Provincial Lady sent three words that were very picturesque to me. So I’ve gotten on many a tangent looking at images to go with this episode. But that’s part of the fun.
As always you can do catch-up reading on the Three Things Serial page. I hope to get lots of fun “things” from you in the comments, to keep the story going.
Punctilious, Train, Diary
A beautiful phonograph stood in the corner. It was surrounded by a little track with a clockwork train. Frankie stooped down to investigate the train. It was painted red with yellow trim, and the coal car had a Hornby logo. In a second Frankie had it chugging around the little tracks. His eyes lit up like a child’s. He blushed in a cute way when he realized I was watching him, murmuring something about the workmanship.
I wanted to rib him about it so bad that I had to bite my lip to stop myself. Frankie was really the cat’s meow, but I hadn’t known him that long, and I wasn’t sure how much teasing he could take. So I played it as seriously as I could manage. “Yes,” I agreed. “The attention to detail is quite punctilious, isn’t it?”
Frankie tore himself away from the model and stepped over the tracks to get to the phonograph. The fireman gave the handle a few cranks and the sound of “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles” filled the air.
Flavio was sitting next to Mona on the chaise lounge, whispering things that brought gales of giggles from her. Frankie looked over at me and I made a derisive face at the other two. This shindig was going to give Mona plenty to write about in her diary.