N is for:
THE NIX OF MILL POND by no one important
This is my favorite short story-child from Grim Tales (until tomorrow when I write about Odds and Ends). I changed the ending of THE NIX OF MILL POND, to make it more suspenseful. I like this baby because it’s deep in rural flavor and reminds me of my brother and cousin (as children) IF they would have gone somewhere they shouldn’t have—and they probably did.
First Line: “The boys watched the early morning fog lift in etheral patterns, floating above the ground.”
Next to the last (End)Line: “George stopped too and faced his friend, wide eyed.”
In contrast to the last line of a novel, a short story last line COULD tell you the ending. Therefore, you get the second to the last line.