Real Estate Boy

by John Schoneboom

Grotty Edna shared a room with Jenkins, an arrangement she found eminently suitable. Jenkins, for his part, seemed to be indifferent if not hostile to the situation. Not only did he complain bitterly about having a roommate, he rarely acknowledged Edna at all, claiming instead that his roommates included some sort of alligator he insisted lived just under the bed.

Grotty Edna's feelings were hurt by all of this, naturally. Bravely setting aside any tearfulness, she knew exactly what she must do about it.

She decided to destroy her brother's plans and dedicate herself to his prolonged humiliation.

Beginning by commenting on shortcomings in the real estate photos he was examining -- "how do they get away with calling that a bedroom?" -- she worked her way up to phoning up prospective sellers and warning them not to trust anything Jenkins says about additional collateral or liens against other properties.

In the end Grotty Edna ended up with her own room, and Jenkins ended up living with a strange Germanic woman whose existence nobody could quite explain, and when they looked back on it all when they were very elderly, they chortled fondly and then had a fist fight.
Grotty Edna shared a room with Jenkins, an arrangement she found eminently suitable. Jenkins, for his part, seemed to be indifferent if not hostile to the situation. Not only did he complain bitterly about having a roommate, he rarely acknowledged Edna at all, claiming instead that his roommates included some sort of alligator he insisted lived just under the bed.

Grotty Edna's feelings were hurt by all of this, naturally. Bravely setting aside any tearfulness, she knew exactly what she must do about it.

She decided to destroy her brother's plans and dedicate herself to his prolonged humiliation.

Beginning by commenting on shortcomings in the real estate photos he was examining -- "how do they get away with calling that a bedroom?" -- she worked her way up to phoning up prospective sellers and warning them not to trust anything Jenkins says about additional collateral or liens against other properties.

In the end Grotty Edna ended up with her own room, and Jenkins ended up living with a strange Germanic woman whose existence nobody could quite explain, and when they looked back on it all when they were very elderly, they chortled fondly and then had a fist fight.
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