Richard Weirich

The Tea Cup in the Painting – Part 2

Angels Diner
Angels Diner

In my previous post, I gave a glimpse into a little something from my radio past that appears in my novels. The Burt and Kurt character, Red Wood, makes an appearance in Farewell PFC POLK: The End of a Nightmare as a Gunny Sergeant. (read the excerpt here)

In my new novel, Angels Diner: Alexandra’s Song, (now under construction) the loveable old B&K character, Uncle Mack shows up in a vignette. In the scene, the main character, Molly Sanders is headed out on her first date with Casper Knight. Their journey takes them to the Allegheny Forest National Park in upstate PA where they are about to hit a bike trail. Enter our old friend who tells Molly how to spot angels in the woods.

Uncle Mack's Rocker
Uncle Mack’s Rocker

An old man in a rocker was swaying back and forth on the front porch. “How ya’ll doin’?” he asked as Molly and Casper walked up the steps.

“Hey, Uncle Mack,” replied Casper. “I’m good. This is my friend, Molly.”

“Woowee. Ain’t she a pretty thing. Please to meet you Miss Molly. My name is Mack Dingle but everybody calls me Uncle Mack. I’m 99 years old accordin’ to the family Bible but accordin’ to the Situs brothers, I’m 118. You know them Situs brothers, don’t you? Burr and Arthur?” Mack blurts out one loud laugh and slaps his knee. “Yes, sir.”

“Pleased to meet you, Uncle Mack,” said Molly.

“Can’t see real good but I can tell you’re real pretty just from the way you smell. Mighty fine. Mighty fine indeed. Sweeter than honeysuckle. Got to get me some of that. Yes, sir.”

Casper excuses himself and enters the cabin to rent two bicycles. Uncle Mack continues. “Your first time here?”

“Yes, sir.”

“You came at just the right time. It’s angel season.”

“Is that right?”

“Oh, yeah. Casper will take you down by Gabriel’s Rock, for sure. But while you’re ridin’ on that 2-wheeled contraption, keep watch up in the trees. That’s where they live while they’re here. Looks like sunbeams shining through the trees. You’ll know it when you see one. And if you let their light shine on you, you’ll get a blessin’.”

Casper returns to the porch. “All ready. You’re welcome to come with us, Uncle Mack.”

Mack grabs a wrinkled paper bag from beneath his chair and then turns the bill of his red cap to the back of his head. “Not today. Just getting’ ready to hook up with a bologna biscuit. Maybe even two. Yes, sir. Good eatin’.”

Coming in May – Angels Diner: Alexandra’s Song. Do you believe in angels? Molly didn’t. Until…

You can also get a glimpse into the story on Pinterest where I have created an inspiration page regarding the people, places, and events in the story. Check it out here.

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