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It was a fun and exciting game that we would play over and over night after night all summer long.
When I became an adult, I was curious to find the original rules of Mud Gutter, for we had made our own changes over the years. I actually did find similar rules to our childhood game in The James T. Callow Folklore Archive. However, I was astounded and shocked to find an entirely different meaning in the Urban Dictionary – “Mud Gutter A poop smeared ass crack. Usually the result of improper wiping or cleaning. May also be the result of a shart or fart in which you get more than you bargained for.”
When Avery Archer, an eleven-year-old boy, telephones Ken Driscoll, a young accountant, and pleads for help in escaping from his kidnappers, Ken thinks the boy is playing a sick prank. But after several daily calls, Ken truly believes the boy is in danger. When Ken contacts the local police for assistance, he learns Avery was abducted sixty-seven years ago and eaten by alligators in a nearby lake. Were they just prank telephone calls in the middle of the night, or were they desperate cries for help? The calls eventually force Ken to examine what is important in his life – his lob, his relationship with his fiancée, or the life of the boy at the end of the telephone line.
About the Author:I am a mature woman living in unincorporated Orange County, Florida, with my daughter, her family, four dogs, seventeen chickens, six Nigerian Dwarf goats, one horse, and 80,000 Italian honey bees. Graduating summa cum laude from Youngstown State University, I was an art teacher for several years. Now I am a part-time accountant working primarily from home. My daughter, Wendelin Saunders, who co-authored Let Freedom Ring, passed away from cancer in 2009. She graduated from Illinois Benedictine College with a major in math. Before her death, she and I ran an animal shelter in our home for forty dogs, twenty-two cats, and four rabbits.