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1) Walker Bugh's Neighborhood

Updated: Jul 9, 2022

Every chance she got, Walker Bugh wrote. She wrote lists of things she had to do, she jotted down beginnings of stories on table napkins at the local restaurant, "The Great Pasty",

she wrote impassioned letters to the town newspaper's editor that she never sent.

"You might be going crazy," she told herself. "You need something else in your life besides a twisted alphabet."

Ode to Joy chimed from her I-Phone.

"Yeah Summer, what's up?"

"Get your nose out of a book and come open your door. I can't hold this hot pan forever."

Walker turned the deadbolt and Summer shoved past her wearing oven mitts and pink plaid pajamas.

"I baked homemade scones," she beamed. "I swear the whole neighborhood can smell them."

"What are you doing up so early? Did you wet the bed?"

"No silly," said Summer. She grabbed two plates, filled two mugs of hot coffee and sat at the kitchen counter with a flourish. "Today's your lucky day, girlfriend."

"What are you up to?"

"I am throwing a last minute surprise party for my very eligible cousin this afternoon. I need you to keep him out of my hair for a couple of hours."

"Oh no".

"Please, I need your help. I'll send him by at noon. Look at it as research for the romance novel you're writing."

"Summer, I have had my share of romance research."

"Please, Walker. I promise to make it up to you."

"Fine," Walker conceded. "All I can say is you owe me big time."

When Summer left, Walker Bugh emptied her closet on the bed and thought a blind date was not what she needed to keep from going crazy. She decided she had nothing to wear. What did one wear for a blind date? She never had a blind date, not in high school and certainly not after her divorce.

"Well," she decided. "It's time to find out."

She slipped into black pants and a jacket from her office days but added a sheer, white blouse for a tiny touch of magic just in case.

Just in case of what she pondered.

Promptly at noon Summer's cousin pulled up her drive and stepped out of his vehicle.

Walker stared out the window. What the hell did she get herself into?

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Nancy Renko
Nancy Renko

Having fun reading about Walker Bugh’s life and neighborhood. Summer, Ed, and Eccentric Ellie are a hoot! Looking forward to the next installation!


Can hardly wait to return home from this Holiday Weekend to start my copy of Windsong that Amazon just delivered!!


Chris Lucka
Chris Lucka

Interesting set-up. I'll be interested in how the blind date goes for Walker-Bugh!

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