Waiting at the Bluebird

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic
Roxie, has had many men. Cal has never been lucky with women. Roxie says his problem is that "he doesn't know how to howl at the moon". She's from wrong side of the tracks and waitressing at the Bluebird Diner. Cal, a farmer's son, is a lawyer and politician. A bachelor, he often takes his meals there, where small town politics are always on the menu. Their lives intersect amid a struggle against political corruption.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1

Submitted: July 21, 2016

Chapter 1 Cal Tucker wasn’t accustomed to being out on the streets at one in the morning, even on a weekend.  It was a good ... Read Chapter

Chapter 2

Submitted: July 22, 2016

Chapter 2 They had just dropped Cal at the Dew Drop Inn on the far side of town.  Junior bounced the pickup over the railroad ... Read Chapter

Chapter 3

Submitted: July 23, 2016

Chapter 3 Roxie sank into the bucket seat of Cal’s new Mustang.  It occurred to her that it was more comfortable than any ch... Read Chapter

Chapter 4

Submitted: July 24, 2016

Chapter 4 Roxie had to work the six-to-eleven shift the following morning.  The breakfast trade was always the best for tips a... Read Chapter

Chapter 5

Submitted: July 25, 2016

Chapter 5 Homer Barlow was the Mayor of Appleton, a lifelong resident.  He was much older than Cal—pushing seventy.  He... Read Chapter

Chapter 6

Submitted: July 26, 2016

Chapter 6 Roxie drove to the diner the next day for her regular two-in-the-afternoon Sunday shift.  She winced as she drove.&n... Read Chapter

Chapter 7

Submitted: July 27, 2016

Chapter 7 Cal had just skipped lunch.  He was impatient and full of questions as he sat in his law office.  Edwin and Rox... Read Chapter

Chapter 8

Submitted: July 28, 2016

Chapter 8   Cal arrived early; he knew it.  He thought that he’d drive out to the Annex and have a look around befo... Read Chapter

Chapter 9

Submitted: July 29, 2016

Chapter 9 As soon as Roxie picked up her new car she sped to the diner to show everyone.  It was late in the afternoon.  ... Read Chapter

Chapter 10

Submitted: July 30, 2016

Chapter 10 Cal sat alone in his office after business hours were over.  Everyone else had gone home. He didn’t care, but he ... Read Chapter

Chapter 11

Submitted: July 31, 2016

Chapter 11   Delores was Cal’s secretary.  When it was time for lunch she offered to bring something back for him, ... Read Chapter

Chapter 12

Submitted: August 01, 2016

Chapter 12  On holidays, like Memorial Day and Fourth of July, the Bluebird Diner closed early.  It opened for the breakf... Read Chapter

Chapter 13

Submitted: August 02, 2016

Chapter 13 A blast of morning sunlight danced through the window onto Roxie’s eyelids.  Although she didn’t open her eyes,... Read Chapter

Chapter 14

Submitted: August 03, 2016

Chapter 14 After Cal left the meeting at the Bluebird with Ross and Barlow he walked the short distance to his office.  It was... Read Chapter

Chapter 15

Submitted: August 04, 2016

Chapter 15 Cal was out of the house early the next morning.  It was going to be a nice day again, so he decided to walk. ... Read Chapter

Chapter 16

Submitted: August 05, 2016

Chapter 16 The sun was just struggling up over the horizon as Cal drove past the corn fields of the farms outside of town.  Th... Read Chapter

Chapter 17

Submitted: August 06, 2016

Chapter 17 Roxie had never been treated to front-row seats.  That is, unless one counted Junior’s numerous episodes, but the... Read Chapter

Chapter 18

Submitted: August 07, 2016

Chapter 18 It was a rainy morning.  Cal was up early and ate breakfast in his house.  He was eager to tackle the day ahea... Read Chapter

Chapter 19

Submitted: August 08, 2016

Chapter 19 Nearly a week passed after Roxie buried Flora.  People were very nice.  So many claimed they knew Flora at one... Read Chapter

Chapter 20

Submitted: August 09, 2016

Chapter 20 Cal escorted Roxie to the reception room, just as he did for all his clients at the conclusion of an appointment. ... Read Chapter

Chapter 21

Submitted: August 10, 2016

Chapter 21 Cal was in George Lambe’s office, across the desk from the empty, leather, executive office chair.  George had be... Read Chapter

Chapter 22

Submitted: August 11, 2016

Chapter 22 Cal was up before the sun the next morning, even though he hadn’t slept very well.  It looked overcast as he stol... Read Chapter

Chapter 23

Submitted: August 12, 2016

Chapter 23 Cal looked at his watch as the private jet touched down at LaGuardia Airport.  It was almost one in the afternoon.&... Read Chapter

Chapter 24

Submitted: August 13, 2016

Chapter 24 Roxie was wearing her nicest white, silk blouse, even though it was summertime, and her ‘almost-too-tight’ black pan... Read Chapter

Chapter 25

Submitted: August 14, 2016

Chapter 25 Cal was driving along the County Road.  The sun was climbing over the horizon of waist-high corn in the fields, but... Read Chapter

Chapter 26

Submitted: August 15, 2016

Chapter 26 Cal woke up the next morning feeling like he hadn’t been to sleep at all.  He stretched and then propped himself ... Read Chapter

Chapter 27

Submitted: August 16, 2016

Chapter 27 The meeting with Homer in the diner was over a lot sooner than Cal had expected.  He walked out of the front door o... Read Chapter

Chapter 28

Submitted: August 17, 2016

Chapter 28 Cal was out of bed before sunrise the next morning. He was looking forward to a day in which he could get himself caught... Read Chapter

Chapter 29

Submitted: August 18, 2016

Chapter 29 Homer Barlow was buried on the day after the calling hours following a private, family service at the Presbyterian Churc... Read Chapter

Chapter 30

Submitted: August 19, 2016

Chapter 30 Roxie straightened and sat up in her seat.  Her back ached.  She’d been riding in that seat non-stop for alm... Read Chapter

Chapter 31

Submitted: August 20, 2016

Chapter 31 Roxie stood in the parking space that Bubba’s truck had just occupied.  She stared down the road at his taillight... Read Chapter

Chapter 32

Submitted: August 22, 2016

Chapter 32 It wasn’t the first time that Roxie had the suspicious eye of law enforcement cast her way.  It didn’t bother h... Read Chapter

Chapter 33

Submitted: August 24, 2016

Chapter 33 Cal once thought that he knew all about local politics.  “Life is full of surprises,” he thought as he left h... Read Chapter

Chapter 34

Submitted: August 26, 2016

Chapter 34 Roxie finished sweeping out her cell.  She pushed the dust and small amount of debris into a dustpan and emptied it... Read Chapter

Chapter 35

Submitted: August 28, 2016

Chapter 35 Roxie sat in an upholstered chair at the foot of the bed in the motel room.  She was watching Cal while he slept.&n... Read Chapter

Chapter 36

Submitted: August 30, 2016

Chapter 36 It was about eight in the evening when Cal pulled the Mustang into Roxie’s driveway and stopped a few feet behind Roxi... Read Chapter

Chapter 37

Submitted: September 01, 2016

Chapter 37 Cal pulled his car into the parking lot of the Dew Drop Inn.  It was nearly ten at night.  The city streetligh... Read Chapter

Chapter 38

Submitted: September 03, 2016

Chapter 38 Roxie leaned back in a lawn chair in Cal’s back yard, watching him bent over and trying to light a fire in a charcoal ... Read Chapter

Chapter 39

Submitted: September 05, 2016

Chapter 39 “The Annex project is just the beginning.  There’s a lot more we can do to bring good jobs into our county.&nbs... Read Chapter

Chapter 40

Submitted: September 07, 2016

Chapter 40 Cal was early.  He was sitting in the front row of the City Council chambers going over his notes.  The last t... Read Chapter

Chapter 41

Submitted: September 09, 2016

Chapter 41 Cal took a quick look at the weather out of his bedroom window.  The meager light at that time of the morning made ... Read Chapter

Chapter 42

Submitted: September 11, 2016

Chapter 42 Cal stood in the open doorway of the Community Room, watching a light rain fall on the gravel lane.  It was eight-t... Read Chapter

Chapter 43

Submitted: September 13, 2016

Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed Roxie's and Cal's story. Read Chapter


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