Bert and Bea went into full guard dog mode. Lots of barking as they ran to the front door. Chief Day followed them. He opened the front door. The woman who stood before him wasn’t one he wanted to see.
“Connie, what do you want?” Grumbled, Chief Day.
“Good morning Connie. Chief Day!” Said, a chipper Pastor George.
“Shall we go to the meeting place? I mean the kitchen.” Chuckled, Pastor George.
Chief Day did an about-face then did a brisk walk to the kitchen. Bea and Bert were at his heels. When he stopped, Bea pawed his left leg to be picked up. Chief Day scooped her up, without hesitation. For his efforts, Bea gave him several kisses on the cheek. Some noticed a faint smile on his face. Short-lived as it was.
When Connie walked into the kitchen, several people were taking deep breaths. Pastor George stood to the right of Connie. A minute or so went by, before Susan, said, “Good morning, Connie and Pastor George.”
“I want to introduce to our newest residents. Cora and Grace. I’d better not hear any rumors about this young family.” Bellowed, Chief Day.
“We come in peace.” Said, Pastor George.
“Right.” Stated, Chief Day in a sour tone.
“Connie, you have our attention. ” Said, Susan.
“Well! We don’t have all day.” Boomed, Chief Day.
Connie looked over to Pastor George. He nodded his head, then mouthed, “You got this.”
Connie did a loud exhale of breath. She looked in the direction of Chief Day, “Chief Day, I am very sorry for the trouble that I caused you. More so, is the loss of your wife’s dog.”
Several painful minutes elapsed before Chief Day spoke, “I will not hold a grudged against you, Connie. I accept your apology. Please keep in mind the grieving process I’m going through.” Said, Chief Day.
“Pastor George, when you have time, I’d like to chat with you.” Said, Chief Day.
“I came here to visit with you and Ralph.” Stated, Pastor George.
“Gentleman to the producers’ office.” Ralph chuckled.
Chief Day walked up to Susan. “You know that Bea is expecting?”
“I want one of her pups.” Stated the Chief.
“You are first on the list, Chief Day.” Said, Susan with a smile.