Yesterday, I posted the excerpt from the story, Isaac’s Decision, where Dave had invited Eva Connealy over for supper in hopes of starting something between her and Isaac. While I think it’s cute Dave is playing matchmaker, Isaac isn’t so happy about it.
Ruth: You mean, Eva Connealy.
Isaac: No, I mean Miss Connealy. She’s my teacher, not a love interest. That part of this story bites.
Ruth: I didn’t realize that “bites” was a historically accurate term for disgust in the late 1800s.
Isaac: Do I look like I care about historical accuracy when my dad is ruining my life?
Ruth: Fair enough. So why don’t you like Miss Connealy?
Isaac: She’s boring. All she wants to talk about is art and books, and not even interesting books either. She rambles on about some nonsense that I can’t fully make heads or tails of. I think it has something to do with what’s proper, but I end up zoning out so I miss a lot of what she says. What’s worse is that my little brother kept bugging me all through the supper. Did you have to make him so annoying?
Ruth: I kind of like Jacob. He reminds me of Joel when Joel’s giving Tom a hard time.
Isaac: Lucky for me the author of my book happens to have a sick and twisted sense of humor.
Ruth: It’s a gift.
Isaac: *rolls eyes* If you say so.
Ruth: It’s not like you’re going to end up with Miss Connealy. This is just a bump in the road on your way to a happy ending with Emily.
Isaac: I don’t see how that’s possible since I’m still not talking to her. Well, not enough to make a difference. Handing her a dime novel and saying I wouldn’t tell Miss Connealy what she was reading doesn’t make any difference.
Ruth: You might have said more if Jacob wasn’t right there in the schoolhouse.
Isaac: That’s because he tells our parents everything, and even though my mother can handle it, my father gets uptight whenever it comes to Emily.
Ruth: At least your other brothers and sisters don’t give you grief. Anyway, I thought I’d bring your father in to talk to him while we’re doing this interview.
Isaac: Do I have to stick around for this? I just know he’s going to go on and on about how great Miss Connealy is.
Ruth: Oh, come on. He won’t be that bad.
Isaac: He actually dressed up for the supper. Dressed up! He’s never put on his church shirt and jacket for supper before, and he had my mother put out her best dishes. It was ridiculous. The only thing worse than all of that was how he pretended to be interested in books and art. He rarely reads, and he doesn’t care about art. He only did all of that to make Miss Connealy thing I was interested in her. It was horrible. I’m leaving. If I stick around for this, I think I’ll throw up.
Ruth: And they say women are dramatic. Okay. Thanks for stopping by.
*Isaac leaves and in comes Dave*
Dave: Of course, I did. I think she’ll be my future daughter-in-law. I’m really excited about where things are heading in this story. Personally, I think she will make Isaac very happy. She’s got a good head on her shoulders and comes from a good family.
Ruth: Dave, you do understand that it’s not up to you to pick your son’s wife, right?
Dave: I’m not picking his wife out. I’m just showing him what his options are.
Ruth: Yes, but you’re pushing hard on this particular option. I mean, you’re putting on the pressure.
Dave: I’m not pressuring him. I’m just encouraging him.
Ruth: There’s a fine line between encouragement and pressure.
Dave: I don’t see what the problem is. She’ll make a good wife. She didn’t have to give up a year of finding a husband to be a teacher. In that way, she reminds me of Mary, and a man can’t do any better than Mary. I don’t expect Isaac to ask to court her until she’s finished with her teaching contract. I understand the rules and won’t overstep them.
Ruth: And if Isaac doesn’t want to court her when her contract is up?
Dave: We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it, but I don’t think there’s anything to worry about. Once Isaac stops thinking of her as his teacher, it’ll be fine. You’ll see.
Ruth: Or maybe you will. Okay. Well, thanks for coming in for the interview and feel free to take that suit jacket off. It just doesn’t fit who you are.
Ruth: Boy, are both of these guys in for a surprise. *chuckles* Sometimes it’s fun to throw the characters for a loop with an unexpected twist. 😉