Mary Kate Keller has spent her whole 28 years in a small town in Virginia with no hope of ever escaping. Never been on a date never been kissed what happens when Mary Kate steps out?
MARY KATE STEPS OUT
Only four more hours of drudgery before I can leave my place at the cash desk for Larson’s hardware and mercantile. Four more hours of how do you do ma’am? Can I help user? How are the kids Mrs. Larson?
My name is Mary Kate Keller I have been working for Larson’s hardware’s actions I finished high school. I’m 28 years old and I still live with my mama who insists I don’t commit any mortal sins and read my Bible three times a day seven days a week and attend church twice on Sunday. That in a nutshell besides going to work is my life. When am I going to learn when am I going to step away? Probably never. Call me a spineless twit and I’d probably tell you you are right but I don’t know how to change things.
We live in a backwater Podunk 30 miles from Manassas Virginia the place called starlight population 703 since the Larson triplets were born three years ago. He busted to and from the high school. There is a two room schoolhouse for grades 1 to 3 and grades 4 to 6. Grades 7 to 12 went to school in Manassas.
Point of this conversation, albeit one-sided is to tell you I have spent all of 28 years in starlight and unless I do something bald and rebellious I will probably die here!
As I am lost in my thoughts, after coercing walks in and steps up to the counter.
A buck 50 for your thoughts MK.”
Yeah I thought they were worth a penny.”
“No doubt, what can I get you?”
Nothing, there’s a band at the Pavilion tonight. Do you want to go?”
You asking me out? I was shocked yet happy. Larson was a long tall drink of water. Refreshing on a hot summer day and easy on the eyes.
Hmm, that’s what I thought I was doing. Did I do it right?”
“I wouldn’t know. No one’s ever asked me before.”
Patrick’s eyes open wide. “No shit, really?”
I sighed. “Really I am a dateless virgin probably going to die that way!”
Patrick protested. You’re way too pretty for that to happen MK!”
You’re just saying that because daddy is my boss.”
“Nope, not at all. It’s a God’s truth!”
“Listen Pat. The only God’s truth I have ever been taught is in the Bible and mama had drilled into me since I could hold the good book in my hand. She thinks to be in pretty is a sin is only going to lead me down the Road to perdition. The keep trying to tell her that only the good die young but she doesn’t believe me.”
“Okay something has to change here. MK, you need to get out and not just for church. Never mind what Louella Keller says about it, you ,my dear, need a life!”
I sighed again. He was right and we both knew it. “So what time is that band starting?”
“8 o’clock I’ll pick you it up at seven we can have coffee first and chat while we can still hear ourselves.”
“That was it I decided it’s time for me to get out and get that life Patrick was talking about. “Sounds good, count me in.
“Glad to hear it. Don’t let the old bitty rollover you!”
“Patrick, she’s only 54.”
“She acts like she’s 80!”
I laughed. “To quote you, no shit.”