Thursday, May 23, 2019
Rainy Day Puzzle
by Kath Rutledge
from the Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries by Molly MacRae
Here’s something that never occurred to me about ghosts (mostly because I didn’t believe in them until I met one) – they’re people, too. They just happen to be dead. They have feelings and opinions, and they get bored like anyone else. That’s true of Geneva, anyway. She’s the ghost who haunts the Weaver’s Cat, my fiber and fabric shop, in Blue Plum, Tennessee.
The other evening, another in a long string of rainy evenings, she suggested we do a jigsaw puzzle to while away the time. By “we” she meant me, because although she has feelings and opinions, etc., as a ghost she’s unable to move or manipulate objects. That means she also gets frustrated.
“This will be fun,” she said. “I’ll tell you which pieces to pick up and where to put them.”
I wasn’t sure how much fun that would actually be, but a friend had recently given me a wonderful puzzle with a picture of the kind of bookstore everyone dreams of finding – a shop complete with resident cats. The Weaver’s Cat has a resident cat, too. A ginger tom named Argyle.
“Argyle would like to watch us do the puzzle,” Geneva said.
“Do you think he’ll leave the pieces alone?” I asked.
“I cannot imagine why he wouldn’t.”
I do like jigsaw puzzles, though, so I agreed to give it a try. She told me how she wanted the pieces sorted. Then she had me start putting the edge pieces together – she’d point to the ones she thought would fit and I’d try them. She got a little testy when she thought I’d lost a couple of edge pieces – or hidden them.
“I didn’t. They’ll turn up. You’ll see.”
Then I annoyed her by reaching for a piece she hadn’t asked me to get.
“Hey!” she said. “Who’s doing this puzzle? You or me?”
“What happened to we?”
“I wanted it to be mostly me.”
“Don’t you think we work pretty well as a team? Working a puzzle is kind of like solving a mystery, and we work pretty well together on those, don’t we?”
“Hmm. Try this blue piece over here,” she said, “and then let’s see if we can put together some of the book covers.”
We didn’t finish the puzzle that evening, but we made a good start. She was right, it was fun, and I was right, too. We make a good team.
How do you entertain yourself (or your children or grandchildren) on a rainy summer afternoon?
Molly MacRae writes the award-winning, national bestselling Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries and the Highland Bookshop Mysteries. Visit Molly on Facebook and Pinterest, connect with her on Twitter @mysteryMacRae.