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Doing the Right Thing ...
Gathering her thoughts; Renée wrote a nice note to her father telling him that she would love to spend some time in England getting to know him, his younger brother, sister and other assorted relations. Renée also wanted to visit France. She would have a nice visit with her Uncle Jon-Luc, the chateau and see what repairs needed immediate attention. However, she knew that Jon-Luc was a very capable man!
Renée called her accountants in San Francisco and arranged for everything to be taken care of as soon as possible. She also had a talk with Lee Vandermier.
“To what do I owe the pleasure of your lovely voice?” Lee replied.
“How are you Lee?” Renée replied.
“I am great. You sound in wonderful spirits. Those letters that you received must have been great news. Not that every time someone in your family dies it changes your bank account by several million dollars!” Lee teased.
“Okay, calm down now Lee; what I want you to do is to get with my accountant and create a couple of spending accounts for me. It’s about time I start developing a new look with that money.” Renée smiled into the phone.
“I hear you, girl! Why don’t you just fly out here and we can all sit down and handle everything. There are going to be a lot of papers for you to sign and it would be nice having you around.” Lee admitted while shades of red mixed with his sun-roasted complexion.
“I’ll do just that.” Renée said.
Short-lived Joy ...
For the first time in her life, Renée felt really happy. It wasn’t that she was totally miserable all those years that she had been with Sadie, but she secretly resented the strong manipulative influence she had on her. At times it seemed unnatural! Whenever she talked about returning to San Francisco, Sadie would fly off into a rage and would have to see a doctor. It got to the point that Renée stopped trying to leave and just thought about her money building up interest and how she was going to spend it when the time came.
“Child quit worrying about that money of yours!” Sadie would smile and say. “You don’t need all that money anyway. You’ve got me and that writing of yours. That writing of yours has brought you in a right smart amount of money. I can’t figure out why you’d want to bother with it when there is so much charity work that needs doing?”
Renée was just beginning to realize how much of a prisoner she had really been to Sadie. She began to understand why her mother spent so much time away. Sadie had a strong domineering force about her that smothered anyone that was unfortunate enough to become influenced. And, Renée had been influenced for almost 38 years!
Renée began to pack the few things she wanted to take with her to San Francisco. As the excitement grew, she thought of the one person that would profit as much as she would from the trip to San Francisco. She decided to call her good friend Katie Kilpatrick.
“Katie, I am going to need your help.” Renée said happily.
“Renée, I’ve not heard you that excited in a long time. What’s up?” Katie said with an exaggerated thick brogue.
“Let’s just say that I have experience a reincarnation of the Emancipation Proclamation.” Renée said in retrospect.
“What do you mean now; you’ve been emancipated?” Katie said.
“I’ll tell you about it later. Just get over here, now!” Renée said.
“Girl—now you sound just like Miss Sadie.” Katie giggled mimicking a slight Southern accent and hung up the phone.
Renée thought about what Katie said and shrugged it. “I guess after so many years of living with the old tyrant some of her ways would run off.” Renée started to laugh as she fingered the pendant.
Own Her Own Terms ...
Renée never thought she would be able to speak about Marme in that way. She had never been blinded by the stronghold Marme had on her. It just seemed at times that she was powerless to do anything about it. Whenever she would feel the stirrings of rebellion, she would have to retreat to her apartment to fearful of the consequences. Now she realized it was her inner spirit telling her that she needed to beware!
It didn’t take any persuading to get Katie to come with her to San Francisco. That was her home! Her rich deep chocolate hair, medium complexion and brown eyes were a compliment to Renée’s raven hair, light mahogany skin and milk chocolate eyes. It was Katie that decided they should get a new wardrobe for the time they would be spending in San Francisco.
“After all, when you leave from San Francisco, you will definitely be the ‘new you’. You will be another year older and gobs richer.” Katie laughed.
“That’s right; I will be celebrating my birthday and my emancipation. This will be my first birthday without Marme.” Renée said quietly.
“And after what we know Miss Sadie did in the name of love … I am just glad that the damage was not permanent!” Katie said defensively.
“If it had not been for you, my friend it would have been. Your rebellious spirit helped me through some of those rough moments.” Renée said.
“You had a rebellious spirit all your own, my friend. I was just around to help stir things up.” Katie added with a grin.
“Did you know that Marme never did like you?” Renée asked.
“Ok course she didn’t like me. I was one of those foreigners she was always hammering. She came to the library once and almost got me fired over some made up misunderstanding.” Katie said.
“Oh, I didn’t know that.” Renée said.
“Yes and the only thing that saved me was the fact that I was out of town that entire week in questioned.” Katie remarked.
“I remember it was with the Association of Librarians in Minnesota wasn’t it?” Renée replied.
“It was the same one that I had previously refused to attend. Curtis Bakersfield said that it would be of great benefit to both me and the library. But little did we both know of how great a benefit it would be to me!” Katie said shaking her head.
“Why did you not tell me about it?” Renée said.
“Because your precious Marme did everything accept blatantly threaten me!” Katie said sarcastically.
“Hmm, I guess Marme was even more vicious than I could have imagined!” Renée said.
“And, Curtis my boss thought it wise that you not know. He knew the depths of trouble Miss Sadie could make for me even in his town of Bakersville and I was aware of it too. If it hadn’t been for the generosity of both Curtis and Chasity, I would have been gone long ago. So, I stayed, much to the displeasure of Miss Sadie. She couldn’t make too big a stink because Curtis wouldn’t have allowed it. However once when she and I were alone; she would definitely bring up the subject of me sharing my friendship elsewhere.” Katie finished.
“Curtis has proven to be a good friend as well as a good boss. He was another on Marme’s “hit list.” Had it not been for the fact that he was her uncle and it was his town, he would have been out-the-door. I am surprised that the two of you never got together.” Renée said with a smile.
“Curtis and I went out a couple of times, but it was more of a brother-sister type thing. He may have been only a couple of years younger than Marme, but he was definitely much older than I prefer in men. We really are “worlds apart!” Katie said returning the smile.
To Be Continued ...
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Your utmost and melancholiest fears surface when you are the recipient of the Blood-Red Ruby as it slowly takes you on the path of madness and DEATH!
© 2018 Jacqueline Williamson BBA MPA MS
Jacqueline Williamson BBA MPA MS (author) from Memphis on October 05, 2018:
Renee's struggle with the Blood-Red Ruby didn't end with the death of Sadie Bakersfield … it just took another direction.