Lease to Doomsday by Lee Archer

By Lee Archer

Vintage technology Fiction! The twins have been an extraordinary crew certainly. They desired to construct a printing plant on a rubbish unload. while Muldoon requested them why, their solution used to be totally logical: "Because we are living here."

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Aunt Hager rapped on the window with her knuckles to the boy playing outside! ” Sandy rose triumphant from the prone body of black little Willie-Mae, lying squalling on the cinder-path near the back gate. “She started it,” he yelled, running towards the pump. The girl began a reply, but at that moment a rickety wagon drawn by a white mule and driven by a grey-haired, leather-colored old man came rattling down the alley. ” called the old Negro, tightening his reins on the mule, which immediately began to eat corn-tops over the back fence.

I’ll leave Sandy here and send money back to mama. Then Harriett could settle down and take care of ma and stop runnin’ the streets so much. . ” This going away was a new thought, and the dark, strong-bodied young woman at the table suddenly began to dream of the cities she had never seen to which Jimboy would lead her. Why, he had been as far north as Canada and as far south as New Orleans, and it wasn’t anything for him to go to Chicago or Denver any time! He was a travelling man—and she, Annjee, was too meek and quiet, that’s what she was—too stay-at- Not without Laughter 39 homish.

They hired an auto for the dance. ” “That’s all right, madam! ” Harriett was not impressed. “For what? To spend her life in Mrs. ” She shrugged her shoulders. ” “I’m quitting the job Saturday,” she said. ” her mother exclaimed. “What fo’? ” Harriett retorted angrily. “There’s plenty what for! All that work for five dollars a week with what little tips those pikers give you. And white men insulting you besides, asking you to sleep with ’em. ” She thrust out her dark slim hands. “Waiting table and cleaning silver, washing and ironing table-linen, and then scrubbing the floor besides—that’s too much of a good thing!

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