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About the Story
"Get out of this house and don't darken my doorstep with your filthy shoes again," were Julia Brief's last words to her husband, Pete, just after their divorce. Since then Julia had become a very independent lady and landed herself a job at the local shopping mall - in, of all places, Matilda's beauty salon.
Pete, on the other hand, had gotten himself arrested and convicted for "assault with a deadly weapon", in what could only be described as one of the quickest cases on record. One minute going home with a large cucumber for supper, the next locked up in a cell for attempting to choke a pensioner ... He didn't mean to force it down her throat, besides she had been a bit on the "short" side!
But then what can you expect from the law authorities of a town that in its never-ending quest to "cut costs" had eagerly advised the "merging" of certain shops and businesses and the use of "joint premises" - the most extreme of these being the merging of the BUTCHER SHOP and the FUNERAL PARLOR. Can you imagine ever buying your weekly joint of meat from such an establishment??? Mind you, Julia will never have that problem - she is a strict "veggie".
Julia has unwittingly promised Matilda that she will help her to make a pot of Matilda's world-famous "stew" - much to her own distaste! First she must discover just what the "ingredients" of this concoction are and then inform Matilda (who has conveniently such important details or even where she first came across the recipe) what she requires and then collect each item before delivering it to Matilda. This may sound reasonably simple but Julia has lost her "marbles" (she was told to keep away from that large pothole) and, as a result, it will be down to YOU to guide Julia on her search to collect the items.
If Julia is successful then there is every possibility that the couple could get back together again (and everybody loves a "happy" ending), so do your best and maybe Matilda will just find it in her heart to bring this sad pair back together. Not only that, but being as how Matilda is on very good "terms" with Pete's old boss then perhaps she will be instrumental in getting him his job back ... you never can tell!