Mrs. Scott comes through police headquarters, bringing fruit, love, and support to both her commissioner husband and his secretary Mrs. Thornton, who is about to go into a situation in order to bring key information out...
To get totally caught up on The Posture of Innocence, here are the prologue, day 1, day 2, day 3, day 3.5, day 4, day 4.5, day 5, day 5.5, day 6, day 7, day 7.5, day 8, day 9, day 9.5, day 10, day 10.5, day 11, day 11.5, day 12, day 12.5, day 13, day 13.5, day 14, day 15, day 16, day 16.5, day 17, day 18, day 19, day 19.5, day 20, day 20.5, day 21, day 22, day 22.5, day 23, day 23.5, day 24, day 24.5, day 25, day 25.5, day 26, day 26.5, day 27, day 27.5, day 28, day 28.5, day 29, day 29.5, day 30, day 30.5, day 31, day 31.5, day 32, day 32.5, day 33, day 33.5, day 34, day 34.5, day 35, day 35.5, day 36, day 36.5, day 37, day 37.5, day 38, day 38.5, day 39, day 39.5, day 40, day 40.5, day 41, day 41.5, day 42, day 42.5, day 43, day 44, and day 44.5!
While Captain Lee prepared for his division's afternoon, Mrs. Della Scott prepared for her afternoon – she and the Lofton County Seed Saving Society were setting up for their weekly sharing of heirloom produce with the officers at police headquarters.
Mrs. Scott found her husband in a grim mood when she came up to see him with a basket of his favorite late summer treat: a local variety of apple, small but flavorful. He scarcely noticed, at first.
“There are people in this county who, if they knew what you re doing for the officers of this department, would be out protesting it,” he growled. “You would not believe even if I could tell you the blind hatred some noise I'm generating solely for a case has created.”
“Well, if that were to happen, I would simply ask where the people involved needed a sharing of what we have here, and then negotiate peace. There is plenty for everyone.”
Commissioner Scott's grim features melted into a smile.
“Della, you just brought sunshine back to this office. I love you.”
“I love you too, Winfred.”
Mrs. Scott went out and then saw Mrs. Thornton coming back to her desk from an errand. Mrs. Scott dropped off a small basket of apples for her too.
“Oh, thank you – just what I need today!”
“I imagine things are still very tough,” Mrs. Scott said.
“You just don't know the good you do in the midst of all these situations by just being here,” Mrs. Thornton said. “Every piece of relief is necessary.”
She paused, and steeled herself to what she knew would be happening that afternoon.
“Keep me in special prayer,” she said.
“I always do, dear young woman.”
Mrs. Thornton got up and the two women embraced. The older woman noticed Mrs. Thornton hanging on tightly, and realized the younger woman was afraid.
“Is everything all right?” Mrs. Scott said softly.
“No, but I've got to see something through, because it's for me to do, although it scares me,” Mrs. Thornton. “Thank God for the safe environment you provide on these afternoons!”
“Can I help you in any way?”
“Yes … I need one more set of credible ears.”