Saturday, May 19, 2018

Babble and Gossip

Colleen knew her next move needed to be calling Belva. She dreaded it, but knew she had to do it. When she rang the number, Belva answered, realizing it was Colleen/Culler on the phone she just said,"As far as I am concerned you no longer exist. Do not contact me again - ever." Colleen asked to speak to Wells. "I told him yesterday that you were killed in an accident. And, he said 'good riddance'." With that, Belva rung off.

Colleen just sat there holding the phone. She told Haynes what Belva had said. "Sweetheart, I am so sorry."

"Cordelia said that Wells was in therapy, a specialist who deals with children of transsexual parents. And, he was doing well."

"If that's the case, then he will come around. Give it time." Haynes paused. "Cordelia told you that this morning?"

"No," Colleen sighed. "Cordelia figured this out several weeks ago. She sat me down, told me she knew, and was very supportive."

Haynes did not say anything.

"She was adamant that I tell you."

"And you didn't."

"Not yet, I was too scared." Colleen smiled weakly, "But, in her defense, she told me you would handle it well."

Haynes put his arms around Colleen, "Cordelia is a wise woman."

Tula was pacing in her cell like a caged animal. "I need my attorney. And, I need him now!" she shouted.

Mary Lou walked to the back of the Station and stood the doors to cells, "He is on his way." With that she closed the door so she did not have to listen to Tula's babble.

Mike asked, "I think I'll call the Judge and see what is going on with Tula's case." With that he picked up the call. Luckily, Mike was able to catch the Judge before he got on the bench.

"Your honor, it's Mike."

"'Morn'in, what can I do for you?"

"How do you know I am calling for you to do something for me?"

"Because you never call me just to have tea and crumpets."

They both laughed. "Well you have a point there," said Mike. "I'm calling about Tula Wells."

"Why am I not surprised?"

"She has a bail hearing this morning before you, right?"

"Yes, I am awaiting her drama with bated breath."

"You may not be able to tell me, but are you going to give her bail?"

"I'm afraid I don't have any choice."

Mike told explained her habit of disappearing and some of the details. He asked the Judge to take that into consideration. "Mike, glad you gave me heads up with that tidbit. Now I know what questions to ask. We may have a situation of perjury if she denies any of this. I assume Rascal is aware of this."

"Oh, yeah, just be glad that I called you and not him."

"No doubt he would be on some tirade" the Judge laughed. They rang off.

By the time Rayanne and Ella were through with their appointments, it was about noon. They decided to go to the Tea Room for lunch. When they walked in, it was obvious that the word of Colleen's past must have gotten out. "Oh, dear," said Ella. "I hope this settles down quickly."

As they were seated, Rayanne said, "Don't you want to sit over there," pointing toward a large table of ladies with several empty chairs. "I cannot hear what they are saying."

"Good", said Ella picking up her menu. "You don't need to."

Ella's look of exasperation made it clear to Rayanne that moving to the other table was not going to happen. She also realized she needed to be careful what she said. As if it mattered, no doubt everyone else was talking about it.

Ella and Rayanne could hear bits and pieces of the conversation at the other table. Luellen was saying," . . . I just don't understand, why would a man want to be a woman."

Dixie responded,"I don't know, but I do know the Bible says it is wrong."

Another lady added sarcastically, "Well, that tells you right now, that their relationship is platonic." She took a sip of tea and continued, "What else would you expect, look at his son?"

In a very calm but firm voice, Charlotte said, "Dixie, perhaps you need to reread the 10 Commandments. If I remember correctly,  the 3rd one says, 'Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day.' I don't remember seeing you in church in several months."

 Everyone at the table was quiet. Charlotte looked around. "And, the 8th, pertains to all of us, 'Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor'. Can each of you say that you honestly know  everything you have been gossiping about is the truth?" She paused, "So perhaps we should consider one of my Daddy's favorite sayings:' 'Tis better to be quiet and thought dumb, than to speak and leave no doubt.' "

With that, Charlotte stood to leave. "I have no desire to be part of this. Before today, you all were very fond of Colleen. Tell me, what has changed about Colleen to make you feel otherwise?" She looked around the table, "She is no different. Now you all act if she is an untouchable leper among us.  And this only because of what? The offensive article in the paper?  Honestly, consider the secrets each of us has that we would rather not see the light of day."

With that Charlotte turned, found Grice, paid her bill, and walked out.

Ella looked at Rayanne,"Good for Charlotte. I could not have said it better." 

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