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100 Questions, Part Three with MK and Clara

This is part three of 100 Questions I came across at 4 Hats and Frugal. For this next set, I'm going to have a little help from Clara Stowe.

Don't miss reading part one with Brenna Gallagher and part two with Rhona Blackwood.

100 Questions, Part Two with MK and Rhona

51. Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer?

MK: By a professional? It has been . . . awhile.

Clara: Before I came to Montana.

52. Do you think musicals are cheesy?

MK: Depends on the musical. I wore out our VHS tape of “White Christmas” growing up, but otherwise, I don’t recall seeing many.

Clara: What is cheesy?

MK: Inferior, cheap—

Clara: What’s a musical?

MK: A play with lots of singing?

Clara: What is VHS?

MK: Something from a forgotten time.

Clara: What is—

MK: You ask a lot of questions.

53. Is Christmas stressful?

MK: Decorating day is a bit hectic, but the rest is mellow and filled with holiday cheer.

Clara: Christmas is always a joyous time of year in our home.

54. Ever eat a pierogi?

MK: I’ve had dumplings, though I cannot speak to their origins.

Clara: I have never heard of them.

MK: Do you like to cook?

Clara: I’m learning.

MK: But do you enjoy it?

Clara: I’m learning.

MK: Have the new cook at your inn make you dumplings. You’ll like them.

Clara: You sound certain.

MK: Trust me. I’ll share a recipe with her.

Clara: I have a new cook?

MK: You will?

Clara: Really? When?

MK: In your continuing story.

Clara: I get a continuing story?

MK: Of course. Did you really think I was going to leave you hanging like that?

Clara: Well . . .

55. Favorite type of fruit pie?

MK: Cherry

Clara: Apple

56. Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid?

MK: K-9 cop, doctor, lawyer, professional shopper, designer

Clara: I never planned to have a profession. MK had other plans.

MK: They’re good plans. You have a beautiful inn.

Clara: I didn’t know the first thing about running an inn.

MK: You don’t have to do it alone.

Clara: Thank goodness for that. I am learning quite a lot.

57. Do you believe in ghosts?

MK: I do. I’ve never seen one and don’t believe they haunt us, but I definitely believe they exist.

Clara: I do as well.

58. Ever have a Deja-vu feeling?

MK: Rarely.

Clara: What is deja-vu?

MK: A feeling that you’ve already seen or experienced something.

Clara: Oh, how interesting. Yes, I suppose I have, at least in my dreams.

59. Do you take a vitamin daily?

MK: I take multiple vitamins daily.

Clara: I don’t understand.

MK: You don’t take them, and you don’t need them.

Clara: How do you know? I might want them.

MK: You’re out of luck. Vitamins aren’t around yet.

Clara: You have them.

MK: Let’s talk in 150 years.

60. Do you wear slippers?

MK: Yes, I have two pairs. One for bedtime and early morning. The other pair is an indoor/outdoor pair I wear during the cold months.

Clara: Yes, I wear bedroom slippers.

61. Do you wear a bath robe?

MK: Yes, after I dress for bed at night and again in the morning. It’s all very Downton, without the lady’s maid. That would be weird.

Clara: I had a lady’s maid.

MK: Really? Yeah, that tracks considering your family.

Clara: You didn’t have her travel with me to Montana.

MK: No, I did drop the ball on that one. Do you want a lady’s maid?

Clara: You did not put me in a place of high fashion, so one is not necessary here.

MK: Don’t you like Crooked Creek?

Clara: I love it . . . but I do miss some of the amenities.

MK: Yeah, can’t help you there.

62. What do you wear to bed?

MK: Nightgown

Clara: Nightgown

63. What was your first concert?

MK: I don’t remember. I was youngish and discovered quickly that I don’t like concerts.

Clara: I was quite young. My mother believed one should be exposed to as much culture as possible. She often held small concerts in our home for social events. You really don’t like concerts?

MK: I’ve never been to the kind of concert you’re talking about.

Clara: What other kind is there?

64. Walmart, Target, or Kmart?

MK: None of the above. I used to go to Target, but it’s been a few years.

Clara: Are those people?

MK: Places

Clara: They sound odd.

MK: So many things do these days.

Clara: You live in an odd time.

MK: Tell me about it.

Clara: I cannot for I do not know anything about your time.

MK: That’s not . . . never mind.

65. Nike or Adidas?

MK: Neither.

Clara: Are those people?

MK: Shoes

Clara: You name your shoes?

MK: No, those are the brands.

Clara: Like on a cow?

MK: No, like the people who make them.

Clara: Ah, well, neither.

66. Cheetos or Fritos?

MK: Fritos, but only with tuna sandwiches.

Clara: Should I even ask?

MK: They’re a type of food.

Clara: Do they taste good?

MK: Sometimes.

67. Peanuts or Sunflower seeds?

MK: Peanuts

Clara: Peanuts

MK: Have you ever eaten them?

Clara: I have not.

MK: Then why did you choose peanuts?

Clara: I like the name.

68. Ever hear of the group Tres Bien?

MK: I know the words "tres bien" but did not know there was a group by that name.

Clara: What she said.

MK: You don’t speak French.

Clara: Neither do you.

MK: How do you know?

Clara: Do you think you really know more about us than we do about you?

MK: This is going to a creepy place.

69. Ever take dance lessons?

MK: Yes, swing and ballroom in junior high. Tap, and I think ballet, when I was younger.

Clara: I had dance instruction before my first season.

70. Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing?

MK: Whatever he wants to do works for me, so long as he’s happy.

Clara: She has not yet seen fit to give me a spouse. I am in no hurry.

MK: You just need to give me a little more time.

Clara: It has been a long time.

MK: In my time or yours?

Clara: Good point.

71. Can you curl your tongue?

MK: Not really.

Clara: How would I know?

MK: Look in the mirror and try to curl your tongue.

Clara: Why?

MK: To see if you can.

Clara: To what end?

MK: Moving on . . .

72. Have you ever won a spelling bee?

MK: I never competed in one.

Clara: I do know how to spell, but you will have to explain what spelling has to do with bees.

73. Have you ever cried because you were so happy?

MK: I’m sure I have.

Clara: Oh, yes.

74. Own any record albums?

MK: Unfortunately, I do not.

Clara: I—

MK: You don’t.

Clara: All right.

75. Own a record player?

MK: Since I don’t have record albums that would be no.

Clara: That was not a friendly response.

MK: It was kind of a dumb question. It should have come before the album question.

Clara: You should apologize.

MK: Why?

Clara: What is a record player?

MK: I guess that conversation is over.

76. Do you regularly burn incense?

MK: Never. I like candles.

Clara: Yes, I like candles, too.

77. Ever been in love?

MK: Yes

Clara: Yes

Narrator: Care to elaborate?

MK: Clara lost her beau. Let’s move on.

Clara: I enjoy speaking of him.

MK: Yes, but it’s sad.

Clara: I like to remember him.

MK: You think about him a lot still, don’t you?

Clara: Every day.

Stay tuned for part four . . .

Clara of Crooked Creek by MK McClintock - historical western short story


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