Back at the rooming house, Velma and Vesta unpacked and resumed their routines. Velma happily returned to the library, where the all-female volunteer group pulled together to re-organize the travel section. Satisfying, fun, exhausting!
The next day Velma gathered up the stack of books she’d been meaning to read and headed toward the garden attached to the rooming house.
She found her favorite wooden bench in the lavender.
Bees buzzed in the sun. Breezes lapped her skin.
Warm sun, good books, back home… she woke with a start!
She’d nodded off in the garden before, and it embarassed her to no end.
Nobody seemed around to see… Still, she gathered up her books.