Dottie and Phil decided to wander over to Martha’s shop to tell Zelda her mother had called.
When they entered, it was Martha and a new girl she was training.
“What happened to….” Dottie asked without precursor.
Martha, as if expecting Dottie’s question, answered;
“I don’t know…I honestly don’t know. I thought things were working out, and I was happy, and then the money seemed short. At first I assumed a drop in business, but it stayed short, so I thought to come by and help out. As soon as I walked in she gave me this look…”
Martha imitated the sidelong glare.
“Zelda was so cold and sharp to me, and I knew she must have been stealing and was angry I was there…”
Martha stopped talking to deal with a customer then returned.
“Then she began shouting at me, and I had to fire her. I don’t know where she went.”
“Oh dear. Her mother will call you…”
“I can’t tell her any more than I told you. Zelda just left.”