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Another snippet from the story about Penny from In for a Pound. Elaine, an acquaintance from church, has come for a visit, but does she have an ulterior motive?
The doorbell jangled and Penny sighed. Her quiet hours were over. The door must have been locked because both Ken and Buck would have let themselves in. She hauled her crutches from the side of the couch and levered herself to her feet. She would have requested one of those scooter things, but her insurance wouldn’t cover it.
The distance to the front door seemed intermidible. Hopefully, her next trip to the doctor would give her a walking cast.
She opened the door expecting to see Ken or Buck grumbling at her for taking so long to answer the door.
Instead, Elaine waited on the welcome mat. “Oh!” she exclaimed upon seeing Penny. “I do have the right address. I didn’t see any other cars around. You’re looking well.”
Elaine and Penny often chatted after church, but their acquaintance rarely went beyond the temperament of the weather.
“Thank you.” Penny moved to the side to allow Elaine to enter. She carried a casserole dish covered in aluminum foil.
“Do you want this in the oven or the fridge?” Elaine said, gesturing with the dish. “It’s mushroom chicken with noodles.”
“Sounds delicious. Oven. We can have it for supper.”
“I hope you like it. It’s one of my favorite recipes.” Elaine beelined for the kitchen. Penny followed at her own hobbly pace. Elaine punched buttons on the oven for heating, then slid the dish on the center rack. She shucked her hat and mittens and tossed them on the kitchen table. She plopped down without an invitation. “Such an awful time of year to be laid up. How long will you be in a cast?”
Penny sat too. Five minutes was about as long as she could stand with the crutches. “A couple weeks, but hopefully I can switch to a walking cast soon.”
Elaine nodded sympathetically. “Would you like some tea?”
Penny nodded, explaining where the tea bags and cups were.
“It’s kinda quiet here. I thought you would be inundated with company.” She looked around the kitchen and cast a furtive glance to the living room as she placed the steaming cups on the table.
“It’s been pretty steady. This is probably the first time I’ve been alone for more than a few minutes.”
“Oh, I feel bad for bothering you then. It’s probably nice to have some peace and quiet.” Elaine tipped her head to peek at the front door… as if she was expecting someone or hoping someone would show up.
“The company has been nice, but I’m really enjoying having Buck and Ken out of the house for a while. Brotherly love can only be endured in small doses.”
Elaine leaned forward, toying with her tea cup. “Brothers can be so irritating sometimes. Believe me, I have four older ones.”
“My sympathies. One younger one and his best friend are enough.”
“So you think of Ken like a brother then?” A touch of hopefulness lit Elaine’s voice.
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