This is my contribution for this week to Monday’s Finish the Story, hosted by Barbara W. Beacham. Every Monday, Barbara supplies a new picture prompt along with the first sentence for the story. The original story to be written should have only 100 to 150 additional words. I’ve bolded the first sentence given with the picture prompt.
To read the other stories written by group members, be sure to click first on the link given, and then on the little blue frog in the blue box. The link for all other stories is as follows:
Genre: Humor Fiction
Word Count: 2+8+144=154 Words
TOWN ODDITY by P.S. Joshi
The A&B Building was made entirely from driftwood. At least it was on the outside.
Jared Bitticom was a man with ideas to gain attention. His partner, Marcus Appleyard, had the idea for a building made of driftwood.
It had started in 1899 as a joke, and, at first, Jared hadn’t liked the idea.
He’d said, “Listen Marcus, we sell building supplies. Let’s not encourage people to build with free stuff.”
He had a point, but the idea gained acceptance.
Under the exterior, the rest of the building was made of wood treated to look old. It became a tourist attraction in the town.
Over the years, some hurdles had been passed, but the building survived.
In 1920, there was the woodpecker invasion. That left quite a dent.
In 1940, it was the termite onslaught where the A of A&B was eaten away. That cost a bundle in exterminator bills.