“Gone . Now what do you reckon that means, Fred ?”
Fred scratched his beard and pretended to think .
” Gone ” must be the name of this homestead, Ethel .”
Fred wished he had a sign like this one . It wouldn’t say “gone ” , however . It might say ” Too Late” or “Missed Ya” .
Fred stopped his wishful thinking and looked for Ethel . Fred wasn’t sure where she went .
Finally , Fred knew the meaning of the sign . It spoke volumes and with a heavy heart ,he slowly turned around to walk back to the car . It was gone .
Fred sat down on the hard , wicked ground and cried like a baby .