Book Bits: “A Bit of A Pickle” Chapter Ten

Thank you for joining me for Book Bits. In this episode, we will begin to read the book “A Bit of a Pickle” by Nicole Higginbotham-Hogue. This is the second book in the Simmons Series.





This is a work of fiction. Similarities to real people, places, or events are entirely coincidental.

Chapter Ten

Edna carefully looked through the items in Fredrick’s bag, making sure to leave the folded clothes the way that they were so that she could put everything back without the man noticing. She was sure that Fredrick had something in there that solidified his motives, and she wanted to find it. Edna got to the bottom of the bag, but there was nothing there but clothing and grooming products. She took a deep breath and let it out. 

She wanted to find answers to the questions that ran through her head. Like, why her? What did he think that he would gain, and how long had he been duping people like this? Edna could feel a stray tear run down her cheek as she thought about how happy she had been the first time that she had gotten notice that he might be her brother. Most of her family had passed away at this point, besides her children, and she had gotten a sense of peace knowing that she might have one other member from the older generation left to talk to. 

Edna began to put the items back in the bag, but as she did, a hard plastic object rubbed against her hand. She took out the clothing that she had just put inside and studied the inside of the bag, looking for the item that had just touched her. Scanning the bag closer, she noticed an inside pocket and unzipped it, pulling out a small cellular phone. She stuck it in her pocket and began to put everything back in the bag. Hopefully, she would get a chance to go through the slender device before Fredrick noticed that it was missing, and maybe, it would provide some of the answers that she needed so that she could move on.

“Are you okay there?” Gertie inquired, startling her as she walked into the living room. 

“Just fine,” Edna said, packing up the rest of the bag and zipping it shut. “Just a bit disappointed in the whole situation.”

“Well, everything’s going to be okay, you know?” Gertie commented. “What this man did was terrible, and I am going to make it a plan to out him to the town and turn him over to the authorities.” 

“You know, I was thinking about that earlier,” Edna replied. “I’m not sure that we would quite get the results that we wanted if we outed him to the town. Something that Theodore said to me made sense.”

“What’s that?” Gertie inquired; an eyebrow raised.

“He said that con men usually find a way to manipulate those around them and that a lot of time they get out of trouble by making other people feel bad for them,” Edna said. “So, if we were just to tell everyone in town what he did, then there is a high chance that they wouldn’t believe us, and Fredrick would be free to get his revenge on us for outing him.”

“Well, Theodore does have a point,” Gertie said. “However, I think that if we acquired enough physical evidence to show people the truth, there would be no other option but for them to accept it, and surely, if we did this, we could turn the man into the authorities.” 

“So, what now?” Edna inquired. “Should we start making things a little more comfortable for him so that he stays around long enough for us to gather evidence?”

Gertie was silent for a moment as she thought about her wife’s question. “Well, we don’t want him to get too comfortable, so I say that we continue with the plan to drive him out, but maybe, we could gather evidence while we go through the process.” 

“Sounds good to me,” Edna said, looking back at her wife. “Maybe, I’ll feel better after he is arrested and exposed.”

“You can’t rely on that to feel better,” Gertie replied. “Don’t let that man control your emotions. What he did was wrong, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t move forward. Why don’t you try another DNA test? At least then, you will know the truth about your family, and maybe, you will be able to move on.”

“I thought that you didn’t believe in DNA tests, dear,” Edna said, noticing that the tears had begun to run down her face once again.

Gertie kneeled and pulled her wife close to her.  “I’m not a big fan of them,” Gertie said, wiping away the tears on Edna’s face. “But sometimes a person changes their mind when it means making the ones that they love feel better.”

About the Author

Growing up in a small town, Nicole Higginbotham-Hogue spent a majority of her time reading and writing, so when she was granted the opportunity to write full-time, she didn’t have to think twice.  Since beginning her writing career, she has managed to pen several lesbian romances, while adding a little action and adventure to spice things up. As a newly graduated MBA student, she plans to use her recently discovered free time to craft the art that she loves. For more information on Nicole’s new releases or to find out what she has been working on, sign-up for her newsletter at

Also by Nicole Higginbotham-Hogue

Jems and Jamz

Don’t Tell Me Twice

A Second Chance

To the Beat of Their Own Drum

Finding a Voice

A Fan to Remember

Aspiring Affection

A Stepping Stone

The Jems and Jamz Series: Books 1-2

The Jems and Jamz Series: Books 3-4

The Jems and Jamz Series: Books 5-7

The Jems and Jamz Series Boxset

Simmons Series

A Brief Debacle

A Bit of a Pickle

The Catnip Conundrum

The Simmons Series: Books 1-2

The Avery Detective Series

Sentiment to the Heart

Heart’s Content

Complicated Heart

Thank you for joining me for this episode of Book Bits. I look forward to seeing you next time.


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