Chapter 5 - Oak Trees and Bumblebees
“Excuse me, miss?” Bob felt a little awkward as he tried to flag the nurse down while she walked the path from the hospital to the majestic old home. “Could you tell me where I could find an oak tree?”
The woman stopped. “Come again?” It wasn’t every day she encountered such a request and she feared Bob may have been a patient in need of a different hospital.
“I’m sorry. It’s just that a friend of mine doesn’t get around as well as he used to and he asked me to come here . . . specifically . . . to gather some . . . uh . . .acorns for him. This is the Franks’ old home, isn’t it? My name is Bob, by the way.”
“I think it might have belonged to some Franks at one time,” said the nurse. “But some of us employees from the TB hospital live here now. It really is a marvelous old mansion, isn’t it? I’m Helen, by the way.”
She paused and tilted her head. “Acorns, huh? I haven’t seen anything other than squirrels foraging the trees around here, but even they mostly stick to the walnuts. I don’t even think there are any oaks within a block or so
of here. Now I could probably find you a nice hackberry, or a cottonwood, or a—”
“No, no! Mountain M. . . I mean my friend . . . .doesn’t want anything to do with a messy cottonwood.”
“Well don’t fret, Bob. Cottonwoods are done seeding this time of year anyway. And unfortunately so are the Lindens and their sweet flowers that bring the honeybees. They make the best tea. That’s what you really want!”
As Bob stood admiring Margaret’s knowledge of all things tree-related, he heard another familiar voice clearing her throat behind Bob.
It was Kitty.
“Hi, I’m Kitty” she said to the young nurse. “Bob’s wife.”
Margaret excused herself up the steps of the old Frank House to leave the couple alone.
“Bob, I’ve been worried sick about you! Do you know what I had to do to track you down?”
Bob could only imagine. He found himself losing track of time, particularly the past couple days as he carried out his quest to find Walter’s treasure.
“I’m sorry, Kitty. How about I take you out tonight? Somewhere real nice?”
Bob’s charming grin quickly put Kitty at ease.
Bob embraced Kitty and quickly forgot about the oak trees, cottonwoods, and every other tree and nurse this side of the Missouri. Behind Kitty’s back, Bob held up Walter’s script and glanced at Chapter 6. He was right on track.
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