Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Only a Kiss ~ Part 27

“So how much money have you saved?” asked Cindy, taking another sip of her tea.
“Less than seven hundred,” Ana said softly.
“Well that won’t do,” said Cindy. “San Francisco is a very expensive city.”
“Which is another reason I need to get a job here first,” said Ana. “That and I need to find a way to get a hold of Brett.” She looked at Charles, hoping he would have a number.
Charles shook his head. “I hate to admit this, since he was my guest at the wedding, but we really grew apart after college. All I have for him is an office number. In fact, I believe we sent his invitation to his office, as well. No I’m little help there. But I’ll give you what I have.”
“We could probably Google him and find an address,” said Cindy.
Ana shook her head. “No, I don’t want to stalk him. His work information is fine. I’m sure I can leave a message there and he will get back to me.”
Charles went to retrieve the information as Cindy scooted forward on her seat. “Here’s what we’ll do. Since you’ll be staying in the beach house that’ll be a huge burden off you financially. So I’ll put a couple of thousand in your account. If you need more before you find a job, then just call me.”
“I can’t let you do that,” said Ana. “It makes me feel too much like my mother to just take from you. I don’t deserve it.”
“Ana you stop that right now,” scolded Cindy. “We both know what it was like in that house. Sure, your mother was mean and cruel to me, but that didn’t mean that you didn’t endure her wrath. You are nothing like your mother. You were only a child, just as I was. I would never expect a child to have the nerve to stand up to a woman like Tilde.” Cindy calmed her voice. “You need to get away from her and I am happy to help you do that. If you don’t like the thought of ‘taking money’, then we’ll call it a family loan. Due back when you get a job, in doable payments of your choice, with no interest.”
Ana sighed as tears pooled in the corner of her eyes. “Oh Cindy, do you ever wonder what our lives would’ve been like had your father lived? He was the nicest man and he would have never let Mother get away with how she treated you. I just feel we would all be in different places had he been around.”
“Of course we would have,” said Cindy as she smiled at Charles coming back into the room and handing a card with Brett’s information on it to Ana. “But then I probably wouldn’t have met Charles at the gala, since it was honoring my father’s life achievements and I wonder if I would be so inclined to do the charity work I do now. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always wanted to help people, but had everything been so easy for me would I be so inclined to help those who have it so hard?”
“I know you would have,” said Ana. “You have such a kind spirit.”
Cindy grabbed Ana’s hands and squeezed them gently. “So when do you want to leave for San Francisco. As I said you can stay here as long as you need to, but I can only imagine how excited you are for this new adventure.”

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