This is my response to Charli Mills’ 99 word challenge at https://carrotranch.com
Love Carved in Stone
Written by Kerry E.B. Black
Heinrich chose marble with an artistic eye. He shook the quarryman’s hand as he paid.
“Be needin’ more next week, I reckon.”
The quarryman avoided eye contact. “I’ll set ‘em aside for you.”
He chiseled the message with a practiced hand. A daisy drooped atop, sprinkling petals below the words, ‘Helen. Beloved wife.’
Helen’s husband wiped tears as he approved the final piece. “You do fine work, Heinrich. The daisy’s a nice touch. She’da liked that.”
As Helen’s widower walked to his car, Heinrich devised another tombstone. Next week, he guessed, and the old man’s would reside beside hers.