Welcome to SeniorVu’s daily ‘flash fiction’, with the continuing saga of Mary Lu at the Vu. Mary Lu is a 78-year old fictitious resident of a fictitious senior living community called Hickory Hills View (a.k.a. The Vu). Every night, while her husband Bobby (he’s fictitious too) sleeps next to her, she sends her sister Carolyn (yup, fictitious) an entertaining email updating her on the day. These are her stories. We hope they become as addictive as your morning cup of coffee.
Disclaimer: Even though these stories may sound familiar to your community, the story, all names, characters, and incidents portrayed in this series are fictitious. No identification with actual persons (living or deceased), places, buildings, and products is intended or should be inferred.
Another weekend in the books and still no sign of Doug Bennett.
I asked the managers at The Vu if they knew when their handyman would be back. They didn’t. They’re concerned he might have had a health emergency, so Jackie and I spent the weekend calling every hospital in five states. No dice.
Noreen has been flapping her gums nonstop since we told her that we suspected Doug is the person who spent 16 years in prison.
“I’m getting a gun,” she announced Saturday afternoon at lunch. “A big honkin’ gun. If Doug Bennett gets within 100 yards of me, I’ll fill his lumpy rump full of lead.”
I wanted to tell her she was overreacting. Even if Doug did have a criminal past, we’d all had completely innocuous encounters with him ever since. It wasn’t like he would suddenly become Mr. Hyde.
But then again, he had keys to our apartments. We didn’t know what crimes he’d committed. And if he knew that we knew…
“I need a gun,” I told Bobby when he got back from watching football.
“You do not need a gun.”
“Yes, I do,” I protested. “This is a sketchy area.”
“This is the safest area in the county,” he said, shaking his head. “It’s that nonsense about that person who was in prison again, isn’t it? It’s not Ernie.”
“I know it’s not Ernie. I need a gun.”
Then I told him my suspicions about Doug Bennett. And you know what? He didn’t get mad. He let the idea sink in.
“Hmm,” he said. “I could see that.”
“And he has a key to our place, Bobby.”
Sometimes people surprise you. I expected Bobby to dismiss my fears. But he didn’t. He gave me a hug.
“I want you to feel safe here,” he said. “And if a gun would make you feel safe, then we’ll just have to find you one.”
Yeah, Bobby said that. I know, right?
So, we’ll be going shopping for one, C. Your ol’ sister will be packing heat – and hopefully feeling safer.
But I won’t really feel safe until we know what’s up with Doug Bennett.
P.S. To catch up on all of my previous Mary Lu at The Vu posts, click here to go back to Day 1.