HFIM House: Gossip and Fallout!

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After Vickie's Press Opening and Private Parties...the HFIM house is a buzz.

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Richelle: My feet are killing me---what a long day, full of all sorts of surprises.

Ryan: Well, it's official...! Vickie and Joe are engaged.


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Kevin: Yea, that was a blow---another guy bites the dust.
Belle: Really??? (grrrrrr)


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Sindy: Goodness, it's even on the news on Channel 7. Joe is listed as an 'unknown' fiancé. I wonder if they will let me make the wedding cake?


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Rory: Cake, I thought she was going to give him the heave-ho....for missing the Press Opening.
Sindy: Well, all is fair in love and war...sometimes it's not clear who the winner is.


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Midge: Now, that's funny. 
Barbie: I think it's romantic....especially the part where she said she 'kneed' him into submission. (laughing all around)


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Belle: Good night girls....(ignores Kevin trailing behind)
Kevin: What? Did I say something wrong?

Richelle and Ryan leave for their apartment---and the girls are still talking.


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Rory: I thought it was a great party---the shrimp were divine and deveined. My favorite.
Sindy: I'm sorry I missed it...! Wonder if they will get married right away---or have a forever engagement like Richelle and Ryan.
Mulan: Richelle, sure didn't look happy about it, did she?


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Further up the yard in the kitchen garden. Richelle stops at their favorite spot, 
where they got engaged.

Richelle: Your mom was pretty blunt today.
Ryan:Well, you know Moms always want to be Grandmas, which is way to far into the future. I don't see how we can have a wedding soon, money or time wise. I'm still paying off my loans.

Richelle. I wonder if Joe wants his condo done immediately now---!?! Time---what is that? And where can I get some?


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Ryan:Sorry about Mom...but she has a point. Remember we sat here, when I proposed. Sigh---! 


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Richelle: I know... it's not your fault---we both have to adjust our priorities. Let's give it until the new year---and just not worry about it now. No matter what anyone says.
Ryan: Deal---and that's why I love you, you are so---perfect and practical. I've got an early meeting, let's go to the apartment and sleep on it...(Wink)

(Meanwhile more discussion in the backyard....)

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Barbie: My bet is Joe and Vicky don't wait...I think we should plan a shower for them.
(discussion follows)

 Meanwhile at Vickie's apartment the girls are pondering....


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Zoe: I wonder if Vickie and Joe will want to live here? 


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Carly: Probably not, Richelle said she was doing the design for his new condo---from top to bottom. This place is rented, maybe we can take over the rent and add two more roommates and get bunkbeds?



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Zoe: Oh, suppose so...Gilly is looking for a new place---I don't know about her though.
Carly: My thought is if she has a job---she's an option.



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Zoe: I'll have to sleep on that---besides we will see Vickie tomorrow and see what she has to say. This is the first night she's stayed with Joe. Wonder how she likes his cat?


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Carly: (Turns out the lights.) That must be an experience. We have another big day tomorrow at Vickie's Vintage. Just all the 'holds' that are being picked up. And, I have two bridal appointments in the morning....and ballet classes in the afternoon---big day. Good night, Zoe. 
(no response---Zoe is already asleep)

(HFIM house---always to be continued)

(PS I have to get some pictures in those windows---never see things but through the blog photos, lol. Lighting was intentionally dim---being night time---let me know if it looks okay on your screens)


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Vickie's Private Party


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(Continued)

Vickie urges everyone to go on to the Private Dinner Party---but, she has a few things to do.

Vickie: I just need to put away signs, get the lights, lock the doors, set the security...I'll be along in a few minutes.

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Lara: We can stay and help.

Vickie: No---you go on, I'll be there in 10 minutes.  


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Barbara: If you are sure....! 
Vickie: Don't forget we've made this a safe neighborhood now. 
(Everyone leaves...and Vickie pulls the signs into the empty store.)


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It's really the first time she's been alone in days, and days, and...so alone. All the fear and excitement have finally come to a peak. And, tears roll down her cheeks as she reaches 
to pack Joe's roses in the box.

Vickie: (Sniff.  Sniff, sniff....) Darn him, everything was perfect....except...sniff...these roses...Joe...sniff. Sniff. 

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...Darn him anyway, Joe...sob, sniff. (hiccup)


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Vickie sees a shadow move across the floor out of her bleary eyes. 



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She grabs the pitcher, the flowers go flying. Spinning around---she bonks the intruder on the head, 
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..uppercuts him in the chin, and knees him a good one!

Owwwww!.....
Ooohhhhh,....
GR000annnnn! 
He falls to the floor.

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Whipping around Vickie grabs the party sign--while the motion detector 
emergency lights come on----!

Joe: Vickie, STOP! I GIVE UP!

Vickie: (sobbing) JOE! ....what are you doing----you scared the life out of me. I almost tried to...

Joe: You tried, and almost killed me. I'm going to have to take you in for assaulting a Police officer. Groan....!(he rolls on his side)

Vickie: Take me in---please, but, first, KISS ME!

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Grappling on the floor---they have one of the longest ever---blogland kisses!

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In the shop wreckage, they try to talk.

Vickie: Joe, why didn't you call?
Joe: I couldn't. The case closed this afternoon, and I had to turn in my undercover gear. I haven't been back to my apartment yet to pick up my phone.

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Joe: I did make one stop though. Vickie, let me get up.

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Vickie: No, Never! I want you to hold me here forever.

(Joe struggles out from under her, and staggers to his knees, while picking up the spilled flowers, he reaches in his pocket.)

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Joe: Well, forever is a long time...

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...But, I can't spend one more day alone---without you by my side. Vickie, WILL  YOU PLEASE, marry me?


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(Silence...she stares at the flowers, then the ring, then his face.)

Vickie: Oh, Joe, marry?----yes, YES, forever and ever! 


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She crashes into him...more grappling on the floor. 

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Sometime later---they pack up some of the mess
---and she places her hand in his.
Their ring, their engagement, 
 a perfect fit.


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Now that's a Private Party!

Will life ever be normal, again? 
Normal is highly overrated.





Vickie's Press Opening and Thank-you Party.

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This is a long post, but we have kept you waiting, long enough!

Friday, September 14, 2018.

The block is jammed with traffic, Channel 7 News is on the spot. Teresa is interviewing the movers and shakers responsible for revitalizing the block, including the alderman.

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Chelsea's aunt picked the twins and her up from school in the Malibu Jeep they brought from California. 
Chelsea: Wow, what's going on at Vickie's?
Auntie: Interviews for the opening, tonight.
Stacie:Can we stop and get in line?
Auntie(mom):Not now, we will come tomorrow. Tonight is a Private Party!

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Close friends and helpers stand in line for support..and to get the first peek at the new Vickie's.

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Vickie and her interior designer Richelle arrive, driven by fiance' Ryan who's with the Chicago Urban Renewal Office.

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Vickie: Thanks, everyone for coming---we will be just a bit for pictures a couple of speeches and then the doors will be open.

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Teresa from Channel 7: Alderman can please tell our viewers how the opening of Vickie's Vintage helps the neighborhood.

Alderman: Well, Teresa---a year ago this block was infested with crime and absentee owners. And, worse owners who didn't want our fair city to retain its neighborhood atmosphere. Thanks, to the BMR Enterprises, and Ms. Barbara Roberts, we have renewal of these historic buildings and renewed interest in the area. This improves the tax base as well as the quality of life for all. Investment in the historic, will bring a return for the future.

Teresa: Thank you, and Ms. Roberts, what does this building mean to you?
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Barbara M Roberts: Well, Teresa, it isn't what it means to me, but what this renovation will do for the community. We have plans for renovations on fourteen structures within this block. We've been innundated with businesses who wish to lease, and many renters wanting to rent. Vickie's is special and Vickie represents the best of entrepreneurship. This business will be a great start for revitalizing this community.


Teresa: Thank you, Ms. Roberts. I understand your niece, Lara Roberts, has been managing the project. 

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Teresa: Did you get all that, Ian. 
Ian: Sure, I'll move behind you now.

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Vickie: Richelle has been the designer responsible for all the details of the building renovation. 
Richelle: It has been very gratifying, I can't thank BMR for all their help, and the office of Urban Renewal.



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Alderman: Well, let's go in and see what all the fuss is about--I'm due at a fun raiser!


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Everyone waiting in the line is patient.

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Vickie picks up a box of flowers on the front stoop.


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Alderman: All these shoes, don't take video of these, my wife will buy out the store.



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Carly: Are those from Joe? Why three I wonder?
Vickie: They are beautiful...I'm glad we have some water for them. I wish he was here. He left the corsage for me at the house, I must have missed him, again.

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Richelle, Barbara, and Lara pose for photos.



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Alderman: Congratulations, Vickie---the store looks wonderful. I hope you have enough merchandise--after our news clip airs, you will be very busy.

Vickie:Thank you for coming and all your help on clearing some of the obstacles. 

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Vickie: This is so exciting----Let's open the doors and let all our friends in. 

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The crowd is excited....this shop is right around the corner from the HFIM house.

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They had no idea, what a big deal tonight was. Getting inside took some time....!

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Teresa: I understand, Zoe, you are from Canada, and have worked for Vickie since the store opened last year. 
Zoe: Yes, Vickie was a great help in giving me part-time work so I could go to school and work at a pre-school in the mornings.

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Carly: It's a great place to work, and I get also work part time as a ballet instructor. Jeffrey here, works in Urban Planning. He has two buildings on this block he is involved in.

Teresa: That's amazing---I've seen some of the construction going on, I had no idea it was such a big project.

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Teresa: What is your relationship to Vickie's Vintage.
Mom: I'm Ryan's mother and Richelle will be my daughter-in-law, if they ever have time enough to get married. I'm hoping the wedding boutique will remind them...they have postponed twice now.
Teresa: (Laughing) well, I guess we won't share that with our viewers. 


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Upstairs on the balcony, Vickie gets a chance to speak with Barbara M R.
Vickie: Oh, do you like what we did?
Barbara: The store far surpasses, what I had dreamed it could be. Love the refurbished cabinets. I can't wait to shop. 
Vickie: Oh, thank you---we worked so hard on them. Everything has been refurbished, it's hard to imagine everything is OLD, except for pantyhose, underwear and some jewelry. All the fixtures and furnishings were REDO's.
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Vickie: I have a few things set aside for you. Can you come by tomorrow?


Barbara: Of course, Lara has her eye on something...I can see her now. Oh, they are all coming up the stairs now.

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Minutes later the upstairs Wedding Boutique  is jammed.

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And so is the downstairs. Ian gets video of the swirling crowd.



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Jessica: Look at these fabulous designer sandals!


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The clothing turntable spins constantly.
 Midge has found a dress, too.

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Mom: Young man, can you put this aside for me. 
Patrick: Um, I don't work here, but I will take it back to the desk. Your Ryan's mom, right?
Mom: Sure, that's me.

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Lara: Attention, Attention! On behalf of BMR Enterprises, we want to thank you all, for your part in making this endeavor possible.  Ms. Roberts has requested we all move to Tony's Seafood in fifteen minutes or so for a buffet dinner and celebration. Vickie has asked anyone wishing to purchase anything bring it to the desk and they will save it for tomorrow. 


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Kevin: Belle, do you want to walk over to Tony's with me? 
Belle, sure, how have you been? I hardly ever see you at the house anymore.....(they continue talking and leave).


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Mom: Well, I say this is a lovely success. Especially the wedding department---remember that, a wedding?
Ryan: Mom, we have been kinda busy---this project has taken way more hours than you can imagine.
Richelle: I know mom, as soon as we can clear our calendars a bit. Let's go eat, I'm starved.

Everyone leaves and Vickie, locks up. 
Outside...look who pulls up after everyone is gone.

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Vickie: JOE! I can't believe you came?
Joe: Honey, I only can stay a minute, I have to get out of here. I can't be caught on camera---you know...it's the job. 
Vickie: I know...but I miss you! Why three roses? 
Joe: One for every week we have been apart. Goodbye, I have to go. (He drives off) 




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(Joe looks in the rearview mirror. She's so beautiful...I hope she can wait a bit longer.)

She waves and tries to smile.

Vickie's sighing. (It's my big night...and it seems like we say good-bye a lot. Maybe too much.)  

....always continuing... ;-)