9500 Riggs Rd.

9500 Riggs Rd.
by Donna Riley. 

Albert Brown, a WWII veteran, drives a cab in Washington DC. One day Albert sees a beautiful young woman waiting at the bus stop and offers her a ride home, free, in his cab. Reluctantly, the young woman, Lucy, accepts. Albert being “foot loose and fancy free” begins a romance with reluctant, Lucy, a back woods southern Baptist away from home for the first time. Shortly afterwards, an unexpected pregnancy happens, which changes both of their lives forever.

Albert and Lucy Brown live in the middle of a two hundred acre cemetery in Washington DC, where Albert is the caretaker. The job provides them with a house, which is not much more than a shack. Lucy works as a domestic and at the Jewish Deli. Life is hard, and every day is a struggle for the family of five. Molly, June and little Mable are Albert and Lucy’s three daughters. The fighting and arguing among the girls, and Albert and Lucy, is never ending.

Hand me downs from the preacher and his wife from across Riggs Road, keep the girls in clean good clothes, the cemetery’s old flower truck, is the families vehicle. Too cool themselves ¬†from the heat of the city, the large fountain becomes their swimming pool at night after the gates are locked. The locked gates of the cemetery does not, however, keep trouble away, especially when a new man is hired, straight out of prison.