Aunt Peck always held Thanksgiving because they had a very large dining room table. However, given there were a great many kids, they would set up another table for us in the living room. I never liked Thanksgiving as we grew up. I found certain members of the extended family to be highly arrogant and annoying. And it was always noisy with everyone talking over one another.
I much preferred to just visit my Aunt and Uncle on my own. They were very kind and loving.
About the Book
When Anna Baker is fired from her New York job, she accepts her aunt and uncle’s offer to come live with them in the little town of Wabbaseka, Arkansas. She discovers a house in dire need of repairs and her relatives in need of proper care. Under the misconception that being unemployed means she has no money, the local sheriff gets involved in her life, trying to determine how she can afford the building materials to fix up the house. Her cousin, Dewayne, appears and wants her evicted, and the FBI thinks she’s involved in a money-laundering scheme. While Anna doesn’t find the peace and quiet she seeks, she may find love…
Annoying Cousins from hell are rightfully assaulted
Anna had just finished the last roll of wallpaper when Claire announced a man had come in the house.
“Who is it?” Anna asked. Claire knew most of the townspeople from church.
“I don’t know, but he was mean to me,” Claire muttered and gnawed her thumb.
Anna climbed down the ladder. “He was mean to you?” she repeated, unable to think how a person could be mean to such a precious child. “I’m sure he didn’t mean to be. Let’s go straighten it out.”
Claire shook her head. She clearly didn’t want to see the man again.
“Okay, then you stay here, and I’ll go straighten it out.” Anna entered the living room and wondered if the mean man had given up and left. She looked out front and saw a black Mercedes in the driveway.
She started towards the dining room when she noticed the door to her bedroom ajar. Quietly, she stepped into her room. The man didn’t see her. He stood at her desk with his back to her. As she approached, she realized he was on her computer reviewing the web sites she had last visited.
“What are you doing?” she demanded.
The man turned around. Her cousin Dewayne’s face expressed shock at being discovered, and then righteous anger.
“I’m trying to figure out what you are doing here.”
“I’m taking care of Aunt Peck and Uncle Lee.”
His well-worn smirk appeared on his face. “Number one, they don’t require your assistance. I’m handling everything just fine. And number two, the way I understand it, they’re helping you, not the other way around.”
Anna couldn’t correct his second claim. If she did, he’d use it against her, hurting her aunt and uncle in the process. She knew he’d tell them in a way that her presence would look like charity.
Instead, she decided to attack his first argument. “Well you haven’t been handling things. This place was falling apart. The roof could have gone any time!”
“They don’t have money to spend on a new roof.”
“I send them money every month. Why couldn’t you use that?”
Dewayne smirked. “You ain’t never sent them a dime and you know it. And now you’re down here eatin’ their last crumb of food from their plate. Well, I’m telling you right now, I’m not going to allow it! I want you packed and gone by tomorrow!”
“Not happening, Dewayne,” Anna snapped.
“Don’t you dare argue with me!” His face turned blood red and his hand rose as if to strike her, but she stopped him with her next warning.
“If you lay one hand on me, you will regret it.”
Dewayne paused, then lowered his hand as he approached her. “I don’t know how you conned my uncle into letting you stay here, but I’m telling you now, you aren’t going to succeed in this little scam.”
“Get out of my room,” Anna demanded.
“This is not your room.”
Anna grabbed him by the collar and slammed him against the door. “As long as I’m here, it’s my room, and you will stay out of it. Is that clear enough or do you require a memo?”
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