Brian and Christine
“Whatever you say” said Brian.
Wendy had obviously done some research because she knew exactly where to go. She parked the car near a store that specialized in children’s clothes. Once inside a sales woman came up to them and Wendy said to her “Good afternoon. This is Christine. She’s 10 years old and we need to completely outfit her.”
“Okay. Come with me.” She led them to another section of the store. Brian followed, but from that moment on no one seemed to notice him. He found a nice, comfortable chair and sat down while Wendy, Louise and the sales woman poked through shelves of shirts, pants, skirts, blouses, socks, tights, sweaters, coats, belts, shoes, hats and sundries, occasionally holding something up against Christy to see how it looked. Now and then they would all disappear into a changing area and Christy would come out to show Brian how she looked. He approved of everything.
Finally, after about an hour and with much discussion between the four of them, they came out and Louise said to Brian “Okay, we’re done.”
Everyone was piled with clothes and the sales woman, who by this time was known as Carol, led them to the counter and totaled up the purchase. Brian didn’t blink at the price but put down his credit card and signed the slip.
Carol put the things in several big bags. Brian said “She should have a suitcase to put things in, don’t you think?”
“Two doors down” said Carol.
“Thank you” said Wendy. “You’ve been very helpful.”
They walked out and two doors down was a luggage store. Now they were in Brian territory. They went in and Brian found some brightly colored suitcases. Christy favored a light blue one and a smaller one like it. So he bought them.
Back in the car Brian said “I forgot to find out where there is an art shop.”
“I’ve taken care of that” said Wendy.
She drove a few blocks and parked again. Nestled in between some trees at the side of a park was a store called The Artists World. Inside was everything Christy would need, Brian thought. He bought her some drawing pads, colored pencils, pastels, charcoal pencils, a box of charcoal, some erasers and a book on how to draw.
“When you think you’re ready I’ll get you an easel, some canvas and some paints.”
“Okay.” Christy was quite dazzled by all this attention and all these things she now owned.
But Brian said “There’s one more thing.
“What?” said Wendy.
“The cell phone place. It’s up on Hollywood, near Vine Street.”
“Oh, yeah” said Wendy, and drove there.
“When they finally got back to Brian’s he said to Christy “Why don’t you go to your room and change so we can get your old clothes in the bath?”
“And hang some stuff up in the closet, so you’ll have something to wear when you come to visit.”
“Oh, yeah, okay.”
Brian found Mrs. Romero and asked her if she would clean Christy’s clothes. She said just to bring them to her and she would put them in with the rest of the laundry. After Christy did that she said “Oh, I forgot about your sweater” and ran back into the room to get it.
Louise said “That is an amazing young lady.”
“Yes” said Brian. “Everyone says so.”
(To be continued.)