Vivian and Harvey managed to leave town with the children without another run in with Tula. On the way to Biloxi, Vivian got to know Harvey better than she ever had growing up. At one point, Harvey asked her,"Do you have any problem going back to Biloxi?"
"No, not at all." Vivian smiled."After all it is all I have ever known as home."
"I always admired you for being so positive and giving considering your situation. I cannot imagine growing up being moved from home to home."
"They all loved me. I never felt alone. I just had so many questions, that everyone danced around even as I got older. But, in retrospect, I understand they were trying to protect me."
"Are you really OK with Laurelie and me raising these children?"
"Oh, they are so lucky to have you. I cannot imagine a better situation. James would be so happy. Just always be honest with them, if and when, they ask about their parents. I can assure you they will grow up stronger for it and probably love you and Lauralee even more."
"That's good advice."
About that time they arrived at Biloxi and soon pulled into Harvey's driveway. Needless to say the next hours were chaotic, emotional, and a time Ida, Roger, and Jimmy's lives started anew. Vivian knew this was the right thing. Also, she knew she had acquired 2 more close friends/cousins in Harvey and Lauralelie. Since the world of her family had always been very small, she was thrilled to welcome them into it.
Back in Gallagher, the Sheriff brought the Eldridge twins in to ask them about the gnomes. They were excited when they arrived at the station, thinking they would be getting another under cover assignment. Much to their dismay that was not the case. The Sheriff told them what had found been found in their yard. He asked what comments they had about this new revelation.
The ladies looked at each. Flora spoke up. "Sheriff, we are a little long in the tooth and our memory is not as good as it was years ago. Honestly, I forgot all about those bottles."
"Cora, what about you?" asked the Sheriff looking at the other sister.
"No sir, like Flora said, I can't remember anything about that."
The Sheriff and Mike discussed the situation with them. After some time, they came to the conclusion that it would be best to just add the newly found moonshine with the original raid. The twins were much appreciative and left the station. Mike asked the Sheriff,"You think this is the end of this?"
"Not a chance," the Sheriff laughed.
The following morning Bunny had stopped by Ed's for a cup of coffee and decided the morning was so nice she would rather walk than drive the few blocks to the office. She passed several local folks on their way to work. Everyone seemed to be in a great mood. Fall weather did that for folks.
She noticed a middle aged lady walking toward her that she did not recognize, yet there was something familiar about her. As she got closer, the lady addressed her. "Oh, Bunny, I am so glad to see you this morning. I feel like a new person."
Bunny just stood there. Then it hit her. "Winfred! Winfred is that you?"
Winfred blushed a little. "What do you think?"
Bunny stood there and looked at this attractive lady dressed in a nice looking fashionable outfit. She was wearing stylist heels with a matching purse. "You look fabulous! I've never seen you dressed like this?"
"I haven't dressed like this since Col Walker and I got married. Yesterday afternoon, I started thinking about what you and I talked about. I decided that I was my own person. After all this is the 21st century. So here is the new Winfred."
Bunny was almost scared to ask, but knew she had to, "What does the Colonel think about this?"
"Well, he was a little shocked at first. But then I explained that since I had started enjoying myself, well you know," Winfred blushed,"this would make me feel better." Then she giggled. "He said as long as I still 'enjoyed' myself that he was fine with my dressing like this."
Bunny just shook her head. Winfred continued, "Of course I told him I would still dress in costume when we were doing any reenactment or there was something going on at the museum." She looked at her watch. "Oh, dear I must go. I'm going to be late." She looked up at Bunny, "I'm meeting Lue Ellen Wadsworth at Ed's for coffee.She said she could help teach me how to play bridge so I could join the Thursday Afternoon Bridge Club."
Bunny just laughed,"Well don't let me hold you up. You look great." As she continued her way to the office, Bunny thought to herself, 'I wonder if Winfred knows that members of the Thursday Afternoon Bridge Club were notorious for enjoying many glasses of wine and a highball or 2.'