April 16, 2011
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Lucille fluffed the edges of Stephanie Faulkner’s hair. “I think it looks fabulous.”
Stephanie turned in the mirror. “I knew it would. You do magic with hair. Thanks for getting me in this morning. Planning this vacation is about to kill me!”
“When did you say you were leaving again?”
Her eyes lit up. “Tomorrow around lunch. A whole week at the beach! Just me and Parker. Can’t wait!”
Lucille pulled the apron off and decided not to ask if there was a secret beach wedding she’d been planning, too. Just wasn’t right to be living together like they were without being married—or even engaged! Living in sin…people just weren’t raised right these days. Weren’t even engaged either. Not that a ring on the finger without a commitment before God would make it better, but it would be a step. They could at least be married on a post-it like them people on tv, but nope. Can’t even do that either. “I’m sure it’s going to be lovely. Are ya’ll taking that big dog?”
Stephanie shuddered. “Goodness, no. Thank God. A cousin of mine is coming in. She’s going to stay for the week and watch the house, take care of the dog.”
“Oh? Have we met her?”
Stephanie dug in her purse. “I don’t think so. Her name is Nicolette. She’s a real sweet, mostly shy girl. Studies hard in college and so forth. I doubt you’ll hear a peep out of her the whole time with her nose buried in school books.”
“Good place to be.” Sounded like a smart sensible girl.
Stephanie’s smile faltered a bit. “I suppose. It’s $30, right?”
“That’s it.” Stephanie paid and flung her bag over her shoulder. “Thanks again.”
“Don’t worry about it! It’s good to see you and thanks for bringing the muffins!”
Stephanie went out the door in a flurry as Barbara and Charlene entered. Charlene watched her bounce down the sidewalk and climb in her pickup. “She’s bubbly this morning.”
“Well of course.” Lucille refreshed her coffee. “I just fixed her hair up.”
Barbara fell into a chair and reached for a mug of coffee. “I don’t ever look like that when I leave here. Oh, muffins, thank god, I’m starving. Turkey season this morning. James was up late working on his gun and crawling out of bed at dawn and opening windows to listen for turkeys.”
“Eww. Love my Bill, God rest his soul, but I don’t miss those times.” Lucille sipped from her coffee. “Stephanie is leaving tomorrow to go on vacation. That’s why she’s so bouncy.”
“Her and Parker?” Charlene sat and grabbed a muffin, too.
Lucille stayed out of them. After what that Maddie James told her a couple weeks about them two having sex on the counter, Lucille wouldn’t be eating anything of Stephanie’s for a while now. “Yep.”
“Lord, you’d think they’d get married already.” Barbara shook her head.
“You’d think they’d be pregnant already.” Charlene bit into her muffin and talked around it.
“I just don’t get it. You know Riley Hamilton still has his new girlfriend living with him. Just the same way!” Lucille reached for another package of sugar. “And Stephanie and Shellie are both just adorable girls.”
“Stephanie and Shellie have become great friends too.” Charlene folded her empty muffin wrapper up.
“I imagine so. They got a lot in common.” Barbara straightened in her chair.
“Sinners. The both of them. And I always thought Riley was such a sweet boy. I guess this a good thing though. That big dumb dog of Stephanie’s will likely stay at the farm with Shellie.”
Lucille shook her head. “Said her cousin was coming in to watch their dog. Sounded like a sweet girl. Studies a lot and so forth.”
“Ugh.” Barbara huffed. “They ought to take that stupid dog and leave it at the beach when they come back. He gets out sometimes and sleeps in my flower beds. I’ll stomp at him and everything to get him out of my bushes and he rolls over to his back like he wants me to rub his stomach!”
“If I were you, I’d file a complaint.” Charlene nodded. “That would take care of that.”
“I want to, but James says no. He loves that dog and thinks my flowerbeds are a pain.” Barbara turned her hand up and looked at her nails. “Speaking of that, Lucille, do you think you can do something with my nails, too? I’ve just about ruined them pulling weeds.”
“Of course, honey.” Lucille finished her coffee and stood for work.
Whew! There was a lot of chatter this morning!
Check out Through The Wall for more on why Stephanie and Parker are shacking up together! And also, On The Fence for details on Shellie and Riley!
Nicolette IS coming to town, but I have a feeling this girl is going to be more than what Stephanie implies! Oh, she’s a study girl alright, but after several years of college, she’s about ready to have a little fun. In The Hay – Available Monday! (April 18, 2011)
(ps. Apple Blossom’s is for gossip only. Please do not post spoilers, but feel free to make up your own gossip and suspicions of things you’ve “heard”. You all know how gossip works *wink*. If Lucille likes your gossip–beware, she might share it next time!)