Mitch Asks Advice #SampleSunday

In today’s sample from A DEAD GUY AT THE SUMMERHOUSE, Mitch asks advice of his friend Scott Masters.

Mitch Asks Advice

by Marian Allen

Mitch asks advice“Something else?” Scott asked.

“See,” I said, after a brief silence, “there’s this tune. Albert’s tune, the maid calls it. I just started to whistle it since I’ve been at Willowbrook. This Albert guy used to whistle it all the time, and now I’m starting, and nobody whistled it or hummed it for me. I just seemed to already know it.”

Scott put on his “expert” face and instructed me to run the tune by him. I was afraid either he wouldn’t recognize it or it would turn out to be something as gross as most everything else about Albert.

I whistled about sixteen bars, and Scott had it.

“Are you sure you want to know?” he asked.

Well, I wasn’t, but I said I was.

He threw back his head for the first note, let it out like the howl of a wolf, then straight-eyed me for the rest.


A DEAD GUY AT THE SUMMERHOUSE is available in print and for Kindle and Kindle apps. Makes a great gift, too! !! !

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character asks for advice but isn’t sure they like it.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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