Okay, I promised that Red and I would bring some of her new friends from the sequel, Red is an Attitude, to the Veranda and here’s the first one, Agatha Gamboni! We love her. She’s from Chicago, was badly used by her big lug of a husband, Henry and befriended by Red on the cruise to Mexico, on which she arrived by an unusual means.
Red: (rushing forward) Aggie! So glad to see you again. You look great! (She's an older woman, is dressed in a very stylish purple flowered sundress and bright sandals, with a filmy shawl draped over her shoulders)
Aggie: (smiling widely) Red! Boy, have I missed you! Where’s Joe?
Kathy: Well, up until now, Joe hasn’t joined us on the Veranda. In fact, you’re the first fictional guest.
Aggie: (frowning suddenly) Fictional? Don’t tell me you discriminate based on living versus fictional! Lordy, I wouldn’t have thought it of you.
Red: No, no, calm down, Aggie. Kathy’s very open-minded about the fictional. If anything, she favors the fictional. Why, she even invited Stephanie Plum, but she hasn't been able to make it yet.
Aggie: Oh, I see. Well, I guess she did create me, so I should give her a break anyway, huh?
Kathy: (chuckling) I see your mojo has fully returned! Is Henry treating you right now?
Aggie: Of course. He knows full well I’m not about to take any of his guff again. How are the folks back at The Springs?
Kathy: Everyone still talks about you Aggie! Especially Blake (Agatha blushes slightly) But otherwise, everyone's fine.
Red: Can I get you a Bloody Mary, Aggie?
Aggie: Sure! What are those? (pointing to a plate of bacon wrapped broiled water chestnuts)
Kathy: Our favorite appetizers! Red said she was sure you’d like them. Here you go. (Passing the plate)
Aggie carefully picked up one of the toothpick speared treats and popped it into her mouth. Her face softened and she moaned a little as the flavor overcame her. Then she let out a loud laugh of pleasure.
Red: (happily watching, hands Aggie her Bloody Mary) You like?
Aggie: I like! (sipping her drink) And this too! You make incredible Bloody Marys!
Kathy & Red: (in unison) It’s our specialty!
Aggie stayed for a couple of hours, chatting and reminiscing about the cruise. Her parting words were:
Aggie: Nice place you got here!
Next up - a bimbo we call "Barbie"!