And the story continues…
All three men walked out of The Kasino Club and into the parking lot together. Bud walked over to his grey pick up truck on the far end of the lot. They decided to get together on Saturday to open up the capsule. Bud hoped they would never open it.
He drove to his house and parked his truck in the driveway. He sat there for a minute and took a deep breath. He didn’t know what he was going to do about Saturday. He may have to make up an excuse and not show up. Maybe his wife Helena had plans for them on Saturday. He could only hope.
Bud walked in and saw Helena sitting in her recliner watching tv.
“How was you guys night?” Helena asked.
“It was ok. Same as always.”
“I thought you liked getting together with them?”
“I do. We were talking about the past tonight and it made me feel a little bit weird.”
“It goes back to high school honey, you may not understand.”
“You always say that after you get together with them. I was in high school once. Maybe not at your school. We did some of the same things you did. I may just understand.”
Bud thought about what she said. Maybe it would make him feel better to talk to her and get some advice on how to handle it with the guys.
“OK, maybe you can help me. Before we graduated, we created a time capsule.”
“A time capsule? That sounds kind of neat.”
“Annie spearheaded the whole project. Stan and Harvey played a long.”
“What about you?”
“Honestly, I thought it was kind of dumb, but I contributed a couple of things to it.”
“This all sounds good to me. What would make you feel weird?”
“I did something to the time capsule.”
“What did you do?”
“I took everything out of it and replaced the items with something else.”
“What?” Helena replied, “why would you do that?”
“I thought the whole idea was dumb. And I decided to make a joke out of it. I didn’t think Annie was going to get it from Madison Lake and keep it in her attic.”
“What did you put in there instead?” she asked, “Did you keep the other stuff someplace?”
“I don’t think I can tell even you what I put in there. It is pretty embarrassing. I can’t remember what I did with the stuff we originally put in there. I want to say I put it in a bag and hid it at my parents’ house. If I did, well, we know what happened to their house.”
“It burned down.”
“What else could you have done with it?”
“Maybe thrown it away in a dumpster?”
“I know. I’m not feeling good about it now. I wanted it to be funny.”
“Well, it won’t be funny. That’s for sure. What did you put in there?”
“Can’t tell you.”
“I think you are going to have to Bud. It may be the only way that we can figure out what to do about it.”
Bud sat on the sofa and shook his head.
“I can’t Helena.”
“Well, they are going to find out when they open it. When are you going to tell them?”
“I was thinking we could got out of town this weekend and go see Mandy and the kids.”
“And not be here when they open it, right?”
“No, I want to go and see my daughter and grandkids in McCall.”
“Bud, you are going to have to tell them.”
“Can’t I just let them open it? Think someone else changed out the items in it?”
“You want your friends to just find out like that? When you know you did it?”
“I don’t know if I can face them with what I did, Helena. It happened a long time ago. I thought they would have forgotten the whole thing.”
“I can understand your feelings, Bud. But you are going to need to come clean with what you did.”
“What if I don’t want to?”
“Bud! Are you seriously telling me that you wouldn’t tell your friends what you did?”
Be sure to stop by the Monday Morning Blog next week to find out what happens next in Stan’s story.
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