An hour had gone by and Sadie hadn’t called back. Perhaps she was even more upset then Mary realized and then the phone finally rang, “Hello?”
“Hi, sorry it took so long. Maintenance was here and you know how that goes.”
“Yeah, I put something down the garbage disposal that I shouldn’t have again.”
“Oh no, were they able to fix it?”
“Yes with a lot of grumbling of course. So, since I had some time while listening to the maintenance guy I’ve thought about your bed and breakfast. I know I probably didn’t sound very supportive but I’ve adjusted to the idea now. I like it Mary. I think you would be good at something like that.”
“Thanks Sadie, I knew I could count on you.”
“I’m going to need to fix up some things. I’m in the planning stage right now. I’ll have the work done after the holidays and if everything’s goes well, I’ll open for the summer.”
“That sounds wonderful; maybe I can be there for the grand opening.”
“Of course you will be. You will be the first one to stay here that’s if you’re not working.”
“Not to change the subject but anything happening with you and that guy, I forgot his name.”
“Eli is his name. As a matter of fact, quite a bit has been happening with him. I think we might be starting a relationship.”
“You think? Don’t you know? Has he kissed you? Have you kissed him?”
“Yes” Mary said sheepishly.
“I hate to tell you this Mary, it sounds to me that you’re past the thinking part and you moved on to the doing part” and she laughed.
“I guess maybe I’m afraid if I say we are for sure I’ll jinx it.”
“Don’t think like that Mary. Because of what your friend has and is going through, you should realize life is sometimes short. What’s going to be is going to be. Enjoy it while you have it.”
“I know your right.”
“So, tell me is he a good kisser?”
Mary chuckled “Yes he is, although we haven’t kissed all that much yet.”
“You’ll have to make sure you remedy that then, won’t you.”
“Sounds good to me” and then she said “that’s enough about me. Tell me what’s happening with you, have you talked to anyone from the hotel?”
“Yes, I’ve talked to a few people that are still left. They say it’s a terrible place to work now. They would like to quit but they know it won’t be easy finding another job. They are all pretty much putting up with it until they get laid off.”
“I can’t believe it. Did you sign up for unemployment?”
“Yes, but you’d be shocked at how little it is. I might have to find a roommate.”
“Yikes, you should talk to someone that lost their job at the hotel. I’m sure there are other people that are going to have a hard time too.”
“I never thought of that. I might do that. Other than that nothing’s going on. Life has been boring; I’ve been staying in a lot watching TV since I was so sick.”
“How’s the weather been?”
“It’s been gorgeous, although I haven’t been out that much. Luckily, I haven’t had to put my heat on yet which will save me money. How about there?”
“It’s been pretty cold. I wish I would have brought some warmer stuff with me. I’ve been building fires a lot. Something’s wrong with the furnace. Eli knows how to fix them though. So I won’t be paying an arm and leg for that.”
“So he’s a handy guy.”
“Yeah, I think so.”
“He sounds like a keeper. I think it’s time to take my medicine.”
“I’ll let you go then. So, you’re not upset with me right?”
“No, I’m not upset. I’ll talk to you later and remember don’t think so hard about what might go wrong with Eli think about what could go right.”
“Gotcha, I love you girl.”
“Me too. Bye.”
“Bye” and they both hung up.
Mary felt a little sad that she wouldn’t be seeing Sadie like she did when they worked together. She knew, however, they would work it out that they never lost touch.
Mary put the rest of the wine in the fridge. She went upstairs and got ready for bed. She decided she would sleep in her room tonight under the heavy quilt.
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