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Topic: SKELETON IN THE CLOSET (11/30/17)
TITLE: No Room In the Closet
By Wilma Schlegel
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Zenia gave her husband a practiced look of compassion, “My heart breaks for them..but”
“I know, wife, but there is nothing to do. They’ve made certain decisions and we cannot dirty ourselves with such as them. We have always been lawful and pure.”
Zenia nodded and said. “Come, sit, our meal is ready.”
Their home was ample and comfortable for their needs. The couple was truly blessed. They sat down to share a tasty supper and some tasty morsels of news.
“I heard they went to Andrew’s place first.” Aaden said.
“Oh my!” Zenia exclaimed. “I don’t mean to laugh, but that must have been something to see!”
“Yep, I heard the old man got rid of them fast and said some things not appropriate for a lady like yourself to hear.”
“Thank you, dear.” Zenia patted his hand.
“Yeah, then they went to old man Benny’s place. He didn’t have the decency to put his beer down. Apparently belched in their faces and sent them away.
“Aghh! Aaden, I’m so glad you don’t have any nasty habits like that,” Zenia feigned disgust.
“Yes, well someone in this town needs to recognize and practice righteousness. Looks like it has to be us.” He smiled a satisfied smile and patted his stomach.
“By the way, my dear, this roast is sublime. How did you ever manage to get us such a tender cut? Was this not too expensive for our well-watched budget?” Aaden looked admiringly at Zenia.
“Oh, it was a special sale today,” Zenia answered vaguely. She didn’t believe it was necessary to mention the convenient ‘distraction’ at the butcher shop. That germy, sniveling, little boy of the butcher’s came in crying over some childish problem when the butcher should have been waiting on her. She got her own justice. While he wasn’t paying her any attention she merely exchanged the cut she’d bought for an upgrade. She’d learned the trick some time ago. No one need know about it. What they didn’t know wouldn’t hurt them.
“Ah, my dear, you are a gem.” Aaden complimented.
A knock sounded at the door. “Always during supper, it’s as if people try to be rude,” Zenia complained.
Aaden looked out. “Well, looks like we’re the next ones to be ‘blessed’," he mouthed to Zenia.
“What do you want?” he answered the young man’s knock, but his eyes wandered up and down the form of the young woman. Well look at this, he thought, she certainly is all that she was rumored to be. He wasn’t a gambling man (well not like some) but this was one wager he was glad to be in on. He couldn’t really believe it of Joseph, but here in front of him was the very definite proof. She was most certainly, well, compromised. There’d be a nice little extra sum of money in his pocket this week. Should he share it with Zenia? No, he’d earned it, it was his to enjoy.
“Please, do you have a room?” the young man asked.
“No, son, I’m sorry, be on your way.”
“But I’m your relative, and my betrothed ..”
“Son, I see your betrothed,” Aaden gave her a hungry look lingering a little too long before turning back to Joseph. “In this family we don’t ..er” he cleared his throat, “do those kind of things. It is beyond my wife and I’s comprehension what you see in a girl like her.”
“Yes,” Zenia stepped in. “You should be ashamed! You need to get yourself pure and righteous, more like the example we’ve always put forth.”
“It’s not what it appears to be,” Joseph stated.
What? What is he trying to say? Joseph’s statement hit both Aaden and Zenia hard. Does he know something?
“My betrothed’s condition is…unlike…what you think” Joseph searched for words.
Ironically, both Aaden’s and Zenia’s thoughts were similar - Ohhhhh, of course he’s not talking about me.
Then Aaden remembered that other rumor, that Joseph wasn’t necessarily the father. Hmmm…, for just a moment he entertained the thought of another wager but then cleverly retorted.
“Son, it’s beyond me how your situation is 'unlike' other common humans. But let me offer you the little stable out back where the other non-humans are gathered. Maybe you will fit in better there.”
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