At the Mountain Penthouse, Daryl is nervous and embarrassed in front of the inspector who has come to ask some questions. She is in her forties, wears glasses, has her hair pulled back stiffly in an old-fashioned bun, and is dressed in sober clothes. A clipboard and red pen rested in her arms.
She glanced at the living room clock and sighed. Avril Lavigne’s song “Complicated” didn’t cheer her up.
“Mr. Mountain, we definitely got off on the wrong foot.” She mutters, “If Mrs. Mountain doesn’t have the proper commitment to receive me—”
“Calm down, Mrs. Brito.” Daryl was buttoning a dress shirt as he was at the pool.
Mrs. Brito pretended not to, but she checked Daryl’s physique as he wore his shirt and smiled out of the corner of her mouth.
The bell rings and Daryl goes to answer it, tucking the bottom of his shirt into his dress pants.
Opening the door, Diane gasps, &
The next day, Daryl and Diane are crying their eyes out with the rest of the family at Café Montanha.“Failed, people, we were FAILED!” Diane tears non-stop.Isabel tries to comfort her with her hand on her shoulder, “But, Diane, calm down. One rejection is not the end of the world. Have you tried other orphanages?”Daryl isn’t crying publicly, but his red eyes indicate that he did it privately, “So far, we’ve only received contact from this orphanage. This means that the others have written us off right away.”Francisco serves them chamomile tea, “Don’t worry, you’ll make your dream come true.”Diane sobs, “I’m seriously considering getting checked out again with Dr. Silvana! Why can’t I get pregnant, WHY?”Daryl fumes, “Honey, don’t do that! No more exams, you already know the result. So, you’ll get more depressed.&rdquo
Gabriela felt punched by her father-in-law’s direct and caustic question.“That’s not fair, Vernon.”But Vernon bursts out laughing upon hearing this, “NO! My granddaughter is learning to speak, she already says ‘daddy’, ‘grandpa’, and ‘grandma’, but she doesn’t say ‘mommy’! She hates you and I rejoice in that!”Gabriela was going to slap Vernon, but she remembers that she needs the job and holds her frozen hand in the air.“Put that hand down! We’re not on ‘Sweet Love’ for you to stoop yourself to that cardboard scene.”Gabriela lowers her hand, but smiles wickedly, “Looks like this soap opera was canceled, huh? The new writer didn’t know how to maintain Melissa’s excellence and the audience plummeted.”“Why do you rejoice over something like that?” Vernon shakes his head.“
Against what Daryl and the others recommended, Diane dared to consult with Dr. Silvana.The charismatic gynecologist and obstetrician felt sorry for Mrs. Mountain.“By God, they really got it right when they said ‘money can’t buy happiness’.”“Don’t say that, Dr. Silvana.” Diane blows her nose with the umpteenth handkerchief she has used to do so, “I am a happy, fulfilled woman. I have money, material possessions, fame, social prominence, my husband owns the hottest restaurant in town, we opened a branch in Victoria, and I’m going to buy a car of the year. Why wouldn’t I be happy?Dr. Silvana stares at Diane in bewilderment, “But then... why are you breaking down in tears in front of me?”Diane tries to disguise her incongruity, “Ehr... actually I wanted another exam—”“Diane, we already checked you out!” Silvana interrupts her, &ldquo
Carmen and Teresa read the letter.“Dear TessI write this letter to give you some news that may or may not come as a shock to you. You were always an understanding woman and the best candidate for making my father happy. I thank God every day that he found a wife so perfect that he doesn’t even miss my mother.Sadly, as much as I love my Dad and know he loves me too, I just can’t address him with this news. That’s why I addressed the letter in your name, and I beg you never to show it to him.As you may know, I’m having the time of my life in Victoria. The beach is beautiful, not like Sunset Village, but you can have a nice time. Carol has been a great friend to me, and I have met more people in the Capixaba social circle. And it was during one party and another that I met this guy.He is the son of a re
A few days passed. And Daryl and Diane haven’t heard from any other orphanages.And Diane still hasn’t gotten pregnant.So she ran to Dr. Silvana to pick up the result of the gynecological exam.Dr. Silvana handed her an envelope full of sheets, “Oh, Diane. You have been coming so many times that I already feel the intimacy of calling you by your first name.”Diane takes the envelope as if it were a life preserver. She opens it, checks the pages, and reads carefully......And disappointment comes to her face.“Everything is in order with me!”Dr. Silvana doesn’t understand, frowning, “Girl, shouldn’t you dance ‘the twist’ here in the middle of the office?”Diane tucks the sheets carelessly back into the envelope, “You could have said something I don’t know.”“What can we say?” Dr. Silvana is tired of the same repertoire,
Octavio is showing Josias the best project for the Uélton Freire orphanage. Isabel, Wallace, and Vera were present in social attire to witness the moment.Isabel feels tears in her eyes as soon as she sees the floor plan and a photo of what promises to be the facade.“Oh... My dear little son will be honored once again...”“The whole of Brazil will know about your son, Isabel.” Josias smiles at her, “Who knows, in the future we’ll have an important avenue in São Paulo named after him?”Wallace laughs, “I’ll be happy with a neighborhood named after him here in the city, Josias.”Vera analyzes the plan, “Look, this orphanage is going to look like a hostel for street kids, huh?”“The intention is the same.” Octavio laughs, “We want the orphans to feel comfortable and not try to escape into the street again.”“And so, fellow
Josias welcomes Teresa with curiosity. He leads her to one of the sofas and gestures to the drinks table.“Can I get you anything, Tess?”“No thanks, Josias. I need your help with a sensitive matter. Last year, you said you could always help us.”“I’m always willing to help my people.” Josias smiles and sits down on the other couch, “Tell me, Tess, what’s the matter? Money? Beto needs to undergo an urgent operation and you want me to shelter Pedro in the mansion?”“Beto is fine, but he will indeed have a heart attack caused by Rosemary, just as Vera unintentionally triggered my late father-in-law’s cardiac arrest.”Josias is even more worried, “Oh, God, what happened to Rosemary?”“She wrote me a letter asking me not to tell her father.” Teresa begins to explain awkwardly, “She wrote that she met a boy from an important family and they
At Crystal Blue, Patrick continues to work and serves Alan and Reuben grilled salmon.“Reuben, the next time you embarrass me like that, I’ll kick you out of here!” He grunts.Reuben shrugs, “You’re the one who decided to resort to inelegant vocabulary.”Alan looks at Reuben’s plate, “Pat, did you put rat poison in Reuben’s salmon?”“We don’t have rat poison because we don’t have rats here.” Patrick lifts his chin, “We are a restaurant that values cleanliness and quality of food.”“OK,” Reuben doesn’t care and starts slicing the salmon with his fork.Alan shakes his head and smiles slightly. He can’t bring himself to stay angry with Reuben and turns to Patrick, passing some bills, “Here, tip for the waiter. And we are very sorry that you’re still upset about what happened last year.”“I recent