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One Year Past Perfect
Kay Sisk
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Who knew the deceased could have so many plans for the living?

Katti Thompson finds unexpected guests when she travels to Hawaii to settle her aunt’s estate.

Cesar Osorio’s new housekeeper is the first person who’s interested him in three years.

Was it the music or an old woman’s last wish?

Kathryn Kathleen Thompson leaned her cheek against the airliner bulkhead and tapped one no-longer-well-manicured nail against the window. She glanced at the chipped polish in disgust and added "manicure" to her list of things-to-do while in Honolulu this week. Between tomorrow and next Saturday night, she’d sandwich it in. Perhaps right after "sign the papers for the house" which, while it should have been of the utmost importance, was not. She eyed the notebook on her lap, the list a seemingly endless progression of thoughts. But it was only the top one that she’d written in capital letters and underlined twice: FIND DIARY!

Katti, the nickname a gift from her great-aunt Kathy, felt the plane’s landing gear descend and glanced down on the Pacific Ocean as it changed colors and the Islands came into view. Late on a July evening, and she should have been here hours ago. Of course the first delay was of her own making: answering the phone on the way out the door was a physician’s no-no that she just couldn’t break. Twenty minutes spent working with generations two and three of the five-generation Simmons family allayed the fears brought on by the necessity of putting generation number one into assisted living. But she’d made sure they had her on-call partner’s phone numbers and locked her front door quickly. Then the other delays just mounted on top: the weather, a cancelled flight on the other side of the country, a mechanical problem while on the ground in Los Angeles. Well, now she could relax; now she was finally safe. Now she was almost--figuratively at least--back in Aunt Kathy’s arms.

Just the thought of being enfolded into the loving embrace of her great-aunt brought a smile to Katti’s lips. Her grandfather’s sister had led the family a merry, scandalous chase for years--husbands, lovers, land deals, jewelry--but it had all come down to one final quick trip to the hospital emergency room with a fatal stroke. Aunt Kathy, dying alone, because in her stubbornness she wouldn’t move back to Texas. Aunt Kathy, dead at eighty-two, her cremated remains awaiting her favorite niece and heir’s arrival.

We didn’t even say goodbye, Katti thought. She shut her eyes and placed the palm of her ringless left hand over the notebook. Now please, please, please lead me to your diary.

Writing is second nature to Kay Sisk, and she’s been doing it since she wrote stories with her fourth grade friends as heroines. She enjoys writing about her native Texas, where she lives with her husband of 35 years and “third family” of three cats, the first family of dogs and second family of sons, having left the nest years ago.

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ISBN: 1590887093
ISBN(13-digit): 9781590887097
Copyright: 2008
Book Publisher: Wings e Press
Binding: Perfect
No. of Pages: 438
Paper Weight (lb): 18.2

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