Story title from Jason Webley’s and Reverend Peyton's collaborative album 2 Bottles of Wine, 2007"Artichoke"
The sign read:The Lonely Artichoke Hearts Club
~ Singles Support Group ~
We meet every Thursday evening.
Bring three artichokes, your favorite recipe,
and any ingredients you need.
We’ll supply the love.
Byron had been lonely, and he liked artichokes, so on Thursday he found himself at a small apartment with a middle-aged mother of three grown boys. They were joined by a former college football star, two septuagenarians (one black, the other white, both life long friends), a transgendered woman, a retired math teacher in a dusty tweed sports coat, and the lovely Lola.
Both the college football star and Lola smiled at him.
He didn’t think he’d be lonely anymore.
Tales From the Tomato Patch #4: Artichoke by Christian Berntsen is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License.