Lenny opened the door to an old woman. “May I pick some of your lemons?”
“Sure,” he said and she smiled. Later, Lenny’s son Evan called him to his bedroom window.
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The woman was holding a swollen garbage bag under the lemon tree, while an old man descended a ladder above her. The tree was almost cut down. Lenny pounded on the glass: “Oi!”
When he got outside, the couple had run away. The acid overwhelmed him until he realized they’d left a rather fine ladder. Better still, he had also won a funny anecdote that he would be juicing for years to come.