How the Cookie Crumbles

An irreverant view of life after SIXTY-FIVE

Roses (part 3)

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Part 1  &  Part 2

Roses

Odd. George wants me to call him at the unknown number. April chewed her lip. She paced the length of her kitchen and stared at the text message. He’d used the code they’d planned years ago, his first name and full initials: George gat. Why today? Wait! Not that sicko again.

Heart hammering she punched in the numbers. Someone picked up within half a ring. “George?”

“Yes, it’s me—”

“What happened to your cell? What’s going on?”

“Patty and I are at dinner. I expect my cell is in the car. This is her new one. How are you holding up?”

“George, you used the code—”

“Yes, as a precaution. I knew you wouldn’t recognize the number. Listen. Everything okay with you?”

“Everything okay with you? Like what? I can’t think. Give me a minute.” She held the phone to her chest, flung her head back and took a deep shaky breath, and blew it out the way she cooled her coffee, except in one long puff of air. The second time made her dizzy and a tension headache threatened to erupt. “I’m back. Something did happen. Someone knocked, but I didn’t want to answer. Later, I found a box of roses in front of my door.” Tears lurked in the corner of her eyes. She bit her lip.

“I see. A card or markings on the box?”

“Nothing.”

“Of course not. Anything about the roses?”

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Blinding tears gushed free. Hiccup. “Henry’s and mine favorite. Are you thinking what I’m thinking? How is it even possible?”

“Let’s not jump ahead of ourselves. I’ll make some calls. Call you later, and stop worrying.”

“How can I?” Caramel galloped past her with the unique scream he used when the moon was full or when he was frisky. Back he came again and slammed into the fridge before braking.

“On second thought, Patty and I will drop in for a brandy on the way home. Feel better now?”

“Thanks, George. Tell Patty I’m sorry for ruining your dinner.”

“You didn’t. Sit tight.”

“What do you have there, kitty?”

 

© 2015 Tess and How the Cookie Crumbles. All Rights Reserved

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Author: Let's CUT the Crap!

I'm getting a little LONG in the tooth and have things to say about---ouch---AGEing. I believe it's certainly a state of mind but sometimes it's nice to hear that you're NORMAL. I enjoy reading by the truckload. I'm a grandma but I don't feel OLD although I'm not so young anymore. My plan is to stick it out as long as I can on this lovely planet and only will leave it kicking and screaming!

49 thoughts on “Roses (part 3)

  1. Another great one that really pulls you in with wanting to know what’s going on. I just love that last line…kitty. Great imagery. 🙂

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  2. Intriguing and disturbing…more please! 😉

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  3. A very disturbing cliff hanger of an ending!

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  4. Aren’t you awesome, Joanne. I like Stephen King as well. The Shining started it all for me. Needful things, It, Misery, The Green Mile, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, Dr. Sleep and so many more. He makes them all so believable. That’s how I get my chills and thrills. Not my strength but there’s no sin in trying my hand at a tiny bit of ‘strange’ and scary. o_O

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  5. Definitely a cliff hanger Tess. The question is what now? Success to the writer!

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  6. I think its cool that you don’t know what’s going to happen, it’s going to be interesting! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  7. Interesting and mysterious (I haven’t read the other parts)… I do want to know more!!!!!!

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  8. WHAT DOES THE KITTY HAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 sorry for yelling! 😉

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  9. Tess, you are building tension just perfectly! Intrigue and wonderful dialog. Kitty, kitty what does kitty have?

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  10. Oh my! The tension is building. . .
    I’m waiting for the next part.

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  11. Poor Carmel. Banging into the frig can hurt — a lot. When does part 4 come out?

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  12. And you end it with a cliff hanger. What DOES kitty have? I guess I’ll have to wait to find out.

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  13. Can’t wait to see what happens next, Tess. I love a good mystery/detective/suspense story. Caramel and her shenanigans are nice touch.

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  14. This story gets more intriguing with each new installment. When’s part 4?

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  15. Liking it Tess. 🙂

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  16. Loving Caramel more and more…what a beauty 🙂 ❤

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  17. Good story. Keep em coming

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  18. Hummm the plot thickens. I think Caramel enjoys “weirding out” his human as much as any cat I’ve ever had. Forget the mysterious roses — i’m worried about what the cat caught/found. LOL.. Hugs! ⭐ 🙂

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  19. 😀 😀 He’s an exuberant cat. Hmm. Maybe I’ll call my next one Caramel. I kinda like it.
    Thanks Teagan for reading and commenting. You know cats will be cats and find the weirdest things.
    My new acquisition from end January, feels so at home he gets into everything. I’m ready to show him the door–although he really is sweet when he is g.o.o.d.

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  20. I heard in my head . . . “Ba ba buuuuuum, To be continued.”

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  21. I hadn’t planned on more, but I so-o-o-o like these two together….
    Thank you Robin for reading and staying with me… ❤ ❤

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  22. This is great 🙂 Loving Caramel and now two mysteries, the rose and whatever Caramel has!

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  23. My lips are sealed. ~{=_=}“

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  24. Roo doo. I have to go back and read 1 and 2 then 3 again.

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  25. This is so good! I cannot wait to see what happens. And what an ending… what does Caramel have? You devil, leaving us hanging! I want – no, need – more! ❤

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  26. 😀 😀 Thanks so much Kate. I have continued this story due to requests and the story will continue whenever the next regular prompt doesn’t appear. ❤ ❤ ❤

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  27. Wonderfully scary – no blood, no guts, yet frightening as all get-out. LOVE IT.

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  28. Oh… Kitty… what are you up to?

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  29. Hmm..Anxious to know what kitty had!

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  30. Very intriguing Tess, I can’t wait to find out where this story leads.

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  31. Thank you, Andrea. Me too! 🙂

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  32. Love your cliffhangers Tess. Kitty. 🙂

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  33. I’m tickled you like the cliffhangers. Thank you, Debby. ❤ ❤ ❤

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