Sunday, September 16, 2012
SUNDAY AT TALLIE'S
Tallie is the glue that holds the O'Shea family together. Even before Bernie died, Tallie qualified for Mother of the Year every day. Though her eight adopted children are adults, they still return to the traditional Sunday dinner at Tallie's whenever they can. To reconnect with each other, to share events in their lives, and to enjoy Tallie's home cooking.
Coming November 2012, Tallie will have her own story in CHALLENGING THE LEGACY. Be prepared for some surprises as secrets from her past are revealed.
Welcome to Tallie O'Shea's!
**Tallie rang the dinner bell, and the O'Sheas and their guests, which included Mayor Audrey and a number of Halo townspeople, began gathering around the table. During dinner, the conversation turned to the explosions that had destroyed Halo and the resulting investigation and search for the man who had caused this destruction.
"We're still looking," Deputy Dawson Browning said. "We've received a number of calls claiming to see both Swaggerty and Bigfoot. It takes time to determine what's a legitimate lead and track those down."
"When is the investigation into the cause supposed to be released?"
"There's one point of disagreement holding it up," Audrey said. "Everyone seems to agree Swaggerty used dynamite from old mining operations to blow up the town. However, Weston's task force claims Swaggerty also caused the fire at the doctor's clinic on the other side of Celestial Creek. But State Police investigators say the evidence is inconclusive."
"How is Shiloh doing?" Tallie asked.
Layla hadn't met Dr. Shiloh Bergamot before the explosions and fire at her clinic. EMT and firefighter Jeremiah O'Shea had pulled her from the flames and flown with her to the hospital in Boise, where she was being treated.
"Healing," Jeremiah said. "The doctors aren't sure how much longer she will be in the hospital."
"I'll go see her this week. It's been awhile since I've been there." Tallie said. "I've been so caught up in other things that I've not visited as often as I intended."
Once again, Layla's reporter's antennae twitched. If the fire at Shiloh's clinic wasn't part of the explosions Swaggerty caused, but was definitely arson, that raised a number of questions. Why cause more destruction? Who had a motive to do this? What was the advantage of blaming it on Swaggerty?
**Excerpt from CHASING THE LEGACY, copyright Genene Valleau, writing as Genie Gabriel.