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6 part 2
had ducked into the Study without anyone noticing her. She quickly walked
over to the desk and opened the top drawer. She was disgusted with what
she found. "That stupid idiot!" She withdrew the Luis mask that had been
in the drawer and continued to look for some scissors.
phone rang and she punched the talk button, "Elizabeth Crane."
Alistair's voice came over the phone
stopped what she was doing, "Alistair! I am so happy that you called.
I miss you!" She sat down in the chair that she had pushed aside when
she begun her search through Julian's desk.
miss you to dear, but what are you doing in Julian's Study?"
had found a pair of scissors and picked up the mask, "Cleaning up after
your son, what else? You know he still has that mask of Lopez-Fitzgerald
in here? It would have ruined everything if Sheridan had found it!" She
began to cut the mask into strips. "I bet he still has those papers on
Martin Fitzgerald in here that you told him to get rid of."
became angry, "Well burn them along with that mask. Those papers should
have been destroyed a long time ago!"
honey, what do you think I am doing. I am in here doing his dirty work
when I should be out having fun at my party," Elizabeth got up and moved
to the safe that Julian had.
know dear. You always deal with important family matters before you have
fun. That's why I love you so much, you know that family means everything."
laughed at this, "The fact that I am the adopted daughter of one the most
powerful mob bosses in Spain had nothing to do with it. Oh and lets not
forget about that one time you let all your family secrets spill, oops,
and told me everything." Elizabeth rolled her eyes and cracked into the
safe. "Also there is the fact that I am an expert thief."
things are important, but you forget that your father died in that car
accident, no more mob boss. You made a life of your own separate from
him before that happened and before I meet you. The family secrets, well
you don't know all of them, besides you could have been disposed of just
as easily. And I had now idea that you were a thief," Alistair tone was
about as happy as someone like him could get. A normal person would have
thought that Alistair was mad at them but Elizabeth knew better. Alistair
could never be mad at her.
know dear. I am just teasing," she pulled out the papers from the safe.
"Would you look at that! All the papers about Martin Fitzgerald are here
and in perfect order. Well this will make good fire starting materials."
brought the papers over to the fireplace that was on the far wall (hence
the reason you never noticed it before). "Now, now do not be so hard on
your son. He is a good son, most of the time. He does try. Well at least
to mess everything up."
thought you loved all your children equally Liz," Alistair joked.
had put the papers in to the fireplace and took a match to them. She looked
at the speakerphone, "I do love all my children equally, that doesn't
mean that I don't think that one of them can be stupid every now and then.
I mean just look at all the mistakes that Sheridan made. You know that
if it were I in her place I would have never done half of the things she
did. But then I never was interested in suave men in fast cars."
you never were. Something I never understood," Alistair voice said that
he wanted answer to the unasked question.
explain it to you someday. Right now I should be getting back to that
party. I am surprised that Julian did manage to catch me in here," Elizabeth
threw the little pieces of the mask on the fire and then added a log on
to it. No one but the help would find the ashes of the mask, and they
would just wonder why Julian had a fire in his study.
am sure Julian is far too drunk by now to do anything but smile," Alistair
said in disgust. "How is your plan with Sheridan and Luis going?"
walked back over to the desk, "It did not work out quite the way I wanted
to, but you know you can't push something like this. It will happen but
not over night."
still do not understand why you think it is a good idea for Luis and Sheridan
to get married," Alistair scoffed a little at the idea of his daughter
marrying the son of the housekeeper.
first of all it will make Sheridan happy. She and Luis are in love. Secondly
it will ensure the fact that no one will ever find out about Martin Fitzgerald,"
Elizabeth sat down again.
will their marriage ensure that Luis will not look into his fathers death?
Julian and I both think that Sheridan will help Luis find out what happened
to him, what the family did to him," Alistair was getting frustrated.
I am sure you have heard of the old proverb, keep your friends close but
your enemies closer. We can't get any closer to Luis than to have him
be our son-in-law. Besides which if they do start looking, they will not
find anything. I plan on having Sheridan's cottage and the gazebo fully
checked and cleaned out again, this time by professionals. Then if that
they still keep looking we will just have to go on to plan B," Elizabeth
what is plan B?"
tell you when it becomes necessary to use it. Now don't forget to call
tomorrow," Elizabeth told him sweetly.
I guess I'll just have to wait. Of course I won't to forget to call tomorrow,
I have to berate Julian yet again," Alistair hung up and Elizabeth let
out a sigh of relief.
man, she thought as she walked to the door, does he think that I am really
that much of a fool. I know he has this whole house bugged, I have to
be careful what I say all the time. Sometimes I just don't know why I
married him, he doesn't trust anyone but himself. Then he really doesn't
have any reason to, I know all of the family secrets; even he thinks that
I don't. The House of Crane would not know what hit it if I even breathed
one of the secrets. Too bad for everyone I actually love my family. I
don't know how I do it, maybe it is because I never really had a family.
Being adopted buy a mob boss doesn't mean an instant family. Just money,
trying to make sure that I don't get killed, oh and let's not forget a
father who tries to marry me off to some stupid American. I miss my real
family. Elizabeth shook her head. Enough! I can't think about the past,
only the future and make sure that my daughter is happy.
walked back into the dinning hall and found where Sheridan and Luis were
standing. They were talking to another couple who she did not recognize.
"Great, more fake smiles and giggles." She walked over to them.
dear, who are this lovely people you are talking to?" Elizabeth interrupted
is Mr. and Mrs. Bennett. Mr. Bennett is the Chief of Police here in Harmony,"
Sheridan told her.
wonderful to meet you Mrs. Crane. That was a lovely speech you gave early,"
Mrs. Bennett held out her hand and Elizabeth shook it.
could tell that Mr. Bennett did not want to be with them. Or maybe it
was just her he did not want to be around. "Please call me Elizabeth.
Thank you for being so kind. Half of the time I don't really know what
people think about what I say. Everyone just seems to say what they think
I want to here. I swear I could have read from the phone book and everyone
would have laughed. Sometimes these people frustrate me."
some it is something that you should be used to by now," Mr. Bennett mumbled
a little loudly.
His wife gave him a little slap on the arm for being rude.
it is alright, I know what people think of me. I'll have you know Mr.
Bennett that I was the CEO of Crane Industries International for about
a year and I worked my way up there without help from anyone. I am now
going to be co-CEO here on the domestic front. I am not just some helpless
little wife, I actually know how things work in this circle and in others.
I personally think you are too quick to judge others. You have already
made up your mind to hate me, and you don't even know me," Elizabeth knew
she was pushing the envelop but she would not stand to put down from someone
who did not know what she had been through.
don't need to know you, you are a Crane. You are all the same," Sam hissed
you need to apologize to Mrs. Crane right now. You have no right to say
that. She never did anything to you," his wife demanded, she was obviously
embarrassed with his attitude toward Elizabeth. She knew he would not
act this way with Julian or Ivy, but it seemed that Elizabeth's young
age made him feel like he could walk all over her.
don't need to apologize to her Grace. If anything she should be apologizing
to us for marrying Alistair," Sam glared at Elizabeth.
was furious. "Now that is enough! You can say anything you want about
me. But only a coward would talk about another man behind his back. Is
there not a shred of human decency in you? You do not seem to understand
the fact that any type of prejudice is a deadly sin."
was taken aback by her statements. She was wise. "I am sorry. I guess
I have misjudged you."
nodded, "Yeah I would say so. I am not the little dimwitted imp that you
think I am. I have morals and values just like anyone else. Alistair and
I both agree that there are some serious changes that need to be made
in the way that the Cranes conduct themselves, that's why I was sent here."
knew that this argument was only going to get worse before it got better.
He knew Sam hated the Cranes as much as he did. "Maybe we should all go
seat down now. It looks like the waiters are ready to bring out dinner."
now is a good time," Sheridan grabbed Elizabeth's arm. "It was nice seeing
you again Grace and Sam." She and Luis proceed to drag Elizabeth away
is your problem," Elizabeth said when Sheridan finally let go of her arm,
"I could have handled that! I was going to make that man see that he had
an unfounded hatred for me. I have done it many times before."
as much as I believe in your abilities to reach people, you are never
going to be able to reach Sam. He has hated the Cranes since before I
was born," Luis told her.
but mark my word, I will not leave Sam Bennett alone until he admits that
he does not hate all the Cranes. He seemed happy to be talking to Sheridan,
and she is a Crane by blood, I just married Alistair! He will find out
that everyone loves Elizabeth, even him!"
laughed at her, "Okay, I believe you but let's just sit down, I would
like to eat sometime today."
shook her head, "We have to find Julian, Ivy, and Ethan before we sit
down. All the Cranes have to sit at the front of the room together. I
know you don’t want to, but because you are here with Sheridan and
me you have to, but don’t worry the rest of your family will sit
near us. As my midwife Pilar gets to sit near me, and since Theresa is
Ethan’s date and your brother and sister are here we all will be
sitting at one table."
felt Luis stiffen next to her, "We don’t have to sit too close to
them, just at the same table."
let’s just get this over with," Luis told them
looked around and saw Ivy, Julian, Ethan, and the rest of the Lopez-Fitzgeralds
standing at the front of the dinning hall. "Well our job just became much
easier. They are all waiting for us. We better get up there before Julian
says something stupid."
walked over to join others and when the approached Julian grabbed Elizabeth’s
arm. "Is this some kind of joke that you have planned. Having the Cranes
sit with the help? I thought you wanted to protect the Crane family name.
When father hears about this-"
already knows what is going on. In fact this was his idea. So let go of
my arm Julian before I have Luis arrest you for harassment. Which is a
charge that I am sure you are familiar with," Elizabeth hissed at him.
let go of her arm and patted her shoulder, "Of course you know what you
are doing. I shouldn’t have questioned you. Sorry mother dearest."
Julian, let’s just sit down. And no more alcohol for you tonight,
you are drinking water, just like me," Elizabeth rolled her eyes. She
smiled at the others and they all took their places near the seats that
they had chosen.
and Sheridan had chosen to sit to Elizabeth’s right, next Luis and
Sheridan were Miguel and Paloma. On Elizabeth’s left was Pilar,
next Pilar was Ethan and Theresa, and next to them was Ivy and Julian.
Elizabeth watched as the other people in the hall moved to their tables.
She kept her eye on Sam and Grace to see whom they were sitting next to.
She did not recognize the people they were sitting with. "Who is that
Sam and Grace are sitting next to Luis?" Elizabeth whispered.
Eve and TC Russell. Why? Elizabeth you aren’t planning to do something
to Sam are you?" Luis knew what she was capable of.
I just was wondering if you knew if Sam was a good dancer. Hey who is
that other guy they are with?" Elizabeth had noticed another man had run
to catch up with them. He looked familiar, but she could not place him.
saw him too and his mouth dropped, "That’s Hank! Sam's younger brother
and my best friend. What is he doing here?"
was eyeing Hank more carefully now. I know him from somewhere, but where,
she thought to herself as she searched her memory to figure out how she
knew him. "Is he not suppose to be here?"
shrugged, "Well I guess Sam invited him when he found out that I was here.
I just wasn’t expecting to see him. Man he must be crushed now."
did not understand, "Huh?"
leaned in closer and whispered to her, "He has a thing for Sheridan, but
after that speech you gave. Hey wait a minute? How come he wasn’t
with Sam and Grace when we were talking to them?"
he was so crushed he did not want to be around you and Sheridan but he
did not want to miss a free meal?" Elizabeth came up with the best excuse
doesn't sound like Hank," Luis told her.
she could respond Sheridan hissed at both of them, "You better stop whispering
at each other before people start asking why you are not sitting. People
are going to wonder what on earth is going on."
nodded, "Well I would say it is about time we all ate!" She smiled as
everyone sat down and the food was served.
watched as Elizabeth pushed the food around on her plate, "Elizabeth you
need to eat something to stay strong for the baby."
ate," Elizabeth defended herself.
had a tomato slice from the salad," Pilar said giving her a look. "You
need to have some real food."
took her knife and fork and began to cut the chicken on her plate. She
stabbed a piece of chicken with her fork, raised it to her mouth, and
then began to chew. "See I am eating," she said after swallowing the chicken.
and the others laughed, Elizabeth made a face at them but she kept eating.
She knew that Pilar was right it was just that she was not hungry and
her stomach felt like it was doing a series of flip flops.
rest of the dinner was in her opinion uneventful. Julian complained about
not being able to have wine with his chicken but she just gave him one
look and he shut up. Pilar made sure that she ate the majority of her
supper. Luis teased her about being scolded by his mother. Sheridan must
have stepped on his foot or something because let out a soft cry of pain
and then sent her a glare. Ethan and Theresa did not seem to notice that
anything else was going on, which made Elizabeth more sure than ever that
they were in love. Paloma and Miguel ate in silence until Luis made a
face at them and Pali started laughing. Elizabeth kicked him and told
him to make sure that no one else saw him doing that, they would hear
about in the news tomorrow if he kept it up and someone caught him. The
headline would be 'American hero making faces at younger siblings.' Alistair
would never let her hear the end of it. Luis told her that he would deal
with Alistair if need be and she laughed at him. Finally the waiters came
and took the plates away and the band started to play music.
goodness. I don't think I could have taken anymore of that seating down.
Come on Sherie, I want to see this amazing tango that I hear you do,"
Elizabeth gave Sheridan a wicked smile.
don't know Elizabeth," Sheridan was going to begin her payback plan. She
owed her mother for a few embarrassing moments. "You were giving Pilar
an awful hard time early. You really should not need be told that you
need to eat."
that's not fair!" Elizabeth shook her finger at her daughter. "You and
I both know that I don't eat while after air travel. My stomach never
has been that strong. Please Sherie, you promised all this people that
you do you would. Please!"
laughed at her mother and looked at Luis, "What do you think Luis? Should
thought for a moment, "Well you were giving my mom a hard time. I think
you owe us some type of favor first."
stood up and gathered her dress, "Fine then. If you two won't dance then
I will. I know Ethan is not a pro-ballroom dancer but he knows the basics."
Elizabeth walked over to her grandson and tapped him on the shoulder
did not notice her he was to busy trying to make it look like he wasn't
staring at Theresa.
turned to look at his grandmother, "Oh Grandmother Elizabeth, I didn't
see you there."
tell me something I don't know," she grabbed his hand, "I am sorry Theresa,
but I am going to have to steal my grandson from you for a moment."
okay Mrs. Crane I understand," Theresa said in a soft voice.
winked at her, "When I am done with him I expect to see you two dancing
for the rest of the night. Come on Ethan, I don't want to miss this song."
and Elizabeth went to the dance floor and began a simple waltz. People
clapped a little when they started and Elizabeth sighed, "They clap for
everything I do. They don't really mean any of it. This is worse than
when I was in Europe. I am sure if I were to sneeze they would all start
laughed, "Well I don't know about cheering. But they would be pleased."
because they would be hoping it was a sign of my early death. I am only…
Well never mind about that. How are you enjoying your evening with Theresa?"
Elizabeth knew that she was going on to a dangerous subject but she wanted
to see what her grandson would say.
knew that Elizabeth was getting at something, "I am having a nice time.
was going to tell him what she thought about his relationship with Theresa
when she saw Chief Bennett glaring at her, "That man does not like us
one bit does he?"
spun her around, "Chief Bennett has always hated the Cranes. He is a bad
Chief of Police, he never does what is told of him."
Just because he does not do what you ask him to does not mean he is a
bad Chief of Police. He has to think about the other citizens of Harmony
not just the Crane family, if he did that he would be a bad Chief."
he gets in the way a lot."
could understand why Chief Bennett would be mad at the Crane's, when the
members of the police board acted like such jerks, how could he not be.
"Ethan, I think I am going to co-chair with you on the police board from
now on. I know you are older than I am, but I have been dealing with people
like Chief Bennett for awhile now. I am sure you could learn a thing or
to from me. Now do you know how to do a dip?" Elizabeth had managed to
get them closer to the Bennett and Russell's table.
I do," Ethan seemed surprised by her question.
In the next few steps you are going to lead me into a dip, but this is
going to be more exaggerated than your average dip. All you have to do
is make sure you keep firm support of my lower back and let me do the
rest," Elizabeth knew what she was about to do was purely evil, and she
knew she would hear about it from Alistair tomorrow, but she just had
to. "Got it?"
I think so," Ethan kept up the dance.
you drop me Ethan Crane you are going to wish Luis killed you when he
realized that you were here with Theresa," Elizabeth warned him.
just led her right into the dip. Elizabeth let her whole body relax as
her hand brushed the floor. Right before her head was about to come in
contact with the floor she started to pull up and Ethan took the queue
had finished pulling her up and led her into a turn.
are very good at this," Ethan told her when she returned into his arms.
they don't just give away the title of Championship Ballroom Dancer you
know. I had to work really hard for it. I bet you didn't know that I had
my own dance studio back in Spain, it was award winning to," Elizabeth
knew she had caught her grandson of guard.
said that you had moved to Japan."
but I moved back to Spain shortly afterward, but your grandfather had
me route my mail through Japan so people would know where I was. Anyway
my studio was an awarding winning studio, I of course won most of them.
My old partner and I received the World Professional Latin Championship
title, bet you didn't know that. We placed second at the World Professional
Standard Championship. My partner stepped on my dress during the Viennese
Waltz portion of the competition. He blamed the loss on me but then let's
see who is the one with the successful dance studio and who is begging
to be teacher at that studio."
laughed at her, "I think that is the most you have said to me all day.
So what did you do with the studio when you decided to move here?"
my two lead dancers had run off to get married, and I was moving here
so I had to change the location of the studio to Harmony, USA. Of course
my students were upset. They would not be able to train under me but I
found them a good studio. Now though my new students will have to go to
the American competitions. It will be a new playing field for them and
me," Elizabeth smiled. "However I know we will place well and make it
to the international competitions."
you plan to do all this, run Crane Industries, and have a baby. I don't
mean to sound imposing but don't you think that is a little much. I mean
you said you were not doing well with this pregnancy, maybe you should
tone down things a bit," Ethan did not fake the concern in his voice and
Elizabeth noticed it.
you Ethan dear. Yes it may seem like I over doing it, but Dance Sport
is my love, that and your grandfather. I have been involved in Dance Sport
for such a long time. I meet one of my best friends at a dance studio
here in the USA. It is more like a relaxing thing for me than a work thing.
Don't you have something like that," Elizabeth was happy that she was
getting to know her grandson better. It would make a lot easier to justify
why she did not want him to marry Gwen if she were his friend.
I don't know. I just love to make my mother and Sheridan happy," Ethan
told her without really thinking about the question.
shook her head, "Ethan Crane that is the worst thing I have ever heard.
When the dance studio is set up here you have to come in for a few lessons.
Who knows? You might really like it." Just than the music ended. "Well
I guess I should give you back to Theresa. I have to get Sheridan and
Luis out here too and soon. It was nice talking to you Ethan. We should
do this again, later. I mean I would like to get know you better."
smiled as he took her back to the table, "That would be nice Grandmother,
and thank you for the wonderful dance." He than walked over to where Theresa
was sitting and asked her if she wanted to dance. She said yes and he
took her to the dance floor.
had to cut it here so that it would be an even cut between the four parts.
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