Evil is a master skilled in the art of disguise. It is found in the most unlikely of places. Rose, however, was unaware of anything so profound, as she sat outside enjoying the evening air. She was on her front porch vaguely listening to the radio, when she thought she heard her name being said.
She turned up the volume to better hear the newscast of a missing hitchhiker named Rosie, not Rose, as she had first thought. The girl was last seen hitchhiking somewhere north along Route 101.
The authorities believed there was a Route 101 serial killer who had been quietly at work for many years. Over time, girls had gone missing from one end of Route 101's long stretch of highway to the other. Rosie brought the missing persons' count to twenty-nine. Not one body had ever been found.
"Poor girl!” Rose said aloud, "too bad there weren't more angels in the world like Mr. Oliver." She shook her head at the shame of it, as a noisy vehicle rumbled up the street.
"Speak of the devil!" Rose clapped her hands together when she realized who it was. Her good neighbor, Mr. Oliver, was home!
He had generously offered to move an evicted family down on their luck 900 miles south to better opportunities, free of charge. He owned Oliver's Moving & Delivery Service and was quite successful, despite his frequent charity.
Most of his customers needed items transported long distances, from northern coastal communities, all through the interior, and down into the southern states. He spent much of his life in transit along Route 101 and beyond. When he did come home, he came bearing gifts for the neighborhood. He was well liked and well respected in the community.
Mr. Oliver was a wonderful neighbor to Rose. He did errands and other favors for her and if around, would sit and visit with her for hours. Rose, a widow, with bad knees and arthritic hands, was eternally grateful to Mr. Oliver for both his help and his company.
"Welcome home!" Rose waved.
"Thanks!" Mr. Oliver warmly replied as he approached her. Rose was blind to the evil that lurked in the gleam of his benevolent smile as he handed her a jewelry box, "I brought you something."
With pleasure, he watched as a surprised Rose opened the gift. Inside was a beautifully carved golden locket with the name "Rosie" engraved on the back.