The Shortest Story: Hannah Liddell
We’re very excited to have Hannah Liddell write a short short story for WB. Hannah is a Liddell, like me, and the winner of the Darby Shaw Fellowship for Most Dangerous Law Student. She lives in Austin and shares a wall with people who play a band that takes itself a little too seriously.
The Bargain, a short story by Hannah Liddell
Never one to pass up a bargain, Irmadine Boothy stretched her quivering arm to the top shelf in Dollar for Dollar Liquor and brought tumbling down upon her blue curls an economy sized bottle of rum. She promptly crumpled to the floor, dead.
“Code Blue! Code Blue!” shrieked Dollar for Dollar employee, Arnold Pool, who had been observing her efforts several feet away. “It happened again,” he whispered, sadly. Hanky, the manager, flailing his arms and slipping on the polished linoleum, came to an unsteady stop beside Pool. “Why do you keep putting bargain sizes on the top shelf?” he asked, almost whimpering with rage. Pool, a tall man, shrugged, “It’s easier for me to reach.”
Hanky looked up at him, “Well, reach for the door, mister, because you’re fired. That’s two bargain-hunting deaths in one month.”