I did something a little different this time in regard to featuring another blogger’s recipes. I asked Amy at Savory Moments to randomly supply me with three recipes. Then as a challenge I allowed the recipes to be my creative driver for a story. It turned out to be FUN. This is loosely based on a true story I heard several years ago. I hope you enjoy reading it, as much as I enjoyed writing it.
“La La La, I’m not listening,” said Ellis as she pushed her glasses back up the bridge of her nose.
“Oh come on. It will be fun,” said Renie as she crossed her arms across her chest like a mom talking to a recalcitrant child.
“I don’t like large gatherings. Plus I don’t have the money for such silliness.” Ellis fiddled with her straw in a frosty glass of rhubarb lemonade. It was a warm day and they were sitting outside on the patio of a café. A slight breezed ruffled the scalloped edges of the pink and white stripped umbrellas shading the tables.
“The tickets are free. The food will be good. It’s an open bar for cripes sake. You will get a chance to see every hot bachelor in town.”
“I can sit home and watch the Batcholette with my dog and a big bowl of popcorn, if I feel like gazing at bunch of self centered—hey aren’t I just great—-you’d be so lucky to have me—-guys. No thank you,” said Ellis, as she once again pushed her glasses back up the bridge of her nose.
“When are you going to get contacts again? Those glasses suck. You remind me of dumpy Mrs. Mallow in her grey cardigan and black glasses from seventh grade sewing class,” said Renie.
“Thanks like I needed to hear that. Doc says I have to rest my eyes from contacts for three months.” Ellis took a sip of her drink. “This is soooooo good. I love it when rhubarb season arrives and this is back on the menu.”
“Ellis, aren’t you forgetting this bachelor auction is for a good cause, raising money for the Children’s Hospital. The hospital where you volunteer. Hello, doesn’t that mean anything to you?”
Ellis felt a slight shift in her attitude at this reminder, but not enough to sit through a ridiculous evening watching other women make fools of themselves bidding to have a date with eligible bachelors.
” You gotta help me out of this bind. Mom coerced Dad into buying tickets for two large of the tables. Colonel Dad commandeered me in his military voice to fill one of the tables. Heidi backed out at the last minute and it’s TONIGHT–in fact in exactly six hours. And you know my Dad!” Renie twisted her napkin as she spoke.
Ellis did know her Dad. He wouldn’t say anything, but he would give Renie one of his looks. In this case he would probably choose the condescending look, which telegraphed to all who were watching, Renie you are such a flake you can’t even do this simple task.
“Oh crap, all right already. I will go to this stupid function, but only because it’s for a good cause. Okay, also because you are my best friend.” Ellis drained her drink. “Plus I’m going to relish getting paybacks”
Renie jumped up and yelled, “Yes! Give me five! I knew you would come through. Now we have to find you something to wear.”
“Wait a minute. That wasn’t part of the deal. I’m perfectly capable of dressing myself, thank you very much.”
“No you can’t”
“Yes, I can.”
“No, you can’t. This is not the time or the place for you to look like Mrs. Mallow,” said Renie. ” Give it up. I’m not backing down.”
To be continued——