David happened to glance out the window and was astounded by what he saw. Right away Rupert was barking, as David opened the door.
He’d gone to the store that morning and had the trunk of his car open, as it sat in the driveway. And there was a woman and a little girl, and the woman had loaded two of David’s grocery bags of food into a beaten up grocery cart that she had and they were preparing to walk away.
It was precisely then that Rupert found them. He was barking and now and again growling, and the woman and little girl, who was crying now. Were standing stock still and not moving.
“Rupert,” he called, “Away now.”
Rupert, a kind of large shaggy ‘57 varieties’ dog, woofed once and backed off. The little girl was clinging to the woman and the woman was looking at David with a kind of mixture of shame and despair on her face.
“Mommie,” the little girl said, through tears. “The doggie.”
“Is fine,” David said.
Then turning to the dog, still periodically growling, the man said: “Rupert, friends.”
It made the difference for the well trained dog, who now approached them with tail wagging and tongue hanging out of his mouth.
“He’s fine,” David said.
Rupert pressed himself against the legs of the woman and the little girl and this made the little girl giggle. She reached out a tentative hand, with David saying: “Go ahead; it’s fine.” Then she scratched Rupert on the head and the dog wagged his tail.
The mother just looked on, kind of preparing herself for what was to come.
“Hi, you two,” David said cordially, determined to not make this any more of a trauma for the pretty little girl.
The woman was obviously fighting back tears and David was aware of that.
“I guess I should explain,” the woman said.
Again, David noticed how visibly upset she was and decided to let the explanation take place at a later time. He didn’t want the woman to break down in front of the little girl, who was clutching her Mommie’s hand and staring at her with fright and bewilderment.
“Need groceries?” David said.
The woman only nodded then.
“Okay, let’s go,” he said turning and telling Rupert to follow.
He went to the car with the woman and the little girl obediently following him and the dog trailing behind. He had two cars, the one, a white SUV with the groceries, in the driveway, The other was a white cadillac, in the garage...
“I like white cars,” he said. The woman only nodded, still not sure about what was going to happen.
“Let me stow these quickly,” he said, “At least the frozen things, and we’re off.”
He did that quickly in the kitchen and went back to them. The woman was only staring at him, concern on her face and the little girl was now and again petting Rupert on the head.
“I’m David Freeze,” he said, smiling at them. “And you’ve already met my Rupert.”
“Pleased to meet you,” the woman said softly. “I’m Linda Welks and this is my Emily.”
“Hi, Emily,” David said.
He led them to the SUV then, and the woman just wasn’t sure what he intended but knew that she deserved whatever he was going to do.
He surprised them, however, by driving to the nearby mega grocery.
Emily was in the back seat with a very contended Rupert, who had his head lounging on her thigh. She giggled a few times.
Linda just swiveled her head and stared at him then.
“Groceries,” he said. “Let’s go.”
They got out of the car and she said a soft: “Don’t understand.”
“Simple,” he said, “You need groceries and here we are. We’ll get whatever you need.”
Now she did mop her eyes with her handkerchief, and said: “You’re so nice.”
“Yes, Mommie,” Emily said. “I like Mr David and I love Rupert.”
Rupert woofed, when he heard his name mentioned.
“Okay,” David continued, “Whatever you need.”
“I need to tell you,” she said, meaning an explanation.
“All later,” he replied, “Time enough. Groceries first.”
“Yes,” she said with a smile, “Groceries first.”
They went through the aisles of the store then and the woman, feeling more contented all the time, loaded a cart with the things that they would need.
“No frozen things?” he asked.
“‘Fridge really small,” she said, “Couldn’t hold many frozen things.”
“I see,” he said.
The store had a kind of sit down ice cream parlor off to the side and he led them in that direction. They parked the cart by the booth where they sat and he ordered ice cream for each of them.
“Mmmmmm,” Emily said, “Thank you, Mr David.”
He smiled, as Linda also whispered a ‘thank you’ to him.
“You’re so polite,” he said, especially to Emily who gave him a huge smile.
“Things went bad,” Linda said softly.
“I suspected that,” he said. “Let’s wait to talk about that until we have a bit of time only for ourselves.”
“Okay,” she said giving him a smile.
Linda Welks was, at that time, 28 years old but she looked, right then, older. The kind of time that they had been through, having been totally abandoned by Emily’s father, who’d brought them here and then simply left, with no information about where he was going. He simply left a note telling Linda that he didn’t think it was working out and he was off and away.
They had no family to turn to, and Linda hardly knew anyone in the town where they’d moved. One bad thing seemed to happen after another and they found themselves simply eeking out a living where they were living.
She had ash blond hair and was fairly petite. She did have a nicely rounded butt and small breasts with lovely pointy nipples.
All of these ‘charms’ were hidden by the hand me down clothes that she was wearing and their troubles had her looking a bit harried.
David Freeze was a hearty 32 year old at that time. He lived in an ultra big, many storied home that was his from his wonderful Mom and Dad.
The two of them had passed via an auto accident three years previously and it was then that David went to the local pound and got his ‘rescue’ dog, Rupert, though he always averred that it was really Rupert who rescued him, from the ‘flim flams’ as he put it.
He had gotten from his lovely parents both the business, which he continued to run, having been trained by his Dad, and enough of an inheritance that he was privately really a fairly rich man, though that was known to no one but himself.
The business, a manufacturing concern, was doing really well these days and David was living a life that was pretty fulfilling for him, despite living alone with his Rupert.
‘NO’ TO THE PLACE:
Once they had done their grocery shopping, with Emily now in the back seat with her pal Rupert again, simply enjoying herself, Linda gave him directions to where they lived.
It wasn’t really far away at all but it looked terrible. When he saw it, he was appalled. It was a smallish, trashy looking trailer in a fairly ratty kind of trailer park.
“Here,” she said, seeming a bit ashamed to admit it.
David simply followed his inclination at that point. It was a faculty that had helped him in business any number of times.
“No,” he said.
Linda only looked at him and said: “No? I don’t understand.”
“I mean only ‘no, not here, ‘“ he said. “Let me show you something.
“Mommie?” Emily asked from the back seat.
“It’s okay, love,” Linda said, turning and smiling at her daughter. “David just wants to show us something.”
He knew he was out on a limb now but she seemed to be giving him the benefit of the doubt.
He drove them back to his own house. It was his Momma’s pride and joy. It was big but then they liked big houses. It had a fully equipped side with the master facilities, library etc and another fully equipped side that had facilities for guests. When his Mom and Dad lived there with him, he had the guest side as his own, and, after their unfortunate accident, he simply arranged for selling off their stuff and moved into the master side of the house.
Between the master and guest sides there were common rooms: family room, workout room, living room, modern kitchen —-David loved to cook and updating the kitchen was a chore he simply enjoyed.
It was a large and lovely house.
Linda simply stared at him, as he pulled into the driveway and around the back, where the other white car was still in the garage.
“Here,” he said.
“Here?” Linda echoed, not sure.
“Let me show you please,” he said. “I apologize for seeming so ‘outspoken’,” he said. “I simply didn’t want to leave the two of you in that place.” He was turning a shade of red, as he said this. Linda noticed and it caused her to smile.
“Let me show you around,” he said, “We can do this, with you here until you get straightened out with a better place for the two of you.”
She was quiet but shook her head ‘yes’ to what he’d said.
He led them into the house then. To say that it was dazzling from its size and layout, especially in comparison to their small and beaten up trailer, would be to make an understatement.
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