A couple of years ago I was laying poor Ruthie Sue Payne to rest as the undertaker of Eternal Slumber Funeral Home. It'd been determined that Ruthie had fallen down the steps of the Sleepy Hollow Inn Bed and Breakfast since she not only co-owned it with my Granny, Zula Fae Raines Payne, but also lived there.
As you can see, my Granny and Ruthie share the same last name since they shared the same deceased husband. Yep. Granny stole Ruthie's ex-husband, as Ruthie sees it. When he died, he left them both the inn. Can you imagine?
Regardless, poor Ruthie had expired and it was her turn to meet the big guy in the sky. I had a hankering for lunch at Artie's Meat and Deli while I was fixing Ruthie's casket in the prettiest window of the funeral home when I decided to walk down the street to get my lunch.
We'd just had a big snow storm but today was unbelievably warm and all the snow was melting off the boutique stores in our little town of Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky. Like any other shop, Artie's was all decked out for Christmas and the big plastic Santa sat right on top of the deli roof.
And there was Ruthie Sue Payne standing next to me in her housecoat and kitty-cat slipper, claiming she was murdered!
A couple of years later and now my gift, Betweener ( I help people get between here and there), it's not just limited to the people in our small town. Now I've got a little girl and a cat that appears to have had some trouble in the world of the living and breathing.
If that wasn't enough to keep me busy, Jack Henry Ross my boyfriend and local sheriff has taken a six-month job with the Kentucky State Police. Unfortunately, he's the only one that knows about my Betweener gift. . .at least that's what I thought.
Welcome to the south where secrets don't stay for very long. . .
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