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Sample Sunday – Willowbrook: The Lazy D February 12, 2012

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James Daniels labored in the kitchen of the Lazy D Restaurant, a family barbecue joint that served as the labor of his love and life. An older man with hair just going grey, his portly figure indicated a love of cuisine. Ever since his darling wife passed away so many years ago, he took a barn on the property near the main road of town that used to serve as a common place for square dancing and other social gatherings and created the restaurant that became known as the Lazy D. Though in all honesty, the restaurant originally began as his darling Genevieve’s dream. As the oldest daughter, she’d inherited the family farmland, but like many families in the town who saw the agriculture passing them by, she knew the family would need to do something else to survive. Genevieve adored her husband James’ cooking, who originally came to town as a cook for a restaurant now closed after being burned down in a fire. After the fire resulted in the loss of his job, Genevieve suggested to James that they invest in building their own restaurant. In that moment, the Lazy D became born – but Genevieve would die giving birth to their daughter Erin before the fledgling restaurant got far off the ground. She wouldn’t live to see it discovered on national television and now considered a place to stop for locals and tourists alike.

At that moment, Gretchen McGinty stuck her head into the kitchen. Gretchen worked at the Lazy D as head waitress, with her husband being his decased wife’s younger brother, Frank. Gretchen kept orders well-organized, with a great head for details, and everyone liked her. James felt grateful to have her help in keeping Genevieve’s dream alive.

“Hey James,” Gretchen said, “there’s someone here to see you. Came a long way too. Can you spare a few?”

“I’m kind of busy prepping for the lunch rush,” he told her. It wasn’t unheard of for tourists to ask to meet the chef, but since James worked hands on in so much of what he did, taking time out always proved a challenge. “Tell them I’ll be out in a minute.”

“I was kind of hoping I could come in,” he heard the middle aged male voice. James turned to see his son, Patrick Daniels, in the doorway as Gretchen stepped aside. Patrick inherited many of his mother’s features, such as the brown hair and the shape of her nose. However, Patrick somehow managed to inherit his father’s easygoing nature, despite being old enough to remember the death of his mother.

“Patrick!” James exclaimed, genuinely surprised. “I thought that you all were still in Seattle. Did you bring your wife or the little duckling with you?”

By little duckling, James referred to his granddaughter Cherie. He had two granddaughters the same age, Cherie Daniels and Erin’s only daughter, Ally Galviston. Erin married a horse breeder and her daughter Ally took to a love of horses and the energy of one to match. Cherie tended to be more studious and quiet, but he loved them both.

“No, Wynne and Claire are still in Seattle. I came in town for an interview,” he said. “A history teacher position is going to open up here at the high school starting in the Fall. I’ve decided maybe it’s time to come back home to where my heart is. If they will take me, that is.”

“Like they won’t take you, my boy! You’ve got Willowbrook running in your blood.”

Patrick laughed in a jolly, carefree way that reminded James of himself at that age.

“I guess we’ll just wait and see,” Patrick said.

Copyright 2012 Shannon Muir. All rights reserved. Do not copy the contents of this blog post without permission, but feel free to link to it.  You can get to know James Daniels’ granddaughter Cherie and the rest of the Daniels clan in EVERYTHING CHANGES, the first book of THE WILLOWBROOK SAGA, available now at Amazon.

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