The above picture was attached, somehow, to a message conversation between my wife, Cute Judy Lee, and our daughter, Julie Beth, you see! The feet part that is! How it got there we don’t know. But I fear that only The Shadow Really Knows for sure!

This post has prompted me to relay to you The Tell-Tale Feet! A really short story by Florida writer Edith Hellen Hammer-Toe. It was first published in 2003 and is related by an unnamed narrator who endeavors to convince us that her toes are actually straight and pristine clean. The reader of this piece surely questions the narrator’s sanity while simultaneously describing the grizzly sight of the hammer-toed feet.

But foul murder was, I fear, amiss! And the victim was no other than the narrator’s clueless old-man husband with filmy “vulture-eyes,” as the narrator calls them. The narrator emphasizes the careful calculation of the murder, attempting the perfect crime, complete with dismembering and hiding the body under her queen-sized bed.

Ultimately, the narrator’s feelings of guilt, or a mental disturbance, result in her hearing a continuous thump-thumping sound, which the narrator interprets as her dead husband’s heart beat or more likely expelled gas!

Or was it really just the cracking and crinkling of her disfigured hammered-toed feet!

No! It probably was really the odorous sound of The Tell-Tale Fart!


My thanks to Edgar Allen Poe, “The Tell-Tale Heart!”

15 Replies to “The Tell-Tale Feet!”

      1. Hi Dad, I’m back! 🙂 My book is available for pre-sale on Barnes & Nobles and Amazon for the ebook. The formal release is Sept 6. I updated WordPress and A lot of exciting things coming! I also have the physical book. It looks just like the pictures on my wordpress site. 🙂

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      2. Hi Dad, I’ve been very busy. I have my work cut out for me with all of these projects, a full time job and the family. I will be around more frequently though.

        I’m glad all is going well with your blog. I will start posting again this week. I will be in WordPress, so I will check out your posts. I see that Mom is doing great with her blog as well.

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