Days passed, and with that, the certainty that Katherine feels that she will never be unmasked made her calmer. Josias noticed how her mood improved 1000% after he assured her that he still loves and trusts her.Alan, however, is not satisfied. He's packing his bags, ready to head back to Mountain Penthouse.J.J. enters the room and finds him stuffing the toys into a specific suitcase, “Hey, bro, why are you packing the parcheesi board?”“J.J., it's time for your brother to go back to the penthouse,” Alan responds seriously, but without being aggressive. These last few months, he really warmed to his stepbrother, “Don't worry, you're guaranteed your place in the company.”J.J. nods, not quite getting what the older brother said. Maybe he's still too young to understand... “I'm gonna miss you. Mommy won't let me visit the penthouse because of Cláudio.”“That cow will get what she deserves, little brother,” Alan promises with a fierce look.“What do you mean, ‘cow’?” J.J. scratches the
Josias appears in Alan's room with a furious and dissatisfied expression on his face, “ALAN! What's this about you leaving? Who authorized you? Did your mother call you?”Katherine is thrilled, “Honey, Alan knows what he's doing. Let him go.”“He won't while the pervert instructor works there!”Alan questions, “But dad, am I supposed to stay here while my little sister is alone up there in the penthouse with him?"Josias approaches him, “Caroline is with your mother and Kelvin. Alan, I'm afraid you want to face Mr. Guzman and he throws you off the balcony or drowns you in the pool and then claims it was an accident.”Alan smiles, “What is it, Dad? I stand up to Uncle Will because I know he's a wuss who won't fight back. But Mr. Guzman is different. I’ll be cautious.”Josias quells his anger and scratches the back of his head, “But why exactly do you want to leave, son?”Alan glares at Katherine, but it lasts for a few seconds. He looks back at his father, “I miss home and I don't inte
In the Teodoro building, Tiago, Carmen, Vera, and Teresa are waiting for Pedro and Rosemary to return.Beto walks into the lobby with his chest up, proud to have his puppies back.“Hello! We come back!”“YEAH!”Hugs and kisses everywhere. Teresa starts crying as if they were her children.Vera also wipes away tears, “Guys, how old I am! Rosemary was a little girl when I left Lagoon City... and I didn't even get to witness Pedro's birth! How old are you?”“I am ten and Rosemary is fourteen, the same age as Alan,” Pedro answers.“Actually I am a few months older than him,” Rosemary answers.Pedro turns to his father, “Where are we going to sleep, father?”“In our apartment! There's room for everyone.” Beto responds emotionally.Teresa nods, “Exactly. Let's settle down. We need to share the good news with others.”Tiago goes to the office, “I'll send everyone an email, it'll be faster!”Carmen points to the canteen, “We prepared some delicacies for you, let's go!”Rosemary and Pedro don'
Isabel, Wallace, and Reuben visit Teodoro's building to see Rosemary and Pedro. There's a little celebration going on in the canteen. The radio was taken there and Cher's song “Believe” enlivened those present.Some tenants who had met the children passed by to say hello and welcome them.Reuben yells like Uélton used to do, “Hello, everyone! Finally, I see you guys back!”Rosemary scratches her forehead, “Huh? Reuben, we saw each other last year at my dad and Tess's wedding.”“Ah, but the truth is that’s better we see each other every day, especially at school! Are you going to say that you didn't miss me? And you, Pedro?”“I can't wait to get back to a normal routine.” Pedro smiles gently.Vera brings another plate of snacks, “Here you go, kids. Wally! You came!”Wallace smiles and hugs Vera, “My mom got a very effusive email from Tiago. Wow, the kids have grown up.”Rosemary is amused by the adults' reactions. She doesn't feel like she's been away for so long.But when she sees Car
On the day of the next issue of Maggiezine, all readers bought their copy or had a copy delivered to their homes by mail.And the reading was graceful and interesting, especially concerning Isabel Freire's autograph session.However, when avid readers reached the gossip column...******Isabel was in her room putting on red lipstick. The grape-colored dress fit her perfectly, and the high heels were in the living room, waiting to be put on.The landline rang vigorously while Isabel put on her makeup. She expected them to give up...Reuben answered, wearing his school uniform, “Hello?”On the other end, Carmen is on the line, “Good morning, Reuben. Can I speak to your grandmother?”“She's getting really pretty for the book signing. Are you going too?”“For sure.” Carmen giggles, “When she can talk...”Isabel appears in the living room, “Who is it, Reuben?”“Mrs. Bento.” Reuben passes the mouthpiece to Isabel.Isabel answers, “Carmen, how are you?”Carmen changes her voice from motherly
Katherine is horrified when she reads the Maggiezine article in one of the living rooms. She quickly yells at one of the maids.“Did you call me, madam?”“Cremate this damn magazine immediately!” she orders nervously."Yes ma'am." The maid picks up the magazine as if it were full of maggots.Katherine is wide-eyed, sweating, and breathing hard. This cannot happen! I knew I was photographed, but if I knew it was someone from Maggiezine... why would those bastards do this to me?Katherine then has a flash of intelligence. She smiles as she remembers the rumor that Octavio wanted to bar Daryl Mountain from his wedding, even though his cousin was marrying Jack in the same ceremony. Josias was the one who stopped this madness. And Josias had told her, days before, about Daryl repeating what she'd told Melissa and Kelvin about Alan having the throne threatened...“It's the damned Mountains, it had to be! And in their midst... MELISSA!”Katherine takes an expensive vase and throws it into th
At the Marçal bookstore, Isabel was visibly upset by the question of the journalist that couldn't be more than twenty-five. Is he still an intern or apprentice to Vernon?“Young man, I don't want to discuss this unpleasant matter.”“Do you think the swimming instructor is innocent or guilty?” He insists as if he didn't hear what Isabel said.Francisco tries to push the journalist, “Comrade, move away or ask questions concerning the autograph session. We don't want to get involved in other people's affairs.”“But you are practically the family!” The journalist tries to convince them, “Mr. Mountain, you are Melissa Campos's current husband's uncle. Surely you—”The door opens and Bernardo and Maggie enter.“Is everything okay here, guys?”“Bernie, get rid of this abusive journalist!” Isabel demands, “He doesn't want to ask about my books or my family; he only came to reap more controversial statements about Josias and Kate!”Maggie takes the lead, “Young man, I suggest you stick to what
Isabel's autograph session began. Security guards and store inspectors had to control the flow of fans so they wouldn't crowd like wild animals at the famous writer's table.Some had already bought the book but wanted to buy another one just to have Isabel Freire's valuable autograph. Who knows, in the future, this copy may be sold for a more appreciated value...Francisco being on Isabel's side scared away men between 50 and 60 years old who were romantically interested in her. Isabel never showed her age and was considered a 'hot grandma' by them.“Honey, why do readers break their smiles when it's their turn?”Francisco smiles from the corner of his mouth, “It's not because they see you, honey, it's because they see ME. Smarties...”“Your girlfriend is famous and coveted by senior males. Can you handle it, honey?” Isabel asks playfully.“Of course!” Francisco responds good-naturedly, “At the end of the day, I'm the one with you...”Isabel melts like sugar. The next reader appears a