Friday, January 15, 2016

Only a Kiss ~ Part 28

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.”

*****

Ana spent the next week living with Cindy and Charles as she prepared herself for her move to the west coast.
“Now, I have to warn you,” said Charles as he went over her duties as beach house caregiver. “My mother reserves the right to drop in at any time. There will be no warning. She doesn’t tell anyone she’s going. She just gets on a plane and goes. If we’re lucky she’ll call us when she gets there to let us know she’s still alive.”
“Not a problem,” said Ana. “After all, it’s her house.”
Charles chuckled. “You say that now, but just wait until you spend a few days with her. She can be a bit much.”
“More so than Tilde?” asked Ana.
Charles shrugged. “Well, it a different way, but yes.”
Ana couldn’t imagine anyone being as bad as her own mother. She had talked to Charles’s mom, Elizabeth, at the wedding and she seemed like a fine southern lady. “We’ll be fine.”
Cindy walked in carrying a tray of sweet tea and sandwiches. “Y’all get everything settled?”
“Just one more thing,” said Charles. “Ana, I need to know your house sitting fee.”
Ana shook her head. “No fee, I already owe y’all money and you’re giving me a place to stay. I refuse to take any more from you both.”
Charles raised an eyebrow. “If that’s how you feel, but I would have to pay someone else to look in on the place if you weren’t going. Are you sure?”
“Absolutely sure,” said Ana, standing her ground. Cindy and Charles had been more than generous and every time Ana let herself think about how much they were doing for her she started to cry. She refused to cry at their last lunch together.
“So what time does your flight leave tomorrow?” asked Cindy.
“Eight,” answered Ana between bites of her sandwich.
“How’s your résumé, coming?” asked Charles.
Ana took a sip of her tea and sighed. “Not well, I’m afraid. I’ve only every worked for Beauxpieds and I know I’m not going to get a good recommendation from them. Tweet has told everyone I stole a shoe design and am not to be trusted in the work place.”
“The nerve of that woman,” scoffed Cindy. “Charles we should give our lawyer a call and see what we can do about this slander.”
“Cindy, honey, we can’t do that,” said Charles.
The women looked at him. Ana agreed that she didn’t want lawyers involved but she was shocked to hear Charles say it.
“What do you mean?” asked Cindy. “What not?”
“Well, because it could take years to get a civil suit going and in the meantime Ana will not only look like a thief, but a vindictive ex-employee. It will only hurt her in the end and definitely won’t help her find a job in California.”

“So I’m just going to have to leave off my time there and hope my portfolio speaks for itself,” said Ana.

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