Original Short Fiction: "Lemon Pepper"
From Jiggery-Jee's Eden Valley Stories: When is running out lemon pepper a good thing? Miss Fuzzy Bunny fusses and fusses about running out of lemon pepper, but in the end her running out of lemon pepper might have saved a life.
Miss Fuzzy Bunny Fusses over Running out of Lemon Pepper
Miss Fuzzy Bunny opened the pantry and discovered that she was out of lemon pepper. She said to Jiggery-Jee, “Did you know we have no lemon pepper? How will we ever spice the baked spinach? I had my heart set on baked spinach for supper, and now I see that we have no lemon pepper to spice the baked spinach. Oh, my—and I’m sure the General Everything Store is closed by now. Jiggery-Jee, whatever will we do without lemon pepper to spice the baked spinach?”
“Don’t worry, Miss Fuzzy Bunny, I’ll dash over to Mr. Cat Fink’s house and ask Mr. Rat Narby if he has some. I’m sure he will be glad to let us borrow some lemon pepper. Don’t fret. I’ll be right back.”
“Oh, but I hate for you to have to drive all the way over there. It’s all my fault. I went to the market yesterday, and I just plumb forgot that I was low on lemon pepper.”
“It’s no bother. I don’t mind doing it.”
Miss Fuzzy Bunny Continues to Fuss
“But you are so busy nowadays with the classes you are taking and your new job at the library. I should be more careful so you don’t have to waste your time on things like this. And I know you have a test tomorrow. I’m so sorry, Jiggery-Jee, I am just so sorry.” Tears formed in Miss Fuzzy Bunny’s eyes.
“Please, Miss Fuzzy Bunny—you are making way too much out of this. I could use a break from studying. I’ll enjoy the drive over to Fink’s and Narby’s. I haven’t seen either one of them for several weeks. And I heard that Mr. Rat Narby is courting a lady over in Tulip Ridge. Maybe I can catch up on what’s going on over there. So you see, I really do welcome the interruption.”
“Well, if you’re sure. But I still feel so bad about forgetting the lemon pepper.”
“It’s all right. I’ll be back before you can break up the string beans.” And then Jiggery-Jee set out to borrow some lemon pepper for Miss Fuzzy Bunny’s baked spinach.
Miss Fuzzy Bunny Breaks up the Beans
After Jiggery-Jee left, Miss Fuzzy Bunny gathered up her basket of beans and a bowl for the broken beans and a paper sack for the strings, and she went out and sat on the front porch swing to enjoy the warm afternoon breezes while she broke up the beans.
A Visit from Deputy Sheriff Dodge
Miss Fuzzy Bunny hadn’t broken half the beans before she noticed someone coming through the gate. She didn’t recognize the person right away and wondered who could be visiting her at this hour. As the visitor drew closer, she realized that it was Deputy Sheriff Jane Dodge. She couldn’t imagine why the deputy would be visiting her.
“Miss Fuzzy Bunny, I have some bad news for you. Jiggery-Jee asked me to come tell you that Mr. Cat Fink is in Feline Medical Facility; seems he’s had a mild heart attack. Mr. Rat Narby had gone to Tulip Ridge, and lucky for Mr. Cat Fink, Jiggery-Jee showed up in time to get him to the hospital.”
Running out of Lemon Pepper a Good Thing
“Oh, my, is Mr. Cat Fink going to be all right?” asked Miss Fuzzy Bunny.
“I don’t know all the details, but Jiggery-Jee told me to tell you not to worry; he thinks Mr. Cat Fink will be fine. Oh, yeah, Jiggery-Jee sent you this lemon pepper, and he said to tell you that it was a good thing you ran out. And he said he’d be home as soon as Mr. Cat Fink is resting comfortably. Well, I’d better be going. Have a good day, Miss Fuzzy Bunny.”
“Thank you, Deputy Jane, for the message and the lemon pepper.”
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