There was nothing sweet in the whole house, except for Mother’s diet caramels hidden at the bottom of her armoire. Lola took two and replaced them with small stones from the neighbors’ koi pond. Walking backward toward the bedroom door, she expertly raked the shag carpeting until her footsteps disappeared.

Lynn Mundell’s work has been published in Eclectica, Blink-Ink, The Sun, Literary Orphans, and a bunch of other swell journals. She lives in Northern California, where she co-edits 100 Word Story.

You can see more of her work in 50/50 here and here