The Unexpected Landlord
By Leigh Michaels
Published by Leigh Michaels at Smashwords
Copyright 2010 by Leigh Michaels
First published 1992
All rights reserved
Cover illustration copyright 2010 Michael W. Lemberger
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If a casual observer had wandered down Pine Street, climbed the steps to the old railed porch of the faded, mustard-yellow house and come inside, the front room would have looked as if a dozen four-year-olds had spent the afternoon at play.
A tea set was jumbled on a small table by the wide front windows, and the matching chairs were overturned as if the party had been interrupted in mid-sip. A hundred teddy bears had cascaded over the area rug in front of the fireplace, and a group of racing cars lay upside down in a corner as if they had hit the wall at top speed. A pair of rocking horses stood awkwardly in a corner, nose to tail as if fending off flies in the wild.