The Paperback Edition…
The day of the reunion had come and it was now 5:00 and time for me to leave. I had left calls for Mel but had not heard back from her all day.
As much as I wanted to know what she had found out…I didn’t want to push it. I knew she was staying with Janet.
We were supposed to meet in the entry by the main door. I had only driven by this place once before…and that had been several years ago…but I remembered that it was pretty swell. It overlooked Lake Minnetonka.
I took one last look in my hall mirror. I shook my head slightly…as if to tell myself that maybe…just maybe…this wasn’t such a good idea after all.
You’re playing with fire, Sam, I thought…and then headed out the door.
There was a grand, circular driveway in front of the Merriweather Golf and Country Club and I drove my little Toyota RAV4 right to the main entrance.
A few people were walking up the sidewalk to the main door from the back parking lot but plenty were also taking advantage of the valet parking…as did I.
Last time we had talked, Mel and I had made plans to drive separately to the club in case she had to leave early.
A very cute young man opened my car door for me, gave me his hand to help me get out and then retrieved my purse and cane which had been laying on the front seat beside me.
Oh, how I wish I could have just said…ever so breezily…”Oh, you can just forget the cane!”…but I knew that would have been a foolish move.
I thanked him and slipped him $20. He seemed genuinely pleased. I was glad.
Now all I had to do was go inside, find a chair and wait for Melanie to arrive.
I waited for him to drive off and then I looked up at the entrance to the country club.
This was a pretty swanky place to have our reunion, I thought…no wonder the ticket price was so high.
And…then I really looked at the entrance…at the six stairs with no railing that led up to it. Well…my oh my.