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Last week’s sample showed Martha and Maeve, enjoying a girlfriend getaway to Wine Country. As they plot their next move, they share tidbits about childhood pranks and punishments. Excerpted from Interior Designs.
The lunch was delicious, and afterwards, we spent moments snapping photos of the passing landscape.
I especially enjoyed viewing the quaint little vineyards along the way. We arrived at our destination, after which there was a short wait before we started our return trip.
Maeve was silent, almost as if the conversation with the two men had zapped every word right out of her. What was she plotting now? I kept my gaze fixed on her face, which had suddenly turned cheerful. I waited for her to fill me in.
She glanced at me, grinning. “Don’t worry; I won’t be embarrassin’ you again. At least not on this train. But I have an idea.”
But she wouldn’t say another word.
It seemed like hours before we pulled back into the station and disembarked. I followed her, very curious about what she had planned next. But she continued to keep her secrets until I thought that I would burst.
We slid into our car and just sat there for a few minutes. “Now what?” I glanced over at her, waiting for her direction.
I realized that this dynamic had been a huge part of our friendship from Day One. Maeve was the idea person, and she often got us into scrapes. My mind flew back to some of those moments in school when we’d found ourselves in Sister Virginia’s office waiting for our punishment for something we’d done.
I laughed at the memory, and Maeve glanced over at me curiously. “What are you chewin’ on?”
“Oh, you do have the most delightful expressions,” I commented, avoiding her question. But as she continued to stare at me, I added: “I just had the most colorful image of the two of us sitting in Sister Virginia’s office after one of our pranks—a prank that you conjured up, I might add.” I stared her down pointedly. “I was just hoping that we wouldn’t get into too much trouble on this trip.”
Maeve’s grin reassured me that our adventures had only begun.
I was glad that I could count on her to shake things up a bit. I was never bored when in her company, so I started the car and drove slowly back to The Oasis.