Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Ch116: Violet in Wonderland

“Ready for the best tourist thing to do in New York?” Victor asked, leading Violet to a horse-drawn carriage in front of which stood a smiling man in old fashioned livery and a top hat. 

“Hello, Raul. How are you and Chester doing this fine evening?” Victor said to the man as he patted the horse on his neck.

“Very well, Mr. Romanoff. So good to see you. It’s been a long time,” Raul said beaming as he bowed and doffed his hat to Violet. “And I finally get to meet the lovely Mrs. Romanoff.”

“Uh…we’re not…” Violet started to say.

“Not yet married, but one day soon,” Victor interjected. “We’re engaged as of today.”

“Ah, congratulations!” Raul said. He then opened the little door to the carriage and offered his hand to Violet.

“No need, Raul,” Victor said lifting Violet as if she were a little kid and placing her gently within before climbing in himself.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Ch115: Birthday Surprise and Guilty Feelings

Violet gazed at the sweet little antique ruby ring on her left hand and a pang of guilt swept over her. 

“What would Richard say if he were here right now?” she miserably thought.

“Well, Honey, if he were here, you wouldn’t be wearing it at all. You’d still have on your own wedding band, he would be right beside you, probably holding your hand and you might never have met Victor, let alone be pretending to be engaged to him merely to fool his friends,” Heidi reminded her.

Violet did see the logic in that, but she’d never known logic to clear away guilt and it certainly wasn’t helping now. She unconsciously tugged on the necklace from which her wedding band dangled and marveled how well the ruby ring fit her. She and Victor’s mother were probably very similar in size. How odd!

“Violet, are you all right?” Victor asked, even though he already knew the answer.

“Huh? Oh, I’m fine,” she said, attempting a smile.

“Liar,” he replied, setting down his wine glass. “If you’d rather not do this I won’t make you.”

Monday, May 14, 2012

Ch114: From Hooker Shoes to Engagement Rings

“I am not wearing hooker shoes!” Violet shouted, putting back on her own, old-fashioned and reasonable sling-backs with the mid-sized heel.

"But they're Louis Vuitton," The sales girl said.

“Violet…”Victor started.

“I don’t care. I’m not stupid enough to break my neck for fashion. I’ll stay safely out of style, thank you very much!” she snapped, raising out of the chair and going to the door where she stood with her arm tightly crossed over her heaving chest.

Victor gave the shocked shopkeeper an apologetic smile and followed Violet. He held the door open for her and she stormed out without a backward glance. 

“Please tell me we’re done with this torturous shopping spree,” Violet said, perilously close to tears.

 “Violet, what’s wrong?” he said, wrapping her in his strong arms.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Ch113: If the Dress Fits

Violet felt like an idiot standing in the spotlight wearing a way-too-fancy dress. “Well?” she said.

“Well, what?” Victor replied.

“How do you like the dress, of course?” she snapped.

Victor shook his head. “I can’t tell yet. Show me.”

“Show you what? What am I supposed to do?” she said, wringing her hands.

Victor grinned. “Come on, you must have seen a fashion show once in your life. You gotta take a little turn on the catwalk.” 
“You’re kidding, right?” Violet said.