Monday, July 15, 2013

Hometown Monday - Sheila first meets Donnie and Christopher

Hometown Monday
Sheila first meets Donnie and Christopher

[Sheila drove a convertible like this up from Mississippi]

This is the second of an expected irregular series of posts of excerpts from the novels, novellas, and short stories of "The Homeplace Series" Family Saga story-telling, to provide an insight into the story lines that may not be clear from other promotional pieces about "The Homeplace Series." These will also be coordinated with the content of the developmental Wiki, "Beyond the Books" - to expand the information available there, as well.

The following excerpt from "Back to the Homeplace" is from Tuesday, February 17, 1987:

            "I was really surprised when someone said there is a McDonald's in Oak Springs. I thought this would really be the “sticks”… with a McDonalds here, I may survive!"
            "The town has changed a lot recently. I hear Daddy talk about the industrial park and the college. New people are showing up all the time now."
            Sheila waited for the car coming out of the drive to clear then turned into the McDonalds's parking lot. "Here we are."
            "We're right on time," Melanie checked her wristwatch as they got out of the car, "Donnie should be here any minute. His last class at O.C.C. gets out at four. It's about a twenty minute drive."
            "What's O.C.C. stand for?"
            "Ozark Community College. It's out west of town. The campus is built on a farm that was donated several years ago. Daddy was involved with it somehow. A lot of people wondered if it would work having a college out in the middle of the country."
            Sheila walked up to the counter, and to the clerk said, "One large diet coke and a regular fry. What about you, Melanie?" She glanced at the taller, honey-blond haired girl standing next to her.
            "Just a small coke, I'll pay for it." Melanie was digging in her purse.
            "I've got it this time, Melanie. I still owe you one for steering me to Carla's Beauty Salon.  It felt almost like home in there."
"That's probably because Carla came up here from Mississippi about three years ago."  They took their food to a booth facing the street. "Mom wasn't too happy when I started going there, but it has worked out just fine. My mother still thinks old Eva Hobson out on the east edge of town is the only person who can do hair right. Her place looks like an antique store to me. I'll take the modern look at Carla's."
            "Is that Donnie in the black pickup? Someone is with him." Sheila had shifted her attention out the window. She watched two young men get out of the truck and stride toward the door. Maybe this visit will be more worthwhile than I thought, Sheila mused. Donnie is a hunk and this blond friend of his may be even more delicious.
            "That is just my brother, Christopher. He and Donnie seem like two peas in a pod, sometimes. They hunt together, they play sports together; they even watch sports together. Since Donnie has been at O.C.C. it has gotten even harder for me to find time with him." Melanie waved to let the guys know where they were sitting. Donnie waved back and proceeded to the counter.
            As they stood at the counter with their backs to the girls, Sheila noticed how similar the two young men were built. They could easily pass for brothers.  Donnie had darker brown hair and appeared to be a little older. Their broad shoulders and slim hips brought to mind a pair of halfbacks lined up ready to take a football hand-off from the quarterback. I look forward to experiencing some of their moves, Sheila pondered. 


For 'the rest of the story' read the book:

"May each of us have a Homeplace to hold onto, if only in our minds."

Bill  ;-)

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