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?"

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Chapter 357 Time to Wake up

Sleepy Calisto 

"Come, Dear. It's time to wake up."

Violet made a tiny sound, like the coo of a dove, but remained quite asleep.

"This is going to be a very big day for you, Luv. Please get up."

"No wanna," mumbled Violet. All toasty warm, she snuggled further into her pillow and sighed. She was way too comfortable to leave her bed and short of an earthquake, tornado or other so-called act of God she was going nowhere.

It was the soft laugh that made Violet frown in confusion as sleep slowly drifted away. "Mom?" she said, her eyes trying to flutter open.

"Not exactly, but I always thought of you as the daughter I never had or rather, had for very long anyway."

Monday, June 25, 2018

Chapter 356 Where do we go from here

Richard laughed as he tried to pull the covers from Violet, but she held on tight and wouldnt come out from under them.

 Come on now, silly girl, he said. Did you think I didnt know about your city slicker boyfriend yet?

Was hoping, she said, miserably. Oh, Richard, you must hate me.

I dont, he said. I wont ever hate you.

You must. for cheating on you like this.

He scoffed. Babe, this is NOT cheating, he said. You keep forgetting Im dead and that makes you a free agent.

A what? she said.

You know not married anymore. Free to do whatever you want.

II still feel married to you, though, she said.

Yeah, thats probably cuz Im still kinda around, ya know? he said. Thats why you gotta let me go.

Just doesnt feel right, she whined.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Chapter 355 What is Heaven like

Richard stared down at Violet, fast asleep on their bed, and took in a fortifying breath. At least thats what he wanted to believe he was doing. At this point he knew darn well ghosts didnt require air to breathe, food to eat, water to drink or in fact anything a live person needed.

Except, perhaps, he thought to himself before he crawled in beside her, for a loving touch. How he craved that!

He smiled as he continued to gaze at Violets pretty face--so serene in slumber-- the only bit of her visible over the massive pile of blankets she was never without on cold, dreary winter days. He marveled that she still slept only on her side of the bed, leaving his side untouched as if she expected him to show up at any moment and sneak in beside her.

Was that consciously done, he wondered? Or was it just the way it was, more habit than anything else? Violet had always been a creature of habit. Stillhe wondered.
He reached out a ghostly hand to touch her shoulder and at long last awaken her to have this most important talk, but he withdrew it. This could be it. This could be the very last time he ever got to speak to her, touch her, be with her. This encounter could break the spell which kept him bound to her. Soon he would no longer be earthbound and on his way towhere?

Monday, May 14, 2018

Chapter 354 Just a Bit Crazy

Mom, Kenny said, his tone gentle yet firm. You do realize Dad is NOT really there anymore, right?

Violet stopped stirring honey into her tea just long enough to give her son a look which told him he was walking on very thin ice and he best be careful where he further treads. That, however, was not going to stop him.

I meanhis body is therewhats left of itbones and…” he drifted off when she raised a menacing eyebrow, a look reminiscent of Medusa and twice as scary. I mean, Dads essences, his spirit, its not there anymore. It was probably never there. You do know what I mean?

She said nothing. She sipped her teaburning the tip of her tongueand stared out of the window. The snowy clouds had dissipated and the backyard was now bathed in moonlight. Sparkles glistened off the snow, making the night appear far brighter than it should.

I forgot to give you your gift, she suddenly said.

What are you talking about? We all opened our Christmas gifts this morning, Kenny said. Remember?

No, this is not for Christmas. Its a family gift. That is to say, because you are now having a baby and expanding the family, she said. I didnt have time to search for it. I suppose its in your fathers strong box with all his other important papers. I never go in there if I can help it…”

What is?

Monday, April 23, 2018

Chapter 353 Better to Laugh Than Cry

At the sound of a string of sneezes, the three in the kitchen turned around to see Cassandra clad in red plaid footie PJs. The thick bathrobe Simon gave her dragged on the floor and hung off her shoulders. Wet tendrils of unruly hair clung to her rosy pink cheeks and neck and she carried a half-full tissue box.  She looked adorable, albeit miserably sick.

Ronnie jumped up from his stool at the breakfast bar and pulled out a chair for Cassandra to sit at the table. “Hey, Cassie, have a nice bath? Ya hungry? Want some cookies or maybe popcorn?” he said. “Or ice cream for your sore throat?”

“I don’t dare have ice cream even though I’d love some,” Cassandra said, shaking her head. “It’ll bring back the chills and make me cough even more.”

“Well, I was gonna make you some nice, hot peppermint tea like you said you wanted, but Simon’s making some witch’s brew for you instead,” Sophie said.

“Witch’s brew?” Cassie said, making a face.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Chapter 352 Uncle Mac’s Never-Fail-Cure-For-All Tonic

“Cassie? How you doing?” Sophie asked first knocking on the door then peeking inside the steamy bathroom. She grinned at the top of Cassandra’s curly head which was the only thing visible over the mounds of fragrant foam. 

“I'm...I'm...” Cassie sneezed three times into the bubbles making them blow out of the tub.

“Okay…Still sneezy,” Sophie said.

“I feel better...warmer anyway,” Cassandra said.

“When you’re done here, would you like some hot cocoa or tea?” Sophie said.
“I’d really like some tea. My throat’s so sore. Simon not back yet?” Cassie asked.

Sophie shook her head, sitting down on the edge of the tub, scooping up a handful of bubbles. “He said he might be a while. Something about getting an amazing cure for colds he can only get at a special store… in China town or something.”

“China town???” Cassie said.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Chapter 351 A Woman Possessed

Geeze, is she ever gonna get tired of this?” Sophie said, wrapping her arms around her shivering body.

Ronnie shook his head. “Doesn’t look like it,” he said as they watched Cassandra race passed them yet again. “She’s kinda good.”

This was a slight understatement. For the third hour out on the ice in the blistering cold, Cassandra tirelessly twirled and spun in tight circles until you’d think she’d be too dizzy to stand. She shot forward so fast down the entire length of the rink as if the devil himself were after her. Then she’d gracefully weave in and out of slower skaters then skate backwards while everyone stared in astonishment. She even did a couple of small, but nicely executed jumps.

“She looks like a woman possessed or something,” Sophie said, sounding worried.

“She looks like an Olympic contender,” Ronnie said, obviously impressed, cheering and clapping for Cassandra every time she was close enough to hear, although it didn't seem she heard anything.

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.