[Begin with Love Letters if you haven’t already.]
Lula couldn’t understand what was delaying Max’s visit to the States. First it was the puzzle over his missing passport documents ~ and she’d loaned him $3,000 to help expedite that mess. This morning he told her no one was allowed to leave base due to a caprice of his superior officer.
“Be patient, darling!” Max had emailed. “I’ll be there as soon as I can. Btw, things would work out better if you could send a money order for my airline tickets. I’ll repay everything as soon as I see you in person. You’re exquisite! XOXO!”
Lula made herself a gin and tonic while she thought about his last request. This whole love affair was turning into a nightmare of debt and frustration. In desperation, she went next door and told the story to Stan, the retired lieutenant.
“He sounds like a wannabe,” Stan said. “Let’s look at his IP.”
Lula didn’t know what an IP was, but she let Stan check out her computer and emails.
“Just as I thought. The evidence is irrefutable.” Stan nodded grimly. “He’s in Florida. The fraud capital!”
“Oh my. That probably explains the alligator in his photo then. Or is that fake too?”
Stan frowned at Max’s profile shot. “Hard to tell. Could be a real gator. Errant ones just wander all over the place down there and even ring people’s doorbells. Crazy state!”
Lula shuddered. “Can we get my money back though? I’ll be eating oatmeal for dinner for the next month if it’s gone for good. Please tell me you can help!”
“Lula, as your good friend and neighbor, I’m going to tell you something extremely important,” Stan said.
“Yes?” Lula took a deep breath.
“I have an extra bottle of Vermont’s finest maple syrup for your oatmeal.” Stan grinned.
Title inspired by Jim Adams.
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PS: I know the image is a crocodile, thx. 🙂