Welcome to this week’s Tuesday Tale. Since I’m working from a picture prompt, you snippet is only 300 words long. Candy has no idea what’s in store for her.
This week, you get a sneak peek at Bill the hero of the piece. Here’s my inspiration.
Bill Lamont smiled indulgently at the man sitting in the wheelchair in front of the fireplace, the mantel of which was decorated with pine cones, golden glass balls, sprigs of pine, and artificial snow. Grandpa Luke was a Southern gentleman who took pride in his family and its heritage, even when it surprised the hell out of him. As usual, he was bundled up against the cold, all seventy degrees of it this afternoon.
“And you’re certain it’s her?” he asked.
“Yes. I went through all the birth records myself. That ancestry site and knowing exactly where Ezekiel settled made the search easier. I’m sure that’s why your great-grandmother noted it on the margin of the page. It must’ve torn her apart to read that letter and know her husband wouldn’t allow her to correspond with her last surviving child. Candace Marie Kayne is the last surviving descendant of Ezekiel Kayne. She was born in Willow Grove, New York, on August 10, 1985. Her mother, also named Candace, died from complications of childbirth. The last male Kayne, her father, Jerome Ezekiel Kayne, died four years ago in June. He was sixty-five. Candace was married to a stockbroker named Judson Montrose. They divorced four years ago, but had no children.”
Luke shook his head. “Damn shame when a marriage falls apart, but no one can predict the future.”
Bill frowned. “Maybe not predict it, but you seem determined to influence it.”
“Not influence it, Bill, correct it, and by doing so, I hope to right an injustice. Had I found that old Bible years ago, I might’ve been able to reconcile this family a lot sooner. My great-grandfather, Tobias, must’ve been a mule-headed son of a bitch. Imagine, turning your back on your only living son because of a political argument.”
That’s it for this week. Don’t forget to check out all the other delicious stories coming your way today on Tuesday Tales.