Wednesday, May 22, 2019
It’s still May and #GetCaughtReading Month! Chris Graham, the Story Reading Ape, and I got together to support this initiative that promotes the fun of reading for all ages.
I meant our short story last week to be a single episode. However, with an ongoing (and itchy) allergy problem distracting me, I’m having trouble getting my head into the Pip-verse so that I can finish preparing A Ghost in the Kitchen for launch. So, I hoped writing a little more on this story would help.
Artie, the genius time traveling chimpanzee is back today. If you missed Pip and Artie Aghast at a Ghost, click the link. I hope you Get Caught Reading this! All right then, let’s get a wiggle on and head to the Jazz Age!
Pip and Artie — Aghast at a Ghost
Part 2 — Epilogue
Nothing ever kept my grandmother down for long. Arty looked brooksy in his time-travel uniform. That and his kind eyes won Granny Phanny over pretty quick. Although she persisted in a profound denial about the prankish poltergeist.
“A bird got in the kitchen,” she insisted. “I chased it outside with my broom, but I slipped and hit my head when I fell. What? I beg your pardon! Why of all the gall, Paisley. I have never swooned in all my days.”
Phanny Irene Peabody was determined to introduce Artie to southern cooking. Granny was so caught up in showing off that she barely let me help her, suspending my cooking lessons for the day.
She limited the meat in her dishes when Artie admitted that it wasn’t his favorite thing. However, Granny laid out a mouthwatering spread with cornbread-dressing, collard greens, light-as-air biscuits, chicken and dumplings (easy on the chicken), mashed potatoes, and some fried chicken for Andy and me.
Even though it didn’t fit with the rest of the meal, she made some hushpuppies. You see, Artie had asked about them, wanting to know if they really included puppies. Andy and I were too surprised to completely hide our laughter. Granny, however, was downright professorial as she explained that hushpuppies were only bread, with no meat of any sort.
When Granny had us all move to the parlor for dessert, Andy and I saw the ghost sneak back into the kitchen, but we kept our lips buttoned. I knew the spirit wouldn’t beat it for long.
Then my grandmother ensured future visits from Artie by producing one of his favorite desserts – a Mississippi mud pie.
When he laid eyes on the chocolaty confection, Artie couldn’t help showing a big toothy grin. Granny’s smile faded for a second when she saw the length of his teeth, but a look at the genius ape’s delighted eyes put her at ease.
Artie offered Granny Phanny one quick time travel adventure. At first, she protested that it was too great a gift. Yet an imploring gaze from Artie caused her to relent. However, Granny swore him to secrecy about where and when she wanted to go.
Phanny Irene Peabody hopped onto the back of the motorcycle-looking time machine. She moved as if she was an old hand with motorcycles. Then I remembered the time she and Dr. Vincent Vale (and everybody else I knew in Savannah) went looking for me on his vintage vehicle.
The traveling duo returned about twenty seconds after they left. Granny was misty eyed. She gave Artie a tight hug as he bade us farewell.
Heartfelt thanks to Chris Graham for being such a willing participant in these shenanigans. Our Story Reading Ape is a marvelous storyteller. If you want to get caught reading another treat, check out his mom’s book.
Don’t forget my mysterious new serial, Brother Love. Chapter 5 will go live on Saturday.
I’ll see you at the crossroads!
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