Jacqueline Lantern, of Booklegger’s Books , does a book hub on Sundays.
This week it was “Return To Knotty Pine”, by the notorious Joyce Bitts.
Knotty Pine is, of course, the pseudolimb of the former village of White-On-Rice, now Coupling-On-The-Sly on Basketune Island.
The meeting was advertised as “A sleek peek at the underbelly of a hot bed of high heels”.
Perfect fonder, I figured, for a tattle hustler, so I invited myself along.
“How nice to have a booster in the den house”, Jacqueline laughed when I arrived.
Netty Trawler was there,the Widow Sider, Pie Annie Eels, Miss Laid, the librarian, and Miss Prim, the school teacher.
“P.I.,meet our other newcomers”, Jacqueline said, indicating two ladies I had somehow not seen.
“This is Mellon Teller, and her companion, Miss Chance”.
Teller was a sight for sore cries, bent nearly double under a hunch and walking with a red cane because of her blind beggar eyes.
Well she might of been blind, but more likely the kind that shaded the sidewalks of Coupling-On-The-Sly.
Right off the chat, she told us Grope Captain Fondle was a cover for Lord Bonkers whose spoiled son appeared as Mold Fondle.
Constant Deflower was in reality, Widow Maidenhood, while Lorelei and Creepy Shacks were Sudden Tracks and her angry daddy, Cross.