Follow the signs

Page 35 from the series Before the Pirates Came*

Miranda would always be glad she went to Toronto with Harry.  How could she have possibly known he was married?  Well… she could have asked someone.  Lydia Ogletree ran in the same circles as the Stowes but Miranda kept the affair a secret.  There were no telltale photos on his credenza, and of course,  no ring on his hand.  When Miranda got a feeling that he was mysterious and elusive, why didn’t she listen?  Ask  questions?  But no, that would have ruined everything.

There were members of the Orchid Society who had known the Stowe family for years, and mutual friends who sat on the Symphony Board, as did he. And when Miranda looked at the membership directory for the club, did she miss something?  Had the pages disappeared, or stuck together?  Yes, there were many excuses.  Maybe Harry was going to leave his wife anyway, and the union of Harry and Miranda was meant to be…

Truth is, all she had to do was ask her friend Mavis, the bartender at the club.  She knew everyone.  Not only would she have told Miranda the truth about Harry, but also that it was wrong to be involved with him.  Mavis was a devout Christian lady, someone who prayed for Miranda when her drinking got really bad.  She knew all about the Bible and kept telling Miranda she should read it, too.

Miranda was sitting at the dinette in the cabin of her old boat, the boat she called “Seeking Miranda.”  It was a blustery day in November and Miranda was eating Ocean Spray cranberry sauce out of the can.  No need to save it for Thanksgiving, since she would be out-of-town for the holiday. 

Miranda loved Mavis and didn’t want to disappointment her by telling her the truth.  Mavis would not have rejected her as a friend, but she would have passed along some verses from the Bible that would make Miranda feel uncomfortable.  So she avoided the bar altogether and ordered her drinks by the pool instead.

“The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death.”  Proverbs 13:12 (NIV)

“He who scorns instruction will pay for it, but he who respects a command is rewarded.”  Proverbs 13:13 (NIV)

“Every prudent man acts out of knowledge, but a fool exposes his folly.”   Proverbs 13:16 (NIV)

Miranda still had the Bible given to her by a maintenance man at the Mallard Point Club in Traverse City, a guy in Carhartts who showed up out of no where.  She kept it in a secret hiding place in the galley with her important papers and the money from Charlie.  It was wrapped in a Ziploc bag so it wouldn’t get wet.  What would Mavis say right now…?

“A Bible in a Ziploc bag is like a candy bar still in the wrapper.  The goodness will never come out until you open it.” 

Miranda thought that was hilarious, thought Mavis would like it, too.  Maybe she would read a few verses every night, if she could come back from the bars a little early.  Miranda was so miserable, so tired of missing her husband and living like an Eskimo out on this dock.  But before there was time for any Bible reading, a blizzard was coming.  There was a winter storm warning in effect for all of northern lower Michigan, 15-21 inches by morning. 

With all the mistakes she had made… will she pay for them tonight?

 *This story is based on some true events, however, has been fictionalized and all persons appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real people, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

 

 

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15 Responses to Follow the signs

  1. Larry Who says:

    Traverse City is a beautiful place to visit in the summer, but oh boy! In the winter, the snow falls in bunches and bunches. So, Miranda, look out.

    Okay, I’m ready for the next page.

    • Linda says:

      Traverse City… have to admit I’ve never been there. ; ) Had to relocate the story to protect the innocent (and the bad people, too.) Ha.

  2. Debbie says:

    Another excellent page of Miranda’s journey. Not that the sadness of what’s happening to her is excellent . . .just the way you are able to tell us about it. Linda . . .I’m trying to remember who Charlie is? (Miranda had money from Charlie) Oh, and the bible in a ziplock bag joke was soooo good. I liked it too!
    God bless you and yours today. Sending hugs and prayers!

    • Linda says:

      Thanks for your prayers, Debbie… the frustration and impatience meter has been pegging at a 9 lately. We moved to Florida for the next couple months, and travel, moving, and new surroundings are not good. I remember a story you told a year ago about a trip to the grocery store. I thought about you today… an inspiration 1000 miles away.

      Charlie Fine (AKA Judas) is the creepy guy who helped Miranda mess up her marriage to Harry. I’m not even sure if he’s living or dead, and I’ve decided it’s not my business.

      “Excellent page”… thanks, I needed that. : )

  3. Jan says:

    I love the verses you incorporated into this page. Love your writing. Love your generous spirit.
    Will be off-line for about a week. Talk to you later.

    • Linda says:

      Hey Jan… I hope everything’s okay. Whatever you’re up to, I’ll be praying anyway. God has something for everyone… even the ones who are rebellious and misguided. Just goes to show that nobody is hopeless.

  4. Theresa says:

    You left us hanging with a blizzard on the way! I hope you post again real soon…the suspense is killing me! :)

    • Linda says:

      I think I’d rather be burried in a Michigan blizzard than have to take an algebra test. : )

      We flew to Florida yesterday but I managed to write a few posts ahead. Miranda’s night of the blizzard will gross you out, freak you out, and surprise you that Miranda survived. Posting soon…

  5. Ferd says:

    I love the verses from Proverbs. That’s my favorite part of the Bible. Solomon’s wisdom is timeless.

  6. ann says:

    Thanks, Linda

    Echo on the Proverbs… although I tend to pay more attention AFTER I trip. :-)

    Hope Miranda learns her lessons BEFORE.

    Blessings,
    ann

    • Linda says:

      Proverbs are good instruction for learning, and a great reward when I discover I’m doing something right. Poor Miranda… I’m beginning to wonder if she is ever going to find her way. Soon, I hope.

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