On Sunday we do beginnings, taking a look at the start of a Peter Abrahams novel, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker. How about today we look in on Iggy, Chet’s next door neighbor and best pal? Here’s the beginning of the short story The Iggy Chronicles, Volume 1:

Old Mr. Parsons knocked on our door. I was lying in the front hall, eyes closed and not really in the mood to open them even though Mr. Parsons was a good buddy. Mr. Parsons had a knock all his own, quiet yet bony, but I’d already known it was him just from the slow bumpitty bump of his steps – he used a walker, couldn’t make it much easier for me than that – and of course how could you miss his old man smell, kind of like stacks of yellowed crumbing newspapers we’d once toppled over, me and Bernie, revealing a perp whose name escapes me – although no perp ever escapes me and Bernie, not in the end – and … and where were we going with this? Easy to lose the thread sometimes: once I had one caught way up inside my mouth. It dangled down and tickled my tongue in a bothersome way. But not now: no thread worries, no worries of any kind. A lovely dream featuring snacks and treats was getting ready to take me in.



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10 Responses to “Beginnings”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    11:28 am on January 3rd, 2021

    That beginning is the quintessential Chet!
    Have a really great day everyone.

  2. B. Stover
    12:55 pm on January 3rd, 2021

    Love Chet’s dream.

    Good day to all.

  3. Wose-The Small and Meek
    1:22 pm on January 3rd, 2021


    I wish my dreams were more like Chets!

    A few snow flurries this morning.

    Good afternoon to all!

  4. dawson
    2:22 pm on January 3rd, 2021

    Chet: I lose the thread quite often but as long as you know where the needle is at all times, it’s all good.

    Good morning all.

  5. Wose-The Small and Meek
    3:20 pm on January 3rd, 2021

    Dawson: You are making me laugh!

  6. Hobbit
    7:14 pm on January 3rd, 2021

    I never get the impression that Sadie has ever liked the smell of me. I wonder what I have smelled like to her all these years. It can’t be old age yet! I should just put some steak sauce behind my ears and call it good.

  7. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    7:16 pm on January 3rd, 2021

    Today!…yawn!…It was a very lazy day. I loafed and my friend lounged. Then she got the idea to start on a crocheted Lefty of sorts…guh!…So we were all engrossed in that, me on her lap holding the yarn so to speak and then Mother came in and disrupted us…grunt!…She was hungry for the Colonel’s chicken. She begged my friend to go and get her a chicken dinner with mashed tators and gravy…slurp!…My friend said if she had to go I had to go too…sniff!..So out into the very, very cold we went. …gruffle!

    Chicken!…Even I don’t like the smell of the Colonel’s chicken. Imagine that!…grump!…A dire ride home with that “smell”. My friend and I did share the biscuit. We do like the biscuits. But we don’t use their buttery sauce thingy on the biscuit…gag!…Back home to a nice cold beer. Dawg-Dammit I miss Baseball….Burp!

  8. Herd of Hounds
    9:30 pm on January 3rd, 2021

    Hope our avatar shows back up.
    Don’t know if I smell good or not but the herd loves to lick my arms.
    Go figure!

  9. mlaiuppa
    2:10 pm on January 4th, 2021

    Still mourning the absence of The Iggy Papers and searching the web for any way to buy it, having missed my free copy with purchase. I’ve pre-ordered both of the next books and am hoping and praying there is a way The Iggy Papers might be available again with one of the next books. I have every book and ever e-book that have come out from the very first sans one; The Iggy Papers. I’m heartbroken.

  10. dawson
    10:11 pm on January 4th, 2021

    Mlaiuppa: If you send me your address to i will try to help you out.

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