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The Proof of the Pudding is in the Eating

The Proof of the Pudding is in the Eating

Viola's idyllic life in the Ozark Mountains with her husband, Stanley, slowly devolves after his back injury, resulting in mounting verbal abuse and being held a virtual prisoner to do his bidding.


After learning that one of the flowering plants in her garden is poisonous, she devises a plan to murder her husband. Accomplishing the task, she disposes of his body and truck in a lake higher in the mountains, intending to report him missing two days hence.


But before that day arrives, Viola is faced with a dilemma; it appears Stanley has decided not to stay dead...



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Important Post

Very well written and edited, with good characterization. You're one of the best writers on the site.

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J.C. Laird

Thank you for your comments

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L. Avery Brown

Hi John! I've been from BR for so long. (So many reasons - too numerous to mention!) But I'm here now and I read your short. I enjoyed it and I agree with Pat in that this little jewel has a Poe-esque sort of vibe to it especially when you get to those last few pages.

And I agree with Judy's assessment that the ending fits Viola's character in a superb sort of way. Unfortunately, I do not share Judy's comment on the story's... Show more

Important Post

I enjoyed this little read very much, John. You have always had a knack for the more grisly. I was reminded of Poe as I finished reading this...wishing, though that Viola...well, I don't want to spoil the read for others.

GOOD job as usual!

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J.C. Laird

I'm a little slow, Patrick; I just read your comment. Thank you for the kind words. But grisly? Then again, if it reminded you of Poe I'll take it! Thanks again, glad you enjoyed it.

Important Post

Well done! Excellent little tale with just enough detail to give the reader a clear picture and flavor of the characters and setting, but no too much to make it unwieldy. And the ending was absolutely perfect, fitting the character of Viola to a tee! You, sir, have mastered the art of the short story in this one! Loved it!

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J.C. Laird

Thank you, Judy. Praise from such a respected writer as yourself always raises my spirits, makes my day a little brighter, and helps to keep me on the right track.

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