The Conniving Cousins

“Are we there yet?”

Julie rolled her eyes. ” You are as bad as a child. We only left 15 minutes ago!

Arthur gave an impish grin. He was in a good mood. The warm breeze was blowing through the open window as Nurse Julie drove down the road.

“Ahh! Feels so good to be free from that…”

“Don’t you dare call it a prison again!”

“Me? Never! But the food does leave much to be desired.”

Julie was quiet, she couldn’t argue with that, but she refrained from giving him the satisfaction of agreeing with him.

“I am right, aren’t I? Your silence says it all.” He smirked at the look on Julie’s face. Then he reclined his seat to take a snooze.

2 hours later he woke up. ‘You woke up just in time sleepyhead. Are you hungry?

I thought we would stop at the diner straight ahead. Your cousin told me that it was the best diner in town, and that they have a spectacular pie.”

Arthur’s ears had perked up at the word pie. His taste buds started tingling. “What kind of pie?:

“Shoo fly pie!”

Arthur made such a face that made Julie bust out laughing, as she pulled into the parking lot.

“Such a strange name for a pie! I do remember Mason mentioning it to me before.

He said he didn’t know what to think when his crazy waitress wanted to sell it, but that it turned out to be a best seller. The pie has been making good money. Another money maker has been a new coffee flavor that she had encouraged him to sell. As a Thank You to Cara he recently sent her and her husband to Hawaii. He is too nice. I would have just given her a gift certificate for a free meal.”

Julie shook her head. “Oh Arthur you are “toooo kind”. ”

“I know, it runs in the family. ” he said, with a gleam in his eye.

The place was busy, so Arthur decided the food must be good, but he was still staying away from the Shoo fly pie!

When Arthur and Julie walked in, they saw Mason was busy at the register so they just took a seat at a corner table.

“Good afternoon! Can I bring you something to drink?” Cara’s smile shined bright. She had just come back from her coffee break, so she was feeling re-energized.

“I will take a beer please.” Arthur said, without looking up from the menu.

“Sorry sir, we don’t have any beer.”

“No beer, what kind of place is this.” Arthur grumbled. “This table is a little sticky, did you wash it young Miss? Are you going to tell me that you don’t have wine either? ”

Cara stood there, feeling her face grow warm, not knowing what to say.

Julie kept her face behind the menu, feeling for poor Cara. Mason was watching, trying to hold back his laughter at Cara’s speechlessness.

Arthur put down his menu and looked at Cara straight in the eye. “Is it true young Miss that you enjoy wearing Gooney bird feathers in your hair?”

Cara’s face turned bright red and then she saw Mason laughing, as he stood watching everything.

He walked over to them, still chuckling. “Cara meet my cousin Arthur.”

“You have my permission to dump a cup of ice water on him Cara! Hi, I am Julie and I think you will have your hands full while Arthur stays with Mason for a week.”

Cara raised her eyebrows, “A week! Maybe I should go back with you for the week Julie! Please!”

They all laughed and then Arthur said, “It is very nice to meet you. I hope you asked my cousin for a raise. You deserve one, oh and do you know the secret to his luxurious, wavy hair? Come closer and I will whisper it to you.”

Cara got closer and her eyes widened at Arthur’s words. “NOOO!”

“Go ahead, try it!”

“Mason bend your head down for a moment please.” He did and Cara grabbed a hanful of hair and pulled.

“OUCH!” Mason stood back up quickly.

“Oops! Guess that is my other cousin with the toupee.” Cara was laughing and Julie looked at Mason. “He is all yours. I think I better leave before you change your mind about him staying.”

They put his luggage in Mason’s car and Julie wished them well as she headed down the road, laughing at crazy Arthur. She actually was going to miss that guy. He livened things up at the retirement home.

Mr. Tippner and Old Man Fuzzywhistle walked in while Mason and Arthur were talking. Cara was busy waiting on tables.

Mason made the introductions of Arthur to them. Cara rolled her eyes walking by. With that group of stooges there was bound to be trouble just waiting to happen.

34 thoughts on “The Conniving Cousins

  1. I’m liking this story, and hoping there are sequels to come. Anything is bound to happen with Arthur around. But if things go a little too haywire, don’t forget that Tippner is a super bicycle repairman. He can save the day.

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