Warm and Toasty

Today’s post is the 8th instalment of CB and PB’s story.

The first post was Spread Your Wings .  After I wrote that post, the next two instalments (part 1 and part 2) were what happened the day Ravi left home. 

Ravi left his parents home to go to a new city, a new life, a new job.

If you are new to the series, I hope you will enjoy the story from the beginning with Spread Your Wings .                                   

Thanks for coming along. ♥ – David


The heavy rain pounded the road, and gusts of wind shook the old rusty Honda as Ravi and Marie headed back to Gravelberg.  The heater in Ravi’s old car was a gem though, and both of them were warm and toasty.

Silly Love Songs was on the radio so they were singing along lightheartedly.  “My voice sounds better in a car” Ravi joked.

You’d think that people would have had enough of silly love songs
I look around me and I see it isn’t so
Some people want to fill the world with silly love songs
And what’s wrong with that
I’d like to  ere I go again

photo of car interior

Photo by Lucas Pezeta on Pexels.com

Hug-A-Mug PB? – Marie asked, I’m not hungry but would love one of Vita’s coffees sweetie, my treat !  Hug-A-Mug was their local coffee shop which was owned by Vita, and they were customers and friends of hers.

Ravi  pretended to think about it, then grinned – ‘If you buy the coffee, then I will buy the lemon cake!’

Resistance is futile!” – they said together with a laugh!

Ten minutes later, after a quick dash through the liquid sunshine, both CB and PB (Marie and Ravi’s nicknames for each other) were comfortably relaxing by a window table.

At first they warmed their hands by wrapping them around the hot coffee mugs (handmade by Vita the owner) but it wasn’t long before they held hands across the table.  The “free” hands were used to munch on their moist lemon cake slices or sip coffee.

‘Vita looked upset to me. PB did you notice?’

Ravi looked over at Vita, who owned Hug-A-Mug and back at Marie. ‘Let’s talk to her and check, probably your imagination.”



img_0113Vita locked the coffee shop door and joined them at their table. Vita hugged Ravi and then Marie and then sat with them holding Marie’s hand.

“Thank you for asking dearies, but I don’t think you can help.”- Vita smiled weakly.

“Go on Vita, maybe we can’t help, but we can listen”. – Marie encouraged.

Vita nodded, “I am worried about noises outside my house that woke me up a couple times last week.  It’s probably nothing, but it keeps happening. I have only just moved in there a week ago, and now I wish I hadn’t moved.”

Ravi nodded, “I know what, Vita you could be just imagining things because you are in a new house, but I have an idea. I know I can borrow a wildlife camera, how about if I set it up for you for a couple nights and see it’s your imagination, or maybe just some animals, like raccoons?”

Vita brightened up, her smile “Great idea!”and leaned over to Ravi and gave him a hug and a smush on the cheek! “Let’s try that!”

Across the street, in a dark blue pick-up truck a man watched the three of them, his eyes focused on Vita and then he drove away slowly.


Ravi drove Marie home and parked on the street. Of course, they held hands after he turned the car off, he called it hand-hugging.

I don’t think Vita  is imagining things, but we can at least check by using the camera.  I think Vita is a strong person, she’s lived alone a long time, and she runs her business all alone. ” – Ravi shared.

You read too many mystery novels Ravi!  Casey Holland isn’t here to figure it out like in Knock Knock you know.” – Marie teased.

“I know, and this isn’t Vancouver either, but still…..”

Marie cut him off with peck on the nose ” I’ve going in PB, I have work tomorrow, and need some sleep.  Great day today!  Love you” – and off she sprinted through the rain.

Ravi watched Marie until she was inside  and she waved.  He waved back and felt all warm and toasty, but it had nothing to do with his old car.






About dfolstad58

I live in the South Okanagan. BC. I enjoy reading, exercise, toastmasters. spending time with my son, my daughter, & her husband , and my patient wife. I try to respond personally to every comment on my blog, and in this way I hope to get to know my readers a little bit and and am able to thank readers for their encouragement on what they liked and suggestions on what they would like to see me try in order to improve.
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4 Responses to Warm and Toasty

  1. Oh, I don’t like the sound of the guy in the dark blue pick up truck. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

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  2. Southern Patches says:

    Loved it!! and now a bit of a mysterious twist with the guy in the truck. Can’t wait to see what happens.

    Liked by 2 people

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