Knowing she was going to have to carry them around, Bunny brought the Range Rover. She was thankful that she did, because it would take a vehicle that large to accommodate their attire alone.
Bunny thought for minute. No one had asked her that and she wasn't sure what Mrs. Walker was asking but she was smart enough not to show her ignorance. "Mrs. Walker, I am not sure but I will check as soon as I can and get you an answer. Is there anything else I can find out for you?"
Mrs. Walker indicated not. She was not a pleasant woman. One would think her corset was too tight the way she sat and how uncomfortable she acted. Finally they settled on a little house two blocks off Main Street. Bunny took them back to the office to get the paperwork done.
Della sat down with the Walkers and went over all the necessary forms and gave them information about utilities and such. She also made sure they had Bunny's cell number in case they needed her after hours and Larry's number, should they need emergency maintenance. Della asked them if they had any questions and handed them the keys. Bunny came out of her office and thanked them for letting her show them around. "Now don't forget, if we can do anything for you, please call. And Mrs. Walker, I'll get that information for you." They thanked her and left.
As soon as they walked out of the office Della laughed, "Where do these characters come from? I thought it was odd to have an elderly pair of identical twin sisters who still dress alike and collect gnomes. But an honest to God, a Confederate Colonel, who dresses the part? I don't think you can top that?"
"Della don't say that. Lord, I would not be surprised at what walked in the door tomorrow. Oh, and by the way, what is the American Temperance Union, or the Women's Christian Temperance Union?"
"Groups of women who wanted to rid the world of drinking any alcoholic beverages."
Bunny just looked at her.
"That's the group of women concerned about the ills of drinking who got together in the 1800's and formed these 'temperance' groups. They would have meetings, go preach about the evils of drinking, and make men and children sign pledges that they would never drink the evil alcohol." Della laughed, "At least I remember something from Mrs. Robinson's 7th grade American History class."
"Why did you ask?"
"Well it seems Mrs. Walker is very involved in that movement and wanted to see if there was an active union here in Gallagher?"
"Bunny, this is the town that has their Baptist Church 2 blocks off Main Street. I can assure you the majority of this population would not be in favor of any type of temperance. I'm afraid Mrs. Walker may have to take up knitting or something else."
"Well, I'll let her know tomorrow. Right now I need to call 'Miss' Imogene and give her a heads up before she pays a visit to the Walkers to welcome them to town. I think that is fair."
The door opened and Buzz walked in, "Howdy!"
"We haven't seen you in ages?" Bunny said. "Been keeping yourself out of trouble?"
"Yes, and that is no fun. I need some help."
"We got a call at the store from a Col. Wadsworth Washington Walker. He ordered some building supplies and said to call you to find out where to deliver them. Do you know where?"
Della and Bunny just laughed. Della gave Buzz the address and said they most likely would not be moved in until tomorrow, so he probably wanted to wait.
Buzz looked at them,"What is so funny?"
"Well," Bunny said,"let's just say out of all our clients, they are some of the most interesting." And she left it at that.
"Do they have gnomes?"
"No. But the Col. goes by George."
"Well, they cannot be that strange." With that he thanked them and walked out.
Bunny finished her work and had to run to the Post Office. It was just around the block so she decided to walk. She was about half way there when the Col. drove up next to her and rolled down his window. "Miss Bunny, I do have one more question, if you do not mind?"
"Certainly, what can I do for you?"
"Is there a place in town where a man can go for a tipple, you know good drink?"
"Like a bar?"
"Yes, like a bar."
Bunny recommended Dot's and gave him directions. He thanked her.
"You strike me as a young lady of high standards. I'll appreciate it if you don't mention this to Mrs. Walker. It upsets her dearly. There are just some things she doesn't need to know about." And he winked at Bunny.
"Col. your secret is safe with me."