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The Tale of Dirty Laundry

In a small rural town in the middle of central Florida there were two families, the Smiths, and the Jones, who had a long history of antagonism towards each other. The two families had competing Dry Cleaning businesses that faced each other in the center of town. There was an ongoing debate on which of the two had been in business the longest. Todd Jones, the patriarch of the Jones family, managed the Seams of Dreams shop, and Brandy Smith, the matriarch of the Smith family ran the Crispie Clean shop.

Todd, an ostentatious burly man in his 50s, had tuffs of hoary hair protruding from his undersized tank top. He puffed his chest out when he spoke of the skills of his family’s business. Brandy, a petite woman, with long brown curly hair, and bookworm glasses, had been passed down this business along with the feud. She was much more subtle in her confidence. The feud was rumored to have begun between their great-great-great grandparents, Joseph Smith, and Sara Jones. It was your typical love story gone bad. The true reasons for the dissolution had been distorted and fabricated over the years. Whatever the reason, the feud continued to be fueled from one generation to the next and was continually fed through the competition between these two businesses. The long-standing history of the families created a town divided. Each town member having to pick loyalties or else be shunned.

Words of the day:

Ostentatious – means “attracting or seeking to attract attention, admiration, or envy.” Things that are ostentatious tend to stand out as overly elaborate or conspicuous.
Hoary – tedious from familiarity; stale. gray or white with or as if with age bowed his hoary head. 2 : extremely old : ancient hoary legends.
Antagonism – ongoing aggression between two individuals or groups.

Cover Photo by Jeremy Sallee on Unsplash

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