Word Count: 90,050
Summary of Events:
Keeleigh and her brother talked about what she'd learned so far and her plans to visit Adelejda Myshaniuk on her own. Emil and the rest of the family watched the German forces enter Warsaw with solemnity before Jarek started talking about how he was going to annihilate all of the Germans in revenge. Keeleigh was working in the hardware store at the Village again for the last day of the season when a woman approached her, intent to purchase something in the store . . .
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""What are you looking at purchasing?" Keeleigh asked.
"One of these saws," the woman replied. "My husband likes woodworking, and he also likes antiques, which he uses to decorate his workshop."
"The biggest one is three dollars, I believe," Keeleigh replied.
The woman pulled out a twoonie and a loonie.
"What kind of money is that?" Keeleigh asked.
"It's three dollars," the woman replied.
"How?" Keeleigh asked.
"It's a one dollar coin and a two dollar coin," the woman replied.
"We don't have one and two dollar coins," Keeleigh said. "We have bills."
"No we don't," the woman replied. "Canada replaced their one dollar bill with a coin in the nineteen eighties and their two dollar bill with a coin in the nineteen nineties."
"But it's nineteen twenty six," Keeleigh said.
"Oh," the woman said. "Would it be better if I gave you quarters, nickels, and dimes then?"
"Maybe," Keeleigh replied.
The woman took back the loonie and twoonie and drew out her change purse again, from which she brought out several quarters, one of which landed with Queen Elizabeth's face upward.
"Who is that?" Keeleigh asked.
"That's Queen Elizabeth," the woman replied. "She's the Queen of England and Canada."
"No, it's King George, the fifth," Keeleigh replied.
"That's her grandfather," the woman said. "You see, he died in nineteen thirty six, and then his son Edward took the throne, but wasn't even crowned because he wanted to marry a divorcée, which wasn't permissible for a king, so he abdicated the throne and his brother, Albert, who took the name George the sixth, became king until nineteen fifty two, when he died and his daughter, Elizabeth, took the throne as Queen Elizabeth the second. She's reigned ever since and has even officially passed Queen Victoria as the longest reigning monarch in British history."
"But she isn't queen now," Keeleigh said. "George the fifth is king."
"So you can't take these either," the woman said.
"No," Keeleigh replied. "We only take money with King George the fifth on it. I'm sorry."
"I've never seen any money like that," the woman said. "I have seen some George the sixth coins, though. The never minted any for Edward. He wasn't even officially called Edward the eighth, although that's what he was."
"But that's all there is for money, it all shows him," Keeleigh said.
"Not anymore," the woman replied. "But as soon as I find some I'll bring it to you and get that saw."
"I shouldn't think it would be that hard," Keeleigh said. "We'll see you soon then."
"I'm glad you're that optimistic," the woman said, taking up her quarters and heading off.
Keeleigh smiled somewhat wanly. She felt like the woman was genuinely upset that she wasn't able to use modern Canadian currency to make the purchase, but being as they weren't technically supposed to sell the artefacts in the Village proper, the fact that they were considering themselves to be wholly in 1926 helped immensely."