The town square cleaned up nice after the fair, you would have never guessed a bunch of high schooler’s were in control of it for an entire week. We bagged up the last trash and squared away the old booth in the library basement earlier this morning, which left the rest of the day for lounging and drinking.
Ken Harris and I sat on my porch until about noon when he proclaimed he was a week overdue for a nap. As he left, the phone in the house, the one my mother asks I never shut off in favor of my cell, it started to ring.
“City morgue,” I said into the handset.
“You know I hate it when you answer the phone like that,” My mother said, ‘Why can’t you answer a phone like a regular people?”
“Love you, too, Mom,” I said. It was an old game that neither of us won, except her.
“So, I hear you’ve had some excitement,” she said.
“Evan, I got no idea. Maybe the Poole’s? But no, they had all their money tied up in that dot com business their son was in. Poor things.”
“Me and Harker-”
“Harker and I.”
“The both of us, we went over the usual suspects. He went around to some of them but everybody’s denying it.
“Well, you be sure of one thing, son,” Mom said, “Nothing comes for free.”
“We didn’t even have a chance to turn it down,” I said.
“That’s the worst kind of the Devil’s trick,” she said. We talked a bit more, she knew all about Donna’s connection with the Cluppers, of course.
“It was all over town. Course you run around with recluse’s from the woods,” she said, referring to the Harkers.
“I know people,” I said on weak defense.
“Well, seems you might be getting to know a few more. What’s your plans?”
“Power and water at first,” I said, “Have the building checked out. And start building the book collection back up,.”
“Use the bookmobile.”
“Yeah. Kept it behind the house,” she said, “Your daddy restored it a bit, got it going. Still fully loaded with books. Should give you a head start with a reference collection.
I thanked her and hung up the phone. Then I went back on the porch to attempt to finish all the beer in Banned County.