Monday, March 25, 2019

Chapter 373 Very Good Friends







Got yourself a job offer, Cassie, Ronnie said happily. Just like you wanted.

Butbut I dont know anything, Cassandra said. Not much anyway.

I didnt know much either when my grandmother asked me to help her out in the shop, but I eventually learned everything she knew and I took it upon myself to learn what she didnt know. I ended up teaching her a few things. So, what Im asking is for you to do as I did. You would be my apprentice and your job will be to learn as much as you can so you can be of real help to me and to my clients. I want you to actually learn on your own as well as from me. That way we grow together in knowledge and experience, the woman said. Only if you are interested, of course.

Oh, believe me, shes interested! Ronnie said. Simon is gonna flip when we tell him!

Who is Simon if I may ask? the lady said.

Hes my brother. You know him. He came here the other day to get the ingredients for Uncle Macs never-fail-cure-for-all tonic, Ronnie said. He made the magic potion for Cassie cuz she was so sick and now shes all better.

The woman frowned slightly apparently trying to remember.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Chapter 372 Too Good To be True



Ronnie had been relegated to the service of a pack mule. That is to say, he was doing not much more than carrying numerous shopping bags for Cassandra and following her around Little Italy while she shopped. We can call it shopping what she was doing, but it was more like a re-discovery of sorts.

Ronnie, I just dont get it, Cassandra said, looking back at the last shop they had just exited.

What dont you get? he asked, as he popped another Bella di Cerignola olive into his mouth. Did you forget something? You couldnt possibly!

No, not that. You know, Ive never been here before today, she said, frowning slightly. At least I dont think so, butits so weird. This feels like home, like this is where I belongin Little Italy.

Ronnie grinned. Not too weird, he said. You were talking to that old guy in the store as if youd known him all your life.

He was so nice and he said I looked very familiar, she said. I wish I could live here, or at least work at one of these shops, but they all seem to be family run establishments.

Never know until you ask, he said.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Chapter 371 You're not helping






"Day-um, you look  hot in that!"

Sophie turned away from the mirror and glared at Rance, who sat behind her in a comfortable arm chair with a glass of wine by his side. "Bug, you're not helping! You've said the same thing for everything I've tried on so far. I can't buy ten outfits." She glanced at the price tag on the latest dress she had tried on at Rance's insistence, and nearly gagged. "I can't even buy half of this one!"

"Relax, Sophie," he said. "I can give you an advance until you get paid. Besides, all this counts as a business deduction on your income taxes so..."

"Income taxes?" she shrieked. "I gotta pay income taxes now?"

He laughed. "Eventually, it's what all grown-ups have to doassuming they have an incomewhich may be a big assumption these days."

Sophie slumped into a chair next to him and grabbed his wine glass, first checking to make sure no one was watching them, then she gulped some down. "I don't think I can do this, BugI mean Rance. Sorry."

"No worries," he said. "I know you can do this and you'll need all these clothes to make sure everyone knows they aren't dealing with a novice."

"But I am a novice to the extreme!" she said.

He leaned forward and whispered, "You may think so, but you gotta act as if you know everythingya know like AOC does. If she can get away with it anyone can."

Sophie scoffed. "But she's an idiot and everybody knows it," she said.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Chapter 370: The Only One


     



"It's awesome of you to do this for me, Ronnie," Cassandra said as they walked down the street.

"No worries," he replied with a casual shrug. "Thought you should get to know this place in case you wanted to stay here even if you are a country girl and I'm not sure you'll like it much. Life here is cool, but real different from life in Catalpa Valley sojust takes some getting used to."

"I was born in the city, so I'm technically a city girl," she said, trying to keep the bitterness out of her voice.

"Me too, but I do like the country sometimes," he said. To change the subject he added, "Anywhere you might really like to go? Anything special you'd like to see?"

Monday, February 11, 2019

Chapter 369 Can't Sleep





Sophie was wide awake even though it was very late. She was simply too excited to sleep. She placed the last of her Catalpa Valley/Miami wardrobe into the huge walk-in closet and noted there would be plenty of room for her NYC clothes, whenever she managed to get some. She had been making herself at home in her new bedroom in Victor's apartment and loving it!

For a guest bedroom it was huge, much bigger than her own room back home and the view from those floor-to-ceiling windows was amazing. She had unpacked everything she held of value, from her clothes, shoes and laptop to her tattered teddy bear, favorite books and sundry girly things. This bedroom would do quite nicely, she thought.
Looking out of the window in her new bedroom and watching all those dancing lights coming from an endless expanse of brick, mortar and steel just filled her with an excitement she could not contain. She would never sleep tonight.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Chapter 368 Prove it





The three little ones stood at the door, their mouths hanging open in surprise.

"Where's Ronnie?" Julian asked in a whisper.

"Dontcha 'member? He went back to da city," Peter said making a curious face. "Why is she sleeping in here? Don't mommies and daddies sleep in da same room?"

"Not until they're married," Georgiana said, her voice equally soft.

"Is she gonna stay here from now on even before they get married?" Julian asked.

"I guess," Georgiana said with a shrug.

"Will she make us breakfast every day?" Peter asked, sounding excited.

"Tired of Rice Krispies? I sure am!" Julian said, not bothering to whisper anymore.

"And Cherrios," Peter said.

"Shhhyou're gonna wake her up," Georgiana said, none too quietly herself.

"Too late," Violet mumbled, opening her eyes with a big smile on her face. "Good morning, my little munchins!"

Monday, November 12, 2018

Chapter 367 Can't Blame a Guy for Trying


After a very long day, albeit a joy filled one, Violet at long last got the kids bathed and tucked into bed and having read to them a few pages of a very short book all three were now sound asleep. She sighed with relief and smiled when Victor took her hand and lead her downstairs and to the living room. It would be the first time they were alone since very early in the day and they were certainly looking forward to being together with no one else around.

Violet kicked off her shoes, tucked her feet under her and sat back on the comfy couch. Victor sat a little away from her and stared at her. She sighed again.

"Are we about to fight again?" she asked staring at the bright lights of the Christmas tree, the only thing illuminating the room.

"We surely will if you keep asking that," he replied with a chuckle.

"I'm sorry, Victor, but I just cannot, will not compromise my values just because it's perfectly acceptable to today's society at large," she said, tiredly. "I've never done so before so I can't actually say that, can I? The one time I did I paid for it with my reputation which took a long time to repair. Well, I won't do that again."

Victor remained quiet for a few minutes staring at the angel at the top of the tree.

"Are you not going to say anything?" she asked after what she thought was a very long time.

"I'm formulating a response," he said, in true lawyer fashion.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Chapter 366 God helps those who help themselves







Ronnie held his breath as he watched Sophie head straight to her mother and his dad. Then he muttered under his breath, "God helps those who help themselves, right? And that would be me doing something, anything to stop Sophie from ruining today."

He practically ran to his father and sprung between Sophie and the happy couple.

"Hey, Dad!" he said, excitedly.

"Ronnie!" Victor said laughing at the customary bear hug he was getting from his second son. "Didn't know you'd come back so soon."

"Wasn't planning on it til I heard the great news," Ronnie replied, literally stepping in front of Sophie and swooping Violet off her feet. "Hello, Mommy! Julian said I can call you Mom now."

Violet laughed as she was spun around. "You've been calling me that since the first day we met, remember?"

"Oh, yeah...could be cuz I knew this day would come," he said, putting her gently on the floor before kissing her cheek. "I'm so happy for you guys!"

"What the hell, Ronnie! I was here first!" Sophie grumbled, but no one even saw her yet.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Chapter 365 It all works out in the end


"What are you doing? This is your house," Sophie said. "Isn't the party at Mr. Kramer's?"

"Yeah, but I gotta get dressed," Ronnie replied, pulling into his father's driveway and shutting off the car.

"Whatjeans aren't good enough?" she said, incredulous.

"It's an engagement party, Sophie," Ronnie said. "And I wanna look nice for them."

She rolled her eyes. "Like it's a big deal," she scoffed. "They've both been married before."

Ronnie's mouth fell open as he stared at her. "You are fricken unbelievable," he said angrily. "It may not mean shit to you, but it sure does to me and everybody else. My dad's been alone ever since my mom left him and that's way too long. He's been in love with your mom for over ten years now and he finallyoh, forget it."

"Waitwhat?" she said, jumping out of the car, chasing him up the walkway.

"Nothing, I'm getting dressed," he said, hurriedly shoving the key in the front door and going inside, Sophie at his heels.

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!