Chapter 43: Gertrude
Mayor Dyer’s life changed in a remarkable way after opening the time capsule. Once a week he uses a skeleton key to take City Hall’s elevator to Floor J, per instructions on mite-eaten paper; both items he secretly snagged during the media hullabalu. Reciting foreign words scribbled on the paper opens the wall in a Tiffany-esque kaleidoscopic vortex, through which steps a young Gertrude Sweet from 1883, ragtime wafting behind her. She tells him stories of Jernigan and her Mayor brother, and he tells her about modern Orlando. In person, her chronicled beauty is undeniable; the Mayor harbors a crush.
Storied Orlando is a short-short story project by Scottie Campbell. Each story is 100 words or less. Some of the stories are lovely, some less so, but they all want to be told.