Josias was about to continue his speech, but the phone kept ringing. He waited for Hector or another servant to answer at another extension.
Then the phone silences.
“Hector must have answered.” Josias smiles slightly, “So, as I was saying, I fell in love with Gabriela Alves and she likes me too. Perhaps I was too blunt in saying that she would be the next Mrs. Rocha, but I want to announce in advance that I intend to get to know her better to know if I can trust her.”
Elza is the first to speak up, “Son, I think you're getting ahead of yourself. Miss Alves may not be a shrew like Kate or Angela, but you already started your story through scandals. People are bound to remember what happened last year. If what you really want is to get married, can't you meet another girl from scratch, a girl who has never been associated with any confusion?”
When Josias was about to answer, the landline rang again.
The next day, João Paulo is in the living room of the apartment watching the music video for “The One”, by Backstreet Boys. Vernon appears and sits next to him.“No, Gabriela will not be 'the one' for you, son.” He takes the remote and turns off the TV.“Dad, I was watching...”“Talk to me first, son.” Vernon asks him, “We need to clear up this conversation that Gabriela might be expecting your child.”João Paulo lowers his head, “Dad, I know you shouldn't be proud of me, but Gabriela and I were sexual partners. She didn't tell me anything about being in love with Josias, I swear!”“I don't think she was ‘in love’ with Josias either.” Vernon asserts, “I think it must have been a case of her wanting to spend time with the best good-looking guy in Lagoon City. We can now conclude that SHE was behaving romantically in those photographs.&
Vernon visits the Rocha Hotel to see how his wife is coping. He is surprised to find her calmer, taking care of matters related to the hotel.The Kitchen Chef is receiving rave reviews.“Many comments from our guests rave about the food. I hope you and your team will continue to work hard towards perfection.”“We do our best, Mrs. Queiroz! It’s a pleasure to work under Josias Rocha.”Elza maintains her gentle smile, “We'll make sure the desired sea bass is not missing. You can withdraw.”“Congratulations, chef!” Vernon awkwardly congratulates him.After the chef leaves, Vernon jokingly asks, “Does he always wear that white vest and funny hat?”“The vest is called a dolman.” Elza stands up, “How are you, dear?”“I came here to see if you are calm yet.” Vernon approaches her, “You were pretty upset leaving.”&l
At the Rocha Mansion, David is playing a video game by himself when the door opens to the living room where he is. Alan, Reuben, and Pedro enter with smirks.David pauses the game, “HEY, who told you guys to come in?”Reuben asks wryly, “Wow, is that how you greet us? Not even your brother?”“He is my half-brother.” David retorts in disgust, “I tried to be the best brother and friend in the world, but Alan never gave me a chance.”“Stop the drama because you are not Thalía.” Alan counters, “By the way, she's way prettier than you!”Reuben and Pedro burst out laughing. David realizes that he no longer has his 'allies'.“You still haven't answered me what you came here for.”Pedro responds firmly, “Dude, stop crowing like a rooster. You're the youngest of us all here, we're the ones who should be bossing you around. We came to play video gam
Caroline enters the living room and interrupts the male savagery with the sweetness that only women have.“Why are you fighting each other like savages? Can't you throw this snob out of here with civility?”David thought he would be defended and reacted with outrage, “HEY! Weren't you going to defend me, little sister?”Caroline turns to David with disdain, “It's hard to defend you when I see you with such arrogance. Can't you even hand over one of the joysticks to one of them?”David lifts his head haughtily, “I prefer to play single-player. I don't trust their ability.”Reuben takes offense, “How about a one-on-one challenge?”Alan puts a hand on Reuben's shoulder, “Never mind, Reuben. We came here because our mother and your grandmother said we should keep David company as he feels lonely after J.J.'s death. After all, J.J. and he lived here and must have been well united.&
The day of the municipal election arrived. Josias leaves the ballot box and finds countless journalists and photographers waiting for him.“Josias Rocha, for whom did you vote for mayor?”“The vote is secret, gentlemen.” Josias smiles charmingly.“But do you believe that Tobias Ibrahim will be re-elected?”“I believe he managed excellently, faithfully following in the footsteps of his late father. I hope that the opinion of the majority of voters will be the same as mine.” Josias responds in front of cameras and flashes.Melissa and Kelvin walk past him.“With no clumsy and troublemaker women around him, Josias shines like a champion, just as Everaldo prophesied,” Melissa says.Kelvin smiles, “Well, I don't consider Gabriela a clumsy woman.”Melissa's smile fades, “Kelvin, I still can't believe Josias will make it right with her.”Kelvin
Josias returns to the Rocha mansion and sees David extending his cell phone to his father.“Here, father! You forgot your cell phone at home.”“I didn't want to be disturbed while voting.” Josias picks up his cell phone and realizes that there is a call in progress, “Someone called and you answered?”“No, Dad, I called Mom. Now you can talk and make arrangements for the wedding.” David speaks as if it were a confirmed fact.Annoyed, Josias presses the red button.“Dad, you hung up on my mother!”Josias holds back the urge to throw the cell phone at his son, “David, when are you going to understand that I am not going to marry your mother?”“WHY NOT?” David yells in outrage, “You married Kate, you should give my mother the opportunity now that the other one is gone!”“I… right now I want to take some time and think it ove
Melissa is stunned when she discovers that Gabriela is pregnant with the possibility that Josias is not the baby’s father.“Josias, this is terrible! Damn it, that takes away all the respect I had for Gabriela.” Melissa complains.Josias listens to her attentively, “Did you for a moment think that she might be a good wife for me?”Melissa responds without stating the plan, “Well… since you chose her, I thought she would make you happy. Big mistake of mine.”Josias sighs, “Anyway, until now I haven't had the heart to confront her. I’m not even talking to my little brother.”Melissa blurts out, “Talk to João Paulo, Josias! Don't let a shameless woman come between two brothers. Brotherly love is more important than erotic love!”Josias chuckles, “I love the way you put things, Melissa. I…” His tone turns sexy and suggestive, “I miss th
Melissa is visited by Maggie and Bernardo at the Mountain Penthouse. Ignacio and Mary are playing on the rug in the living room under Dora's watch.“Hello, dear nephews!” Maggie kneels before them.“Aunt Maggie!” Mary exclaims.“Oh, she's becoming just like my Aunt Marilia.” Maggie beams, “I'm glad Uncle Francisco is getting married to Izzy.”Melissa is interested, “Are they thinking about marriage?”Maggie stands up, “Well, they haven't set the date yet, but I think it's about time, right? I see Rodrigo and Reuben treating each other like brothers.”“How beautiful.” Melissa smiles, “So, to what do I owe the honor of your visit?”Bernardo takes the floor, “Melissa, where can we talk in private?”Dora quickly suggests, “Go into the kitchen, there's chocolate walnut cake in there.”Maggie nudges Bernardo