Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Beautiful American by Marilyn Holdsworth @m_holdsworth

Chapter 4

Mildred and Max were waiting for her when Abby walked back through the shop to the front window. The three of them put the finishing touches on the display and then stepped back to admire the affect. Max had washed the glass so it sparkled, and Mildred had added two more porcelains and a few pieces of antique silver and propped a pair of burgundy velvet pillows in one corner. The overall look was stunning, and Abby nodded her approval.

“Window dressing is an art form in itself and you two could make a business out of it, I’m sure. But I certainly hope you won’t. I don’t know what I’d do without you,” she added hurriedly.

“Blimey, that’d be the day,” Max scoffed.

“Well, I’m really grateful for your help today. The window looks terrific, and I was glad you were here to help load that desk, Max.”

“Quickest sale I ever seen.” Max scratched his head, and Mildred gave him a knowing look.

“Nice-looking bloke. Not seen ’im around before,” she said, studying Abby carefully.

“I just met him this morning actually, at the auction. He sort of helped me out of a difficult situation.”

“Knows ’is mind,” Max said.

“Knows what he wants; that’s for sure,” Mildred sniffed. “Wonder if that desk is all he wants.”

“Now, Mildred, don’t go making more out of this than there is. He wanted a desk; I had one for sale. Simple as that. Done deal,” Abby said firmly, locking the shop’s door and heading toward her van.

“Mmhmm” Mildred mused. “We’ll just see about that.”

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Genre - Biographies & Memoirs

Rating – PG-13

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