THE LAMONT HOME - KITCHEN
dear, can I fix you a bite to eat?" Penelope
Lamont asked as her son walked briskly into the kitchen. "I know
you've been down at those stables all day. Surely, you must be
"Not really, Ma," Burt muttered as he washed his hands in the sink.
"Just kinda tired. That's all. Trevor
Callison is down there right now with some
girl. They're taken Triumph and Trouble out for a ride."
Penelope looked at her son and grimaced. "You know, I really don't
think it was a good idea for you to take this job for the Callisons. You
should have just stayed in Chicago. Randy
and I could have left Kentucky and followed you there. I'm sure you could
have found a good job at one of those factories."
"Ma, jobs don't exactly grow on trees these days, now do they?"
He wasn't looking forward to having this discussion with her again. She'd
been strongly opposed to moving to Albanyville ever since he wired her and told
her about the job. "I tried to find a job in Chicago. There
aren't any! Just like there weren't any in New York other than that job in
that bar I had. I couldn't make enough money off of that to support us
"I just don't like the idea of you working for them!" She
shuffled nervously around the kitchen as she tried to busy herself with various
chores. "And I don't like living in this house!"
"This house is the reason I took this job!" Burt crossed his
arms and glared at her. "How could I pass up a good, honest job with
good pay that provided a place for us to live? I've got the background for
it. Look at all those years I worked on those horse farms in Kentucky!
Why are you so opposed to this?"
"I just am!" Penelope slammed the skillet down onto the
stove. "Nothing good will come of this Burton! Nothing at
"J-just calm down." Burt walked over to her and put his arms
around her. "I don't want you getting too upset. You might have
another spell. The doctors told you that you had to be careful. I
can't have you going and getting sick on me again."
"What do those doctors know?"
"They know a lot! Please, just trust me on this. This job
and this house are exactly what we need right now. This is all gonna work
out for the best."
Penelope covered her mouth with her hand and coughed. Silently, she
prayed that her son wasn't making a mistake that could destroy the rest of their