Monday, March 27, 2017

Chapter 327 The Christmas Wish

        Oh, Mom, I love it! Thank you, Sophie said, hugging her mother.
        Wasnt sure youd like it, Violet said. You seemed to be getting rather attached to my own coat.
        Sophie giggled and tried the new coat on over her PJs. This one fits me much better, she said.
        As should the dress, Violet said. My dress was too lose and too short on you.
        I dunno about that, Violet. Sophies boyfriends seemed to like what she wore yesterday just fine, Janice said, pulling on the knit tunic Violet made for her over her night gown I love this! Itll even fit when my baby bump gets bigger.
        Dont start that boyfriend stuff again, Sophie warned, stuffing her feet into the new boots she got from her Aunt Laurie and Uncle Freddy.
        What do you know about this rich kid Sophies hanging with, Mom? Kenny asked, as he opened drawer after drawer of his shiny, new tool chest which, as big as it is, he still couldnt see how his mother had hidden it from him until Christmas day. If hes anything like the Romanoff boys…”

Monday, March 20, 2017

Chapter 326 What took you so long?

Little dancer

          Violet walked into the house and the first thing she saw was Sophie in her PJs sitting on the staircase. She smiled and said, Arent you a little too old to wait up for Santa?
          I was waiting for you. What took you so long? Sophie said, standing up and crossing her arms over her chest, a sure sign she was irritated.
          Well, if you must know, I offered to put Victors kids to bed while he bid his guests a good night, Violet said, removing her coat, scarf and hat. Something wrong?
          Yesnomaybe, Sophie said, deflating on the spot.
          Well, which one is it? Violet asked. Want a cuppa cocoa while you decide? I do!
          What I want is someone to listen to me, Sophie said peevishly, following her mother into the kitchen.
          I am listening, Violet replied, over her shoulder. You know very well I do my best listening while cookingnot that it takes much cooking skills to make hot cocoa.
          Sophie watched her mother go about making the cocoa, pouring milk into a pan, followed by cocoa powder and a sprinkling of cinnamon.
          How did it go with you and Rance?" Violet asked, while searching the cupboard.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Chapter 325 Should've Never

Violet in chains

          Violet had just said her goodbyes to nearly everyone at Victors party--all except for Victorand she was in the hall retrieving her coat, when she remembered Bonnie Beckel had come with her and would need a ride home. With coat over her arm she went looking for Bonnie.
          Violet, are you leaving so soon? Victor said, Peter resting his sleepy head on his shoulder.
          So soon, you say? she replied with a laugh. Victor, its very late, which would explain this little guy barely able to keep his eyes open. Recall, Santa wont come until all little kiddles are sound asleep in their beds. 
          Im not sleepy. I wanna see Santa come down the fireplace, Peter mumbled, holding his head upright for a mere second before it plopped back down.
          No, youre not at all sleepy, Violet said sarcastically, shaking her head at Victor as they both tried not to laugh. How about I put him to bed for you, and the other two if I can find them?
          You dont have to do that, Violet, Victor said, although half-heartedly.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Chapter 324 What are you doing

Centur love
          My God, Bug, what are you doing? Sophie shouted, pushing him away.
          If you have to ask, I cant be doing it right, Rance said. Its called a kiss.
          No, I know thatI meanwhat are you thinking? she said, shaking her head. What happened to the rule, your rule about no romance with band members? You swore youd never…”
          Sophie, look around. There is no band, not anymore! Rance said. I made up that stupid rule to keep the guys away from you, for what good it did with Danny. He was all over you, rule or no rule! Babe, its just you and me now and no band, he said.
          Butbut were friends, she said, feebly.
          Yeah, and now we can be morecuz, Sophie, I really want us to be more, he said, seriously. You said that were awesome together. You know we are.
          Butbut that was as friends, she said, her mind reeling. How long have youyoufelt this way?
          Truth? Since the time I approached you at the grief support meeting when I asked you if you were thinking the same thing I was and you said…”

Monday, February 27, 2017

Chapter 323 When words aren’t enough

Take me away

          Feeling her throat go dry, Sophie took another sip from the glass and handed it to Rance. Go on then, she said. What are you thinking?
          My dad suggested it and I think its a great idea, he said, then downed the rest of the soda and put down the empty glass. He rubbed his hands together, then took both of hers. You can intern for us.
          A slight frown creased her brow. I dont even know what that means, she admitted, feeling rather stupid.
          Well, its just a try-out for a permanent job, learning as you go and there are lots of different places for you to try if one doesnt fit you. Its a huge company, and Dad's always hiring fresh new people, so there's a good chance you can find a job there that you like, a good paying job with benefits, and I know you. Youre smart, hard working, and creative and imaginative. You love to learn and try new things. Im sure youll excel. Im more sure of you doing great than me!
          Butbut I dont know nuttin bout no corporation work! she said, in a truly horrible southern accent.  

Monday, February 20, 2017

Chapter 322 One good reason

          This is it, I think, Sophie said, opening the door to the dark study and running her hand on the wall for the light switch. Oohnice.
          For some reason, I thought it would smell like cigar smoke in here when they called it a study, Rance said looking around at the large comfortable office lined with floor to ceiling shelves stuffed with books, mostly having to do with law.
          Mr. Romanoff doesnt smoke that I know of, Sophie said going to the leather sofa in the center of the room facing the fireplace, sitting down, kicking off her heels and curling her long legs under her. Maybe its a memory of your grandfathers study. You told me once that he smoked cigars.
          Could be. That a new dress? Looks really good on you, he said, nervously standing by the fireplace.
          I found it in my moms closet with the tags still on so I guess its new, she said with a giggle. Now come here and sit down!
          He smiled, sat down beside her and stared at her.
          Sophie shook her head. I still cant get over your new look.
          You dont hate it? he asked, tugging on his tie.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Chapter 321 What a surprise

Musical Cherubs

Violet was having so much fun singing with the kids, and she would have stayed longer had Sallyall breathless and excited-- not come to get her.
Violet, Violet! Sally shouted. You gotta come and see!
What is it, Sally? Has Santa Claus come early? Violet asked, while being dragged into the living room. There she saw nearly everyone staring in complete silence at the archway leading into the foyer. Naturally, her eyes followed their path and she gasped.
Told ya we shoulda called first, Dad, Rance said, looking around sheepishly.
Perhaps you were right, Rance Laurence Van Gholston replied, also a bit unnerved by all the stares. Although he was much more used to it than his son, it was still unpleasant to be gawked at as if you were a sideshow freak.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Chapter 320 I Give up

          I give up, Violet said to herself.
Yes, it was high time she give up trying to catch Victor alone at this over-crowded Christmas party. Perhaps after the place started thinning out shed get a chance, or so was her thought. Either way, she was leaving it be for now. But dont you know, that just when you give up on something and leave it in Gods hands, thats when things generally start to happen.
She didnt actually figure into this strategy, at least not consciously. It just sort of happens when you least expect it. 
There she was chatting with Flora Trent who had finished some eggnog and was about to set the empty glass down on a side table when Violet took it from her and meant to take it to the kitchen. Of course, it didnt make sense to go all the way to the kitchen with only one glass in hand, so she grabbed a tray and filled it with a few dirty dishes, a couple more glasses, several cellophane topped cocktail toothpicks and various plastic forks and spoons. Just when there was room on the tray for nothing else and she turned toward the kitchen, Victor stepped in front of her taking the tray out of her hands.
Violet, please dont do that, he said somewhat sternly.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Chapter 319 Isn’t it always the case

           Isnt it always the case? It never fails. As soon as you have your heart set on what you want to do-- nay, what you have to do!--something always gets in the way of you doing it. For Violet it was several somethings that prevented her from finallyat long last!telling Victor exactly how she felt about him, how inexcusably stupid she had been all this time, how very much she regretted hurting him and how desperately she wanted him to take her back, and marry her so she can be part of his family and they could live happily ever after. Yes, just like in your average, ordinary fairytale!

How this declaration would be received by Victor was another matter entirely and not one she cared to ponder at the moment. Not that she would get the chance

Monday, January 23, 2017

Chapter 318 Let’s go to a Party

In case you couldnt tell, Violet was suddenly in a foul mood. Why that was even she couldnt tell you at the moment. That would come in time.
For now, she left her bewildered looking son and BFF at the front door and marched into the packed living room where not one person appeared to notice her entrance. Being completely ignored didnt bother her, however. In her present mood she might snap someones head off which would NOT have been a pretty scene, so she proceeded to the overloaded buffet table set up in the dining room where she grabbed a dinner plate. Not that she was hungry, but what else was there to do at a party when you were irritable and didnt want to talk to anyone?
Violet looked over the food spread before her and nothing particularly appealed to her. She had had plenty of great tasting food at the Weston Christmas party, after all, and only the most tempting morsel would do right now.something to ease her sudden moodiness or at least make her forget about it.