THE LAMONT HOME - BURT'S
you're getting all dressed up," Penelope grinned as she stood in the
doorway watching her son. "What's the occasion?"
"I've got a
date." Burt turned to smile at her before looking back at himself in
the mirror and combing his hair again. "A nice girl I met in the park
the other day."
"Well, does this girl
have a name?"
She's in town visiting her sister." He reached for his jacket and
turned to leave.
"I'm glad that you've
found something to occupy your time other than those horses." She
followed him from the bedroom and into the living room. "I'm still
not happy with this entire situation."
"Ma, would you please
stop obsessing over this job!" he snapped. Why did she have to
continue to nag him about working for the Callisons? Would she prefer he
was unemployed and they were all out on the street. "This is a nice
town and a good job and, from what I've seen, the Callisons seem to be decent
people to work for."
"They are nothing of the
sort!" The anger her voice contained began to disturb Burt.
"You have no idea what kind of people the Callisons are. If you get
too close to them, they'll destroy you!"
"How do you know so much
about how the Callisons are?" He looked at her intently as he tried
to figure out exactly what she was hiding.
"I-I've just heard,
that's all," she muttered when she realized she'd said too much. She
couldn't tell him the truth. Not now. It would destroy everything
she'd tried to do for him. She felt her heart begin to race and her knees
weaken. She reached out for the edge of a chair to steady herself.
"Ma? Are you
okay?" Burt asked as he grabbed her arm as she sunk into the chair.
Penelope stammered and tried to catch her breath. "I-I just over did
it a little."
"Maybe I should just
cancel this date and stay home with you."
"N-no, no, I'll be
fine. I'm just a little winded." She grabbed a newspaper that
was laying nearby and began to fan herself. "You go and have
fun. I'll be all right."
"Only if you're
sure." He inspected her closely and weighed the pros and cons of
leaving her. Finally, he decided that she was okay. "I'll be
home a little later. Love you, Ma." He leaned in to give her a
kiss before turning to leave. As he walked out of the house, he grew
determined to find out exactly what his mother was hiding.