Etown Experience, 5 of 7

“Henri has decided to sell the hotel and build in Cimarron,” Mary said. “Business is slowing here and the doctor says it may be better for my health.”

Eliza put her teacup on the small parlor table. “I will miss you.”

“It’s not so very far. Only a short stage ride.”

Eliza smiled. “It will be a little farther. I expect to be in Las Vegas.”

Mary’s teacup stopped halfway to her lips. “Las Vegas? I thought you didn’t want to marry.”

Eliza put her hands in her lap and looked down at them. “Charles Ilfeld has offered me a position as dry goods clerk.”

“At the Mercantile? But standing behind a counter all day…”

Eliza smiled. “I don’t expect to clerk for very long. I’m beginning to think my aversion to matrimony is shortsighted.”

Mary laughed and lifted her cup. “You should have plenty of opportunities there,” she observed.

Copyright © 2015 Loretta Miles Tollefson

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