“Susan! Your heart! Breath! Keep calm! Be nice!” Rambled Michelle as the two women approached the group at the bar.
“So! You’re Gretchen.” Said Susan through gritted teeth.
Chief Day got off of his bar stool. His six foot four inch body seemed to be that of a giant. He took Gretchen into a side embrace. “Susan, I want you to meet Gretchen. My niece.” The Chief gave Susan a stern look. She has seen this look numerous times. A calm kind attitude was presented when Susan shook Gretchen’s hand.
“We will join you ladies at your table. This way any big ears will not hear us.” Said Chief Day. Everyone nodded in agreement. The waitress followed the group. Within minutes she had everyone taken care of.
Ralph started the conversation. “Susan. Chief Day had me meet his niece a month ago. I meet her the day before you had your mild heart attack. She wants to be a coder like myself. Without telling you, it was going to be a surprise. For me to work less hours. Instead someone altered a picture of me, Gretchen and the Chief.” Ralph was interrupted.
Chief Day, handed Susan his smart phone. There it was. A picture of all three of them. The picture sent to Susan and Pastor was of Ralph and Gretchen. They are close together because the Chief is in the picture. Susan looked at Ralph.
“The person responsible for this used a photo editor.” Said Ralph.
“No divorce.” Muttered Susan.
“No baby. You are my one and only.” Said Ralph.
“Enough of the gooey stuff.” Said the Chief.
“I’m so sorry you went through all of this, Susan.” Said Gretchen.
“Honey, you are not the responsible party for this.” Said Susan.
“You were going to cut back your hours, Ralph? For me?”
“Gretchen please take over my husbands work load. You are more than welcome to work out of our home. We can give you a key.” Smiled Susan.
“As for you Michelle” The Chief paused.
“No need to ruffle your feathers Chief.” Said Pastor George.
“I will need to arrest you Michelle. You disobeyed a direct order from me.” The Chief was all business. He radio into the station. “Officer Shape. Hustle yourself to the Watering Hole. I found one of the women you are looking for. Michelle Blessing.”
“Yes sir. Right away sir. Yes sir. On my way sir.” Officer Shape said.
“Chief. You are being a bit harsh.” Said Susan.
“You can be arrested as well. Interfering with official police business.” Growled the Chief.
The group fell silent. Everyone busied there glances away from the Chief. Michelle looked at her husband with a pleading look. He mouthed to her, “There’s nothing I can do.” Said Pastor George.