“The Swimming Pool” / Memorable Fancies #501

     Joe slams the phone down. Those crooks, he thinks, I can get rid of that pool crud a lot cheaper myself. Just some chemicals – the store can tell me what kind – and I can clean the damn pool myself.

     He drains the pool. The discoloration, he’s surprised to discover, wasn’t just on the surface; it’s thick – gooey – and has an odd smell. OK, he says, I guess this stuff’s too much for me and I gotta get the pool service out after all.

    By now, Joe has the stuff smeared all over him, on his white t-shirt too. He climbs out of the pool, happens to see Sally, his neighbor. Sally screams. Joe says what’s the matter? She says O my God are you OK? All that blood on you! He laughs and is annoyed, says no, it’s not blood; it’s just some kind of goo from the bottom of the pool.

     He goes indoors to clean himself off. “I don’t want the kids going in that pool until I get that damned stuff cleaned out!” he yells to his wife. “And where are the kids, anyway?”


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