What Will Happen to Walter?
A novel by Susan Cardoza
Copyright © 2013 by Susan Cardoza
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This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.
When the window repairman finally comes, I watch from the hall window as he parks his van in front of my grandmother’s house, or my house now, I suppose. He pulls up to the edge of the driveway closest to the house, and takes a long time getting out. He eyes the old factories on the right as he walks across the lawn. Walter, the Saint Bernard, hears him coming, and glues himself to the side of my leg. I trip over him on my way to the door.
“Sorry I’m late,” the window man says once he’s inside and wipes his feet on the mat. He smells like cigarettes, despite the gum he’s trying to cover it up with, and carries a red metal toolbox that hits the side of his leg when he walks. “Good thing you got that dog, huh?”