Welcome back, Sweet Saturday Samplers! Here’s another peek at my WIP, Elly and the Geriatrics.
Elly has been cleaning out her grandmother’s storage shed and she’s stopped for lunch. Since she is breaking the rules of the senior citizen community by staying with her grandmother, she hides in a bedroom when someone knocks on the door.
“Come in, Louisa Mae,” Granny said. “Electra, honey, it’s okay. You can come out.”
Elly’s heart sank. Why was Granny calling out her name when her presence was supposed to be a secret? She’d been discreet all day, staying in the shadows at the back of the carport between the trailers, and now Granny was acting like it was no big deal.
When Elly came through the door, carrying her dishes, her grandmother beamed. “Honey, you remember Louisa Mae from next door.”
Elly pasted a wary smile on her face and nodded to the woman. She remembered seeing her several weeks ago, on the other side of the six-foot fence separating their properties, her hair as fine and fluffy as cotton candy and almost as pink. She’d bent down to hide and hoped the woman hadn’t seen her. Now it didn’t seem to matter. “Yes, I do. It’s good to see you again.” She glanced at her grandmother. “And I like to be called Elly.”
“It’s good to see you too,” Louisa Mae said.
Elly said nothing, wondering how much Louisa knew.
Granny took a look at her granddaughter’s serious face and laughed. “Oh, don’t you worry, honey. Louisa Mae knows all about our little arrangement and she approves. She’s the soul of discretion and she won’t tell anyone, will you, Lou?”
“Absolutely not. I’m delighted to have you next door, helping your grandmother. Ruth Ann and I were just saying yesterday what a blessing you are.”
“Ruth Ann?” Elly’s heart sank one level lower. “Who’s Ruth Ann?”
“Why, she’s our neighbor. Three trailers down thataway.” Louisa Mae pointed down the street. “But don’t worry, we’re all on your side, and we can all keep a secret.” She leaned forward and looked over her shoulder, as if spies lurked behind the Barcalounger. “The only one you really have to watch out for is that old busy-body Marybeth Bagley, but she’s as blind as a bat. Why, her glasses are as thick as the bottoms of Coke bottles!”“Thanks for the warning,” Elly said. She wondered how many other residents knew of her stay with her grandmother and how long her secret would remain intact.
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