"He still is," said Della with a smile.
With that Bunny went back to work.
Bunny remembered she needed to call Buzz for help with securing her 'new' jewelry. Buzz picked up on the second ring,"Hello."
"Buzz, it's Bunny. I need some help getting a small jewelry safe installed in the house. Is that something that Smith and Wells would have?"
"I'm pretty sure we do. I'll check tomorrow and call you." They discussed the size she would need and possible places it could go in the house.
"Thanks Buzz, I knew you could help." She rang off.
For the first time since the day of her 'kidnapping', she took the box of jewelry and put it on the bed. Bunny took each piece out and looked at it. Each seemed more beautiful than one she just put down. She really wasn't sure what some of the pieces were. Mary must have loved pearls. She had 3 strands of different lengths of white ones. A short string of pink pearls, something Bunny had never seen.
But Bunny was quite flummoxed when she pulled a string of very dark gray colored pearls from the box. Who would want dirty gray colored pearls? She may just give them to Belva, out of spite. On second thought, she would not do that, there was no reason to be spiteful.
She found a broach that was a bird with wide plumage that was decorated with many jewels of different colors. Bunny was stunned, there were red rubies, green emeralds, blue sapphires, and the eyes of the bird were 2 small diamonds. It was one of the prettiest pieces of jewelry she had ever seen. But, this was Belva and Liza's mother's jewelry. She wanted them to have something really nice, not gray pearls. She put the bird broach to the side. Now she just needed to find a second piece.
As she pulled out the myriad of rings, bracelets, broaches, and necklaces, the bed started looking like a jewelry store. I had idea how much she had, Bunny said to herself. Maybe this is jewelry Mary inherited from her mother and her grandmother. Geeze, how much is all this worth?
After much contemplation, she selected a large ring with several large different colored stones on it. The stones were marquis cut and in an exquisite ornate gold designed setting. The face of the ring was, maybe, an inch long. Once again this was one of the prettiest pieces she had ever seen. This would definitely go to the girls. She would decide later, which daughter got which piece. With all this jewelry, maybe it would be more thoughtful of her to select several pieces to give each of them, instead of just one. There was so much here.
She finished going through the jewelry, then carefully put the pieces back into the box and slid the box back under her bed. Ever since Mr. Sweeny had given her the jewelry and the note from Harrison she felt it was cursed - like a box of trouble. After all, everything involved with it so far was not pleasant. Bunny felt a lot better now. The girls would think much more of her when she gave them more pieces of jewelry than just one apiece. Did they even know they were getting any? She would have to ask Mr. Sweeny tomorrow.