Monday, July 31, 2006

Angie's Chase--Part 1

Oh, my goodness, I have to tell you what happened. Embarrassed myself nearly to death, and now Bev's hardly speaking to me!

Bev and I were over at Simple Pleasures, looking at those beautiful oil wick candles Sarah has, when this woman walked in. As I lifted a jar to my nose, inhaling the deep berry fragrance, the woman sidled past me toward the back. I set the candle down and noticed her ogling a bracelet out of the corner of my eye. Dark hair, brown eyes, high cheekbones. She wasn't the usual sort of T (that's what we call tourists at Java Joint), but she looked vaguely familiar.

I whispered to Bev, "You see her before?"

Bev glanced at the woman, then shrugged. "Looks like that TV actress on Desperate Housewives, Eva Longoria."

She said it so calmly, as if such a thing happens every day. Well, I just happen to LOVE Eva Longoria. And Bev was right--it was her!

I grabbed Bev's elbow and pulled her toward Eva. "Oh, my, oh! We HAVE to go say hi." I was so excited, I could hardly breathe.

Something beside us crashed to the floor. I swiveled to see a picture frame and all its glass shattered. Sarah hurried from behind the counter and lifted the frame. Bev apologized, saying her arm had hit the frame as I pulled her along. She gave me 'the look' as Sarah went into the back to fetch a broom.

"I'm sorry. I'll pay for it," I whispered real fast. I was barely thinking. I was just dying to talk to Eva.

Bev glowered at me. "You certainly will. In more ways than one."

Sarah came back, a whiskbroom and a dustpan in hand. She began sweeping the pieces up and Bev brought the trashcan over. I had to help, or else I'd look completely uncaring. So I set to work furiously, and the next thing I knew, the bell over the door tinkled. I looked around. Eva was getting away!

I pulled a twenty out of my wallet. "Here." I thrust it at Sarah. "This ought to cover it."

Sarah pushed it back to me. "The frame's only $15.99."

But I couldn't wait around to hear the rest of what she said. "That's Eva Longoria!" I cried. "I've watched her for years on TV, and I'll just die if I don't meet her!" I grabbed Bev's arm, and before she knew what hit her, we were scooting toward the door. "Keep the change, Sarah, we'll see you later!" I shoved open the door.

Of course about that time Bev dug in her heels. "I will NOT pursue an actress down the street like some mindless groupie; I don't care WHO she is."

Eva turned the corner out of sight. Oh, no! What if she got into a car and drove away? "Bev Trexel," I whirled on my friend, "if you don't go with me, I'll never let you hear the last of it. Do it for me, if not for yourself!"

Well. Bev's lots of things, but most of all, she's a good friend to me. "The things you get me into." She shook her head, then huffed mightily. All the same, she set out with me to catch Eva.

She never would have done it, though, if she'd known what trauma was coming.

-- Angie

Posted by ~ Bailey Truitt @ 7:00 AM
Ooh, I can't STAND bees! I never would have done it. You're a good neighbor, Mr. Moore.
Posted by Anonymous carly suggs : 11:47 AM
I've been stung by more hornets and bees while raiding their nests than I can count. Once a fighter, always a fighter. Soldier on, Jared.
Posted by Anonymous r.j. hager : 11:48 AM
Just want you all to know Jared got free coffee drinks for that day. Poor man.
Posted by Blogger ~ Bailey Truitt : 11:49 AM
Your neighborliness and kindliness is highly commendable, Jared. And I am enjoying your posts very much.

My husband died last year. I no longer have a man around to do these kinds of difficult jobs. I'm sure your neighbor Vesta thanks you. I know the difficulties (and loneliness) she's going through.
Posted by Anonymous elizabeth monty : 11:51 AM
Hey, Jared, I got me some bees over in my side yard. Want to come take care of them?
Posted by Anonymous burt laroy : 11:53 AM
I hear smoking them out is best. Although I admit, I've never had this problem, living in the city. Jared, maybe you ought to study on this problem a bit more before tackling it again.
Posted by Anonymous fred wiley : 11:54 AM
Angie, it was so great seeing this morning at the Java Joint. I had forgotten what a breath of fresh air you are. You’re still as beautiful as when Frank first introduced you to Capi and me all those years ago. When I got back to Darlene’s place and read your post I was laughing out loud. Bev didn’t seem too pleased though. I’m really looking forward to your next post.

It feels really great to be home, and I’m looking forward to getting back into my old place after my tenants move out in the next couple of weeks. Is Java Joint always so crowded? Or has it become a landmark with all that’s happening? I didn’t see many locals, it appeared to be mostly tourists. Looks like Bailey has a gold mine going.
Posted by Anonymous david clanton : 11:58 AM
Angie Brendt, what on earth possessed you to write about this? And here of all places! Goodness. Some days I don't know what gets into you.
Posted by Blogger Bev Trexel : 12:22 PM
Oh, can't wait to hear the rest of this one. I wondered what all the commotion was outside my shop. I'll be back tomorrow!
Posted by Anonymous Mollie/Hobby House of Kanner Lake : 7:12 PM
Thanks everyone for your comments, but is something broken? I got a bunch of Jared's comments.
It was good to see you again David.
Posted by Anonymous angie b : 7:31 PM
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