PERSONAL BAGGAGE
A Tale of Marriage, Medicine and Murder

Faye

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Chapter 1: Chapter One
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"... a chair. She braced her elbows on the table. “Hello?” “Penny, something bad has happened here!” The urgent sound of her sister Faye’s voice sent Penny’s blood racing. “Reva phoned from Westview to tell me Dad knocked her down and yelled at her, that he’d call the police if ..."
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"... Ryder was their most recent housekeeper. Faye continued, “I drove out there as fast as I could. Reva said she had taken issue with something Dad was doing to Mom, and when she interfered he told her to get out. Then he pushed her and she fell.” After a pause Penny’s voice quavered, ..."
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"... mean. So I have just now come back to my office.” Penny pictured Faye’s office in the Charleston Chamber of Commerce building, the soft folds of her sister’s skirt swinging as she paced. “Faye, did you leave them alone?” “Well...Mom was in bed and Dad seemed calm. I’ve got ..."
"...Penny, torn between obligations at work and her parents’ needs, walked barefoot through her kitchen, across the den, and down the hall to the bathroom. She was standing in the shower running hot water on her head when Faye called again. Grabbing a towel, she scurried to the telephone beside her bed while water dripped onto her rug. ..."

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Chapter 6: Chapter Six
"...rent it unless he approved. He planned to spend one night but he got sick. He was coughing, and by the time I got him to a doctor he had pneumonia, so we kept him until he felt better, and I’ve just now brought him home. Faye is crazy from trying to sleep here and manage Mom’s sitters and work.” ..."

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Chapter 7: Chapter Seven
"...but in Penny’s mind he was still the tall, golden teenager he had been when she left for college. Arthritis made him limp as he stepped around the luggage to hug her. “We beat you by thirty minutes and returned our rental car. Come on! Faye’s waiting for us out front in the loading zone.” ..."
"...Elizabeth Faye Nichols, Penny and David’s middle sibling, was Public Relations Director for the city. Resembling their mother more than Penny had remembered, Faye smiled and fluttered a hand at them from behind the wheel of her Volvo. Her once-dark hair, now silvery, was dramatized by hoop earrings and ..."
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"... reached their ears. “Mom watches that movie over and over again.” Faye imitated a mill wheel with her hand. “Dad tries to stimulate her mind with Civil War videos and travelogues from the library, but she only wants to see The Sound of Music.” Rev. Nichols opened the front ..."
"...While Faye and Alice set places at the picnic table on the porch, Penny held her mother’s small cold hand and chattered about Johnny and the children. Instead of thinking what she would say in reply, Mrs. Nichols gave the gift of her undivided attention. Her gaze was ..."
"...After supper, young friends from next door brought dessert and stayed to visit while David, Alice, Faye, and Penny walked out onto the dock. They sat close together on the bench Rev. Nichols had made, facing west while the setting sun scattered gold, pink, blue and lavender over the water, its glittering surface dimpled by flying insects. On the opposite bank lights were just ..."
42.
"... but I didn’t know she’d tried it.” “She’d be good at it,” Faye said. “Loving people is Mom’s strongest suit.” Faye held her empty beer can against the side of her face. “I’m roasting.... Are you-all hot or is this a flash?” David ignored Faye. “Dad was a good ..."
43.
"... hot or is this a flash?” David ignored Faye. “Dad was a good preacher. He could make a congregation believe what he said was true. And when you think how he built this dock, and the boat, and wove hammocks...he could do anything he set his mind to.” “You have his charisma,” ..."
44.
"... And when you think how he built this dock, and the boat, and wove hammocks...he could do anything he set his mind to.” “You have his charisma,” Faye told him. “I am good at persuasion,” David agreed. “I convince people that I can accomplish their goals, but then I get in a ..."
"...“You must have figured it out,” Faye said. She swept the air with the backs of her hands in a downward circle, “Somehow you manage to run the best mental-health system in the country! You do have some of Dad’s mannerisms and his facial expressions, David, but you’re not like him—I was afraid of ..."
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"... us. He has a lot of emotions.... I’ve seen him tear up over a beautiful camellia blossom.” “He’s never hurt me, but he looks as if he could wipe out the house.” Faye chopped the air. “I’ll be going along just fine with him and WHAM!” Penny slapped her chest hard. “I say ..."
51.
"... too upset to eat, and away from home I was too self-conscious.” Faye jumped up, fluffing her hair. She took her sister’s hand, pulling Penny to her feet. “We’d better get inside fast or we’re gonna itch all night.” David led the way along the dock, up the wooden steps at the bank, ..."
"...of time-worn items, whose odors crowded the room like shadows. She filled the crate with ten of her father’s sermons, a book written by her mother’s brother, old photographs and newspapers, and some of her own letters that her mother had saved. When Penny returned to Dixiana, Faye would mail the box to her. ..."
63.
"... Faye and David were still packing boxes, so Penny improvised supper, and they were eating on the porch when Alice called to let them know she had arrived safely in Roanoke. After the meal, Faye, Penny, and David walked around the bend of the island to watch the moon come up over the marsh. ..."
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"... Penny, and David walked around the bend of the island to watch the moon come up over the marsh. “It’s so beautiful,” Faye said, “it’s hard to believe it has no light of its own.” “Like Mom,” David murmured. They continued around the other side of the island, coming back to ..."
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"... murmured. They continued around the other side of the island, coming back to Westview from the opposite direction. David disappeared into the garage, then caught up with Penny and Faye as they skirted the house to sit again on their father’s bench, their last night on the river. “Would ..."
70.
"... Penny said. She felt lightheaded. “Do you think Mother and Daddy have had a good life?” “I always hoped to take Mom to Europe so she could revisit the places she told us about,” Faye said. “But do you think they’ve been happy?” Penny persisted. “I think people are about as ..."
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"... I went into mental health—I saw the need for it first hand.” Faye bent forward to size up her slouched-over siblings, their feet resting against the dock’s railing. “Just look at you two! What happened to your posture?” Penny moaned. “I remember walking around the dining room ..."
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"... correct posture for drinking beer on a dock.” Faye arched her back and pressed both hands against her stomach. “I worry about my posture–-holding my shoulders back and controlling my abdominals seems to take more energy every day.” “You walk perfectly, Faye,” Penny said. “I ..."
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"... seems to take more energy every day.” “You walk perfectly, Faye,” Penny said. “I always walked a tight rope, afraid I would offend somebody.” The pitch of her voice climbed and she closed her eyes. “I was afraid all the time.” “I didn’t try to please them as hard as ..."
"...“I didn’t try to please them as hard as you did,” Faye said. “I argued over what I wore and my makeup—I remember getting ready for dates and having to pass clothing and cosmetic inspections, and I was supposed to have a list of topics for conversation. Then Mom would say, ‘Now forget yourself and give him a good ..."
79.
"... you’ve pulled your city into the twentieth century with The Shrimp Festival,” David said. Faye grinned. “Convincing the city fathers was a piece of cake compared to arguing with Mom and Dad.” “When I came home from a date Mom used to ask me if I gave the girl a good time,” David ..."
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"... learned early to say what she wanted to hear.” Faye and I had already worked them over,” Penny said. “We wore them down so by the time you came along you didn’t have as many rules. I spent Sunday afternoons memorizing scripture.” “In the world, but not of the world,” Faye ..."
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"... down so by the time you came along you didn’t have as many rules. I spent Sunday afternoons memorizing scripture.” “In the world, but not of the world,” Faye recited. “Well, I wasn’t suited for it like Jesus was,” Penny said. “And somewhere along the way the rules changed. ..."
"...Suddenly, she was a child again, feeling as guilty as she had felt the time he caught her and Faye singing a jazzed-up version of “The Old Rugged Cross” and dancing in the kitchen. Did he know they were drinking beer on his dock? It would be Penny’s fault, of course. She was still the oldest. ..."
90.
"... sure I labeled its box—stay here and I’ll find it.” Penny explained the emergency to David and Faye, and they searched through the ready-to-be-loaded boxes, giggling and reading labels until they located “Medical Equipment.” Too tired to shower, Penny prepared the convertible couch ..."

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Chapter 8: Chapter Eight
"...On Sunday morning, the air carried the scent of decaying marsh as Penny and David settled their parents in Faye’s Volvo for the drive to the airport. Faye navigated the familiar roads while Rev. Nichols, his arms folded across his chest, sat beside her and glowered out the window. Penny and her mother occupied the back. ..."
"...When they reached the airport, Faye parked in a spot for the handicapped and helped Penny escort Rev. and Mrs. Nichols from the car to the automatic door of the terminal. Penny and Faye pressed on into the terminal ahead of their father, who pushed his wife’s wheelchair. He moved at a turtle’s ..."
5.
"... number of passengers is small, it is our policy to downsize the aircraft.” Faye exchanged a despairing look with Penny, whose apprehension turned to alarm. Both Penny and Faye knew that it was too late to reschedule. Faye, wearing tiny, rhinestone-encrusted glasses low on her nose, raised ..."
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"... to reschedule. Faye, wearing tiny, rhinestone-encrusted glasses low on her nose, raised her hand to address the ticket agent. “Our brother scheduled this trip, and he specified that we needed handicap accommodations. They promised him there would not be any stairs!” The long-faced ..."
11.
"... could barely hold his bones together. Faye watched from the terminal window as the men lifted her mother up six steep steps into the aircraft, then she turned and hustled to her car. David needed her back at Westview to help load the U-Haul. Once inside the plane, Penny and her ..."
"...mother’s legs with her sweater. During a forty-five-minute wait, both of her parents complained about the cold, then an announcement was made overhead. The flight for Roanoke would be delayed for three hours due to difficulty with pressure in the cabin. Penny phoned Charleston and informed Faye and David of the delay, but it was too late for them to alert Alice, who was already awaiting their arrival in the Roanoke airport. ..."
"...She had stepped into her parents’ room to dress her mother for the trip and found her father standing before his closet, already emptied of everything except his preaching robe. He stared at it until Faye, in her gypsy skirt and fringed shawl, arrived and helped him into his sweater, then took his arm and they walked out of the house and through the screened porch. Penny watched from a window as they crossed the yard to stand on the river bank, and as ..."
80.
"... yard to stand on the river bank, and as they returned to circle the house. David supported his mother out the front door into the oppressive morning air, down the steps, and along the brick walkway to Faye’s car. Hesitating as she was being helped into the backseat, Mrs. Nichols smiled, her ..."
82.
"... me goodbye.” From the back seat, Penny noticed Faye’s bare feet as she stepped into her car to drive them to the airport. David scrambled back into the house to locate his sister’s sandals amid the jumble of boxes, then Faye backed the car out of the driveway. Riding beside her ..."

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Chapter 16: Chapter Sixteen
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"... “Okay, thanks—I didn’t know that.... I told Mom that Dad’s sick, but she kept her eyes closed. I don’t think she understands anything. Faye’s driving up from Charleston today, so why don’t we call you tonight after she sees them, and she can tell you what she thinks?” In ..."
"...Faye spoke from Roanoke. “I don’t think Dad knows me; I’m going back home after I see him in the morning. Just be glad you had a visit before this happened! They can’t tell us how long he will last, so it looks like the best thing ..."

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Chapter 17: Chapter Seventeen
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"... David said, “I asked Dad to squeeze my hand if he knew I was there, and I think maybe he gripped my hand a little, but I don’t know—he never opened his eyes...then he just stopped breathing.” David took a shuddering breath. “I need to call Faye. She can tell the Charleston church.” ..."
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"... down to read the note Johnny had left on the kitchen counter: “The Charleston newspaper will need something to print. Faye may not be up to composing it, so I thought you could alter this any way you want and call it to her. I love you.” The need for an obituary had not occurred to ..."
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"... typed draft to her. “Yes, that’s exactly what I need,” Faye said. “Tell Johnny thanks. And Penny, the minister at Dad’s church says he wants to have a memorial service for ‘celebration and closure.’ He wants to know when we can all come.” “I don’t want to come; ..."
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"... just think about it a little, Penny. We don’t have to tell him today. Are you doing all right?” “I think so. How about you, Faye? I love you.” “I love you too, sister.” Later, entering the kitchen after a run with Zac, Penny picked up the ringing phone. ..."

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Chapter 18: Chapter Eighteen
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"... seem uncomfortable?” “No. She takes little breaths, and she looks asleep.” “Then don’t start it. If she seems comfortable, let her go. Do what you think is right, though. Have you called Faye?” “No, I’m still at the nursing home; I’ll call her when I get ..."
114.
"... bedroom. “Not without a major tranquilizer or general anesthesia!” She struggled to fall asleep, her mind cycling through images she couldn’t find a way to stop. After an hour she took a shower and phoned Faye. “It would have been so much fun to tour Europe with Mom,” Faye said. ..."
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"... a way to stop. After an hour she took a shower and phoned Faye. “It would have been so much fun to tour Europe with Mom,” Faye said. “She could have told me how different the countries are now from when she was there.” “I have the wooden shoes she brought back from Holland,” Penny ..."
118.
"... happened to them. Remember how we used to clomp around the house?” “I wish I had listened to her stories, Faye. I always talked too much and got in trouble for telling her things I should have kept to myself.” “She was interested in everything, but she didn’t know much about ..."
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"... kept to myself.” “She was interested in everything, but she didn’t know much about sex,” Faye said. “I remember reading f-u-c-k on the bathroom wall in junior high and asking her what it meant. She looked it up and told me it wasn’t in the dictionary.” “And you believed ..."
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"... it up and told me it wasn’t in the dictionary.” “And you believed her?” “No, I looked it up myself. It wasn’t there.” Faye...” “Yeah?” “I was in high school when I found out that it’s not sleeping with a man that makes you pregnant.” “I love ..."

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