"That's the last one," I said as I set the grocery bag on the counter.
Clara paused from putting away the groceries I'd already brought in from her car. "Thank you, dear. I really appreciate your help."
I noticed a stack of her books on the table. "Are you going on another book signing tour?"
Clara open a cupboard and started putting in cans of tomatoes. "Oh, no ... those are for a book club that has agreed to review Star Crafters."
"Mary Fowler's club?"
"Do you know Mary?"
"Yes, she's Eb's mother."
"He's a friend of Uncle Billy."
"Really? Funny, Mary never mentioned it."
"No kidding? I wonder why?"
"I guess it just never came up." Clara started stacking cans in the cupboard again.
I picked up one of the books and leafed through it. "So, are these for her club?"
"No, her club already read it ... I got some wonderful reviews from them."
"You've lined up another club to read your book?"
Clara shut and started folding up the grocery bag. "Yes. It's a club from the Sterling Heights Library."
"How'd you get hooked-up with them?"
"They approached me after I'd given a talk at the Library."
"You gave a talk at the Library?"
"One of the patrons is a Facebook follower of mine ... she set it up."
I set down the book. "How many Facebook followers do you have?"
Clara started folding another bag. "I don't know ... around a thousand, I think."
"You have a thousand followers?"
Clara blushed. "Something like that."
I shook my head. "Well, I better get going ... Billy wants me to take him up to Manny's."
"You know, I could take him to Manny's."
"I know ... I guess it's just a tradition ... I've been taking him there every Thursday for years."
Clara stuffed the folded bags into a slot next to the refrigerator and followed me to the door. "Well, thank you for helping me with the groceries, Chris."
"Timing is everything ... I'm just glad I ran into you in the parking lot."
Clara smiled. "Tell William I'll see him at supper."