The Battered Woman, by Bobby Warner

(F.F.F. Website Story)

Tilly Thorne burst into Hank’s Tavern and waved his arms. “Listen up, fellows,” he said, shaking like a leaf. “There’s a woman a-floating in Cain’s Pond!”

They hustled out into the rainy night, got into cars and pickup trucks, and sped to the pond.

An elderly woman floated in the water, all beaten up and bloody.

“Somebody did that with a baseball bat or something similar and brought her here, ‘case she’s not from these parts,” said Mart Danner. “I’ll call the sheriff, then we can all go back and wait for him in the tavern. Next round’s on me!”

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