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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Wedding Weekend Wrap-Up

    

An Important Notice to Readers...

     Although this fiction blog is illustrated with photos of dolls, and dollhouse miniatures, the language and content of the storyline is intended for an adult audience.  Please be advised.

Thank You,

   The Author


Beckett waits in the utility closet for Maureen
     He heard a rap on the utility room door, and smiled to himself.  3 minutes and 27 seconds.  Not only on time, but early at that.  She must have been clipping at record speed to get all around the hotel to this  point furthest from the banquet rooms.  Any other time, he would have wished her late, as she was a delight to discipline.  But today's schedule was set in stone, and there was no room for interruptions, no matter how pleasant the thought might be.  He hoped her desire to please him would linger for at least the next few hours.  Her cheerful compliance would make the first leg of this journey a hell of a lot easier.
   
     Beckett inched the door open, a crack wide enough for her slight size, and drew her in. Breathless with both exertion and anticipation, she was the cause of an overwhelming temptation to shuck his rigorous timetable.  It was only years of training, and formidable will power, that would save him in this situation. Pulling her closer, he praised her compliance.  "Good girl.  You made it in just over 3."

      Maureen threw her arms around his neck.  "I aim to please, dear husband.  And since I meet your goal, I do believe a reward is in order."

       Damn...she was making this difficult.  Sighing, he forced himself away.  "Hold that thought, baby. Right now, we have to make a run for it before anyone notices you're missing."

      "Run?  Run where?  I don't know what you mean."

    With his foot, he inched the door open, and stuck his head in the hall, one hand still vise gripped around his bride's wrist.  Seeing no one there, he tugged on her arm and led the way toward the hotel's delivery entrance.  As a team of one, the crazy bitch would most likely stake out a position in the front main parking lot.  This would give her the advantage of being able to clearly see three of the building's exits, while maintaining some sense of reliable cover.  She probably knew the service entrance was here, but staking out that one exit, instead of the three more likely ones, would be a huge gamble on her part.  He liked his odds, and continued in that direction.  Next to him, Maureen began to fuss, peppering him with questions, and confused over the odd turn of events.  He answered with a stern glance, and a finger to his lips, and she fell gratefully silent.

       As expected of a Sunday evening, that area of the hotel was deserted.  They were nearly out the door when a sudden thought crossed his mind.  If by some slim chance he had judged Cassie wrong, and she was stationed at the delivery entrance, Maureen's ginger locks would make her an easy mark.  Checking around, Beckett noticed an old hooded jacket lying in a heap on top a nearby pallet.  It would be much too large, and smelled like stale sweat, but in lieu of anything better, it would have to do.  Picking it up, he tossed it toward his wife.  "Here baby girl...put this on for me."

      She caught it with both hands, and then getting a full whiff, wrinkled her nose.  "Ewhh...it smells awful.  I'm not wearing this."  She dropped it in a heap at her feet, and crossed her arms across her chest.  " Just what the hell is going on, Ted?  You're acting like some kind of lunatic."

      He grinned, all sex and sin. "It's a surprise.  Kind of an adventure.  You're gonna just have to play along."

      "Well...I'm all for surprises, but I'm not putting on that nasty jacket.  It reeks, and I have no idea who wore it before I did.  What if they have some disease ...or something."

       He didn't say word.  Just continued to stand there, hands on hip, and stared at her.

       The show down lasted a near two full minutes, but eventually she reached down and picked up the filthy jacket, her tisking and sighing echoing in the empty room.  When she had it zipped, he flipped the hood over her hair, and grabbing her hand, headed out the door, and into the night.

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Cassie watches the hotel from a stolen car in the parking lot
        Stretched across the seat of a the car, Cassie McKreedy rubbed her eyes and yawned.  Shaking her head, she took another sip of the luke warm coffee, and tried to keep her attention centered on the front of the Park West Hotel.  The events of the past 36 hours had begun to take their toll, and she found herself nodding off on more than one occasion.  Losing her focus now was simply unacceptable.  Last night, from a hidden position a few blocks away, she had watched the C-4 take out Beckett's prized Victorian, the explosion ripping through the house like giant scissors through tissue paper.  She'd expected to feel some type of satisfaction, a rush of vindication, seeing his pride and joy reduced to rubble.  So when there was none, it left her confused.  This was, after all, what she had wanted.  Her moment of vengeance for all the wrongs she had suffered at the bastard's hands.  The empty feeling in the pit of her stomach was an unexpected response

         She stayed long enough to watch the first responders, and despite a burning desire to be there when he finally arrived...to watch his face as he took in the destruction...sensibility won over emotion, and she headed 30 miles outside of town.  There was little doubt he had security looking for her, and it was imperative that she change her location, and mode of transportation, every few hours.  And though she missed his first reaction at the house on Maple Avenue, she did catch a glimpse of he and the red headed twit returning to the hotel in the wee hours of Sunday morning.  Through the lens of the binoculars, she thought that he had looked somewhat weary, but mainly pissed, and in spite of the absurdity of the reaction, she found her getting turned on over the thought of his anger directed at her.

          The newlyweds hadn't stirred from the hotel from that point on, although from the flurry of activity around the hotel late Sunday afternoon, something must be going on.  She moved from spot to spot around the grounds, keeping low in the car to avoid being spotted.  Even though she was once again in disguise, her hair tucked under a baseball cap, and sporting a very realistic moustache, there was no reason to test the fates by flaunting her presence.  She had faced a close call several hours earlier, when that asshole priest had walked by only a few cars away from her in the east parking lot.  She pretended to be on a cell phone, her face turned away from the window, hopefully drawing no attention to herself.  But the priest seemed to be in his own world, and strode past without a glance in her direction.

            Now, it was nearly eight, and there still was no sign of Beckett, or the woman.  It was very possible that they had decided on another night at the Park West before venturing out into the real world.  Over the past three hours, she had searched the web high and low for some clue as to what the man might have planned next.  Knowing him as she did, she'd guess that he might skip town, while his team stayed behind and tried to track her down.  But she had been frustrated at every attempt.  No plane or train tickets, no rental car issued in his name.  If he had reservations somewhere, he was keeping a very low profile.  She had set up a watch on passports, and if he tried to use his, she would instantly be alerted.  Right now, the two of them were ghosts.  Not on a single radar. But at some point, they'd need to check out of the safety of the Park West, and when they did, Cass would be waiting.

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Fr. Kevin finally apologizes
         It was the strangest thing.  One minute she was standing in the room, talking to Patrick and Eileen, and the next she was gone.  Simply no where to be found.  He had even sent one of his nieces into the ladies room to see if she was there, without any luck.  Fr. Kevin would have gone from concerned wonder to real panic, if not for the fact that her husband was also missing.  Beckett had been glued to his sister's side since their vows the day before, and he doubted she had gone off anywhere without her husband's knowledge.  It was possible they had snuck back to their room, and if that was the case, he thought it rude.  There were still guests milling about, and the polite thing would have been for the bride and groom to have least stuck around long enough to say goodbye to their remaining guests.  Yet, for reason he couldn't quite understand, the whole disappearing thing made him uneasy.

        He wandered over to the lobby on the off chance they might be there, seeing some people off to their cars.  But the space was empty and quiet, except for the lone woman standing near the front desk, the suitcase at her feet an indication of her departure.  It seemed his last ditch opportunity to try and talk to Roxanne, apologize and explain, before she took off for his sister's apartment.  He thought about waiting for a better time, maybe later in the week, but straightened his shoulders, and made his way toward her.  If nothing else, she might know where Maureen had gone off to.

         "Excuse me, Roxanne.  I know you probably don't want to speak to me right now...but would you happen to have any idea where I might find Maureen?  She seems to have disappeared from the banquet room."

        For a moment, she refused to turn around and look at him, and then with a sigh, faced him.  "I talked to her about ten...fifteen minutes ago.  She gave me her apartment keys, and share some last minute advice on working in the deli.  Then I left to get my suitcase from my room, I haven't seen her since."

        "Oh.  Well...I guess she must be somewhere in the hotel.  It was weird.  She was like standing there talking to my brother and his wife, and then...Poof!  She's gone.  Just like that."

        By her wary expression, it was obvious that she thought he was an idiot.  "I suggest you try their room.  That'd be my guess."

         The silence between them hung heavy.  With the knowledge that the rest was up to him, Kevin jumped in, the words tumbling out of his mouth in a thick rush.  "Look Rox...I've been trying to apologize for the last two days.  It seems like every time I open my mouth, I just keep saying the wrong things.  I don't know why.  But the fact is...I'm sorry.  Sorry for the way I left things when we were kids.  Sorry for not explaining why way back when I should have.  And really sorry I made it seem like I didn't want you staying on a bit in Dollyville.  I think what you're doing for Maureen, and the Schillers, is terrific.  Very nice of you.  And I hope...that is...if you'd like to...maybe we can grab a pizza some night...and talk things out.  I know I have a lot of explaining to do.  And I really would like to hear how things have been with you."  When she said nothing, he continued.  "I guess... I understand if you're...too busy...or something."

           Her face was calm, but expressionless.  "I'll think about it, Kevin.  Let me see what my schedule is like at this job, and then I'll give you call over at the church, okay."

           He felt a tremendous amount of relief over the unburdening of his guilty conscience.  At least he had gotten the heavy weight off his chest.  "Sure.  That would be great.  Call me.  Whenever you want, Rox."  They stood awkward posture, neither knowing what to say next, until Roxanne moved first, pulling her suitcase behind her.

             "Good night, Fr. Kevin."

              "'Night, Roxanne."

    He watched her leave the hotel, and wondered if maybe someone should go with her.  Make sure she found the place okay.  Arrived safely.  Then he shook his head at the stupidity of that someone being him, and remembering why he had come to the lobby in the first place, pulled out his cell phone, and tried dialing his sister.

   
Copyright 2013 Victoria T. Rocus
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       To my loyal and dear readers...

              I apologize most graciously for not personally answering each and every one your comments as I have be able to do in the past.  The new school year has been crazy busy so far, with a huge increase in the "take home" work load.  I hope it will all settle down in the next few weeks, and I can get back to a more leisurely writing schedule, with some free time to answer comments and inquiries.  Please know... I truly appreciate the minutes you spend from your busy day reading my humble story, and love all your kind words.
              I am grateful for your continued support!
Best Wishes,
VR


     

9 comments:

  1. I believe Kevin will have a fit when he finds Ted and Maureen have disappeared with no trace of them. Lol Ted will get an earful when and if he gets back ;) Cassie has got this far I don't think she will give up just yet. Will the sweet Roxy forgive Kevin hmmm I think he needs to grovel a little more :D
    Great story. I hope things calm down for you soon.
    Hugs Maria

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    1. LOL...I think Fr. Kevin may be too busy with problems of his own to have time to worry about Ted and Maureen...and that's all I'm saying about that...
      I think it's going to be a fun challenge working two different story lines...in two different places for the next several weeks.
      Thanks for your continued support. Trying hard to keep this blog running in spite of my crazy work load.
      Hugs,
      Vicki

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  2. Can't wait to see how Maureen will react to the 'set of plans' Ted has in store for her. Keep hanging in there, bb, you're doing great! Is it me, or was this post longer than last weeks? Still staying tuned...

    <3,
    B

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    1. Hi B,
      I am looking forward to the opportunity to write some heavy actions scenes. I think everyone will enjoy the dual storyline in Mexico and back in Dollyville.
      Hope all is well. We have to plan October's outing!
      VR

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  3. pobre P. Kevin , y que mala es la culpa, seguro que Roxanne y el podran retomar la amistad que tenian de jovenes.
    espero que la pareja de recien casados pueda irse de viaje sin dificultades y que Cassie se despiste un poco, al menos durante un tiempo

    espero que tu volumen de trabajo se normalice pronto, no re preocupes por contestar los comentarios , es comprensible, el trabajo es lo primero

    besitos

    Mari

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    1. Hola Mari,
         ¡Gracias por ser tan comprensivo y solidario. He estado enseñando durante cerca de 15 años, y este ha sido el principio más activo que he tenido. Nuevas normas ... nuevos planes de estudio ... nueva curiculum. Duro tanto para los estudiantes y yo.
         Creo que disfruten de esta nueva historia que tiene lugar en dos lugares diferentes. Algunas situaciones emocionantes, divertidos.
      Lo mejor para usted,
      Vicki
      Hi Mari,
      Thanks for being so understanding and supportive. I have been teaching for near 15 years, and this has been the busiest start I have ever had. New standards...new lesson plans...new curiculum. Hard for both the students and myself.
      I think you will enjoy this new storyline taking place in two different places. Some fun, exciting situations.
      Best to you,
      Vicki
      Hi Mari,
      Thanks for being so understanding and supportive. I have been teaching for near 15 years, and this has been the busiest start I have ever had. New standards...new lesson plans...new curiculum. Hard for both the students and myself.
      I think you will enjoy this new storyline taking place in two different places. Some fun, exciting situations.
      Best to you,
      Vicki

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  4. Hi Vicki!

    Hopefully things will settle down soon for you at work but we'll just have to hang in there and keep giving support. Sorry for missing last week. Sometimes I read and plan to comment later and my little mind just can't keep it together and remember! Must work on that.

    Loved this week's post! Glad Kev finally managed an apology and it would be nice if they could be friends. Way to go Kevin! Not surprised to see good ole Cass hanging in there like a dog on a bone. Crazy witch.

    Until next time, my friend! Have a good week and don't stress.

    Susan

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    1. Hi Susan!
      How are things with you? All healed now? Hope all is well.
      School continues t be hectic, but finally getting into a schedule I can work with. I'm sure it will settle down...at least a little...very soon.
      Fr. Kevin and Roxie provide me with wonderful material to build plot angst. I love them as characters.
      Thanks for your continued support. I am grateful for your friendship.
      Hugs,
      Vicki

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  5. I sure hope our little "Foxy Roxy" is going to get a chance to shine in the Detective business... and that we will still see a lot of her and Fr. Kevin!! Sub-plots are Good!!!

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