By Merry Wilkinson from The Year Round Christmas Mysteries by Vicki Delany and Lucy Richardson from the Lighthouse Library Mysteries by Eva Gates
Lucy: Happy New Year!
Merry: Happy New Year!
Lucy: I’ll be going to a fancy multi-course dinner at Jake’s Seafood Bar and then onto a lively Outer Banks New Year’s Eve party with my boyfriend. (You don’t know who that is? Find out in Reading Up A Storm in April.)
Merry: For me, it’s a quiet casual dinner with my boyfriend and my best friend Vicky Casey.
Lucy: In the Outer Banks, New Years is in the middle of the quiet season. The tourists are mostly gone by October, with a sudden burst of activity over the holidays. It’s cold and wet – we might even get some snow – so the beach isn’t terribly appealing. It’s quiet at the Lighthouse Library and in town. The business owners all have a chance to relax, take a breath and get some well-deserved time off. I’m looking forward to spending time with my cousin Josie, who over the summer is run off her feet seven days a week at Josie’s Cozy Bakery.
Merry: For us, New Years is still in the heart of our busiest season. We’ve been frantic at my shop, Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, since Thanksgiving, not only with the store but all the seasonal activity that’s Rudolph, New York, such as the Santa Claus Parade, midnight madness, the children’s party weekend, and on and on. And then, once the big day is over, it’s post-Christmas sales and gift returns and exchanges.
Lucy: I live on the fourth floor of the lighthouse, in what I call my lighthouse aerie, so when we close the library, I can dash upstairs, have a shower, do my hair, and slip on that hot and sexy new outfit I’ve been saving for the big night out. And, best of all, we’re closed tomorrow, so I can sleep in (if Charles the library cat will let me) and relax for the rest of the day.
Merry: Fortunately, I’m not in the restaurant business, so I’m closing the shop early, heading home to walk Matterhorn, my Saint Bernard, and then dress to go out for dinner. Nothing particularly special, although I would like to look nice. I had to twist Vicky’s arm to get her to come with us. Her bakery will be closed, of course, but her boyfriend’s the head chef at a very chi-chi restaurant, so he’ll be working. We’re going to drop Vicki off at the restaurant after dinner so they can ring in the New Year together and then go back to my place to watch a movie and the ball drop.
Lucy: It’ll be perfect!
Merry: It’ll be perfect!
Vicki Delany writes the Year Round Christmas series, and as Eva Gates she is the author of the Lighthouse Library series. Visit www.vickidelany.comFacebook at Vicki Delany & Eva Gates