At Crystal Blue, Daryl turns off the radio to talk to Patrick.
“Pat, sit down. We need to talk about something very serious with you.”
“I wonder what it is, sir.” Patrick sits up, feeling himself headed for the slaughter, “I was slandered by your son, as usual.”
Daryl fusses, “See? That’s what I don’t understand. How come you already assumed that our conversation has something to do with Felipe?”
“Has it not, then?” Patrick smiles wryly.
“You don’t seem to appreciate your job.” Daryl shakes his head, “You act as if you could stay in the company humiliating the boss’s son.”
“I didn’t humiliate anyone.” Patrick blatantly lies, “You know it’s always been the other way around. Your son got angry with me and accused me of mistreating him when I had never seen him in my life. To this day, he refuses to explain i
Josias finishes getting dressed to go to work in the master suite. Melissa is combing her hair in front of the dressing table. “Thank you so much, darling, for sheltering my parents here.” She is grateful when she sees Josias through the mirror’s reflection, “I needed this. Mom no longer works as she used to, taking care of the twins in the penthouse. She never got around to asking Daryl for a cleaning job, so...” “Here, she won’t work either.” Josias comments good-naturedly, “Before, Melissa, we didn’t have employees on the Rocha Penthouse. Now it’s different. We have Hector and more to help us, so your mother will rest, taking care of the twins while you... What do you want to do now, honey?” Melissa scratches her chin, narrowing her eyes, “That’s an interesting question, darling.” “Yes, because I want you to work on something you like.” Josias leans down and kisses her forehead. Melissa starts to think, “It’s such a shame that ‘Sweet Love’ ended. LCN has another writer and ano
Josias is meeting with Octavio and Alfred to discuss the new thing he intends to do at Rocha Constructions. Everyone is in the conference room.“Guys, my plan is as follows.” Josias begins, sitting at the end of the table, “I want to take care of more charitable work, helping the city hall, so Melissa will be at the forefront of our projects. Thus, she has some work to do and we’ll raise our company’s name higher, earning the respect of those who want to do good to society.”Octavio applauds, “I have nothing to say against it, Josias! Your idea is spectacular, as always.”“Now, we need to check out the next project to get her involved.” Alfred scratches his chin.Octavio suggests, “Wasn’t there a fashion show last year in Lagoon City with some of the proceeds going to charity? Maybe we can get involved in that this year if they want to.”Josias nods, “Very good, Octavio. Let’s check the possibility.”Alfred jokes, “It would be great if Melissa was one of the models, preferably the sho
The following week, the result of the entrance exam came out.Alan is nervous in the living room of the Rocha Mansion, on the couch, his hands fidgeting and his feet tapping out to some song from the 70s.Hector enters the living room with the day’s newspaper, “Good morning, Young Mr. Rocha. Here is the newspaper—”“Give it here, Hector!” Alan snatches the newspaper away from the poor butler who just wanted to help.After furiously flipping through the pages, almost tearing them apart, he found what he wanted. His finger glides across the rough page, his head ducking each time he nears the end of the list...And he finds his name! Yes!“Yes, Hector! I passed in Ninth place!”“Congratulations, Mr. Rocha! I’ll inform your parents.”Hector respectfully withdraws as Alan jumps up and down with joy and whoops in victory.Simeon and Dora didn’t need to be called by Hector. They heard their grandson’s screams and came to congratulate him.“No mystery needed, Alan!” Simeon spreads his arms, “
Beto is surprised when he hears from Daryl that Benjamin left a resume at Crystal Blue. Benjamin is probably unaware of the feud between Josias and Daryl.“Daryl, how could you let Benjamin make that mistake?”“What mistake?” Daryl is offended, “Beto, I’m not making any mistake, much less Benjamin. He showed up here interested in working, and now I want to give him the opportunity. Should I expect you to get the message across without subliminal meaning?”Beto purses his lips, “You don’t seem to know me.”Daryl is quick to apologize, “Okay, I trust you. Thanks!”Beto says goodbye and ends the call. The lobby radio is playing “Girls and Boys” by Good Charlotte.Patrick walks downstairs with an eternal frown.“Good morning, Pat!” Beto greets him, wanting to melt his long face.“What good do we have?” Patrick grumbles, “Today we’ve got daddy’s boy working a job he’s not properly qualified for.”Beto frowns, “By daddy’s boy do we understand that it is...?”“Felipe Mountain.” Patrick snarl
At LCN, Melissa is comfortable in an armchair, waiting for Vernon’s explanation about João Paulo and William. Vernon, in his clumsy way, starts, “Do you want me to serve you some water, a coffee, a chocolate drink...?” “Start by saying why your son is fighting with my brother before I get ten years older.” Melissa rolls her eyes. Vernon chuckles, “If you age ten years, I’ll die.” “Vernon...” “Ok, Ok...” Vernon sits down at his desk, “I need, before I speak, that you can’t say any of this to Josias.” “What a beautiful way I’m going to restart the relationship with Josias, hiding things from him, as well as Daryl’s far-fetched plan.” Melissa stands up, “Vernon, don’t bother anymore. I can see that it was a bad idea to meddle. If your son and Will are going to start a war, I better not know about it.” Vernon looks relieved that he doesn’t have to say something to Melissa. He gets up, and leads her out, “I’m terribly sorry I couldn’t satisfy your curiosity—” “You must take me for a
At Rocha Constructions, Pollyanna opens the door to Josias’s office.“Mr. Rocha? Young Benjamin Teixeira is here, but he doesn’t have an appointment.”“And does he need an appointment, Pollyanna? Let him in.” Josias smiles.Pollyanna smiles and lets Benjamin in. He changed into jeans and a plain T-shirt.“Hello, Josias. Thanks for answering me. I need to consult you on a matter.”“Good to see you, Ben. How are your parents? Resting? I think Vania is going to retire or has she already done that...?”“She’s almost. Let’s not go into details, otherwise, she thinks she’s getting old.” Benjamin jokes and they both laugh.“OK. Help yourself, I know you’re old enough now.” Josias points to the drinks table.Benjamin pours himself a shot of brandy, “Very good... Josias, I need to ask you something.”Josias sits on the sofa, “You don’t need to ask me for permission. You’re always welcome in my hotel kitchen. Jane and my mother talked about it.”Benjamin is a little embarrassed, “Actually, I wa
At Lafayette Mansion, the family is gathered for breakfast. Except for Nadia.Jacques is bothered by her daughter’s absence, “Does anyone know what happened to Nadia? She moved and no one had the decency to tell me?”Ingrid smiles dreamily, “She must have spent another night of lovemaking with her boyfriend.”Jacques was drinking coffee with milk, but he chokes and goes ‘PFFF’, “Cough, cough! Ingrid, this is not funny!”Ingrid widens her eyes, “And I said that to be funny? Man, our daughter is not a little girl anymore!”Thierry objects, “So because she’s no longer a little girl, does she have to treat herself like a harlot?”Ingrid frets over her husband and son, “Ugh, it’s not like that at all... I just hope you two don’t have a heart attack when you get the wedding invitation.”Jacques frowns and chooses the most buttered toast, “Why should I receive a wedding invitation if her boyfriend is already living as a married man and enjoying a married life without the proper formalities?”
The four workers who were talking got surprised by who was talking to João Paulo and broke up the group, hurriedly moving away into the company.João Paulo complains to the person who spoke to him, “Argh, you disturbed me. Now you are the one who will give me the answers I need.”Sofia crosses her arms, “Answers? What kind of answers? You seemed to be eavesdropping on the conversation of my father’s workers.”João Paulo smiles playfully and extends his hand, “Pleased to meet you, João Paulo Queiroz Rocha.”“Shouldn’t it be the other way around?” Sofia shakes his hand reluctantly.“In my work, I reverse last names.” João Paulo explains, “My brother’s last name carries more weight than my father’s, unfortunately.”“Jeez, how inconsiderate of your father!” Sofia exclaims in horror.“My dad is OK with that.” João Paulo blinks, “Miss Vasquez, could we talk about—”“Wait a moment: who said I’m here to give you an interview?” Sofia exclaims outraged, “My father has given me orders not to spe