Broken Ground

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Broken Ground
By, Melissa R. Mendelson

“I don’t know what else to do.  It’s out of my hands.”

“I wish I could help…”

“You can’t, Haley. Nobody can.”

“What about the insurance company? Have they returned any of your calls?  They should be covering this not you.”

“I haven’t heard from them.  This falls on me.”

“Was it the storm?”

“The snow finished the boiler off.  We thought we were lucky. We lost power for a day during that vicious storm, but our troubles were only beginning.  And they are far from over.The ground’s polluted.  The EPA will be called in, and they will come here to evaluate the damage.”

“How much damage are we looking at?”

“I don’t know, but I don’t have a hundred thousand dollars. And that is how much it will cost to have them come here and look.”

“What about a payment plan?  What? They can’t possibly think that we have that kind of money lying around. As it is, we are barely getting by, trying to make ends meet.”

“They don’t take payment plans.  We may have to leave.  There may be no other way.”

“There is always another way.”

“Yeah? What? What other way?  There is no other way. If they want a hundred thousand dollars from us, then I don’t know what to say. I don’t have that kind of money. You don’t have that kind of money. We’re screwed, and we will have to leave!”

“Where will we go?  How will we live? What about our jobs? What about our pets? We can’t leave them at the shelter. They’ll be put to sleep.  We just can’t leave. We can’t abandon our home!”

“We may have no choice.  I can’t worry about our pets. We have to put ourselves first, and right now, I don’t see how we are going to survive this.”

“There has to be another way.  There has to.”

“I’m still waiting on the insurance company to return my call.  Maybe, they will help us.  Otherwise, we’re screwed.  I’m going to bed.  I had enough for one day.  I’ll see you in the morning.”

“Damn it!  Why did this have to happen?”


Created: Apr 21, 2014

Tags: prose, story

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