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!

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?"