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The House Inspector (Flash Fiction #84)

Haoyan Do

Image by Comfreak from Pixabay

“It’s global warming. I’ve already told you and explained to you everything. What do you expect me to do?” Jin yells into the phone.

“You are the inspector who inspected and signed off on the house. I am going to sue you.” Chichi’s voice comes through the phone even louder than Jin’s.

“Chichi, you didn’t buy a pump as I asked you to and you didn’t go home when the rain started. No wonder.” Jin yells angrily and hangs up the phone.

Jin served as the house inspector when Chichi was purchasing her house in Edison, New Jersey. Edison has an average elevation of 39 feet (which is 12 meters), lower than the surrounding township. Even before the era of global warming, the flooding of basement in Edison had not been as infrequent as people wanted to believe. Nowadays, it has become a more common…

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