produced/written by G. Matthew Smith

EPISODE #133 (Wednesday, 11/13/02) click here for a printable version of this episode
A Few Days Later
June 1936 - Morning


Francis Callison63 Mapleton Way"So, how's Jillian enjoying Hawaii?" Francis Callison asked as she held the telephone receiver to her ear.  "Good.  Was she surprised?  Wonderful!  I told you she would be."

"Darling, hand me my briefcase," Charles Callison said as he came down the stairs.  "I'm running late for the office."

"Honey, it's Reginald on the phone from Hawaii," she explained as she handed the briefcase to him.

"Did he call you or did you call him?"  He stood with has hands on his hips and eyed his wife suspiciously.  "I told you that the last thing those two lovebirds need on their honeymoon is an overeager mother calling them 'round the clock."

"I'll have you know that he phoned me," she smiled with a hint of smugness.  "Oh, yes dear?"  Her attention returned to the telephone conversation with her son.  "No, it's your father.  He thinks I'm being too meddlesome.  Now, you see, that's exactly what I told him!"

"Give them my best."  Charles leaned in and gave his wife a kiss on the cheek.  "And we'll talk to them after they get back."

"Okay, honey, I'm letting you go," she continued into the phone.  "I love you, too."  After hanging  up the telephone, she turned her full attention to her husband.  "I thought you said you were running late?"

"I'm just leaving."  He paused and eyed her with concern.  "Now, once those two come home and get settled into the house, I don't want you over there every moment of the day.  They need time alone to get used to married life."

"Me?"  Her hand flew up to her chest with mock surprise.  "You sound almost like you think I'm going to be one of those interfering mothers-in-law."

"Well, I know how you are about your children."  Charles grinned as he opening the door, nearly colliding with his own mother-in-law who was preparing to ring the doorbell on the other side.

"Now, how's that for a prompt greeting!" Mary Albany laughed as she walked into the house.

"Mother, come in!" Francis smiled.  "Let me have Hannah get you some coffee."

"Honey, I can't stay," Mary explained as she looked from Charles to her daughter.  "In fact, I've actually come to say 'good bye.'" 

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576 Tinsdale Dr."Mamma, I don't understand why you have to leave town," Dr. Calvin Jackson said as he sipped his coffee.  "Naomi and I are both here, now, and...."

"And you know that my place is with Miss Mary," Dorothea Jackson explained.  "I'm her traveling companion as well as her housekeeper.  It's not like we're never coming back."


"No, buts!"

"Can't you at least put this trip off for a few more days?"  He took her hand into his and looked at her earnestly.  "Just so that I've got a little more time to get used to the idea of not having you around all the time."

"You just want to talk me into getting you stocked up with some of my cooking," she chided and then let out a sigh.  "We really can't.  Our train leaves in an hour.  I've got to go."

"Okay," he muttered with resignation.  "If you've got to go, I guess that there's not a lot I can do about it."  Overly concerned, he looked her dead in the eye.  "Now, I want you two to be careful.  Don't go getting into any trouble."

"Trouble?  Us?"  She let out a hearty laugh.  "Now, pray tell, what kind of trouble can two old women get into?"

Dr. Calvin Jackson"I see you've forgotten about what happened that time in Savannah."

"You listen to me, young man," she said firmly as she shook her finger in his face.  "You know good and well about what happened there."

"You two wound up in jail!"

"Now, I admit that I shouldn't have been speeding, but that policeman was way out of line."

"Miss Mary slugged him!"

"That man was being rude and fresh," she continued to explain calmly.  "Besides, we're going to the Catskills.  What kind of trouble could we possibly get into?"

Calvin was more than a tad skeptical as he considered what she was saying.  "I're right.  But...just try to stay out of trouble."

"I promise."  Dorothea smiled broadly and then put her arms around her son so that she could give him a big hug.  "Now, I want you to remember that while I'm gone, I'm expecting you to keep an eye on your sister.  If you think I find trouble, she's the one who actually goes looking for it."

"I can see where she gets it from," he grumbled.

Dorothea Jackson"Ah!"  She shook her finger at him again.  "I'm certain that there's something going on with her that she's not being completely honest with us about.  I can't quite put my finger on it, but I've got this feeling...."

"And I know all about your feelings."  He took another sip of his coffee as he thought about his younger sister, Naomi.  His mother was right.  Naomi did have an irritating knack for not only causing trouble, but for landing herself right in the middle of it, as well.  "I promise.  I'll watch her like a hawk and if I find out that she's up to something that's not right, I'll call her on it."

"Good," Dorothea nodded.  "Now, I better get going.  I've still got a few things to take care of at the hotel before our train leaves."

"At least let me give you a ride."  He rose from the couch and put on his jacket.

"I've already got a cab waiting for me outside," Dorothea explained as she followed him to the door.  "I've got to meet Miss Mary at the hotel and then we're off to the train station.  Besides, don't you have to be at the hospital in a little bit?  I can't have you being late for your shift on my account."

"Yes, ma'am," he sighed.

"Calvin, I love you," she smiled and then kissed him on the cheek.  "You get more and more like your father every day."

"I love you, too, Mamma."

As he stood in the doorway, he watched his mother as she turned and headed down the walk and then stepped into the waiting cab.  As it pulled away and drove out of sight, he thought about his promise to her -- his promise to watch out for his sister.  He had no doubt that it would turn out to be a much harder job than it sounded.


63 Mapleton Way"You're leaving?"  Francis's surprise was evident as she rushed to her mother's side.  "But I thought you and Dorothea didn't have to be in the Catskills for days!"

"We don't," Mary explained.  "Our train to the Catskills leaves in about an hour.  We thought that the scenery would be better that way."

"Oh, this isn't any good!"  Francis started to wring her hands and pace nervously around the room.  "Not any good at all!"

"Dear, I didn't know you disliked the train so much."  Mary cocked an eyebrow as she watched her daughter.  In spite of her comment, she knew that there was more behind Francis's reaction than her feelings concerning Mary's mode of transportation.

Francis Callison"It's not that, it's...well...I was planning a surprise going-away party for you and now...."

"It's not going to happen because we won't be here."  Mary smiled smugly.  "Honey, I'm sorry, but you know I wouldn't have wanted you to make a big fuss about this."

"Which is exactly why you're leaving sooner than you told us!"  Francis folded her arms across her chest and glared at her mother.  "How could you?"

Charles Callison"I tried to talk her out of it," Charles whispered into his mother-in-law's ear, "but you know how she is about these things."

"I know exactly how she is," Mary laughed, "which is why I changed my plans."

"Maggie!  Maggie!" Francis called out as she rushed to the foot of the stairs.  "Maggie, come down here!  You're grandmother's here and she's getting ready to leave!"

In minutes, Maggie Callison was bounding down the stairs.  "Nana!" she exclaimed warmly.  "You're leaving?  I mean, leaving leaving?"

"Yes, sweetheart.  Our train leaves in a little bit."  Mary took her granddaughter into her arms and hugged her tightly."

"I'm gonna miss you, Nana.  You're coming back to see us, aren't you?"

Mary Albany"Of course!" Mary laughed heartily.  "Like I could ever stay away from this family for very long."  As the large grandfather clock struck ten o'clock, she gasped, realizing that she was behind schedule.  "Oh dear.  I've really got to get moving.  My driver's waiting for me outside and I've still got to go back to the hotel to meet Dottie and then make it to the station to catch our train."

"Mary, let me walk you out," Charles spoke up as he took her arm.  "I'm running a little late for the office as well."

"I might as well walk out with both of you," Francis sighed as she glanced at the clock.  "I've got a planning meeting at the hospital for that fundraiser this morning."  She followed her husband and mother out the door, but paused and turned back to look at her daughter.  "Maggie, you stay out of trouble while we're gone."

Maggie Callison"Trouble?" Maggie asked incredulously.  "What kind of trouble could I get into?"

"Dear, knowing you," Mary grinned, "the possibilities are endless."

Charles and Francis couldn't help but laugh at Mary's quip and then Francis turned to look at her mother wistfully.

"Mother, I'm going to miss you," she sighed.

"And I'll miss you, too.  All of you."

As the door closed behind him, Maggie walked back into the living room and plopped herself down on the sofa before reaching for the phone.  She knew the perfect way to spend a lazy summer day -- chattering away with her friends.