Teresa appears in the lobby of the Teodoro building. Beto finished nailing to the wall the portraits of Uélton and Harold.
The radio now plays “Holler” by The Spice Girls, making Beto laugh.
“What was it, dear?”
“Rose always complains that the radio only plays romantic music when she's around Patrick, and now that they're in school, the radio plays pop music.”
Teresa smiles, “Honey, you can get ready to receive a marriage proposal.”
Beto gets off balance and nearly falls down the ladder, “Wow! What is it, love? Isn't it too early for this stage?”
Teresa bursts out laughing, “Oh doting father, ha, ha, ha!”
Beto composes himself, “Our daughter needs to graduate and get a job.”
“I don't think that will happen as long as she keeps distracted with Pat.”
“Who is Pat?” Beto raises his eyebrows.
Patrick returns from school accompanied by his father, Zedekiah. The lobby radio is now playing “Californication” by Red Hot Chili Peppers.Patrick is also surprised by the coincidence, “See, Dad? Where is Rosemary to prove to her that it's not me who keeps changing the radio station to romantic ballads to seduce her?”Zedekiah smiles satisfactorily, “Son, I am proud of you. You’re truly a man! You're in love with our landlord's daughter.”Patrick's eyes widen, “What are you talking about, Dad? Rosemary hates me!”“But YOU love her, right?” Zedekiah stares deeply into his son's eyes.Patrick pulls back his father's steady gaze, “I don't know. There are times I want to strangle her.”“And there are times you want to spend all night making love to her passionately, don't you?” Zedekiah smiles mischievously, “Son, you are free to get the girl you wan
In João Paulo's office, Maggie enters the room and finds the new journalist working in concentration.“Good afternoon, João Paulo. Can I come in?”“You can, Mrs. Marçal.” João Paulo speaks gently.“I hope I don't get into your personal life. You know, you've kind of become a celebrity here for being Josias's brother.” Maggie stalls before she says what she came to.João Paulo smiles lightly and stares at the editor-in-chief.Maggie asks cautiously, “João Paulo... They are spreading the word that you were kissing Gabriela. Is that true?”João Paulo muffles a laugh, “Pff... sorry, Mrs. Marçal, but I don't want to disrespect my co-worker!”Maggie relieves herself, “OK... Phew, don't worry, I'm the one who's stepping on eggshells here. I don't want to ban anyone, but—”“I know, we are in the co
A few more days passed, and Katherine was able to return to the Rocha Mansion.All of Josias's friends and family felt forced to come to the mansion to 'celebrate' the victory. Yes, no one wanted Katherine's extreme to die (except for a few), but no one wanted to be friends with her again either.And Katherine, sensing that people would judge her, cast a look of disdain and superiority as paramedics helped her through the entrance of the mansion.“Hello, my dear friends. I'm so glad I survived, what about you?”Elza replies on behalf of everyone, “Take advantage of the second chance God has given you, Kate.”Katherine counters contemptuously, “God was merciful, but that Everaldo was disgusting! It's a shame he doesn't show up here in March, because I'd like to exchange a few words with him!”Isabel turns pale, “Do not speak ill of an anointed of the Lord!”Katherine bursts out laughing,
At Crystal Blue, Daryl and Diane hurriedly instructed the chefs and sous chefs to prepare the famous grilled salmon and at the last minute instructed the waiters about the 'promotion' so that Josias doesn't find out the truth.So when customers started arriving, there was indeed a sign advertising a discount on the grilled salmon dish.“Look, let's enjoy it!” They said.Kelvin takes up his post as maître d and is amazed at his older brother's ingenuity, “That was pretty quick, huh? Sorry for making up the lame excuse, bro.”Daryl smiles contentedly, “Don't feel guilty. No one wanted to celebrate that bitch's victory. She's laughing now, but tomorrow the crying will come.”“Especially if she comments negatively about Everaldo, just like she promised Alan.” Kelvin shakes his head, “Meanwhile, we have her rival's son watching everything.”Daryl giggles, “That's Alan's talk.
Vera is shocked when Wallace reveals to her that Beto was having chest pains. She straightens up on the couch as Wallace crouches down to face her.“Honey, what did you mean by that? Is my brother going to die?”Wallace takes both of her hands, “No, Vera. Your brother, for now, is healthy. But he has been feeling some discomfort and dashed to the hospital to see what it was. A cardiologist said he doesn't have anything serious, but with him getting older, he'd better prevent it.”“Poor Tess...”Wallace frets, “This is where we have a problem, dear: your brother had asked me for a secret. He's taking pills to control his blood pressure on the sly.”Vera gapes, then comments, “But... Well, I'm his sister, these things I deserve to know. My brother will listen to me!”“Because your father died of the same ill, he saw fit—”Vera nodded, “Yes, these things
The noon service is over. Kelvin and Daryl count the earnings in the latter's office.“We made extra money by promoting the grilled salmon dish.” Daryl jokingly comments, “Who would say? A lie of yours has become a blessing to our pockets.”“I hope I don't have to lie to Josias all the time because of the whore.” Kelvin is embarrassed.“Soon, bro, and you won't have to lie anymore. Gabriela Alves is giving her best shot to win over our friend.” Daryl smiles hopefully.“I hope it goes well.” Kelvin makes the sum on the calculator.“Now we have an obstacle to overcome.” Daryl breaks out his smile, “Octavio Motta.”“I still don't understand what he’s up to.” Kelvin scratches the back of his neck with his pen.“He wants Josias to divorce Kate, like we want.” Daryl explains, “But he also wants you to divorce Melissa so sh
The following week, Maggiezine's cover featured a photo of Katherine walking in the pool area of the Rocha mansion wearing a swimsuit and yoke at the waist, international brand sunglasses, and a straw hat. A victorious smile adorned her face.Underneath, the title of the story is in bold letters: ‘Kate Rocha: How She Overcame Death and Paraplegia!’The issue sold well, with countless readers wanting to know what happened to the current lady of Lagoon City. Some internal tittle-tattle said that the first lady, the wife of Mayor Tobias, burned with envy and talked about killing Kate in front of the employees and secretaries.At the Rocha Mansion, Katherine laughed and rejoiced in one of the living rooms with the Maggiezine copy in hand. Josias watches her contentedly like a child.“Kate, I'm so glad to see you happy.”Katherine stares at her husband adoringly, “Thank you, Josias. I need to know if you're happy or not.&rd
Gabriela enters Rocha Constructions and is led by Pollyanna. But Gabriela narrows her eyes and begins to scan the corridors.Where are the other photographers and journalists?As they stop at the door of Josias's office, Pollyanna smiles, “Mr. Rocha awaits you, Miss. You can come in.”When Gabriela enters, she widens her eyes in surprise.There was no one else but Josias with his back to her, in the pose of a master and successful businessman, staring out the urban skyline through the wide windows.“Josias...?”Josias turns around with a captivating smile, “Good morning, Gabriela. I'm ready for your interview.”Gabriela closes the door and approaches in uncertain steps, “I... I was told it was a press conference...”“If I said you were going to interview me alone, you wouldn't have come to preserve your dignity,” Josias responds with his seductive voice that sends shiv