Lonnie’s heaving shoulders stiffen noticeably and he turns slowly. The buggy, he was sure, had been empty. But that voice — it sounds familiar.
When Lonnie has turned, three wide-eyed, querying and innocent faces peer back at him. The Kansas Andy boys would love to pull one more over on Lonnie and have him think it was all an innocent mistake.
Lonnie is not deceived for an instant. He knows foxes don’t sit in henhouses discussing the stock market and he knows the Kansas Andy boys’ buggy didn’t accidentally appear empty.
“You ornery clowns!” Lonnie puts all the feeling he can muster into the last word, drops his hand from the bridle and begins the long walk back to his own carriage.
Loren Beachy is an auctioneer and elementary school teacher. He can be contacted by writing to 14047 Ind. 4, Goshen, IN 46528 or by calling 642-1180.