Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Journal Entry #3, by Harlow Jane Cassidy

Dear Journal,
Madelyn Brighton is a force to be reckoned with.  At least she’s on my side as we try to figure out who killed Nell Gellen.  Madelyn, with her camera, sparkly british accent, and penchant for all things paranormal, had my number from the start.  
She knew about the Cassidy charms!  How could she?  
With any luck she’ll be as clued in to what happened to Nell, too.  
I met Madelyn the night Nell Gellen died.  
She’s a heavy-set woman with a pug nose and wiry hair, clearly was so clearly not intimidated by Sheriff McClaine’s deep growls and barks.  She marched right up to him, handed him a business card, folded her arms across her ample chest, and waited.  After a short exchange, he let her pass through to the garden.  
Mama and I were sitting on the porch.  If we’d had strands of wheat, the backwoods picture would have been complete. Something hung around the woman’s neck, but I couldn’t quite see what it was.  I leaned forward, stopping my chair from rocking.  “What’s she got?” 
“A camera,” Mama said just as the woman lifted it to her face and started snapping.  She took pictures of the arbor, the ground, and everything but Nell’s dead body.  Mama kept on rocking and I suspected her attention was glued to the sheriff.
“So who is she?” I asked.  
“That’s Madelyn Brighton,” Mama said.  “She’s a transplant.  Literally.  She’s from England.  Met her Texan husband over there and came back with him.  He’s a professor at UNT.  She works for Bliss.”
I never would have guessed that Bliss could support much more than the sheriff and deputy sheriff, one office staff, and the mayor.  We were somewhere between a spit of a town and a metropolitan city.  “Doing what?”
“Madelyn’s a photographer.  She creating a tourist brochure--”
And that’s when I knew there was way more to Madelyn Brighton than met the eye.   
Do you have any friends like Madelyn?  Someone who’s complicated, passionate, smart, and fun?  


  1. I love Harlow's journal entries. What a great glimpse into her life, and I can't wait to read the first story. When's the debut again?

    Oh, and I've been reminded a lot this week what great, amazing friends I have.

  2. Even if they are complicated, good friends make all the difference, don't they?

    Great journal entry, Harlow. I love your insightful observations!


  3. Hey, Harlow---Those "complicated" people are my favorite friends. Way fun to be with. And get into trouble with.

  4. Love the idea of journal entries, and can't wait to read another installment. I'm very lucky to have great friends in my life. I don't know what I'd do with them!

  5. Heather, I make my debut in Pleating for Mercy September 2011. Long time from now, but it'll be here before I know it. Best get back to making Josie's wedding gown.

    I'm thinking of something special for Madelyn, too.

  6. Maggie, you nailed it with getting into trouble. Madelyn and I are worse than Lucy and Ethel 'cause you get my Southern accent and her British one!

  7. Journaling keeps my head on straight, Mary. That and lists. Live by my lists.

  8. I have a friend who comes up with the ideas and somehow I'm roped into executing her ideas which are all in good fun. Okay, perhaps one time or two times trouble lurked.

    BTW, love your journal and I can't wait to meet you and Nell.

  9. Howdy Harlow!

    I love the journal entries and can't wait to read the whole story! I have lots of great, complicated friends, but I'd say my sisters are the best example of women who approach new things in life with passion and enthusiasm that's contagious. Great Post!

  10. Oh, I love the journal entries. We get a glimpse into your mind!

  11. Many of my friends are passionate and enthusiastic. They are also quite dangerous and like to kill people.

    I am looking forward to more of you and your friends!


  12. I have lots of fun, passionate, smart and complicated friends. But remind me never to take them to a bar-b-que with Mary Jane Maffini's friends. :-) Love Harlow's journal!!

    Tracy Ward

  13. Harlow, how great of you to share your journal. Can't wait to hear more. If you want to know about passion and enthusiasm just ask my fellow Hooker Adele what she thinks about knitting. Just be sure you're not standing too close.

    ~Molly Pink