Monday, March 12, 2018

Chapter 350 Tell Us How You Really Feel

So, umwhatcha think? Simon asked, leading the way out of the theater and into the cold street of NYC.

Ronnie made a derisive sound while Sophie said, Dont see what the big deal is. I mean, it was okay, but nothing to go cray-cray over. How many standing ovations were there? Like ten? Gimme a break.

It sucked, Ronnie said, mincing no words.

Cassandra? Simon asked.

Uhit was okay, I guess, she said shrugging. Im not really in the mood to like anything right now.

Theres nothing to like, Ronnie said.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Chapter 349 Will you marry me

Victor stood up as Violet approached, which she wished he wouldnt have done. She always got such a crick in the neck when she had to look up at him for any length of time, so she knew it would be ten times worse when she went down on bended knee. Actually, on second thought, she didnt think that was a very good ideamight give him the wrong impression of her intentions. After all, he was a man and any woman kneeling in front of him surely would bring visions of a certain White House internahem.

May we sit, please? she said, her voice coming out in a raspy squeak.

Of course, he said, retaking his seat.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Chapter 348 Just do it already

Now, Missy…” Morris Kramer said, shaking his head. Do you really have to ask?

Yes, I do! Violet said. Or I wouldnt have asked!

He chuckled. You and your daughter have something in common after all, he said. Anyway, the answer is yes, of course he still loves you. Just dont ask me why he doesnt take the bull by the horns and do something about itbut I can guess. It was the same thing with me and Martina I suppose. Blasted pride always gets in the way. Violet, my advice to you is dont let pride ruin what could be your last chance at happiness. He then kissed her cheek and smiled. Life waits for no man or woman and if Victor wont do itI say its up to you.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Chapter 347 Change of Plans

Change of plans, guys, Simon said.

Ronnie and Sophie exchanged looks before asking, What plans?

Were all going to the City, Simon said. I already told Dad, so we can go as soon as you get Sophie to Violets house so she can pack some clothes.

Waitwhat? Sophie said, shoving her coat at Ronnie so he could stuff it into the hall closet along with his own. What do I need clothes for?

Are you not listening? Simon said, grabbing the coat away from Ronnie and shoving it back at her. Were all going. Thats you, me, Cassandra and Ronnie. Ill drive my car though, cuz Ill have to come back here. I gotta go back to school.

You mean Sophie and Cassandra will be staying with me in Dads apartment? Ronnie said, half panicked.

Waitwhat? Sophie said, obviously confused.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Chapter 346 Life Choices

Wish I could drive this car, Julian said. Its so cool!

Ronnie glanced over at his little brother and pulled over next to a chest high snow bank. Come on, sit on my lap. You can drive for a while.

Julian stared at him in disbelief. ButIm too little and I dont have a license.

Ronnie laughed. There are no cops around here to catch ya. Nobodys on this back road at all right now. Its the perfect time for this. Dad used to let me and Simon drive this way all the time, so you can too.

Julian gleefully released his seatbelt, hopped onto Ronnies lap and grabbed the steering wheel with his small hands. When they started away from the curb he gasped. Wow, so cool!

It sure is. Hey, Grampa, Sophie! Watch how good a driver Julian is, Ronnie said to the two in the back seat.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Chapter 345 In need of Good Advice

Violet was beside herself with anxiety. She was in desperate need of some good advice. First, she could just imagine what her mother was telling Victor at that exact moment, but it wasnt as if she could stop her even if she had not been banished in search of a spiked eggnog.

Really, ought her mother even have any alcohol right now? Surely she was on some sort of medication which wouldnt mix well with coconut rum or any other kind of adult beverage. Violet would find the doctor and make certain before bringing any to Harmony. 

 As Violet searched for Benjamin Kruger she mulled over her second concern which was her mothers insistence that she should swallow her pride and ask Victor to marry her because he already had done so several times and was roundly rejected each time, so he wasnt likely to ever go there again. But Violet ask Victor for his hand in marriage? Seriously??? Of all things! Violet was one of the most traditional women there was, a throw back from another era and her mother expected her to instantly become a feminazi and get down on bended knee and be the man??? Violets stomach lurched just thinking about it.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Chapter 344 Were you eavesdropping

Simon and Cassandra finished their discussion, both feeling unsatisfied and anxious, and after leaving his room they went on separate missions.

 Cassandra went in search of Julian to offer him a bit of quality alone time before she left with Ronnie. No, Simon had not changed her mind on that score. She was determined run away from home, going to New York City with Ronnie in search of a mother who may or may not be alive and who may or may not want to know the long lost daughter she had given up at birth....if she could find her at all.

Cassandra would soon find out the first search was a fruitless endeavor since Julian at that exact moment was still on the inaugural joy ride in Ronnies new car, but she found others who were eager to entertain her in the meantime.

Simons mission was far more productive than Cassandras. He was looking for his father. It didnt take long for him to believe his father was hiding from most of his guestsor possibly just from his ex-wife who Simon himself avoided his mother seeing him by a mere inch by swiftly moving behind the Christmas tree.

Perhaps hes with Violet in his favorite place, Simon muttered to himself as he headed down the hall to Victors den. That was when he saw his father doing the unthinkable, namely eavesdropping at the dens door.

Dad? Simon said.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Chapter 343 It’s Too Late For You

Where to start? Harmony mumbled to herself.

Violet stared at her mother, her nerves frayed, waiting and wondering what her mother could possibly tell her that would in any way hurt her. All she knew is that this wasnt the time nor place for it.

Mom, can we do this some other time, please? This is a party and its Christmas and it isnt really a good…”

It has to be done now, before its too late, Harmony said.

Too late for what?

Too late for you.

But, Mom…”

Violet, just listen, Harmony said, taking a moment to collect her thoughts. Do you remember the first day you came to Mason to see me?

Vividly, Violet said. I was so shocked to see you like that, like a zombie shocked to see you at all actually.

Harmony smiled sadly. I, on the other hand, was so happy to see you, Violet, she said.

I was happy, too, Mom! Violet quickly added. Really!

Monday, December 25, 2017

Chapter 342 What the hell happened

Now this is the life,” Harmony said upon entering Victors den. What a cozy room and with a cheery fireplace going, too. I could live here quite happily...ever after!

She settled herself comfortably into what happened to be Violets favorite over-stuffed chair by the fire and lifted her feet onto the matching ottoman. Cant get any better than this, I think, she mumbled as if ready to fall instantly asleep.

Shall I leave you so you can have a nap, Mom? Violet asked.

Absolutely not! Harmony said. Were to have a serious chat. There are things we need to straighten out away from prying ears.

What things? Violet said, an ominous feeling creeping up her spine.

Oh, I think you know, Harmony said, moving her feet over a bit to make room for Violet on the plush ottoman. Come sit.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Chapter 341 Panties in a Bunch

There now, Harmony said, taking Violets arm for support as they walked away from the table. Ive eaten enough to stuff a twenty-five pound turkey. Surely, that will satisfy Benjamin.

Violet giggled. You ate half a piece of toast and a tiny bit of quiche. Hardly enough to stuff a Cornish game hena very small one, too.

I need to keep my girlish figure, dont I? Harmony replied.

You practically look like a teenager, Mom Violet said.
Harmony smiled. I kind of feel like one at this very moment. I should relish it, she said. I think, however, that Im more like a toddler and need a nap, though if anyone makes me I will kick and scream and make quite a fuss.

Oh, Mom, if this party is too much for you we can go home right now, Violet anxiously said.