

  5. Phishers should be drawn and quartered.

    "I feel close to the spirits there" -- I'm sure he does!

  6. Aw, that sucks! Phishers are evil - don't let them bring you down! Hugs. xx

  7. Don't let them win! We would miss you if you vanished.

  8. WoW! Blake was the killer, right? This ending is still creepy. Lots more intrigue for another mini-series! Nice one, Li.

    Sorry to hear about your email. My Yahoo account was compromised recently during the Epsilon episode. I've noticed a LOT of spam too. I use gmail for blogger, but I've noticed the spam is increasing for that account as well. Don't let the buggers win! Take all the time you need to regroup. Just know we'll be here when/if you return.

    Best wishes, Li and thanks for a riveting mini-series.

  9. Wonderful ending to your story, and glad to see the pooch back home. So, your email got compromised? I don't know what that entails, but before I had a blog I got hacked and simply changed my password. I'm new to all this technology, though . . . So, good luck with that, and hope to hear from you soon.

  10. oh lord - sorry to hear that. I'm not sure what this entails although I have had some weird spam posts from time to time

  11. I was looking for the reason for the future post. First though, LOL, run over by a lawn mower. I love that twist.

    Now I know you have returned but I haven't gotten to that post yet. I don't want you to go either! I can tell you though, if you use GMail, don't.
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  12. Thanks all, so very much.
    I had a darker ending at first, but my sense of humour and all of the hubbub about tabloids won the day.
    And, of course, I just had to save the dog :)

    I now only use Gmail to receive blogger comments, and I don't use it to reply.

    Hi David, I'm enjoying your travels in the UK vicariously!

    Jackie, I was hoping that was all there was, but I had some infected files. All cleaned up - I think!

    Jabblog, thx and it's wonderful to hear you loved the story :)

    Andy, you've left some terrific comments, thank you so much, looking forward to your new RFW entry!

    And hello, Pierre!! I haven't been to visit your blog for a while, my apologies. Perhaps some of my readers will pay you a courtesy visit as well! Best wishes.

    Scott, thanks for stopping by. Now, get back to that WIP! You're really rocking on that!

    Teresa, thank you and that was a wonderful tribute to Amy Winehouse. Your blog always both soothes and inspires me.

    Emm, thank you, and I think I'll come over to your blog and look at some of your photos again. I really enjoy them!

    Milo, thanks for steering me to Write1Sub1 you are awesome!

    Alex- you are absolutely right. They would win that way, wouldn't they? I'll just have to be more careful I guess. I just wish I knew how they got in. I intend to do what research I can on those particular files, and my security software automatically sends a report to the company, so maybe they know.

    Talli, there's only one solution; treat myself to some delicious, expensive coffee this week. :)

  13. OUCH! A lawmower does not tickle you to death.
    BTW love the newspaper angle.