Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Take a hike.

by Umberto Urso
for Avery Aames
from Clobbered by Camembert (#3 in A Cheese Shop Mystery)

Charlotte frustrates me. I've admitted this before. I can't seem to change this pattern. She does. She gets wrapped around the axle, feeling like she has to help everyone, and then there she is. In my face. In my business.

Why does she want to help everyone? Sometimes that takes her into dangerous territory.

Not always dangerous. I don't want to overreact. But, honestly, she wants to help so much that she takes risks. Not that I wouldn't do the same. I would. But I wear a badge. And I'm a man.

Okay, that didn't come out right. True, I have the law behind me. And true, I am a man. That shouldn't imply that she's a woman and not equal. She is. More than equal. She's bright, invested, a family person through and through. But because of that, she sometimes needs to slow down and see things clearly. Granted, she doesn't run into burning buildings without thinking of the risks. And she doesn't charge anyone who's holding a gun on her.

But there it is. Sometimes people take advantage of her. Why?

Because she cares. And they know she cares.

May I pause for a moment and run my hands down my face with frustration?  Thanks. I needed that. Sheesh!

Look, I adore Charlotte. Not adore-adore. Don't take that out of context. We're good friends. I care for her. Okay, maybe adore her. But that's mine to deal with.

I just want her to be aware.

So, this fiancee of hers returns to town. Right around Founders Day. It's winter. The town looks great with the ice sculptures and the fair and the aromas in the air are fabulous. Everyone is smiling. But back to Chip. That's his name. Short for Chippendale. Man, this guy bugs me. He dumped her. I mean, c'mon. He dumped her. Left the States and went to France, and now he's back wooing her? Okay, maybe not wooing her. She's giving him the cold shoulder. But he's here. Hanging around. She's dating Jordan, I get that, and Jordan should be the one who worries about this Chip guy, but, as I said, Charlotte and I are friends. Good friends. I worry that she's going to be taken in by this jerk because she likes everyone.

Have you ever been taken in by an old friend? An old love? What would you do if you were me? Tell her? Have a chat? Keep my mouth shut?  Take a hike?


You can read more abour Charlotte and Urso and possibly get an insight to what might happen in Charlotte's future with Jordan and Chip in CLOBBERED BY CAMEMBERT.

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  1. Lizzie from the Ashton Corners Book Club MysteriesSeptember 4, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    If there's one thing I've learned it's not to butt into a friend's business unless it's a matter of life or death. Or a cheating man. Even then, one should give it a lot of thought before saying anything. Good luck...and BTW, you're wearing your heart on your sleeve, Urso.

  2. Lizzie, you're right. I've got to butt out. That sleeve thing. Hmm. You think?


  3. Urso, honey, you're not fooling anyone. You might as well admit that you're in love with Charlotte. Can't wait until you do!

    ~ Krista