A Speculative Fiction Short from Award-Winning Author Linda Swift
Billy Ray Warren returns from Detroit to claim the old family homestead, but first he will have to destroy the intruder who has taken it over. He comes armed and ready to do battle with his hated rival for possession of what is now rightfully his. Then an unfortunate accident leaves him helpless prey for his ruthless enemy. With grim determination, he fights for his life, knowing there can be only one winner.
Billy Ray almost missed the sign, grown over as it was with kudzu vines. He eased his foot off the accelerator, and his eyes strained through the thickening darkness to read the words "Population 387". He grinned to himself. Ten years, and if anybody had died off or been added to the courthouse roll book, the sign didn't show it. "Make that 388," Billy Ray said out loud. "Here's one ole boy who's come back from Dee-troit to stay."
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