The Close Call part 7
The next morning Crystal and Roger walked to her house to get a few things. When they got to the house they saw the front door was open; as they approached the door they could hear voices inside the house.
“Maybe the girl knows where he put the money;” one voice said.
“Na! He would not tell anyone where he hid the money; I knew shouldn’t have trusted him with all that money;” said a second voice.
A third voice said; “I thought I heard something outside, I am going out and look around.” He comes back in; “There isn’t any thank out there.”
Roger and Crystal run into the cornfield and down a row several rows and came out behind the Piggy Wiggle store. They almost ran into sheriff was coming out the door with a box of donuts and four cups of coffee and knocked the coffee out of his hands.
Roger and Crystal both start telling the sheriff about the men in Crystal’s house. “Hold on you two one at a time, I can only hear one at time.
After them telling each other that the other person could tell the sheriff Roger tells him; “There are; well we heard three voices in Crystal’s house, they said they were looking for some money that Crystal’s stepfather had hidden in the house. If you hurry you can catch them.”
They get in the police car and the sheriff radios for help and tells them to call the State Police and tell them the rest of the gang maybe at Crystal’s house. He told them to meet him at the Piggy Wiggle’s.
One of the men at Crystal’s house was telling the other men; “If that dumb ass would have kept his hands off those girls he would be alive and we could get our money and get out of this stinking little dump of a town. I hate little towns. It doesn’t even have a bar, not even a yucky McDonald’s.”
“I know what you mean; what is a Top Hat burger, what the hell is Bubble up?” said another man.
“I think it is something like 7up; that’s it the South’s, 7up,” said the other man.
Three State Police cars arrive at the Piggy Wiggly and Crystal and Roger tell them what they heard the men saying.
One of the State Police officers tell the sheriff that they found money hid in a box on the top shelf of the closet said it was really hidden. It just looked like a shoe box.
Cindy arrives and the sheriff tells her to take Roger and Crystal to his grandparent’s house.
On the drive to Roger’s grandparent’s house; Roger says, “I am glad grandpa’s old car didn’t start or they would have heard us for sure.”
“Me too;” said Crystal. They may have shot all of us then.”
“You two were really smart running into the corn field and finding the sheriff like you did,” said Cindy. “Well here we are; you two better stay here, I will come and get you later so you can get the things you wanted from your house Crystal.”
They both thank Cindy for the ride home and run into the house to tell grandma and grandpa what happen.
“Youngman; says grandma as they walk in the door. Your grandfather has been wondering where you were off too with Crystal for so long. You’re supposed to be helping with the plowing. You better gits yourself out there and tell him where you have been.”
“I will get right out there; Crystal can tell you what is happening, I will tell grandpa,” said Roger.
Roger ran out the door and it slammed behind it and he came back and told his grandma he was sorry for slamming the door.
Grandpa sees Roger coming and tells him to climb up on the tractor beside him and it would take him to where he wanted to plow. On the way Roger tells his grandpa all about what happened at Crystal’s houe.
“You and Crystal surly had a busy morning for sure; I am glad you both back safely. Jenny was over; she wants you to call her on that walking talking thingy she gave you. I told her I would tell you when you got home.”
“Thank you grandpa; I will call her when I come in from plowing. Grandma said lunch would be ready in two hours,” said Roger.
“I will get you started plowing then it will be time to eat; we don’t want to keep your grandmother waiting, do we?” asked grandpa.
“Grandpa your plow is smaller than one I seen when we were on our way to my stepfather, parents house. This tractor had the funny looking little box on the back of his tractor. When he pulled off the road the funny little box started opening up and the things went up in the air. Then they unfolded and by the time it got on folded and on the ground it was plowing the field. When we were on our way home he was pulling out of the field and the thing was folding up was folded back like it was when he went into the field. He let us go by before he came out onto the road.”
“Grandpa doesn’t have that much to plow the have anything like that; cost a lot more than grandpa can afford.”
“Grandma asked Crystal; “When did you learns to cooks? My mama said I was older enough to learn to cook; is fifteen too young to learn to cook?”
“Child; I was 8; when my mama was taughting me to cooks. I hads to stand on a chair by the stove to be’s able to reach the pots and pans. I hads to stay home from school and do the cleans the house, dos the wash clothes. I never learn to read or write. My mama was sick and couldn’t do much of the house stuff. My mama went to heaven whens I was 9 and then I hads to do it all by myselfs.
“You can’t read how do you do, how can you do all the baking and cooking you do?” asked Crystal.
“I guess he good Lord tells me how to do it all,” said grandma.
“You has cook books and magazines in the book case in the living room,” said Crystal.
“I looks at the pictures in them; you comes over here and I will taught you how to make biscuits and gravy,” said grandma.
Later after the biscuits are in the oven grandma ask Crystal to ring the bell to call grandpa and Roger in to eat lunch.
Crystal was really excited when Roger came in; she had the biggest smile on her face than she had in a long time. “Roger your grandma; teached me how to make biscuits and gravy and how to makes fried chicken. She told me about the time she was slopping the hogs and she told you to stand back. You didn’t and the hogs got slop all over you and she dumped water over your head from the kettle in the back yard.”
“When grandma told me to watch out you better believe I got out of the way fast after that,” said Roger. “I want to thank you both for lunch; it was delouses, I hope you will excuse me I want to try and called Jenny on the walkie talkie and talk to her and then go finish plowing.” Roger talks to Jenny and tells her he will see her when he gets the plowing finished.
Roger puts the walkie talkie in his shirt pocket; thinking he might try calling her while he is plowing to see if it would work that far away.