Out of Place



As a kid I always wondered about number 345. Oddly enough, it sat between 337 and 351, as if an entire block was missing.  But that was just the start.

Old number 345 was a typical Mediterranean Revival with bold turquoise shutters, a tile roof and adobe walls.  My sister Karen joked that Malibu Barbie lived there.

It was a bit out of place in northern Minnesota.

The flowering plants were great, particularly when it was 20 below zero.

I thought perhaps when the owners moved house, they did it literally.

Of course the truth is far stranger than that.


Word count = 100

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51 thoughts on “Out of Place

  1. Fatima Fakier

    I hate it when the house numbers don’t seem to go in sequence. It does make one wonder how they did the town planning. Now you’ve really got me wondering… perhaps a home with its own mini-climate?

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I did do a second FF story as a continuation that gives a little more info, but I’ve decided to do a longer story – for some reason this little FF piece sparked my imagination… I’ve posted the first chapter, based on the two FF stories.


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  4. Sandra Conner

    Well, now, you CAN’T stop there. You’ll have to pick this up and make a new novella out of it. But I have to say that we actually have some blocks in our town that are numbered like that. It’s as if at least 2 or 3 whole lots are missing in between houses. It’s the stupidest thing.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I’ve been to places with the numbering out of whack – it makes it difficult to find a specific address! And I caved into peer pressure and added a second part to the story…

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