This’ll do the trick – Friday Fiction

They have no trouble locating the Ace Hardware store on the main street of Langley. When Annie asks about the best rust remover for use on chrome, the clerk hands her a bottle of Rust-Be-Gone.

“This’ll do the trick,” he says. “Pour a bit on a square of aluminum foil and rub gently.”

“Aluminum foil, like Reynolds Wrap?” Annie questions.

He nods. “I’ve got steel wool if you want, but it’d scratch the tar out of whatever you’re working on.”

“A bicycle,” Annie says.

“Bicycle, huh? Lotta work if it ain’t nothing but a bicycle.” He explains that the Rust -Be-Gone costs nine dollars, and he’s got some nice clean used bikes that are only $ 10.50.

Annie explains that what she’s working on is not just a bicycle, it’s a very special bicycle. She says the tires are flat so she’ll also need an air pump.

“Pump’s eight-fifty,” the clerk replies. “You sure you wanna do all that work and spend an extra seven bucks to fix up an old bike when I got a really good Huffy that’s ready to go?”

“I’m sure,” Annie says . She is tempted to explain how she is trying to reach back through time and find the boy who originally owned the bicycle, the boy who’s laugh she has already heard, but she doesn’t. She recalls her own disbelief when Ophelia first suggested such a thing and she knows the clerk will be equally skeptical.

This’ll do the trick – Friday Fiction

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About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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