Bunny was meeting Mike for lunch at the Starlight Cafe. Since it was around noon, when they arrived, there was quite a crowd there for lunch. Bunny found a table while Mike walked up to the counter to order their lunch.
Walter was doing 3 or 4 things at once, balancing several plates that he was giving to Mae to be served. "Hey Mike."
"Walter, can we get 2 of your burgers and fries. Don't worry Mae when they are ready, just holler. We're sitting over there." Mike pointed toward Bunny sitting at their table.
Finally he reached the table, handed Bunny her ice tea and sat down. They discussed supper plans for that evening.
Rayanne laughed. She paused,"That was such a shame, for that to happen to Cre Uisce Aer. And, Faolan Fitzgerald never got any of it back. Bless his heart."
Their conversation moved onto to Jeb and Kathleen's wedding. Mike had no interest in the wedding, but was very interested in their comments about Hugh McKissick. He heard Bunny say,"Are you sure, you are OK. You are just staring into air."
"Sweetheart, I'm not just staring, I'm thinking about dinner with you tonight."
That seemed to satisfy her and she continued eating her French Fries. Mike debated what to do. This was the first he had heard anyone say anything about McKissick. When they had finished, Mike left a couple bucks on the table for Mae. They stood up and started to leave. Mike stopped at Ella and Rayanne's table.
"It's so nice to see you," Mike asked.
"Where have you been keeping yourself," Ella asked,"I never see you about."
Mike smiled, "Well between the Sheriff and 'Miss' Bunny here, I don't have a lot of time."
Bunny walked up. She and Ella exchanged pleasantries.
" 'Miss' Ella, I was not paying attention to y'alls conversation. In this noisy, crowd it would be hard to. He paused."But, I heard you mention Hugh McKissick, do you know him?"
"Not at all, which we find a bit curious." Rayanne realized that she should not have mentioned his name. It was going to be hard to explain what they heard without telling who they heard it from. She took a sip of tea, to give her time to think.
Ella chimed in,"Someone just mentioned the name out of the blue a day or two ago."
"May I ask where?" Mike asked trying not to sound too interested.
Rayanne quickly said, "I think we were at the Tea House."
Ella added,"It was a large crowd. And I do not remember exactly who said it."
"I think it was later in the afternoon." Rayanne smiled. "You know they now serve adult beverages." She giggled, "We can be a lively bunch when they offer us wine."
Mike looked as if he was shocked,"Now, I know that you and "Miss" Ella would never partake in something like that? I am just astounded."
Everyone laughed. Mike put his hand on Rayanne's shoulder. "It's nice to see you ladies, as always."
They said their goodbyes and let the cafe.
"Why were they talking about Hugh McKissick?" asked Bunny.
"I don't know, but I need to find out."
Bunny looked at Mike with a very stern look. Trying to be serious, "Well, Mike, sweetheart, you may just have to join the ladies one afternoon for their little tipple time?"
Mike just shook his head, "And, that would start a whole 'nuther thing for them to talk about." He paused,"But, I can only imagine how entertaining that would be."
Bunny laughed, "No doubt."