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The Woman In The Doorway ( Part 6)
Well Friday came so fast for the signing on the store and property.Mrs Tuddley got nervous with excitement.
"Hello Mrs .Tuddley how are you; Are you ready?"
"Yes Sir. I am lets go! Jonathan we should be back shortly.If you don't mind watch the store."
Jonathan peered over the shelf where he was working "OK"
"Hello" I need a dollar said a voice. Jonathan stepped away from the shelf."Excuse me may I help you?"
You heard me give me the money out of the register!
"Sir, you don't need to do this.What do you need I can help you?"
I don't want your help boy give me the money!
Jonathan went over to the doorway to the register and pushed a button and the register jammed and didn't open."Wait a minute it's stuck ;The draw is stuck sir."
"Boy are you playing with me? Don't play with me! I 'm not to be played with!"
"Boy you heard me! the man pulled out a gun."
Someone was walking up the walk way.He grabbed the money out of Jonathan's hand and ran.
"Are you OK?" "Yes I'm good" replied Jonathan."You must call the police" stated the lady
Just as the police arrived so did Mrs. Tuddley "OH my Goodness! What is going on here?"
"Are you the owner?" asked the officer.Yes Sir I am.Mrs Marie Tuddley is my name." I think we had a little robbery here.stated the officer.
"What did they take?" asked Mrs.Tuddley.
The money from the register.We questioned the young man that work for you and he wont say much.You think he would have anything to do with it?
No Sir, Jonathan has been with me since I opened the store and can have anything I have.He will not steal from me.
We questioned the young lady by the name of Lilly and she said the man grabbed the money and ran.She described only a hooded gentleman a little tattered that's all she saw.
"Jonathan are you ok son?"Yes,I'm ok just nervous that's all
"Oh my goodness that could have been me. They say he had a gun not in our little town.I wont let that stand in my way.That old beast.
"OK Mrs.Tuddley,If you need us just call."stated the officer.
"Yes Sir.I will thanks for everything.
"Hello I'm Joshua from Joshua Mini Mart.I seen all the comotion and police cars.Is everything OK?"
"Who are you?"asked Mrs.Tuddley.
Joshua Smith I own the Mini Mart.
"Oh sorry if I sound so rude."
"No Mama" I under stand. I've never meet you before.I've heard about you and this store.And I've seen the change you have brought to this area.I think you have done well here.I know Jonathan he is the one that picks up meals for you and himself.I know this has upset you.But just with warm wishes come over and enjoy a meal on the house.It is nice to have you here.
Just to think I just based the rest of my life right here on this corner property she thought.
"Sure we will do that;Thanks" said Mrs.Tuddley.
Jonathan I think we will take the day off tommorow it is Saturday and we can do that.Put the close sign in the door window and take a break.
"OK sounds good"
They locked up later that day and went home.
"Good Morning Mother" the voice on the other end of the phone" "Good Morning son how are you?"
Trisha said you wanted us to come down. All of us can come down today.
"Oh son that sound great: I'm not opening the store today.
"Why not?" I'll tell you when you all get here over lunch.
"We will be there in two hours."
I don't want my kids to worry about me she thought to herself.
"Hey are you guys ready?I told mother we will be there at the house in two hours."
"Yes we are; we are headed out the door toward your place.Trisha stated over the phone.
"Table for four;right this way please follow me?"
"Hello Mrs .Tuddley want to dance darling? what a surprise."
"Hello Joshua this is a very nice place you have here.It is more than a mini mart wouldn't you say?"By the way this is my daughter Trisha,Son Joseph and son-in-law Johnny.
"Nice to meet you all.Welcome to my place weekends are very much different from weekdays. I have to have the right setting for my customers they like it."Different people different moods.
"We like it as well" They all stated.Do you D.J your own music?
"Yes;I love all kinds of music and I shop for my own music it is very important in this business. I let the cooks do the cooking and I do the entertaining for my customers. I ask what you want to hear and it goes from there.I like it.It is fun for me and it don't make my day a drag.Holidays are a blast.We all dress up for celebrations here.I'm sorry I'm going on and on.What would you like?"Music,food,drinks........your wish is my command.
"Vodka on the rocks with a splash of cranberry."
"All right mother;Trisha smiles we will all take the same; not really I'm expecting a baby I'll have a tea.Joseph and Johnny what are you guys having? A beer will do just fine for us.
They looked at their mother."What's on your mind?" The store was robbed yesterday.
"Are you ok why didn't you call us?"
Nothing to worry about the police came.It happened while I was out making the purchase on the property.
"Is Jonathan ok?" asked Joseph
He was a little shook up but he is fine.Now lets have fun enough about the store.I don't get you all here together often.Another round please Joshua and then I will take you up on that dance you promised the music is great.
"Just say when and I will turn the lights down and hit the strobe lights.This will be a day for you to remember Mrs.Tuddley." Said Joshua as he turned up the volume.Let's party people!Maestro is playing the music.