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Sister Station Series Book Excerpts
Now Arriving ... Sister Station, Book 1
“Paige and Rebecca, I’m going to ask for your assistance with something that will help all of us. Please hear me out before you dismiss my idea,” Sarah made sure she had their full attention before she continued.
“As you can see, I’m getting older, and as much as I hate to admit it, I’m getting tired. I can’t keep up with Skipton Station like I used to. To be perfectly honest, my doctor wants me to slow down and enjoy life. The first thing he suggested was that I should retire from the business.”
“Now, you know as well as I do that the store has been in our family for generations and I don’t want to see it leave the family.” She cut off their words of concern and continued. “Your father and I have talked about this over the years, and your grandfather was in complete agreement that the Station would go to the two of you. Your father has no interest in Skipton, he’s moved on and made a new life for himself here in Raleigh. I’ve held on to the Station, keeping it going, adding and making improvements as demanded by the times, hoping that someday you two will take it over when I’m gone.”
Once again the sisters broke into Sarah’s speech, protesting that she was too young to be talking like this.
“Now don’t get upset, I’m not dying or anything. But I want to enjoy my retirement years, not watch them pass me by as I watch from the Station window. That’s why I’d like to propose we speed up the timeline that your grandfather and I had set up for your inheritance. I want you to take over the Station now, accept your inheritance while I’m still around to see you enjoy it.”
Both girls were shocked momentarily into silence before they began to try to dissuade Sarah from her plans. It was getting chaotic and their voices were rising to a pitch that bordered on hysterical. With some effort, Sarah calmed them down enough to continue.
“All I’m asking for is that you give the idea a chance. See if you can work together and if you can fall in love with the Station again. When you were younger, it used to be your favorite place to be. If you can’t make it work, and find you hate it, well, then the place is yours to do what you want to do with it. But you have to promise to give it a reasonable amount of time and give it an honest try.”
The sisters stared at their grandmother as if she had gone nuts. But the harder they looked, the more they could see that Sarah was serious, and had given the situation careful consideration. They exchanged glances with each other, each waiting for the other to speak first.