The next day, Josias is walking towards Crystal Blue to confront his enemy Daryl.
He crosses Ibrahim Square, looking out over the cityscape. The city is growing bigger and bigger, passing 300,000 residents and reaching the 400,000 population milestone. They say that a rural district called Vale do Cajá will be integrated into the city and receive urban improvements.
Josias smiles as he is part of the city’s growth. He has grown along with it.
As he entered the sidewalk, Josias was tempted to go around the back and turn off the restaurant’s electrical supply just to frighten them. But he resisted the prank and decided to enter through the front door.
Upon opening the door, Felipe is the first to see him, “Mr. Rocha! Good morning. How can I help you?”
Josias smiles gently, “It’s funny. You like me, Felipe, but your father tried to kill me.”
Felipe keeps his smile, “Well, I respect you as a
Josias and Daryl are face to face, staring at each other with distrust and resentment.Daryl decides to break the awkward silence, “How did you hear about that?”“Does that really matter? I fear you’ll want to kill the person responsible.” Josias crosses his arms.“I can only conclude that it was Rodrigo.” Daryl shakes his head, “I didn’t know he would gossip.”“He didn’t tell me to cause gossip!” Josias vehemently asserts, “He was feeling guilty because he thought that Claudio would blame him for the shot when he recovered his health.”“Oh, I see.” Daryl smiles devilishly.“But Rodrigo wasn’t the one who fired the shot, right?” Josias leans forward, “We know that he and Claudio disagreed about the dressing room.”“Yes, I don’t know why Mrs. Vasquez did it.” Daryl winks evilly, “Or
Josias enters the company making an effort to greet his employees in the same way. But they felt something was wrong and didn’t insist on chatting or bothering the boss.“Good morning, Mr. Rocha.”“Good morning, guys. Sorry for the frown, I started the morning on the wrong foot.”“Everything will be fine, sir.” The entrance staff responds respectfully.Josias meets with Pollyanna, “Hello, Pollyanna. Is it true that you’re gonna get engaged to Ritchie?”Pollyanna nods proudly, “Yes, Mr. Rocha. You’re invited to the betrothal and marriage.”“Oh, I feel privileged.” Josias smiles slightly, “Any messages?”“The young Reuben Freire is coming here. Mrs. Freire telephoned just now to let me know.” Pollyanna informs him.Josias feels happy again, “I know why. Let him in as soon as he arrives, Pollyanna, no matter what
Vera and Teresa are worried about Flávia panting and finding it difficult to stay on her feet.“Flavia, please tell us what’s going on!” Teresa is distressed.Flávia tries to control herself, “I... I tried...”Beto shows up and finds the women in this predicament, “Oh God, can I help you with anything?”“Honey, make some chamomile or passion fruit tea for Flávia,” Teresa asks hurriedly.“Is she scared of something?” Beto squints his eyes, worried.Vera takes a chair and makes Flávia sit on it.“Thank you...” Flávia starts to get the color back on her face, “I tried to do something, but I couldn’t...”“Take it easy, dear, take your time.” Vera comforts her.“No, I need to say... So you don’t get too stressed.” Flávia is embarrassed to draw attention.
Cláudio’s interview is published in the LCN newspaper. Countless readers rushed to buy an issue, forcing the printer plant to double the print run because newsstand owners were complaining.Dr. Braggart took a copy to Cláudio, who recovered his health in record time. It seemed that he decided to fight against the odds and come back to rub his victory in the faces of his enemies.“Look, Doctor, how handsome I look in this picture!” Claudio laughs and points to the open page.“It was a really good story, Mr. Guzman. Congratulations. Keep it up, and you’ll be discharged.”Claudio’s eyes sparkle with this perspective. Getting discharged and getting back to his life at the agency... that’s all he wants.******On the Mountain Penthouse, Diane is walking around like a dizzy cockroach around her residence, looking for the newspaper.“Honey, where is the newspaper?”Daryl is sipping his coffee with a grimace, “I told you I was going to cancel the newspaper subscription.”Diane rolls her eyes,
At Saint Gabriel’s College, Caio and Alan talk in the open courtyard, enjoying their recess.“What’s up, Alan? Have you talked to Sofia this year?”Alan smiles hopefully, “I’ve been chatting with her online. I intend to arrange something with her, maybe some cinema.”“That’s cool, man. Looks like we will have ‘Shrek 2’. Does she like movies like that?” Caio suggests.“I intend to ask her later.” Alan takes his phone and checks for calls.After checking, Alan looks up and notices that Caio is far away, “What happened?”“I wonder if you heard about Sofia’s mother yet.” Caio is gloomy.“Mrs. Vasquez? Has she done anything reprehensible?” Alan is curious.“You can say that again.” Caio nods, “My father is furious because he asked Mrs. Vasquez not to favor Cláudio Guzman, and she did the opposite: she reserved a dressing room for Mr. Guzman, resulting in Rodrigo Mountain staying outside with the inexperienced models.”Alan is outraged, “That’s crazy! Rod is already a famous model, one of t
At Saint Gabriel College, the bell rings, ending recess. Several university students run to their classrooms.Caio and Alan remain where they are, looking at each other suspiciously.Alan breaks the awkward silence, “Caio, I can’t believe Sofia purposely supported something like this. She probably didn’t even know about it.“Would she tell you if you asked her?” Caio asks, getting up.Alan also stands up, “Why wouldn’t she tell? Something tells me this was her mother’s ruse. Cláudio Guzman is an attractive guy, no wonder she had a crush on him.”“Married women tend to have a crush on him.” Caio alludes to Katherine.Alan grows somber, “Whoa, Caio, don’t get Kate in the middle. My father won’t like this.”“But it’s the truth!” Caio insists, “This guy is a married woman magnet. Hopefully, he learns his lesson and doesn’t repeat the mistake.”“We better go to our classrooms before the professors forbid us to enter.” Alan tries to smile to break the ice.Both walk away and go to their cla
In Daryl’s office, he finds it somewhat impossible that Rodrigo accepts without much resistance that Claudio owned a dressing room and he didn’t.Daryl decides to question this, “I don’t believe you. Are you really going to try to convince me that you didn’t fight for your right to have a dressing room like the renowned model that you are? Where was Mrs. Vasquez at this crucial hour?”“I don’t know. I didn’t look for her!” Rodrigo asserts.“So you let your rival triumph.” Daryl shakes his head and steps out from behind the desk.Rodrigo smiles wryly, “You talk as if you care about my career. What you want is to see the circus burn. You expected me to make a bigger scandal so that people would remember me later and point to me as the shooter!”Daryl waves his hands in frantic gestures, “No, Rod, I didn’t want that!”“The fact remains that you shot Josias. Pictures don’t lie.” Rodrigo boldly asserts.“Those Thierry Lafayette’s photos prove I was there, not that I shot him!” Daryl veheme
Cláudio was released from the hospital and is now excited in his apartment, cleaning. Because of not tidying up his place for so long, the floor got dusty, as well as the furniture.Someone rings the bell. Cláudio goes to answer it and is surprised by Melissa on the other end.“Mrs. Rocha? What are you doing here?”“I heard you were discharged and I came to see you,” Melissa responds with a gentle smile.Cláudio is embarrassed for being sweaty and shirtless, “Sorry, I'm doing a heavy cleaning in my corner. I think you better not come in.”“Nonsense.” Melissa walks in anyway, “I didn't come to notice the mess. I want to know how you are, and if Josias and I can help with anything.”Cláudio's radio was playing “Yeah!”, by Usher, and he decided to turn the volume down so as not to disturb the illustrious visitor.“Do you want to help me?” Claudio takes advantage of the topic raised."Yes." Melissa nods, standing in the middle of the living room, “You're going to need someone to help you