By R. L. O’Halloran
Copyright 2012 R. L. O’Halloran
Cover Art by Danny Landes
For Elysa Hendricks
It was a horribly hot day in late June. Lila had spent the morning inside her apartment on the telephone, arguing with the landlady regarding the roses that were growing up one side of the house. Lila lived in a two story house that had been converted into two studio apartments, an upstairs unit and a downstairs one. She occupied the bottom apartment, and the wild roses growing up the side of the house were now covering her living room window. Lila liked roses as much as the next person, but not when they obstructed her view of the driveway outside.
The landlady had told Lila that she would have the roses cut down by the end of next week, which was the same thing she had said a month ago when the flowers began to bloom. Grumbling, Lila hung up the phone and decided she would just do the job herself. After all, it was a nice day, although hot, and she didn’t have anything better to do at the moment.