Mary Lu W11D5

Week 13 – Thursday

Welcome to SeniorVu’s daily ‘flash fiction’, with the continuing saga of Mary Lu at the Vu. Mary Lu is a 78-year old fictitious resident of a fictitious senior living community called Hickory Hills View (a.k.a. The Vu).  Every night, while her husband Bobby (he’s fictitious too) sleeps next to her, she sends her sister Carolyn (yup, fictitious) an entertaining email updating her on the day. These are her stories. We hope they become as addictive as your morning cup of coffee. 

Disclaimer: Even though these stories may sound familiar to your community, the story, all names, characters, and incidents portrayed in this series are fictitious. No identification with actual persons (living or deceased), places, buildings, and products is intended or should be inferred.


I know Harriett’s secret.

After she logged another 15,500 steps in today’s check-in, I decided to drop in unannounced for tea. I might not be able to catch her, but I could, at the very least, keep her from working out.

But she wasn’t doing that when I got to her apartment. She was sitting on the sofa doing a word search puzzle in her housecoat.

“Why are you here?” she asked, suspicious.

“We haven’t had tea in a while. I found this nice crumb cake on sale at the store.”

We sat down for some Earl Grey and neighborly chit-chat. I deliberately didn’t bring up her mammoth step count lead. The fact that she wasn’t boasting about it or complaining about her sore muscles was out of character.

When she raised the teacup for a sip, I noticed something. She didn’t have her MoveTrax wristband on. And even the most physical beast can’t get steps if they’re not wearing it.

Maybe she’s having Ernie do all the walking for her, I thought. Or maybe…


Her ceiling fan was running at full speed. In January. I looked up and saw the bright red band wrapped around one of its arms. Harriett wasn’t doing the steps.

Her fan was.

I’d walked my little legs off to get my steps and she cheating. I was ticked.

I faked a cough, excused myself and went right to Angela’s place. Jackie and Noreen were there.

“She’s a cheater. A cheating, cheating cheater,” I said, telling them the whole scam. They were ticked, too. But without evidence, there was nothing we could do. It would be my word against hers, and Harriett always turns her defenses up to 11 if anyone dares question her character.

“If we can’t beat her, we could join her,” Angela said.

“Or join forces,” Jackie added.

The four of us decided to team up so we could erase Harriett’s 13,000-step lead before the final check-in tomorrow.

We’re getting that prize, no matter what it takes.

More tomorrow,

LuP.S. To catch up on all of my previous Mary Lu at The Vu posts, click here to go back to Day 1.