Mildred, the church gossip, and self-appointed
monitor of the church’s morals, kept sticking her
nose into other people’s business.
Several members did not approve of her extra-
curricular activities, but feared her enough to
maintain their silence.
She made a mistake, however, when she accused
George, a new member, of being an alcoholic after
she saw his old pickup parked in front of the
town’s only bar one afternoon.
She emphatically told George and several others
that everyone seeing it there would know what he
George, a man of few words, stared at her for a
moment and just turned and walked away. He didn’t
explain, defend, or deny. He said nothing.
Later that evening, George quietly parked his
pickup in front of Mildred’s house… and left it
there all night.
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