Thursday, September 21, 2017

Your Mother Must Be a Wonderful Person

It wasn't a week until Mrs. Walker came into the office looking as painful as ever. She asked Della if she could speak to Bunny. Della took her into Bunny's office. Mrs. Walker sat down and carefully spread her full floor length skirt and the required petticoats underneath so there was nary a wrinkle. 

Before Bunny could say anything, Mrs. Walked started, "Miss Vontese, I thought I would let you know that there is something going on in our neighbor that should not be. And before I get Col Walker to approach the law about it, I thought I would discuss it with you." She sat up even straighter and pulled out a fan from the small purse she had in her hand. "Yesterday, while I was walking through the neighborhood spreading the gospel of God, our Savior in Christ, I happened upon a house. Although I did not realize it was a business. I did not read the sign out front because of all the flowers around it."

Bunny knew where this was going but not exactly how she was going to handle it.

"When I rang the bell, this very nice looking lady dressed a little fancy and comfortable for that time of day answered the door. I introduced myself and she asked me in. At first I thought it was just a fancy house and she was just a lady of leisure. But then I saw she had bar serving alcohol in her living room. and games in her parlor. I just had to excuse myself." She took a breath and waved her fan.

"I have heard tell of places like that, but had no idea that there would be one right here, in what I thought was such a nice town. And just a block from where we are living. If we were to have company and they were to walk by, what would we say? I am assuming there were ladies of the evening there."

Bunny trying to look concerned and calm asked, "Did you see any?"

"Well, no. But I am sure they were there. It was one of those places."

"Mrs. Walker I cannot speak for you but I have never darkened the doorsteps of one," Bunny paused, "of those places. I would not know what to look for. Do you?"

"Oh, heavens no." Bunny was sure Mrs. Walker was going to pass out right there in her office.

"Well, I'm not trying to be difficult, but how do you know what it was, if you have never seen one and didn't see anyone doing anything wrong?" Bunny looked at Mrs. Walker, and came around her desk and sat in the chair next to her. She took Mrs. Walker's hands into her own.

"Mrs. Walker, no doubt you saw something that upset you. But I'm not sure what the police can do about it. If nothing was going on, you would have to testify that you knew what is was. And they would ask you how you knew. And I do not want you to have anyone ever think that you were ever near one of those houses of ill repute."

Mrs. Walker's countenance went from angry to scared to tearful, "Oh Miss Vontese, it just upset me so. I didn't know what else to do."

"Was the lady nice?"

"She was very nice, probably nicer than anyone else I have talked to."

"I think you need to go home and rest. And pray about this. I promise I will not tell anyone that this happened to you. Then no one will know and you will never be accused of having anything to do with that place."

"Would you dear? Would you do that for me?'

"Of course. Is there anything else I can do for you."

For the first time, she smiled. "Thank you dear. I don't know who your mother is, but she must be a fine Christian person to have raised a daughter as nice and kind as you." 

Bunny walked Mrs. Walker to the door and gave her a hug before the lady walked out.

"What was all that all about?" asked Della.

Bunny started to tell her but the phone rang. She let Della answer the phone and went back into her office. She could not believe she had just done that. What was she thinking? Mrs. Walker could have eaten her alive she was so mad when she first walked in. Then she left feeling like Bunny had saved her, and worse yet, her mother was a saint. This was the one chance Bunny could have finally gotten revenge on her mother. Which brought another question to mind: why hadn't Anna Belle come across the law yet?

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