Israel Book Shop presents Chapter 6 of a new online serial novel, Without a Trace, by Esther Rapaport. Check back for a new chapter every Thursday or Friday. Click here for previous chapters.
“Come to us for Shabbos, Chasi,” Shoshi said to her sister on the phone. “The children miss you.”
“And you?” Chasida joked.
“I do, too. Will you come?”
“I’ll think about it.”
Chasida unwound the tangled phone wire and glanced at her watch. In five more minutes she’d be able to close, if the two women browsing through the store would finish their purchases by then. Through the advertising placards hanging on the front glass, she noticed Shevi Auerbach approaching the store.
“What’s doing, Shevi?” Chasida asked as she quickly rang up one of the customers’ purchases.
“Baruch Hashem, everything’s fine,” her younger neighbor responded, looking around. “Do you have something for swollen veins in the legs?”
“There are lots of ‘somethings.’”
“I mean something that will help.” Shevi smiled. One of the women finished paying and left. The second was hidden by the shelves toward the back.
“Who do you need it for?” Chasida inquired. Keep Reading…