Mr. Sheffner works hard all his life and lives frugally. He counts each pension check and stashes the cash under a loose floorboard. When a home invader tells the old man to give up his money or his life, Mr. Sheffner hesitates one moment too long. Greed leads to murder, and nothing comes easy. Baldino turns storytelling upside down and tells this short story from the viewpoint of the motive.
She thought life had passed her by. Then she got arrested. Things were finally beginning to look up! A psychological serio-comedy about a middle-aged woman who has become obsessed with shopping and shop-lifting since the murder of her fiancé twenty-five years ago—until she discovers, through the ironic and regenerating consequences of her actions, that life has not passed her by after all!