Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Chapter 364 Worst Car Ride Ever

"Stop staring at me!"

Ronnie swiftly pulled his eyes back onto the road.

"One more time," Sophie said, her teeth clenched so tightly she looked like a bad ventriloquist. "I'm not gonna ruin their big, fricken day! I will put on a happy face once we get back to Catalpa Valley and I'll tell them I'm eternally happy for them, okay? And if you look at me one more time with those kicked-once-too-often-puppy-dog eyes I will smack you upside the head so hard you won't wake up til next week!"

Oh, yeah, that was reassuring! Yes, Ronnie had been glancing anxiously at her the whole ride out of the city because he just didn't know when she'd explode and he was certain she would. She sat there riding shotgun with her arms folded over her chest, scowling and seething with so much anger it was palpable. Well, guess she just did explode, so maybe now he could relax a bit, but still, he didn't believe her for a second!

Monday, September 17, 2018

Chapter 363 Is it true

Victor stopped the car just one house shy of his driveway.

Violet sighed. "Are we gonna fight again?" she said, making a face.

"Hope not. I have a question," he said.

"Only one?" Violet said, astonished.

He smiled. "Okay, maybe two," he said. "You said that when Richard came to you it was always in a dream."

"Yes," she replied.

"Yet you said my mother was there when you showered and dress, then she was the one that fixed your hair and makeup for you," he said.

"Yes," she said again. "That isn't a question."

"Didn't finish," he replied. "So you woke up already dressed with your hair done?"

"Oh!" Violet said. "I see what you mean. No, she woke me up and everything and then when I was ready to go downstairs she just kinda disappeared. Yeah, that is weird!"

"No more weird than talking to dead people, I'd say," Victor muttered.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Chapter 362 The Insanity Plea

Victor stopped the car, put it in park and turned it off. This would have been a perfectly fine thing to do had not he stopped in the middle of the road and in front of his nosy and extremely annoying neighbor, Paul Dermer, who at present was inconsiderately shoveling snow out of his driveway and into the road. 

He, Paul Dermer that is, stopped mid-shovel and motioned Victor to roll down his window as he obviously had something insightful to say. "Hey there, neighbor," he touched the brim of his fur-lined, ear flap cap and nodding to Violet. "Got yourself a bit of car trouble, do ya? Them fancy cars will do that. Want me call down to Joe's garage for a tow?"

"No, thanks, Paul. I'm just having an aneurysm," Victor said mildly.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Chapter 361 I'm Staying

Simon took so long getting ready that by the time he went to the kitchenlooking like something straight off the cover of GQ-- he found everyone sitting at the breakfast bar already eating.

"Couldn't wait for me, huh?" he snidely asked, grabbing his bagel. He made a face when he found it was no longer warm.

"It was hot from the oven when I got it," Ronnie answered his unspoken question. "Pop it in the toaster oven if you want it warm."

"About time you came out of the bathroom, Simon. Thought you mighta drowned. Good thing there's more than one bathroom in this place," Sophie said, taking a bite and turning to Ronnie. "How did you manage growing up with this guy?"

Ronnie laughed. "Wasn't easy," he replied.

"I'll bet," she said. "Kinda prissy, ain't he?"

Monday, August 27, 2018

Chapter 360 The Worst thing that could ever happen

Sophie heard the faint ding from her cell phone and ignored it, snuggling into her pillow and falling back to sleep. She might have stayed that way all warm and comfortable had she not heard the loud whoop of joy coming from down the hall.

"Wha?" she mumbled, tossing her long honey-colored hair out of her face, but she was too tired to care. She plopped her head back down on the pillow and pulled the covers over her head.

"Simon!" Ronnie shouted. "Did you just get a text from Mom?"

"And Grandma," Simon said, grinning from ear to ear.

"Can you believe it?" said Ronnie. "Finally, Dad's getting married!"

"It's the best thing ever!"  Simon said. "I'm so happy I couldI could hug you!"

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Chapter 359 Congratulations are in Order

The kiss hadn't even ended before the phone in Victor's pocket rang. Wise man that he normally wasand being so long since wanting this particular moment to actually happen and desperate to savor every minute of ithe ignored the phone. He pulled Violet even closer deepening the kiss, but the phone kept ringing as did the landline Violet still insisted on having and simultaneously the cell phone in her purse.

"What the heck is going on?" Violet asked, reluctantly releasing Victor's arms to answer one of the phones. "Hello?" she said giving Victor an apologetic look while reaching for her purse, rummaging for her chiming cell phone.

"I hear congratulations are in order, Missy!" Morris Kramer's booming voice spoke in her ear.

"Umwhathow in the world do you know that?" she said, glancing out the window assuming he was just outside looking in.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Chapter 358 The Big Surprise

Rationally speaking, Violet should not have felt so self-conscience undressing in front of a spirit. That is to say the ghost of Victor's mother was most likely a figment of her imagination and therefore not really there so nothing to worry about, right? And yet she still was. Lucky for her, Heidi must have realized this and discretely averted her eyes from Violet's naked form before she striped and jumped into the shower, all the while explaining the difference between being truly earthbound and not.

"You see, Violet," Heidi spoke louder than usual to be heard over the shower. "I already went up to heaven as soon as I died and I was gloriously received by our dear Lord and Savior."

"Then how come you're still here?" Violet said, her words garbled due to the water splashing into her mouth.

"I was needed down here, so I returned," Heidi replied.

"What are you saying?" Violet said. "That Heaven is a revolving door for spirits?"

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Chapter 357 Time to Wake up

Sleepy Calisto 

"Come, Dear. It's time to wake up."

Violet made a tiny sound, like the coo of a dove, but remained quite asleep.

"This is going to be a very big day for you, Luv. Please get up."

"No wanna," mumbled Violet. All toasty warm, she snuggled further into her pillow and sighed. She was way too comfortable to leave her bed and short of an earthquake, tornado or other so-called act of God she was going nowhere.

It was the soft laugh that made Violet frown in confusion as sleep slowly drifted away. "Mom?" she said, her eyes trying to flutter open.

"Not exactly, but I always thought of you as the daughter I never had or rather, had for very long anyway."

Monday, June 25, 2018

Chapter 356 Where do we go from here

Richard laughed as he tried to pull the covers from Violet, but she held on tight and wouldnt come out from under them.

 Come on now, silly girl, he said. Did you think I didnt know about your city slicker boyfriend yet?

Was hoping, she said, miserably. Oh, Richard, you must hate me.

I dont, he said. I wont ever hate you.

You must. for cheating on you like this.

He scoffed. Babe, this is NOT cheating, he said. You keep forgetting Im dead and that makes you a free agent.

A what? she said.

You know not married anymore. Free to do whatever you want.

II still feel married to you, though, she said.

Yeah, thats probably cuz Im still kinda around, ya know? he said. Thats why you gotta let me go.

Just doesnt feel right, she whined.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Chapter 355 What is Heaven like

Richard stared down at Violet, fast asleep on their bed, and took in a fortifying breath. At least thats what he wanted to believe he was doing. At this point he knew darn well ghosts didnt require air to breathe, food to eat, water to drink or in fact anything a live person needed.

Except, perhaps, he thought to himself before he crawled in beside her, for a loving touch. How he craved that!

He smiled as he continued to gaze at Violets pretty face--so serene in slumber-- the only bit of her visible over the massive pile of blankets she was never without on cold, dreary winter days. He marveled that she still slept only on her side of the bed, leaving his side untouched as if she expected him to show up at any moment and sneak in beside her.

Was that consciously done, he wondered? Or was it just the way it was, more habit than anything else? Violet had always been a creature of habit. Stillhe wondered.
He reached out a ghostly hand to touch her shoulder and at long last awaken her to have this most important talk, but he withdrew it. This could be it. This could be the very last time he ever got to speak to her, touch her, be with her. This encounter could break the spell which kept him bound to her. Soon he would no longer be earthbound and on his way towhere?