Jan. 6th, 2009

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[livejournal.com profile] prompt_a_day   #408

What he didn't know would come back to haunt him.  Oh, life is grand when you don't know your multiplication tables.  Or so you'd think, anyway.  But one day, you find yourself in the store needing to know how much forty-two apples cost at 7 cents each* and you can either do a LOT of addition or, well, suffer.

But I digress.  As I was saying, the fact that he was completely unaware that there was a surprise party planned for him would be his undoing.  Well, not his undoing, really, but certainly quite a shock.  Enough to make everybody concerned for his welfare when he went all pasty-grey and weak-kneed.  And then when he clutched his chest and leaned against the doorjamb?  Well, I think  everyone knew at that point it was probably a bad idea to hold a surprise party for an 85-year-old.

I'm sorry, Harry.  If I'd known we'd scare you literally to death, I wouldn't have arranged such a shock.  I mean, it's not like you left me anything in your will, now did you?, you penny-pinching old coot.  Damn your eyes, Harry Mitchell, damn your eyes.


*$2.94 plus tax title and license.  Offer not valid in CT, TX, AZ or VT.  Other restrictions may apply
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