Monday, April 24, 2017

Chapter 331 All a Huge Lie


          Cassanadra! Frankie shouted, pounding on her bedroom door. Open up!
          She slowly opened the door. Finally, somebody paying attention to me, she said, triumphantly. Now she could get some answers.
          What the hell is wrong with you today? he said, his real arm pushing the door open and stepping inside. Youre moping around, you dont help in the kitchen, youre not there to watch the kids anddid you really slap Tony in the face?
          Is that what he told everyone? Actually, I kneed him in the balls, she said. A slap across the face wasnt going to stop him.
          What! Why did you do that? he said.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Chapter 330 Last place he was wanted



          Sophie and Ronnie would have been horrified to know what Simon was up to at that exact moment. For he was indeed doing what they fervently hoped he wouldnt. However, there he was driving stealthily past Cassandras house knowing full well that this was the last place he was wanted.
          That fact did not deter him, needless to say.
          Simon parked across the street in the driveway of a neighbor who apparently was away for the holidays, and he watched Cassandras house from this position for several minutes thinking about his next move. There were an extra six cars there today, and even sitting in his car with the windows rolled up, he could hear lots of activity, rather noisy activities. There was music playing, kids squealing, TV blaring, the constant slam and clink of dominos against wood and adults shouting to be heard above it all. Obviously lots of Cassandras family came over to celebrate Christmas with them and possibly to say a final farewell to Cassandra's father who she insisted had one foot in the grave and was not too long for this world.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Chapter 329 Nothing short of a miracle


          Whwhat is this? Violet whispered, staring at the woman stepping carefully over the threshold and into the house. She placed a hand over her outrageously beating heart. Oh, my…”
          Its nothing short of a miracle, Freddy said, bringing Violet forward. Its Mom and shes all better.
          Mostly better, Freddy, the woman said.
          My GodFreddy, what did you do? Violet muttered, taking hesitant steps forward. Is this real?
          It is! Im sorry that I couldnt tell you sooner, Freddy said. But Mom insisted on surprising you.
          Merry Christmas, Violet, the woman said, caution in her voice.
          Mom? Violet said, afraid to get any closer, lest the illusion vanish.
          My darling girl, her mother said, smiling nervously. Will you forgive me?

Monday, April 3, 2017

Chapter 328 I have something for you



          Sophie watched in amazement as her mother was given gift after gift from Victors kids. Georgiana especially was so anxious that Violet might not like her handmade gift that Sophie thought the little girl would burst into tears if her mother was anything less than effusive in her thanks.
Violet did NOT disappoint. She gave hugs and kisses aplenty making an undue fuss over each gift and making each child feel as if their gift alone was the best thing shed ever received.
          This ones from Daddy, Georgiana said excitedly, placing a large, gold foil covered box on Violets lap.
          Violet looked up at Victor and he smiled. Georgiana helped pick out the perfect one for you, he said.

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.