"That stoner's stupid junk pile sits right in the middle of my limited access arterial." Sammy Simpson rapped his Perea High School class ring on his desk a couple times and Ace rolled his eyes. Sammy had started doing the ring thing after watching Kevin Spacey's character in House of Cards.
All Sammy cared about was getting his road. Access through Flying Y from the freeway was impossible. His father had sold-off large lots without easements. Those owners didn't want or need a four or six lane arterial. Neither did Cozy Y Ranchette owners in the valley. Who would?
That left the the old gas station and salvage yard north of the hacienda. And that big pile of crap.
It was a huge pile of wrecks: cars, trucks, buses and military vehicles. It started after Chocky got a grant to clean-up the place. All those rusting hulks were drained and stripped and arranged for permanent removal. Only that last part never happened. So the pile got over 180' high and the base covered a half-acre.
It got to be sort of tourist attraction. A paved path led between and up through the Chevys and Fords and Volvos. At the very top was a terrace and a school bus with a grill, espresso machine and restrooms. People got married up there.
And you know, the way he did it; with the contrasting horizontal bands of white refrigerators and stoves, from a distance, it looks like a castle if you squint.