Vera is cleaning the lobby in a standard black cleaning lady's uniform that looks ridiculous and misshapen. Tenants walk past her and giggle sarcastically. Michael Jackson's song “Stranger in Moscow” is supposed to calm her down, but Vera snorts with rage every time she sweeps the floor.“At least I'm still in my dad's building.” Vera tries to concentrate, “And one of these days, I'll see Wally walk through that door!”Deluded, Vera smiles and approaches the counter to sweep. The newspaper Teresa had left was open.Vera glances at the open page and her dreamy smile melts like a flower.A photo of Renan Vasconcelos in the company of Tobias Ibrahim left her wide-eyed. The journalistic article was about Tobias being elected mayor, but Vera doesn't take her eyes off the businessman.“Oh, heavens, it can't be! I need Wally to protect me!”On impulse, Vera crumples up the newspaper and throws it in the trash can. A girl enters the lobby and observes the desperate gesture of the cleaning lad
Ernesto enters Josias's office. Our hero is standing and facing the horizon.“Sir, here is yesterday's paper. Glad it wasn't thrown away.”Josias turns to the secretary and picks up the newspaper. He flips through the politics section and finds the photo.The news item reads, “Lagoon City mayoral candidate Tobias Ibrahim welcomed industrialist Renan Vasconcelos to talk about his support for the candidacy. Vasconcelos is famous for its tradition in the textile industry. Rumors circulate that Mr. Vasconcelos intends to open one of its factories in the city if Tobias Ibrahim wins the election.”“Something wrong with that, sir?” Ernesto asks when he sees Josias's somber face.Josias folds the newspaper and hands it back to the secretary, “No. Apparently, everything is back to normal. But it's like my dad said: we're seeing what's to be seen.”Ernesto has goosebumps listening to his boss. Is Josias learning to be cold and calculating with the Bento brothers?******Vera is very stressed, n
The day of Daryl and Diane's wedding has arrived.It should have been a joyous occasion for the Mountain family. However, through the fault of the same Daryl, the family members are in restrained happiness. His talk about the 'legacy' being restricted to blood members left the others disheartened.In the Montanha Penthouse, Kelvin listened to The Smashing Pumpkins’ song “Tonight, Tonight”, wearing his tuxedo as best man at the wedding. He waits for his family to be ready.Alan is the first to appear in the living room, “Kelvin, I'm ready. Is my suit smart?”Kelvin turns to his stepson and smiles. Alan looks cute in a black suit and his hair is styled very trim with gel, “This way, the next one to get married will be you.”“Don’t even think about it!” Melissa approaches in a long sleeveless lavender dress. She will be one of the bridesmaids, “It's still early for my boy to get married.”“I may be early to get married, but I'm not a boy anymore, Mom.” Alan defends himself.“I’ll check o
Vera is constantly sweeping the lobby of Teodoro's building, looking back, afraid of being caught by surprise. Teresa approaches in beach attire and with Rosemary and Pedro hand in hand with her.“What's going on, Vera?” Teresa asks her, “Why so much panic and dread?”“Your boyfriend wasn't interested in knowing.” she retorts.Teresa wiggles and then turns to the radio, “Always keep the tradition, Vera. Don't want your father's ghost pulling your foot at night. Maybe that's what you're afraid of.”Rosemary and Pedro laugh. The radio turns on and the song “The 13th” by The Cure fills the lobby.Vera takes a deep breath, “I am not willing to argue and swear in front of the children.”“Vera, your brother even tried to find out what was going on. But you didn't provide information and just asked to live here. Don't you think that would be too far? What are the chances Wallace will show up—”“Are you ever going to believe that this time it's not because of Wally?” Vera throws the broom to
In Sunset Village, one of the beachgoers positioned a huge stereo, and the song “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, by Deep Blue Something, animated the bathers in general.Rosemary and Pedro were having fun in the sand while burying Beto. There was only Beto's head outside when Teresa started talking to him, sitting on the beach chair and sunbathing.“Beto, do you realize that your sister is scared and afraid of something?”Beto would shrug if his shoulders were free, but they were already under the sand, “Yes, but she doesn't explain what it is. So I even think that she is making up something to justify her moving into the building.”“That would be a dishonest move on her part.” Teresa complains, “We gave her the job, and she hopes to sneak into the building.”“Wallace will never show up there again.” Beto says, “And why would he go? Now he lives in Green Park, has a job at Rocha Constructions, and the family is on good terms with him.”Teresa muses with her hand on her chin, “Is she then ser
Daryl and Diane walk down the church steps in a rain of rice. They go laughing to the limousine that waits for them with the sign on the bumper that says ‘just married’.After they leave, Vernon gestures, and reporters and photographers proceed to interview all the guests before they move into the ceremonial space.Josias is the main target, “Well, Mr. Rocha, we can say that you are happy with the happiness of Mr. Mountain right now, huh?”“And why wouldn't I be?” Josias asks with mild sourness, “I wish Daryl and Diane the best.”“Even if it means the happiness of his brother and his ex-wife?” A journalist asks indiscreetly.Josias wraps his arm around Katherine's waist and pulls her closer to the cameras, “Right now, my main concern is with this girl here.”“Miss Bezerra, how does it feel to be the next Mrs. Rocha? Are you aware that you will be as powerful as the future mayor's wife?”“Yes, and like her, I am prepared to take on such a role,” Katherine responds in a charismatic way.
The next day, at Harold's house, Wallace turns on the radio and Alanis Morissette's song “Head Over Feet” wakes up his parents.That is, wakes Isabel up. Harold is still soundly asleep in bed with a serene smile.“Good morning, son! Still have some energy to spend? Wasn't the party enough?” Isabel greets him.Wallace replies with a smile, “I still have it, I'm regaining the vigor I had before I was arrested.”“Ah, son, if it were possible for us to mention this period as little as possible...” Isabel crosses her arms.“It would be very convenient for me to forget everything, mother.” Wallace hugs her, “But I want to remember the stupid things I've done so I don't do it again.”“You wouldn't be able to wrong twice.” Isabel reminds him.“No, but other blunders I can still commit.” Wallace kisses his mother on the forehead, “Is the radio too loud? I think I'll wake up dad.”“If your father is still sleeping, it's because the radio isn't playing loud.” Isabel jokes, “I'll check.”Isabel r
When Flavia managed to break the bad news to Josias, he promptly took care of everything else.Therefore, yet on Sunday afternoon, Harold Freire's wake and burial took place at Lagoon City Cemetery.It usually rains at funerals and burials, but Harold's death seems to have caught even the weather off guard, as the sun continued to shine, urging the citizens of Lagoon City to head to the beach.But today would be a sad day for the Freire family and their friends. In the hall where the wake takes place, Isabel is standing, staring at her dead husband. He was with the same serene smile.“You had that smile on, and I thought you were sleeping.” She says in a plaintive tone, “I should have sent you to the hospital. You had been slow to wake up, I had to scream and shake you! Why didn't I understand that you were saying goodbye when you said you loved me? Sorry, Harold, I was stupid and killed you!”The last sentence came out in a choked voice. Wallace approaches his mother, wearing a black