Then next morning after Granny's look into the future, the village was carrying on as normal.......well maybe not quite normal.....
Ollie is shocked at seeing a strange man behind the counter in Granny Fortuna's shop !
" Hello.... " says a young voice.... cough cough " I mean ...Hello young lad What can I do for you? " the much deeper voice continues " My names Uncle Alfonso , I'm looking after the shop"
A loud thud sounds on the ceiling as Ollie looks at this newcomer with suspicion !
" Uncle Alfonso? why have you got the same birth mark on your head as Bruno? "
A small silence lasts before 'Alfonso says " I'm his Uncle! It's a family birth mark all the males have it !" he ends on what sounds like a relieved sigh.
Still not quite believing this person Ollie says " If you are uncle Alfonso's wheres Bruno? "
" He is with his aunt.... aunt... Delphinium !"
"That's a flower !"
" Is It ?.. I mean my darling wife is named for the most wonderful very tall flower, for she is just the same !"
" What a wonderful tall flower ? "
Alfonso's decides this conversation is getting out of hand so comes round from behind the counter
Ollie looks amazed, wasn't he taller a moment ago? He seems to have shrunk !
" Well " mutters Ollie " Bruno does not have any long trousers .... maybe you are Alfonso "
" Should you not be getting home? " asks Alfonso " It will be very very dark soon "
"It's only half past three!"
Suddenly a door opens and a voice shreaks ....
" What ! Is! Going ! On! " says Granny " And who are you? "
" That's Uncle Alfonso " supplies Ollie helpfully
" That is NOT Alfonso " states Granny " Not unless he's sudden lost a foot and a half in height and had a hair transplant! "
Uncle Alfonso seems glued to the spot!
" Impostor! Call the police !" says Granny
Alfonso retreats behind the counter suddenly growing in height!
" lets not be hasty " he stutters " I'm his son Alfonso junior !"
" Liar " says Granny getting angry " What have you done with my grandson? "
Suddenly she dashed forward and pulls on the strange mans beard which drops down!
" Brun...o..." says Granny
" Hello Granny " says Bruno in a whisper
" Bruno " says Granny her voice breaking as she pulls him into her arms " Bruno "
" Bruno thank goodness you are safe " Granny says tearfully " I was so worried you were in the clink!"
" Clink? "
" Jail.. Prison..house of correction... " sniffing Granny gives Bruno another hug
"What an earth were you doing and why are you dressed like an old man? "
Sighing Bruno says guiltily " I didn't want to call Uncle Alfonso to come look after the shop.. I don't trust him " he finishes.
" You are such a wise boy " Granny mutters then raising her voice " Ollie look after the shop a moment!"
Ollie cannot believe Granny's asked him .. him to mind the shop! he's round at the counter before Granny and Bruno have barely moved out the way.. " That will be three pounds ten pence " says Ollie practicing.
" Ollie " says granny without turning " just call if a customer wants serving "
"Yes granny " sighs Ollie .. slightly down , then brightens.. he'll just call when they want to pay .
" Granny walks with Bruno towards the door to their flat above the shop " I promise I will always let you look after the shop in future If I'm unwell "
Bruno stays silent convinced granny's still recovering and she'll forget once she's fully on the mend
Bruno nearly trips over when Granny carries on " You can open the shop tomorrow while I have a lie in to help finish this cold and I'll get up at 10 and make you a lovely big breakfast "
Bruno is so happy, Granny's borrowed some trousers , to check the fit , and promised Bruno he'll have a pair of long trousers in the new year as a treat for working so hard up till Christmas.
Granny is very happy " Look how well we have done Bruno ! and after such a late start, what with my cold !"
" The shelves are nearly empty! I think it was our best lead up to Christmas since we opened !"
"I've been thinking just having a shop at Christmas does not give us a lot of money to last the year and you are a growing boy! "
" I am? "
" You are !"
" So I was thinking..... "
"What! " exclaims Bruno
" I can see it now" Granny continues " Easter Bunnies, ducks, hen's and of course cards and not forgetting Easter eggs!
Granny can see it all....in her head...
"Good Luck with that " Bruno sighs " You do know they are moving the sofa etc back in here tomorrow? "
" Of course... but I have heard on the village grapevine .. "
" Don't you mean old biddy line? " scoffs Bruno
" Don't be rude Bruno.. my friends and I are not old Biddy's .. Biddy's yes but old no! Anyway where was I?. Oh yes we have heard talk of a big and I do mean big new studio for all the village houses etc and I think there should be a shop.... all year round.... after all a shop is not just for Christmas... "
I hope you have enjoyed Granny and Bruno's tale. I am planning to give Granny and Bruno a space for their shop, all being well, so the village children can have somewhere to go to get presents and food etc.