Summary: This stand alone story is related to, but separate from, a novel-length work.
Word Count: 2907
“I told them they could take a few days off when they get back as long as they finish marking the timber on all of the entire slope.”
“Thank you Hop Sing,” his boss said. “And some more cream for the coffee too. Adam likes cream in his coffee.”
“Blue berry pie is your favorite, Adam,” Ben pointed out. “I figured with all the hard work you were doing, you deserved a fine treat. Bring us some pie when it is ready, Hop Sing. And a nice big slice for my handsome and ingenious oldest son.”
“Usually,” Adam bragged. He winked at his father who winked back. They both laughed.
“Really? Totally and absolutely impossible. They rise to the challenge? Bite on the bait? That’s a grand strategy, Son! You challenge them to do the impossible and they bite on it?” Ben raised his eyebrows in amazement. He hoped he wasn’t over acting. “Very clever, Adam! I can’t believe you can put that over on them.” He shuffled the papers on his desk from one pile to another and sighed.
“Usually,” said Adam.
“Challenging them. “ Adam repeated. “It always works.”
“No one likes to be bossed, Pa. A man likes to think he is doing what he wants to do on his own.” Adam answered. He stretched out his long legs and smiled smugly.
“Totally bamboozled. Overwhelmed completely and totally and thoroughly. I can’t imagine you can get all of this done today,” Ben shook his head mournfully. Ben looked past Adam and saw Hop Sing quietly standing in the dining room holding a large tray with two slices of pie, a fresh pot of coffee and all the fixings. He shook his head quickly and held up one hand, signaling to Hop Sing to wait for a moment before bringing in the refreshments.
Other Stories by this Author
- Adam’s Memoirs – Part 2 (by Robin)
- Avenging Debbie (by Robin)
- Bed Time #3 – Bed Time 1848 (by Robin)
- Adam’s Memoirs – Part 5 (by Robin)
- He was Brave that Day (by Robin)