This was the smell and color of Fall. It was also the beginning of my fall from peace and everything that was perfect…
I heard my phone ringing from the other room, but my hands a mess from gutting this perfectly shaped, bright orange pumpkin, it would have to wait. Whomever it was didn’t leave a message, so could not have been that important I figured.
More ringing, again, and again… I quickly washed my hands and ran to the phone.
Breathless, I said “Hello!”
The other voice, a woman… “This is the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office…”