There stood Aunt Rebecca. Mother, who was just as surprised as I was, said, “Why, Rebecca, how nice of you to come by.”
Aunt Rebecca turned to Mitch. “Chew with your mouth shut, Mitch.” Then she looked at Mother. “Well, I thought it would be fun for us all to be here together. No need to thank me.”
Now it was my turn to gasp. I shut my mouth quickly, though, unlike Mitch. Just then I thought about my overalls. BIG OOPS.
As if Aunt Rebecca could read my thoughts she turned to me and said, “Andrea, go and put on something reasonable.”
I sighed and looked at Melinda, who had been fairly quiet during this whole thing. She actually gave me a sympathetic look. I figure she was probably practicing all her different looks for whoever her next suitor would be.
Once in my room, I changed into a green dress that wasn’t too fancy. By the time I finished changing I went downstairs and I found—no, scratch that—HEARD everyone in the parlor. I hadn’t had much time to eat so I was still very hungry. For the second time since I woke up, I pinched myself. I had kind of hoped that I was dreaming, but my hope was in vain. “Ouch!”
Just then, Aunt Rebecca walked out of the parlor. “Is that you, Andrea?”
I walked over to her. “Yes, Aunt Rebecca,” I answered, rubbing my arm where I had pinched myself. Just then my stomach rumbled.
“My goodness, child, did you not eat enough?”
I didn’t say anything.
Just then one of the ranch hands burst in with another person, who I didn’t recognize. This strange person went straight to Aunt Rebecca. “Ma’am, Mrs. Walker sent me. She needs you quickly. She thinks her baby is coming soon. She sent me for you a little after you had already left. I traveled all night!”
Aunt Rebecca left within the next hour. So it was just Kate and the kids.
They’re still here, and they will leave in three days. Uh-oh! Hannah is wailing, and Mother told me to take care of her . . .
What a wild day!