Dark Angel II, 51

“Ooh, it’s been a stinker of a day! Bill? If that cool breeze hasn’t found your garden yet I’m having my sausages in your lounge room with the air-conditioner on!” Melva bustled into the kitchen, face flushed and glistening with the heat, in her arms a huge covered tupper-ware container containing something covered in strawberries and cream. “Oh!” she said, coming to an abrupt stop. “Hello!” she beamed at Maggie and Frank then looked at Bill. Two people in Mundoo that she didn’t know?

“Melva, you were supposed to bring the breeze with you,” said Bill, looking at the plastic container. “How are you, Doug?” he grinned to the man behind her, with the esky clunking with ice and beer.

“I’ll be right as soon as I sits me down with one of these,” Doug grinned back, nodded at the three of them as he navigated past Melva and towards the back door .

“Maggie and Frank,” said Bill. “This is Melva, who runs the school. And Doug, her better half.”

“Maggie and Frank?” murmured Melva, her forehead furrowed, searching her memory for reasons why they sounded familiar.

“Nice to meet’cha,” said Doug, halfway out the door. “I’ll fire up the barbie. Anyone care to join me for a beer is more than welcome.”

“Sounds good to me,” said Bill. “I’ll finish these onions and join you in a sec.”

“I’ll finish the onions. You boys go get that barbie ready,” said Melva, placing the container on the table. She looked at Maggie, shook her head. “You know, I feel we’ve met before but I just can’t place it.”

At that point, the gate squeaked again. Lucy and Dan walked in. Bill shot them a grateful look. In the babble of introductions and greetings that followed Lucy somehow managed to manoeuvre both Frank and Maggie outside with her and Dan, leaving Melva with only Bill to quiz about the visitors. Easier for him to deflect her questions. He’s had plenty of practice with that.

“Maggie ….” Melva stood watching through the window at the group setting up the barbecue in the shaded part of the lawn. “Where do I know her from, Bill?”

chapter 52

Dark Angel II

Dark Angel II, 51

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