Loan Some: The Original Serial, Season 7 by Megan McLachlan

Loan Some: The Original Serial, Season 7 by Megan McLachlan

Vote on what will happen at the end of this episode!

Previously… for her latest assignment, Vera enters the convent to fill in for Sister Josephine. Cole crashes the convent to reveal Josephine’s secret and now has to spend the night. Readers voted for Vera and Cole to sleep at opposite ends of the bed.

Episode 9

“Sleeping arrangements?”

“Yeah, it’s late.” Cole started unpacking stuff out of his bag, almost as if he expected to be spending the night.

“You can’t spend the night here. I’m a nun.” Vera scrunched her nose, her face rejecting the lie.

“Well, I’m not going back to the city. Jill and I had a fight, and I just wanted to get out.”

“Oh.” Vera didn’t know how to respond. “You want to talk about it?”

“No.” He put his head down.

Then, why are you here? As if pretending to be devout and righteous weren’t awkward enough for Vera, Cole crashing the convent was the icing on the cake.

“We can sleep at opposite ends,” she offered.

“OK. But no funny business.”

****

“Quit kicking me,” said Vera.

“I’m not trying to. There’s no room. Plus, you sleep in an L shape, do you know that?”

“I’m aware.” The truth was, Vera hadn’t been aware until that moment.

“How does Gary deal with your weird sleeping habits?”

“If I spend the night, Greg and I typically sleep in something bigger than a matchbox. What about you and Jill?”

“I told you I’m not talking about Jill.”

“But you can probe me about Greg?”

There was a pause. “Does he make you happy?”

“Yeah.” The lilt in Vera’s voice didn’t even convince herself. “I don’t have to answer your questions either, you know.”

“You deserve to be happy, Vera.”

There was no tone of sarcasm or even a follow-up joke. “Night, Cole.”

****

Vera awoke to the sound of the door knob twisting. Someone was coming in.

Posey appeared in the doorway, her jaw clenched in anger upon seeing Vera and Cole in the same bed. “I see he’s here.”

“I thought you wouldn’t be back until Monday?” Vera stood up from the bed. “Did you sell your book idea?”

“Maybe.” With her nose in the air, Posey attempted to be nonchalant. “I’m going to expose this immoral company and all its lies. As the Bible says in James 3:8, ‘But no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.’”

Vera searched for a response, from all the reflection she’d done the day before. “But what about Proverbs: ‘One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.’” Where had that come from?

“Are you comparing Loan Some to God?”

“No, I’m just saying that sometimes people can’t rely on other people and that’s where this company comes in.”

“What’s worth doing,” said Cole, rubbing his eyes from slumber, “is worth doing for money. The movie Wall Street.”

Vera turned to him and mouthed “Not helping.”

“I can’t believe you quoted the Bible,” said Posey, ignoring Cole’s statement. “I see what you mean, Vera, but I believe that people should be friends with other people without paying money.”

“I’ve stayed in touch with lots of Loan Some clients, and I don’t require them to pay me.”

Posey smiled. “I’ll drop the book idea on one condition.” Vote below on what will happen next or if reading by email click view poll.


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