100 Words #12

Entry number 12 in my 100 Words for 100 Days series of scenes. Never employ a cowboy builder.

The builder stood there laughing, gargantuan stomach falling over his too-tight shorts.

“What’s so funny?” I asked.

“You’re hilarious.” He wiped his filthy hand on his shirt. “You want a flat patio.” He still seemed incredulous at my request.

I tried to suppress my annoyance. “That’s right. The main purpose of a patio is to be flat. Are you saying you can’t make a patio do what it’s supposed to?”

His stomach wobbled as he laughed again. “Not possible.”

I’d had enough. Every day had brought with it a new excuse. “OK,” I said. “You’re fired.”

He stopped laughing then.

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