THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 96
…“Where are the guests of honor? I need set this down Mr. King,” Francine re-positions the package under her arm….
There are two late arrivers to the festivities:
@“Uncle Roy” Crippen – who has been trying hard to steer clear of crowds of people for 3 distinct reasons:
- Condolences on the Colony disaster (bad)
- Congratulatory on his launch pad heroics (better)
- Given the cold shoulder by a woman (Worst of all)
@Francine Bouchette – who Braden placed on a possible no-show list is:
- Glad-handing her admirers
- Looking like a million bucks
- Appears to be looking for a specific someone
“Miss Bouchette, hey, over here!” Braden waves heartily like an autograph seeker. It is all he can do to get her attention, while admiring his famous ribs out on the patio BBQ. “I didn’t think you would make it. The boys were wondering about you.”
“I didn’t either, hence the lack of an RSVP,” she replies, unbuttoning her KHST 13 blazer and re-positioning the package in her arms. “Where are the guests of honor? I need set this down Mr. King.”
“Oh who knows where they are, but when I clang the dinner triangle, they’ll come a running, Miss Bouchette,” he points out to the 1000 acre back section of the property.
“Please, call me Francine.”
“Only if you call me Braden and there is the gift table. The bar is under the awning and feel free to give all the teenage boys a thrill, Roy could probably use a break.”
Roy is here? For some reason, she had overlooked that possibility. Come on, no Uncle Roy, really?
He cheerfully obeys,
She takes the crystal glass and empties it instantaneously, dispatches the cherry and hands it back to him for “one more just like that one.”
“You have a Texas-sized thirst Miss Francine!”