Mary hurried out of the stock room, where she had been taking inventory, when someone, presumably a customer, called, "Mr. Dalton?"

Mary smiled when she saw Aileen O'Riley standing by the counter. "Hello, Ms. O'Riley. What can I help you with?"

"I need to look at your catalogue, please."

Mary ducked behind the counter to retrieve it from its cubbyhole in the honeycomb of holes that made up the back of the counter, and while doing so she heard Aileen say, "It's not Ms. O'Riley anymore. Mr. Reynolds and I married yesterday."

Mary was so surprised by this news that she wasn't watching where she was going, and hit her head on the counter. Putting the catalogue on the counter with one hand, she rubbed a forming goose egg with the other.

"Are you all right?" Aileen asked.

"Yes, I'm fine. Your news just surprised me, that's all."

Aileen smiled. "That seems to be the general effect on people. I stopped by the building site for the school and I'm sure that everyone there except for Randy and Da hurt themselves in one way or another from lack of paying attention to the job at hand."

Mary laughed. "I can believe it. What are you looking at in the catalogue?"

"A stove and a sewing machine." Aileen said as she flipped through the booklet.

Mary let out a low whistle. "Where did Mr. Reynolds come up with that type of money, if you don't mind my asking?"

"His father is apparently a bank president, and Randy gets an allowance from him."

Mary turned around to arrange the contents on the cabinets behind the counter. "Will wonders never cease?" She asked.

Aileen shrugged. "I didn't even know anything about it until last night, after the marriage."

"I wonder why he didn't tell us all about it?"

"He didn't want people to judge him by his money, I guess."

Mary considered this for a moment. "That makes since to me."

Aileen nodded. "Now, how do you go about ordering these things?"


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