Bobby Lee Atwell was shot dead in the head on a Sunday morning.

He had gone outside to trim weeds before church. His wife got up from reading her Sunday school lesson, went to the cabinet where Bobby kept his hunting rifles, chose the .22, stepped out the front door and down the steps to the edge of the driveway, lifted the rifle and pulled the trigger.

The sound of the weed eater disguised the blast. If the neighbors noticed anything that Sunday morning, it was only that someone was trimming weeds at the Atwell farm.

And then he wasn’t.

Barrie Miller Kirby is a writer living in North Carolina.  Her novel No Such Thing as a Cherokee Princess is available at,, and by special order from independent bookstores.

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