First 2 quick bits of Chapter 8, both of them Danny says to Tony:
“Now there is the new Santos way, which thankfully doesn’t include threats of jail time every three months. Less hazardous to our health.”
“Well there is no better way to say this but I have decided to run for mayor of Springfield in the upcoming election.”
Now on to a truly great bit in Chapter 9.
A Soft Place To Land Chapter 9
Danny let himself in the back door and stopped dead in his tracks at the sight before him. Michelle was bent over taking something for dinner out of the oven and although he knew his stomach was in need of food he liked this sight better.
Hard to believe that after all these years, and three kids, that his wife still had the ability to take his breath away. Not to mention she had some great, um, assets he enjoyed immensely. Danny leaned against the door jamb and just watched her.
Her hands encased in oven mitts Michelle turned with the casserole to greet her husband and seeing the expression on her face she smiled saucily, “Why Mr. Santos what has that look on your face? See something you like?”
Danny placed his briefcase beside the door and went to wife, gathering her close after she put the casserole on the kitchen island, “Well Mrs. Santos ‘like’ is just too tame a word for what I see. I love every single inch of what I see.” He moved his hands towards the object of his earlier fascination, “But what I was just thinking is that you look fantastic in these jeans.”
Michelle playfully slapped his chest, “You are such a sweet talker husband. And I will show my undying appreciation later tonight, but for now grab some plates before the horde swoops in ready for their dinner.” Michelle moved around the kitchen and gathered the silverware, “So how was work? Did you talk to Tony?”
Danny sighed and went to grab the plates like she asked, “I did. I could tell I threw him through a loop. And I know he and Marah are going through a lot right now, but I held off as long as I could to tell him.”
Michelle nodded as she helped set the table alongside her husband, “You did the right thing honey. Besides it was better that you tell him yourself instead of Tony finding out in tomorrow’s Journal.”
“At least this time I won’t have Jeffery ruining all the good that can be accomplished.”
Michelle walked up and gathered her husband in her arms, “Mayor Danny Santos has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?”
Danny tightened his own arms around his wife and smiled, “It certainly does.”
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