Chapter 30. How Was Last Night For You: Explanations and More Trouble.


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Chapter 30: Explanations and More Trouble

Nina and Rianne stood in the kitchen preparing a mid-afternoon supper for John’s family.

“What are you cooking?” Rianne asked

” Marinated vegetables and baby potatoes. I’ve got a couple salads I’m working on, a Kale salad and a Chinese Noodle Salad.What kind of chicken did you decide to make?”

“Oh, uh spinach and goat cheese. The goat cheese hides the spinach. It’s tasty, and Sam and Eric don’t notice the spinach in it.”

Nina and Rianne heard Edith gasp in the living room and they turned to observe John from the kitchen island, explaining to Edith, Robert, and his brothers, where he had been the  last four-months.

Nina had decided John needed to be alone with his family when he told them what occurred. She wasn’t entirely sure what parts of his experiences, John wanted to share  and which parts he was keeping to himself. She would ask him tomorrow when they were alone.

Nina filled Rianne in on John’s experiences, speaking quietly, her voice not much above a whisper as they chopped fruit for dessert. She knew Rianne would hear about what John said from Jasper on the ride home.

Jasper had brought his two small sons with him and Rianne. Sam and Eric excitedly, hugged their Uncle John when they arrived, nearly catching Uncle John and Aunt Nina half-naked. Nina and John had been quick to adjust their clothes and appear decent. It had been difficult given the time they had been apart.


 

“We thought you was never coming back.” Sam told John. “Grandma said you went to heaven but Rianne said Grandma didn’t know. She said you were coming back soon. Right Rianne?”

“Yes, Sam. And I was right wasn’t I? Uncle John is home.” Sam nodded enthusiastically unwilling to let go of his Uncle. His little arms clung to John’s neck and played with the silver chain John wore.

“How come you were gone?” Eric asked. He was the younger brother.

“I was sleeping Eric. I was so so tired. When I woke up I was on a beach and I met a man who helped me come home. Then, this morning I saw your Auntie Nina and she was so pretty and happy to see me. I’ve never seen her so pleased.” John said trying to keep his story simple.

“Did you get the witch?” Sam asked John. John looked at Jasper wondering what he should say.

Jasper chimed in: “She wasn’t a witch, only a bad woman. But she’s gone right?” Jasper asked staring at John who nodded encouragingly.

“Let’s go play in the living room with your trucks. While you play, I can tell the grown-ups what happened in detail.” John said cheerfully, he glanced back at Nina tiredly. She knew from his expression he wanted to relax and be alone with her.

Nina, however,knew John’s family needed an explanation. They needed to know why it seemed he had come back to life after dying. They needed to see John was alive and touch him for themselves.

Jasper coaxed Sam to let go of his Uncle John and play with a new construction truck with Eric on the living room floor. Edith hugged John hard and kissed both his cheeks. Hear head barely reached the middle of John’s chest.

“Nina and Jordan kept saying you’d be back. I didn’t believe them. I thought they’d only a wing and a prayer. But you’re here and you look amazing. You’ve a healthy tan and you appear more rested than I have seen you in years. Does this mean your curse is broken and you can be together with Nina now? Will your curse ever effect our family again?” Edith asked, hope in her voice.

“Please Mom, everyone, sit down.” John’s family surrounded him as he sat on a couch. Nina heard John say, “Yes, the curse is broken. It’s why I’m back. As in fairy tales, well almost, Nina and I get to be together now and they’ll be more horrible events occurring in my life or yours.” Edith squealed and John’s Dad, Robert patted him on the back cheerfully.

“Good news son. Very good news. We need to hear the whole story. Everything from the night you left on Jordan’s motor boat to go find the dagger in Talise’s cave. We’ve heard what happened from Nina and Jordan. We need to hear your version now and why you let us think you were dead.”

John appeared shocked: “I didn’t have much choice in the matter, Dad . . .”

Nina returned to chopping fruit in the kitchen. Pulling out an ice cream cake to sit and thaw a bit for dessert. She tuned out John and his family, having heard and talked about that awful night with Talise in the Sirene too often in the last few months.

John’s return from the in-between place of life and death had been Nina’s and John’s conversation topic all day and Nina was sure John’s family wouldn’t be able to stop talking about what happened to John for many months to come.


Rianne put her chicken into cook in a second oven in John and Nina’s kitchen.

“John’s place is beautiful Nina. Right on the beach. I have to say it was no hardship visiting you here when you feared John wouldn’t come back. Even though I had to do the grocery shopping and the cooking to make sure you ate at first, it was worth it to walk down the beach and watch movies on a giant cinema-like room downstairs.”

Nina put her hand on Rianne’s arm and squeezed it gently,”I’m sorry I was such a pain. I know I was miserable to be around for months on end. Something inside me always told me to keep having faith and believing. I’m still shocked to be able to say this, but I was right; John came home.”

“It sounded like he had to learn a few vital lessons first,” Rianne remarked. “From what you told me, it was John who didn’t have faith the curse would be broken. He couldn’t come home to you  unless he believed their was benevolent magic working to break the curse so you too could be a couple and live a normal life.”

“Yeah, it’s exactly what John told me Norman said to him. I can’t believe Norman was the homeless guy who saved you.”

“Me neither,” said Rianne. “But I think we had God looking out for us. Or He had someone keeping watch over us all in Norman. It’s nice to know someone up there cares what goes on in our lives.”

“So, what’s new with you and Jasper?” Nina remarked changing the subject. Rianne sighed gazing at Nina with sad chocolate brown eyes. They reminded Nina of the eyes of a lab dog begging.

“It’s, it’s okay – only, when John was missing, it was hard on us. Especially with Sam and Eric. You know how all three Eric brothers are close and have always been. When Jasper thought John was dead, it was as if a piece of himself died with John.”

“I don’t know how to explain it well, but Jasper’s been cold. Really cold. He didn’t want me to come over often. Partly, why I ended up staying with you so much was because Jasper didn’t want me there. And I would go home and there would be this yawning emptiness in my condo. I couldn’t bear it.” Rianne said softly. She wasn’t a crier but Nina knew her friend was near the point of tears..

“I loved it when you came over Ri. I wish you would’ve said something about was happening between you and Jasper. I love you and care about you and I want you to tell me what’s wrong even when I’m not in the best of places myself.” Nina said quietly.

“I know you didn’t want to burden me, but it would’ve helped me keep my mind off John, listening to you and finding a way to help Jasper open-up to you. And I think you would’ve felt much better too, not keeping this trapped inside.”

“Shhhh” Rianne said suddenly. Jasper was staring at Rianne while her and Nina talked and the chicken baked.

“He can’t hear us,” Nina said.

“I think he knows what I’m talking to you about.”

” How could he know. Besides, John’s back now. Things will become better between Jasper and you too because he won’t be mourning his brother’s death.” Nina remarked confidently.

“Maybe,” Rianne said unconvinced.” Death is a tricky subject with Jasper. His first wife, Sam and Eric’s mom, died of cancer a few years ago. I don’t know if he’s ready for a serious relationship with another woman yet. I thought so but now, I’m not so sure.”

“But it’s been five-years or so hasn’t it?”

“I don’t know he won’t talk about his wife, not at all. I know his boys come first and before that night with Talise, we were practically living together. We were seeing how the boys liked it if I lived with them.” Rianne said, tears starting to fall without her being aware of them.

“Now, I wouldn’t even consider sleeping over at Jasper’s house. It feels as if there’s this big angry river between Jasper and I and I don’t know how to jump over it or swim through it. I miss playing with Sam and Eric so much.”

“It will work out Rianne. It will get better, I know it will.” Nina said encouragingly. Rianne sighed, wiping her eyes with the back of her hand and checking the chicken in the oven cooking.

Nina sighed. John and her might have at last found happiness together. But it seemed those closest to them, weren’t happy at all. Nina felt awful Rianne hadn’t thought she could share her problems with Jasper with her, the past few months. She had been too consumed with thoughts of  John and too selfish to be a reliable friend to Rianne.

Nina hugged Rianne after she had taken the chicken out of the oven to let it cool a few moments.

“I’ll help you get through this Rianne. You’re my best friend and I’d do anything for you. You’ve helped me so much since I’ve met John and suffered too much for it. You can stay with John and I as long as you want.” Rianne smiled.

“Won’t John mind?”

Nina laughed, “he doesn’t have a choice, but he doesn’t know that yet.”

Rianne smiled but Nina could tell her smile was forced. She studied Rianne for a moment as she transferred the chicken into a serving dish. Rianne wasn’t saying a great deal of what was going on between her and Jasper, and Nina knew it.

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NaPoWriMo: Poem – Heirloom Seeds – Alaphabet Poem -“Various Seeds Alphabetically”


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And now, our (optional, as always) daily prompt! April is a time for planting things (at least where I am, in Washington DC – you may still be waiting for spring, or well into some other season!) At any rate, I’ve recently been paging through seed catalogs, many of which feature “heirloom” seeds with fabulous names. Consider the “Old Ivory Egg” tomato, the “Ozark Razorback” or “Fast Lady” cow-pea, “Neal’s Paymaster” dent corn, or the “Tongues of Fire” bush bean. Today, I challenge you to spend some time looking at the names of heirloom plants, and write a poem that takes its inspiration from, or incorporates the name of, one or more of these garden rarities. To help you out, here are links to the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and the Baker Creek Seed Company. Also, here’s a hint – tomatoes seem to be prime territory for elaborate names. And who knows, maybe you’ll even find something to plant in your garden! Happy writing!

Please see NaPoWriMo for more information. Hated this prompt by the way! 

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Abundant Bloomsdale spinach: sounds tasty to me. You may think it’s odd but I like raw spinach in my salads.

Bisignano number two paste tomatoes: Not a huge fan of tomatoes unless, they’re in a sandwich, or made into tomato soup or sauce.

Cucuzzi Edible Gourd: I don’t think I’ve ever tasted a gourd; it’s not my kind of vegetable.

Dill, Long Island Mammoth: I love dill in certain dishes and foods. I especially adore dill pickles and nylsnki in dill sauce is heavenly.

Erlene’s Green Cotton: to make lovely cotton clothes out of; I love cotton in the summer to wear when it’s hot outside. Cotton breathes so it keeps you cool.

Four O’clock Don Pedro’s: mixed colours; don’t know what those are because I’m not a gardener. Flowers maybe?

German Johnson Tomato: I don’t know why there is so many kinds of Tomatos. The people in the Middle Ages thought they were poisonus you know.

Hopi Pink Flour Corn: Sounds like yummy corn to make flour with; is it truly pink?

Italiko Rosso Dandelion: Some people eat dandelions in salads, not me they’re weeds.

Jing Orange Okra seeds: I’m drawing a blank on what seedling this could be, but it sounds wonderful.

Katanya Watermelon: I wonder what this watermelon looks and tastes like? I hope it’s sweet and juicy.

Lemon Basil, Mrs Burns: This lady knew her basil; such a tasty spice in certain dishes. Is this basil lemony tasting? 

Morning Glory, Grandpa Ott’s: I believe this is a beautiful flower; I’m thinking of the song line, “What’s the story morning glory.”

Native American Po’suwaegeh Blue Corn Seed: Blue corn would be great,steamed or BBQ’d; then you can put butter and salt on it. Yum! 

Old Virginia Tomatos: Again, more tomato varieties?

Petunia, Old Fashioned Vining: They are such a pretty flower and petunias on vines, how lovely.

Quinoa, Cherry Vanilla:  I see you’re trying to make quinoa seem tasty; I hate it and Cherrry Vanilla makes it sound  grosser! 

Rosita Egg Plant: I would try this, only a bit.

Sorghum, Black Amber Cane:  1/4 lb, sugarcane I think. Love it, they make sugar from it! 

Toothache Plant: I think I’ll keep my distance.

Umbrian Cicerchia: Is it some kind of spice or maybe beans?

Vietnamese Mint or Balm: Mint is incredibly refreshing! Kills bugs around the baseboards too essential mint oil mixed in water.

Xiaohulu Gord: I’m pretty positive you cannot eat this kind of gourd.

Yarrow: What is yarrow?

Zuni gold bean: These beans sound delicious steamed with a bit of becel.

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The Party


Today I am getting ready for a party tonight. My friends and I finally came up with a date for our Christmas/New Years get together that is tonight. Since I have practiced all these different hair styles I learned a new hair style last night and curled my hair then pinned it up this morning. I am quite happy with the results I just hope everything stays in and looks as good as I think it does. Here is thesmallthingsblog.com video that I used to do my hair. Once you curl your hair with a 1″ curling iron or your new Babyliss Miracurl, the rest of the hairstyle is easy.

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After I did my makeup well and unlike usual I put primer on to ensure my makeup stayed in place. Although, I got a box of sample smashbox primers from Sephora which even included a light Smashbox primer and an under eye primer, I am much happier with an Benefit primer called Stay Flawless 15 hour Primer. It was a sample also from Sephora  and it is a primer in stick form and you spread it across your face and it makes your face feel very smooth plus it lasts for 15 hours that’s amazing ($38.00). It does not,

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however, make your face break out like I find the Smashbox primers often do, even after wearing the primer a short time. The only Smashbox primer I used was the under eye primer which I am quite happy with funny enough ($32.00).

So hair and makeup finished I made an easy dip which can be found on the kraft website. It is a really easy recipe and very basic:

1. Take 1 brick cream cheese and heat in the microwave a little bit. Spread into a small round dish (8 inch or so).

2. Place 1 cup of Salsa on top of the cream cheese and spread with a spoon.

3. Grate 1/2 cup Cheddar Cheese and sprinkle across the Salsa and cream cheese.

4. If you like, take 2-3 green onions and cut up and sprinkle across the top of the cheese, salsa, and cream cheese

5. Before serving with Taco chips or crackers, heat the dip for 2-3 min in the microwave then serve.

So, I made up my little snack for our party. I was planning to do spinach dip but the Sobeys which had a bakery closed down by my house so it is really hard to get out and get bread since for spinach dip you make it in a big round cut out sour dough loaf. But I can make that another time.

The other critical item I bought for my party was some alcohol. We are doing a greedy gift grab with whatever kind of alcoholic beverage we have chosen and wrapped. I went with wine, it’s pretty obvious by the gift bag I chose but as for the kind well that’s the surprise. Our limit was $25.00 for the gift grab.

Later, I am getting a ride to the party and then we are going out dancing to The Druid (if they have dancing on Sunday’s?) Most places do since A and I are always going out Sunday nights to dance at some bar or another. Speaking of A he is coming up this week. Too bad he couldn’t have been up a day sooner but he is just coming in around 7 or 8 pm Monday night and I think will be tired out after a long bus ride. We will have to do our own New Years thing the next day! So my New Years plan were ruined but that is okay since I think I will be tired enough after tonight tomorrow and will be busy enough this week with A.

Happy New Year’s everyone and have fun at all your parties!