by Brionna Stewart
from Sheila Connolly's Orchard Mystery series
But she's had a lot of trouble making up her mind about what she wants to do. I guess it really wasn't her idea to move here and play farmer-lady, and then there the problem of finding her dead boyfriend in the yard. Plus this other guy she didn't even know, who she found dead in the orchard. Yeah, finding bodies is kind of a downer. Two murders, right here--what're the odds?
And then there's Seth. Any idiot can see they've got the...they're interested in each other, but they're both so polite or shy or something. Not like me and my boyfriend Michael. We get along fine--we see each other when we have time, and it all works out. Neither one of us is looking to settle down any time soon. But Meg and Seth? They're kind of getting up there, especially if they ever want a family. I'll bet Seth does, because I've seen him with his sister's kids. Meg? Got me. Not something we talk about, even if we're kind of roommates--she lets me live in the house because she can't pay a whole lot, at least until we get the orchard thing sorted out.
But she's good people. She gave me a chance, right out of college, even though I'm female and Jamaican (I was born here, so I’m American, but we hire Jamaican apple pickers around here and I’m supposed to boss them around, so it could have been tricky). Okay, she got me cheap, but she trusted me, and she listened to me, which isn't the same thing. She backed me up with the pickers, and she did the stuff I don't like to do, like trying to convince people to buy our apples. Me, I like to work in the orchard--let her sweet-talk the local markets. Oh, and I hate to do paperwork. I know apples and trees. Period.
Meg'll come around. She just had a lot of stuff to deal with this past year--moving to a new place, learning a whole bunch of new skills, trying to figure out what she wants to do about Seth. But I think she likes it, and I kinda like working with her too.
We’ve got big plans for this year’s apple season, as long as nobody else dies. Ha!