* 18 … AN ANSWER (08/09/2011)
About an hour and a half after the eldest brother returned home, the youngest sibling’s cell phone ring pierced the silence. The older brother could hear his younger sibling make a mad dash to answer the phone before it went to voice mail. The house got quiet again, so he figured his brother had managed to answer it in time.
Moments later, the younger brother burst into his older brother’s room.
“Yes?”, the eldest half-stated, half-queried, turning to look at his younger brother.
“That was Kyle at WSM,” the youngest said with a smile on his face.
“And…?”, coaxed the eldest.
“The broadcasts have been APPROVED!”
Discussions on what that meant for their proposed road trip were tabled, in favor of getting ready to head to the business for the day. A half hour later, the brothers arrived at the business, greeted by a certain old pickup with an older couple sitting in it, waiting.
* 19 … RETURN VISIT (08/10/2011)
“Well, there ya are,” the former shopkeeper said, getting out of the driver’s side of his truck. “What took you so long?”
The glimmer in the old man’s eye tipped the brothers that he was just joking around, as usual.
“Figered I’d bring my wife with me to come see you boys today,” the old man continued, as his wife stepped out of the pickup. “We haven’t been ‘ere in a while.”
“I’m so sorry to have called you so early this morning,” the youngest sibling said to the older couple, as they all met between the Caprice Classic and the pickup.
“Ah, it’s no bother. We were up anyways,” the former shopkeeper’s wife interjected. “My husband, here, likes his breakfast hot and early.”
The former shopkeeper just shook his head and said, “Well, you going to open ‘er up or are we just gonna stand out here all day?”
With that, the eldest unlocked the business and ushered them all inside.
“Well, would you look at this!” the former shopkeeper exclaimed as he walked into the building. In that instance, the eldest sibling was transported back to the first visit the shopkeeper and his wife made to his parents’ business.