Wess begins ” It was in Oct I remember , it was getting kinda cool here in Foxcreek”. “Word in the town Spread quickly, Dell Donaldson, Missing presumed dead”. “You gotta know Jane professor , stubborn, sweet youngen, great sence of humour,” “Her and the younger lad Jordan, flew over to Quotar I think it was called.” “Dells company AOR used there own plane, as they wanted to help out, plus Dell was there on assignment”. From the word around town, Jane refused to believe her Dell was dead ..” ” Until there was a body or some proof she didn’t even want to discuss death.” her boy Jordan let her have her beliefs, He was hoping his Mom was right.” actually we all hoped that.” Dell was a fine young man, Scottish you know , Wess says with a wink at Rad”. “Those two seemed just as in love as they were in highschool”. “Oh I am sure they had there squabbles , no one has a perfect marriage, Wess continues. ” Janes lawyer wanted her to declare Dell legally dead.” ” Jane would not even think of that , until she had proof , her man was alive.” ” That was hard on Jane, the insurance company had all sorts of nonsense theories.” Dell wanted to start over with a new life” They never said new woman, Jane new what they were a thinkan, ” also Dell and Jane planned this, Bessit Farms were in The red as they say,”. So Jane has waited seven years.” “Worked hard that youngan did, cleaning at the Foxcreek elementary school.” “So professor I guess that may be why she told you he would be dead in three weeks.” Rad fascinated with Wess’s version sat and thought about this.. 7 years ago he himself had been hurt in that area. If only he could remember . Maybe he new this Dell Donaldson? That probably was a bit of a stretch , he didn’t even know where he worked, if he was there working, or what kind of a job he had. The only thing from his past was that piece of a luggage tag or keychain. initials RAD.
“So Rad ” Wess asked “What brought you to these parts.” “Well old timer ,I was looking for a teaching position, I had a PHD in journalism, and my therapist in Germany suggested writing.” “This kind of therapy seemed to help amnesia patients to recall memories.” I decided to see if I had the gift to have one of my. Books published”. And as they say Wess, the rest is history”. “Still why Foxcreek” Wess asked. ” I just told you Wess I wanted a teaching position”. ” That makes no sence, a top selling author, coming to Foxcreek to teach”. You sure wouldn’t need the money, if your books were hitting that seller list.” Wess scratches his head. More too it professor”. “Can’t fool you can I old man”. Rad chuckles.
“Well when I was In ICU in Germany, they ran DNA on me.” I wasnt in the data base, which I guess was a good thing, I wasn’t a crimal or wanted for murder.” ” I however was disappointed they couldn’t narrow down who I might have been Wess” They also sent my piece of leather, with the intials to there lab”. maybe finding out where it was made, or sold.” Well Banff sold these to tourists, I guess they would do it while you wait”. The leather was manufactured in Calgary “. “so when this job came up, I thought I could maybe teach here, go to Banff on long weekends and Calary wasn’t far , so maybe see if that leather plant was still there.” “Now that is starting to make some sence professor”. Wess looks at his watch and thinks he better get a moven. “Don’t want to get Sally perturbed if she don’t get her supper on time”. ” Perturbed is that like disturbed Rad asks Wess?” that’s what I said professor, weren’t cha listening “. “Is that the Websters dictionary or the Wess version,” Rad laughs. “Well instead of wanten to write my story young feller! maybe we could update that Websters guys book “. “Good point Wess I will give that some thought.Rad actually thought that might be kind of fun. “Sally I assume is a dog Wess, or is she your girlfriend”Rad laughs. “Hogwash professor, ain’t no girlfriend in my bed”, just Sally.
“Well think I will see if Stella has anymore of whatever Jane ordered”, that sure smelled good”. “See you at the corn roast Saturday Wess” Rad exclaims. ” For sure young feller , haven’t missed one in years”.
“Stella, what was that delicious aroma Jane had in her takeout”? Rad was starving, he got to talking to Wess and it slipped his mind,he had not eaten since lunch. “That is a new recipe , Quiche, will be on tomorrow’s menu”. “I am closing up , going to have a piece myself.” “Want to join me, Stella asks Rad.” “Sure that would be great.” Rad replies. Stella brings over the quiche and warms up Rads coffee. “Thanks Stella, how long have you owned Stella’s Deli?” “Little over three years, I needed something to put my energy in, I lost my Frank to can re, 4 years ago.” “Hard time for me, he suffered terribly, as much as I would love him back with me, he is pain free now.” Stella cleared her throat, “So how do you like Foxcreek Rad?” Stella inquired. “Great , especially my new friend Wess” Rad smiles lovingly. “He has more info than the library ” Stella laughs. ” Funny you say that Stella, I went over to the library when I first came to town , just to get a feel for the history of Foxcreek.” “Mrs Potts told me if I couldn’t find out everything I needed too know, look up old Wess, he would be found at Stella’s Coffee And Deli”. “Yes he is a regular, Stella said to Rad. “Actually great for business , everyone loves to chat with Wess, and he always gets some sucker to buy”. Rad laughs , taking a bite of the quiche, ” Oh my Stella, this is too dye four, marry me and cook for me Rad laughs”. “I barely know you professor, except for what Jane told me about you being her professor”. “She probably wouldn’t be my first choice for a reference Stella,” I think she feels I am picking on her,I am in a way.”She has the potential of a great author , and I like to keep her motivated, even if she dislikes me”. “Gets her determined to show that teacher, at least I hope that is how she will react”. “Thanks for the quiche it was great, reaching for his wallet, Stella says no the first ones on the house”. “Well see you Saturday I presume”. Rad asks “Save at dance for me ok Stella”. “Will if my dance cards not too full ” she laughs “see yah”
Jane checks her watch, Oh how did it get so late. Feeling very confident with Dells Scottish history research, and her story line, she tidied up her things. She better set the alarm, not that she ever overslept, she just didn’t want it to happen tomorrow . This was the most important day of her course. Starting her novel.
“Good morning everyone” Rad at his desk, looking rather enthusiastic himself. “Today will be the most important part of this course”. “Your first chapter of the novel, each one of you will be unique”. ” I am looking forward to reading, each, and every one of them”. “Some of you may already have your first chapter’s draft”. “Maybe some only have there research ready”. This morning is about putting it all together”. “I am briefly going to give you the most important rules to go by”. “You will be on your own , after lunch I will pick four to review with the class”. “The rest I will review over the weekend”. “Rule #1. Have your readers attention in this first Chapter, If you fail to captivate them at first, they will more than likely set your book down and not bother to even go to chapter 2”.
“Rule #2 if your book is fiction or Truth, Make the history and geography accurate. Some of you readers may have been to these places, you want them to feel comfortable in there choice of your book”. Rule # 3 Don’t bore the reader with too much detail, try to explain your ,characters , history , geography, as quickly as you can.” This is the hard part, to get the readers to love, or hate, the main character.” “With these three rules! you should have no problem fitting this into place.” “Start your chapter, enjoy it, just let your imagination take over.” “I am here if you need me for questions, otherwise I will remain quiet while you take this first step.” “Start your engines” Rad laughs.
Jane having her story line drafted, research, geography, ready, starts her novel. The Scottish history was fascinating, Jane wished she had paid more attention when Dell would tell her about how the Bessit name came about! also how they were related to royalty? Jane felt bad now writing Dells heritage, she teased him, “Yeh and I am the Queen of England ” Jane would laugh, she actually was ninety percent English ten percent Irish. The Bissets originally controlled the land taken over by the Frasers. In the 17 century and 18 th centuries, the clan name MacGregors was outlawed, and members of the clan were forced to assume other surnames.When the bans were lifted some of the clan resumed forms of MacGregor– but not all. In some cases the name of the clan may be identical to the surname of another family, and be no etymological link between the surnames. Example : MacEwan employed by the Campbellls are not connected to the MacEwens of Otter. An old Gaelic saying reads:Frisealach am boll a mine(“the Frasers of the boll of meal”) That explains that some of the Name Fraser, are actually Bisset, which was changed to Bessit, with the clan name changes. this is were Dells family name Bessit was formed. Jane is enjoying this , when the buzzer for break rings. “Were did that 2 hrs go” Jane thought. ” Ok class, will finish up after break, whatever you have done by lunch is all the time for today, don’t worry if it is not finished, this is the base for the rest of the semester”.
Grabbing a coffee and muffin, Jane thinks she needs a smoke , outside she goes. as she is lighting up along comes Rad. “Great ” Jane thinks. “So , are you enjoying writing Jane ” Rad ask as he too lights a smoke. “I really am” says Jane . “I didn’t realize Dell’s heritage was so interesting, and I used to tease him” Jane smile fondly, remembering her husband. “Rad” Jane says “can I ask you something” “Sure” Rad tells Jane” shoot”. ” Well I was wondering” Jane states ” if you have amnesia, how do you know you smoked, or did you just start this nasty habit”. “Funny you should ask, your right, I had no clue I smoked.” When I was finally released from the German hospital, I was waiting for my ride, One of the cleaning men, were out on break.” “The smell immediately was familiar, I offered him a franc , and I coughed a bit, and was a little dizzy,” I knew I must have been a smoker, why did I start up again, good question”. “Just a warning Jane ” Rad says ” I am picking four students first chapter after lunch.” “Alphabetically , so no one will think I am picking on them” Rad winks at Jane. ” You happen to be number four”. “Great” Jane replies. ” I guess I should have married Ben Young” Jane laughs.”He was a Scottish lad as well, he used to tease me in highschool” “Jane run away with me and leave that Dell Donaldson, Dell would be standing beside him, and say “she know the best Scotchman when she see’s him Ben”. “Of course Ben would laugh, and be on his way”. “Thanks for the warning Rad, I will be ready for you” Jane turns , and back to class she goes.
Returning to her writing Jane thinks of old Wess. No wonder he always said “keep your good name Janey D our ancestors fought hard to keep it”.
Apparently the Scots were allowed to change there surnames a total of three times,however a period of five years had to elapse between each successive name change, from The Lord Lyon King of Arms. Children under the age of sixteen were only allowed to change there name once. ” weird” Jane thinks.