by Allison Duggins
The sentry escorting her left her at the entrance to Father's study. "Vincent is waiting for you."
"Thank you," she said as she turned to enter. At the same time the sentry turned to return to his post in the upper tunnels.
Vincent was waiting at the bottom of the short steps. "Edie, it's good to see you."
"It's good to see you too, Vincent. Thank you for escorting me."
"Shall we go?" Vincent led Edie across Father's study and out the other entrance. "She knows you're coming, doesn't she?"
"She always knows!" Edie gave a shy smile up at the big man. "A conversation I had yesterday made me decide to come see her."
"Yeah, I was talking with my friend Cathy at the DA's office." Vincent gave a startled look at Edie but said nothing. "Cathy caught me coming back after hours. I was meeting up with the 'office romeo'. She warned me about his past behavior with other co-workers. She didn't want to see me get hurt. I told her if he does hurt me, my Gramma Cissy knows lots of voodoo spells! She'll turn him into a great, big, old toad! She just laughed and wished me luck."
"Your friend at the DA's office, is her name Catherine...Catherine Chandler?"
Edie stopped walking and grabbed Vincent's arm. "Yeah, how do you know her name?"
"Catherine and I are..." Vincent couldn't complete the sentence, too shy to be expressing what he felt with Edie or anyone else.
Edie remembered the book she picked up on Catherine's coffee table when she went to see her when she was going to move to Providence. "YOU...!" She looked at him in surprise. "You're the reason she didn't go to Providence. You're her mystery friend who sends her poetry and roses from Benny." Vincent nodded his head. They resumed walking. "Ohhh...boy, just wait till I see her tomorrow." Edie had a wicked grin on her face. Soon the entrance to Narcissa's chamber came into view.
"Your grandmother will be very happy to see you."
"Yes, Vinn-ceent. I am always happy to see my granddaughter." Narcissa came to the entrance of the chamber.
"Thank you, Vincent. I hope to see you again soon."
"And you, Edie. Be kind to Catherine."
"Oh I will, don't worry!" Edie pressed her hand over Vincent's heart and then took Narcissa's hand and walked into the chamber.
The next morning Edie marched over to Catherine's desk and stood staring at her.
Catherine looked up, startled to see Edie staring so sternly at her. "What is it, Edie? What's wrong?"
Edie pointed her finger at her then at herself.
"You're buying me lunch, girlfriend. We need to have a LONG talk....."