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Editor’s note: The following is part of a series to promote the Los Alamos Little Theater’s next production, “The Spitfire Grill.” The interview, writer and mugshot are fictitious. Brenna Moore wrote the story. The photo is by Larry Gibbons. The Spitfire Grill will be performed at 7:30 p.m. May 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 as well as at 2 p.m. May 9 and 16 at LALT.
The most recent newcomer to our town, whom we have learned has spent the last five years in prison, seems to be under the impression that she is welcome here. At first, Percy Talbott was struggling to fit in, but now it seems as if she thinks she belongs here. I, along with my readers, know this is not true.
This week, I got the chance to speak with Gilead’s most trusted local, Sheriff Joe Sutter. As someone who holds a position of high esteem, he will certainly be able to relay his plan of action for dealing with this stranger, and easing all of our minds.
EK: Sheriff, thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to speak with me. I know you must have a lot to keep your eye on, especially over at The Spitfire Grill.
JS: I’m not quite sure what you mean, Effy, but you’re welcome all the same.
EK: I just mean that with the grill’s new waitress, Percy Talbott, and her… problematic past… well, that must be where most of your attention is focused.
JS: Well to be perfectly honest with you, Effy, it’s not the fact that Ms. Talbott is here that bothers me, it’s the fact that she decided to come to Gilead in the first place.
EK: What do you mean? Are you saying Gilead isn’t fit for newcomers? Because I must disagree with you on that one, Sheriff. Gilead is a great town, and a wonderful place for any normal person. It is certainly above welcoming people of that kind of caliber, and if you think—
JS: Slow down, Effy. I was only saying that perhaps there were better places for Ms. Talbott to start over.
EK: Start over? I think what you mean is there are better places for her to think about her mistakes. And I agree that Gilead is not the place for that.
JS: Everyone deserves a second chance. I have seen true criminals at heart, and that woman does not fit the description.
EK: How odd that she was in prison for five years, then.
JS: People make mistakes, Effy. That doesn’t mean they don’t deserve a fresh start.
EK: This from our town sheriff! You of all people should agree that Gilead is not here to offer up fresh starts to convicts.
JS: All I’m saying is if I had the chance to begin anew, I wouldn’t have chosen this one-dog town.
EK: Well. I am so glad that you were able to share your thoughts with us, Sheriff. Really. Perhaps you can do one thing for my readers and tell us what exactly has been going on at the grill recently, and why so many letters have been arriving for its owner, Hannah Ferguson? The mail isn’t being used for some irregular purpose, is it Sheriff?
JS: Sorry, I can’t be much help there either, Effy. I don’t know any more than you do. But knowing Hannah, I am sure it’s legitimate. She has no reason to be doing anything unlawful.
EK: Unless her new waitress has a bigger influence on her than you think.
JS: Perhaps she has a bigger influence on this town than you think.
Stay tuned for the coming issues of Gilead’s Gossip; there are more Wisconsin residents who without a doubt have something to say about this strange newcomer, and perhaps have an opinion about these mysterious incoming letters.