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When You Walked Into My Life By Shelley

September 5, 2016

To make it easier to direct people to this story I wanted to put all the chapter links in a single post, in other words do a link roundup. This story is in the nonmob fanfic category. This is a fic that I rescued with help from readers (thanks!) taking chapters from various sources and have republished.

Manny in the Surf

Manny in the Surf

“When You Walked Into My Life” – SanCorp CEO Danny Santos has just been named one of America’s 5 top bachelors by People Magazine and his friend and co-worker Bill Lewis wants to take him out to celebrate at a strip club. He reluctantly agrees and is glad he did when some of his employees start harassing one of the waitresses there who desperately needs the money she earns there to help pay for raising her sick daughter. Danny rescues her and suddenly discovers he’s found just what he was looking for to put some meaning and happiness in his life. They live such different lives Michelle is afraid it will never work, but she feels safer in his arms than she’s ever felt. He asks her to go to a charity ball with him, but she can’t afford a dress. He sends her shopping with his sister Pilar, who thinks maybe for once her brother has found someone who could make him happy and isn’t just after his money and fame. Danny gives Michelle a job as his new personal assistant, takes the news of her daughter well, but still has to deal with trouble from work.

Sadly this is an incomplete fic. What’s here is great though.

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/08/22/when-you-walked-into-my-life-ch1 (Chapter 1)

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/08/23/when-you-walked-into-my-life-ch2 (Chapter 2)

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/08/24/when-you-walked-into-my-life-ch3 (Chapter 3)

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/08/26/when-you-walked-into-my-life-ch4 (Chapter 4)

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/08/27/when-you-walked-into-my-life-ch5 (Chapter 5)

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/08/28/when-you-walked-into-my-life-ch6 (Chapter 6)

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/08/29/when-you-walked-into-my-life-ch7 (Chapter 7)

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/08/30/when-you-walked-into-my-life-ch8 (Chapter 8)

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/08/31/when-you-walked-into-my-life-ch9 (Chapter 9)

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/09/03/when-you-walked-into-my-life-ch10 (Chapter 10)

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/09/04/when-you-walked-into-my-life-ch11 (Chapter 11)

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/09/05/when-you-walked-into-my-life-ch12 (Chapter 12)

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/09/06/when-you-walked-into-my-life-ch13 (Chapter 13)

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/09/10/when-you-walked-into-my-life-ch14 (Chapter 14)

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/09/12/when-you-walked-into-my-life-ch15 (Chapter 15)

Archived Links Version

http://web.archive.org/web/20041017104938/mannystories.com/shelly.html(Ch 1-8)
http://mannyacdiscussionboard.yuku.com/topic/2000 (Chapter 1)
http://mannyacdiscussionboard.yuku.com/topic/2008 (Chapter 2)

http://mannyacdiscussionboard.yuku.com/topic/2010 (Chapter 3)
http://mannyacdiscussionboard.yuku.com/topic/2034 (Chapter 4)
http://web.archive.org/web/20050205053555/http://mannystories.com/When/7.html(Ch 7-9)
http://web.archive.org/web/20050205051533/mannystories.com/When/10.html(Ch 10-12)
http://mannyacdiscussionboard.yuku.com/topic/1983 (Chapter 13)

http://mannyacdiscussionboard.yuku.com/topic/1979 (Chapter 14)
http://mannyacdiscussionboard.yuku.com/topic/1966 (Chapter 15)

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Something About You – Part 24 by ShellyLynn

August 17, 2016

Republisher’s Note: I was putting together a directory post and realized somehow I missed Chapter 24 when I was republishing the chapters so here it is now. Watch for a directory post putting things in order soon if you want to read the whole thing.

Something About You – Part 24 by ShellyLynn

Danny paced back and forth along the hospital hallway. They arrived there almost an hour ago and Michelle still hadn’t opened her eyes the last Danny knew. He overheard the doctor say that she was dehydrated and suffering from exhaustion. That coupled with the alcohol in her body was able to cause her to collapse.

He shook his head back and forth as he tried to drown out the nagging voice that kept leaping to the forefront. Despite the scene that he just witnessed, he was more upset with himself than anything. He knew that she had been working entirely too hard lately, barely eating and he had considered the fact that she shouldn’t be drinking champagne on an empty stomach more than once. He mentally chastised himself for allowing her to continue. He had just been so happy, so focused on asking her to be his wife that he had failed to put her health first. If anything major resulted from this lapse he knew he would never forgive himself for his selfish actions.

He looked at Mikey, sleeping soundly in the chair across the hallway, at least he was doing well. He’d been so scared when they first arrived at the hospital, but it was past his bedtime and he was so tired that he quickly fell asleep in the plastic chair.

Danny looked down the hallway toward Michelle’s room as he brushed a stray curl out of his nephew’s eyes. He could still see Bill Lewis and Ed Bauer talking outside her door. If he listened closely, he could hear Ed comforting Bill and promising him that she would be fine and the wedding would go on as scheduled. He sighed and ran his fingers through his own hair with his free hand. Had Michelle been lying to him all along? Had she really been using him while planning on marrying Bill?

No, that wasn’t true, he assured himself. She wasn’t faking the way she looked at him, the way they were together. She had feelings for him, just as he did her. They were wrong about her answer to Bill’s proposal and she would tell them as soon as she woke up. He was sure of it.

He looked on as Mr. Lewis turned in his direction and stared him down. He knew Bill didn’t like his presence here, but he didn’t care. He didn’t blame the man for making this attempt at winning Michelle’s hand. Hell, if he were in the same position, he might have done the same thing. Michelle Bauer was the most amazing woman he’d ever met and if it took some underhanded actions to win the chance to spend the rest of his life with her, he’d be just as willing as Bill to do what was necessary.

The person Danny was truly upset with was her father. If he knew his daughter at all, if he had been there for her, then he would know that this wasn’t what she would want. He would understand that the wonderful women she had become was strong and caring, that she didn’t care about money or power. He would realize that marrying Bill Lewis would mean nothing to her because she didn’t love Bill, not the way she loved him. He knew Mr. Bauer would not take the news of their relationship easily. He would be forced to get used to the fact that his only daughter’s heart belonged to a lowly college student who only recently gained the ability to buy more expensive meals than macaroni and cheese for himself and his young nephew.

He noticed that the men were leaving, probably going to grab a cup of coffee or something and he decided this was the perfect chance to see if he could at least get a peek into her room. He needed something to assure himself that she would be all right. Even just a glimpse of her would help to set his mind at ease.

******

“Danny?” Michelle said, slowly opening her eyes and letting them adjust to the bright light in the room. Her eyes searched all over, noticing the machines and tubes surrounding her. “Where am I?”

“You are in Cedars hospital, Miss Bauer,” the nurse said quietly, “Your father and Mr. Lewis went to the cafeteria. They’ll be right back, I’ll go tell them you are awake.”

“Bill?” she asked, surprised. “No,” she said quickly, halting the nurse’s progress toward the door as her memory of the night’s events came flooding back. “Is Danny here?”

She prayed that he was, she had to explain that she had no idea what was coming when she walked up on the stage, that she didn’t want to marry Bill, she wanted to marry him. “Danny?” the nurse asked in confusion.

“Danny Santos… tall, dark, extremely handsome. He probably has a young boy with him…”

“Oh, yes… I think he’s here,” the nurse said, smiling slightly. So that was the reason for the lines etched into the face of the gorgeous man down the hall. He must know Miss Bauer and he’s worried about her. Maybe she would be willing to help her get a date with him. After all, he couldn’t be anything more than a friend to her, Mr. Lewis was Miss Bauer’s fiancee.

“Would you like me to get him as well?”

“No, I want you to get only him,” she stressed. “I don’t want either my father or Bill Lewis in here.”

“But… Are you sure?”

“That’s what I want,” she reaffirmed. “Please bring him in.” She had plenty that she wanted to say to the other two men, but her first concern was Danny. She knew he must be worried sick about her.

The nurse left the room and approached Danny. “Mr. Santos?” she asked. When he nodded in the affirmative, she smiled sweetly and continued, “Miss Bauer asked to see you.”

“She’s awake?” he asked in surprise.

“She just woke up a few minutes ago. She’s quite tired and a little disoriented, but she’s going to be fine. She just needs to get some rest.”

He reached for the doorknob before pulling his hand back. What was he going to say? What would she tell him? He took a deep breath and turned the knob, walking through the door. Everything would be fine. “Thank God you’re okay,” he said as soon as he saw her beautiful eyes from across the room.

“I’m fine,” she said, easing into a sitting position. “I just overdid it.”

“Yeah, and all the champagne you drank earlier didn’t help,” he scolded slightly, too relieved to be upset with her.

“I know,” she sighed, reaching for his hand. “About what happened earlier. “I didn’t have any…”

“We don’t have to talk about this now…”

“Danny,” she said, forcing his eyes to meet hers as he settled into the chair by her bed. “Let me say this. I had no idea that was going to happen. I thought I made it perfectly clear to Bill that our relationship was purely platonic. I guess I was wrong to just assume he understood. I’m so sorry you had to witness that.”

“Hey, you had nothing to do with it. Don’t apologize.”

“I have to, because it’s my fault. You warned me about him and I didn’t listen to you,” she told him, as he brought her hand to his lips.

“It doesn’t matter,” he said, shaking his head. “I just know that it’s going to make it even harder for us to explain things to your father. He seems really excited about the prospect of your marriage to Bill.”

“I didn’t even think of that,” she grimaced.

“Are you okay?” he asked quickly, not liking the look of pain on her face.

“My throat’s dry,” she said hoarsely.

He reached for the pitcher of water on the table to his left and poured her a glass. “You need fluids,” he told her, as he pointed to the IV in her arm as evidence and brought the cool liquid to her parched lips “and to take better care of yourself.”

“Yes sir,” she said with a mock salute.

He took her hand in his once again as he spoke, “When I saw you fall to the ground, I was so worried. I can’t even tell you the kind of things that started running through my head.”

“I’m fine,” she smiled, motioning for him to join her on the bed. “Come here”

He moved to sit along side her and she leaned in to give him a hug. “I don’t know what I’d do if I lost you.”

“You won’t,” she answered, “I’m going to live for at least another fifty years so get used to it.”

“She already has a visitor. Sir, she doesn’t want to see you…” the voice came from the hallway as the door burst open.

“What the hell are you doing here Santos? Get your hands off my fiancee!”

Go Fish by Kellie

July 21, 2016

Republisher’s Note: Here is a story I haven’t republished before. It’s a nice character piece story, but it’s definitely part of the Making Love category. Before they have Robbie, Michelle and Danny are babysitting the Bloss twins, Kevin and Jason, and Clarissa.

Author’s Note: This story is NC-17.

Go Fish by Kellie

Michelle came down the stairs and collapsed on the sofa. “I can’t believe how hard it is to get Kevin and Jason settled in bed. Before one I could get one situated, the other would ask for something else…water, to use the bathroom, read another story. I understand now why Blake and Ross needed a night away from the children. How’d you do with Clarissa?”

“She’s sound asleep, but I still think you got the better end of that deal,” Danny replied.

“How do you figure that?”

“After you took Jason and Kevin up for baths, Clarissa had a dirty diaper.”

“My heart bleeds for you, darling. One dirty diaper versus two rambunctious boys in the bath tub. I think I’ll take diapers any day.”

“Let me write that one down for future reference when we have our own kids,” Danny laughed.

Michelle shook her head, unable to think of an appropriate comeback. She stood and began picking up the toys that were scattered across the room. “Blake brought enough toys to outfit a toy store,” she commented.

Danny stood and began to help Michelle put the toys back in the laundry basket Ross had used to lug the pile into the house. She finally sat down on the floor and started gathering up the set of Go Fish cards Kevin and Jason had spread across the coffee table. Danny took a seat on the sofa across from her and began to help gather up the cards. “Go Fish, it’s been a long time since I played that game,” he remarked.

“Yeah, I always beat Rick when he’d play me,” she remembered.

“You’re looking at the Go Fish champion,” he replied.

“Oh, really?”

“Yeah, I bet I could beat you.”

“Sounding awfully confident, Mr. Santos.”

“I know I could win, hands down.”

“Why don’t we just see about that?” she purred.

“Is that a challenge?”

“Absolutely. Are you game?”

“On one condition.”

“What would that be?”

“To make the game a little more interesting, every time you have to give me a card I ask for, you also remove an article of clothing.”

Michelle arched an eyebrow as she said, “Your mind is in the gutter, Santos.”

“Yeah, and you love me anyhow.”

“You shuffle the cards while I go check and make sure the twins are asleep,” she replied as she shook her head.

Danny watched as Michelle quickly slipped up the stairs. When she returned, she moved the baby monitor to the coffee table. “Kevin and Jason are out cold. They look like angels when they sleep, you’d never know they were such a handful when they’re awake. Clarissa is sound asleep, too. You did a good job getting her settled.”

“Of course.” Danny replied as he dealt the cards.

Michelle looked at her hand. She quickly pulled out a matching set within her hand. “Okay, who’s going first?”

“I dealt, you go first,” Danny replied.

“Do you have a swordfish?”

“Go fish,” he replied.

Michelle reached out and pulled a card from the stack in the center and added it to her hand since there were no matches.

“Do you have a marlin?”

Michelle arched her eyebrow as she pulled the card from her hand and passed it to Danny. “And the clothing…”

Michelle reached down and took her tennis shoes off and passed them to Danny. Laying his cards face down, he held his nose with one hand as he took the shoes.

“Danny, my shoes don’t smell!” she remarked as she crossed her arms.

“Michelle, it’s just a joke. I’d gladly take your shoes, even if they did smell.”

She shook her head as they continued the game. Soon, Michelle had taken everything but Danny’s boxers and she was left sitting in her bra and panties. It was Danny’s turn. Michelle sat in anticipation as he said, “I’ll take a flounder and your bra.”

“You’re mighty sure of yourself,” she replied.

“Quit stalling, give me the card and your bra,” he said.

“How can you be so sure I have it?”

“Because you would have taken great pleasure in telling me to Go Fish if you didn’t.”

“If you want it, you have to come get it,” she sing songed as she stuck the card under the back clasp of her bra. Danny rose to his feet and walked around the table. Michelle stood and began to back away from him. He reached out and rested his hands on her hips as he pulled her closer and buried his head in her reddish brown hair. His hands moved up to the clasp and he grabbed the card, “Got it, now what shall I do about this bra?” he whispered in her ear as he unhooked the clasp. He pulled away momentarily and watched as she dropped the straps down her arms and the peach, lace bra fell to the floor.

“Your turn,” he said as he pulled her closer.

“Forget the game”, she said as she caressed his erection with her hand while dropping to her knees. She slipped her fingers underneath the elastic waistband of the paisley silk boxers and pulled them to the floor. Returning her hands to his penis, she guided it into her mouth and began to pleasure him.

“Michelle…” he moaned as he came in her mouth. When she released him from her mouth, she stood. Danny wrapped his arms around her, “I think we should continue this upstairs,” he whispered.

“I like that idea,” she replied as he picked her up and headed for the stairs. As they reached the bottom step, Clarissa’s cries broke out from the baby monitor.

“Are you sure you want that house full of children?” she asked with a laugh.

“If they’re as gorgeous as you are, definitely,” he answered as he put her down.

“You clean up in here and I’ll grab my robe and take care of Clarissa,” Michelle said as she climbed the stairs.

Vegas Vacation by Kellie

July 19, 2016

To make it easier to direct people to this story I wanted to put all the chapter links in a single post, in other words do a link roundup. This story is in the nonmob fanfic category. This is a fic that I rescued and have republished.

Michelle Almost Talks Danny Around

Michelle Almost Talks Danny Around

“Vegas Vacation” – On a trip to Vegas, Pilar’s roommate Michelle Bauer and Pilar’s record producer brother Danny meet, fall in love, and can’t wait to get married.😉

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/09/19/vegas-vacation-part-1 (Chapter 1)

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/09/20/vegas-vacation-by-kellie-part-2 (Chapter 2)

Republisher Note: I think the NC-17 rating on this story was really directed more on tonight’s epilogue. In fact I think I would rate it above NC-17. It’s really pretty darn graphic. Tender eyes would best skip this one or stop reading after she’s got on the robe.

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/09/21/vegas-vacation-by-kellie-epilogue (Epilogue)

Archived Links Version

http://web.archive.org/web/20010911114159/pub2.ezboard.com/fmannyacdiscussionboardfanfic.showMessage?topicID=6486.topic (Part 1)

http://web.archive.org/web/20020123082936/pub2.ezboard.com/fmannyacdiscussionboardfanfic.showMessage?topicID=6487.topic (Part 2)

http://web.archive.org/web/20020123085138/pub2.ezboard.com/fmannyacdiscussionboardfanfic.showMessage?topicID=6492.topic (Epilogue)

http://web.archive.org/web/20080201100856/www.kel88c.com/kellie/vegas.htm
http://stenzmania.yuku.com/topic/719 (Epilogue)

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Stork Announces New Baby

July 14, 2016

If you’ve read much Manny fanfic lately, there is a relatively small group of hardcore fans still producing Manny fanfic or fanfic with Manny in it. Sadly we haven’t heard any “official” news since 2010, but we’ve come to some points of agreement that have held common in our brave little group of reporters.

Points of Agreement

We’ve got several points where we are all together, at least as far as Manny is concerned. They mostly come from me, but the others have been nice enough to play along.

Manny are still happily together, no more divorces.

They are living in Springfield as they moved back at the end of the show.

Manny had another baby so Danny could finally BE there for a successful pregnancy. We named her Danielle Meta Santos. The name came from other fanfics that pointed out that Danielle is the mix of Danny and Michelle’s name. How could you beat that? Plus Meta out of a tribute to Meta who had a special relationship to us both.I’ve been very pleased that other fanfic writers have picked up on that and people have used Danielle. PLEASE do.

I’m also very pleased that due to other fanfic writers Robbie is currently in a triangle with Sarah Randall and Clarissa Marler. Roarah, the Robbie and Sarah couple I started in Springfield Bound, found a natural rival and I couldn’t be more happy about it.

Baby Announcement

My friend @Lutzie25 has built a similar site to this one for Marony (Marah Lewis and Tony Santos). She’s been writing Guiding Light fanfic. We don’t write quite in the same world because she’s discovered Tony’s alive and Tattoo Tony was a fake in hers and it’s enough of a backstory that I haven’t picked it up yet. Still they are parallel worlds with a lot in common. She was writing and suddenly Danny told Tony that Michelle was pregnant again. She said it was as much a surprise to her as anyone and if Manny want to have another baby who am I to object? ♥

Baby Boy on blanket

Michael Ross Santos

It’s A Boy!

After some discussion we decided that the new little bundle of joy would be a boy. I couldn’t think of a name after coming up with and discarding several things I woke up one morning, sat straight up in bed, and knew exactly what it should be. Our new little bundle of joy will be named Michael Ross Santos.

What’s in A Name?

The Michael is naming him after Michelle’s Uncle Mike. Mike Bauer was one of the coolest characters ever to come through Springfield. He actually spun off onto Another World before returning to Springfield. Sadly Mike was last seen on screen in 1997 at the anniversary ball so he didn’t interact with Manny on screen, but they did send Robbie to stay with him during the last awful Danny goes uncover with the mob storyline that also featured Tattoo Tony and Michelle losing her memory as the start of the deep, dark, best forgotten, amnesia year. Danny wouldn’t have sent his kid without knowing Mike so they must have interacted off screen.

Miguel is also the Spanish version of Michael so it’s also a slight reference to the father Danny thought he knew when he gave him the pocket watch.

The Ross is, of course, named after Ross Marler. Ross was a very complicated character with a very grey history. His highpoint romantically was his relationship with Carrie, but most famously formed a super couple with Blake, Michelle’s once and future step-sister. In my opinion, the high point of Ross’ storyline was between when Danny went to Ross to beg him to take Michelle’s murder case and when Ross decided to run for mayor against Danny. Things started to go downhill after that, actually in Springfield in general.😦 But I like to think that all is forgiven and forgotten now and it would be a nice way to show it since Ross has passed on.

Welcome Him to the Fold

So I hope that you will welcome our little bundle of joy. According to @Lutzie25 we’re looking at a holiday season 2016 due date. Enjoy!

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Bauer BBQ 2014 by Robansuefarm Chapter 4

July 8, 2016

AUTHOR’S NOTE:  In the last chapter, I hope you had a great time at Bauer BBQ 2014 and enjoyed seeing everyone. It took me WAY past the end of July to finish this fanfic which just tells you it’s time to get started on yours for next year NOW! Tell me what YOU think Bauer BBQ 2017 will be like and share. I also should mention I have a thing about people not doing the bridal march properly. If anything looks ungainly it’s just stomping down the aisle like you were walking anywhere else, so I spell out the proper steps.

Bauer BBQ 2014 by Robansuefarm Chapter 4

The crowd slowly shifted from the Bauer patio through the hedge to the Spaulding backyard. Rick led the way over the flat part of the lawn. It had rented white folding chairs set up in two groups with a white carpet runner up the middle between the two groups. The chairs were all faced in one direction facing the white wood trellis covered with red roses. A small string ensemble softly began playing background music. The guests gradually settled down and even the whispers trailed off as the music picked up in volume and intensity. A side door opened in the Spaulding Mansion and a group of men emerged. Most of them were wearing tuxedos. Ray lead the group wearing his clerical robes. Behind him came Frank Cooper, Phillip Spaulding, Rick Bauer, and Robbie Santos. They filed past slowly taking their places in a line in front of the arbor. Again the music hit a chord and the French doors opened again and this time Danny Santos came walking out to take his place beside his son and best man, Robbie. He just couldn’t quit smiling. He grinned back down at his son who was bursting with pride at his special role as best man. Danny resisted rumpling his hair because Robbie was trying so hard to act grown up. He looked up over Robbie’s head at his friends. Rick who he now considered his brother and he was happy to say the affection and connection was now returned. Beyond him was Phillip Spaulding. There had always been a sort of respect and connection between the two men and Phillip and Danny’s relationship had grown over the years. After they had returned to town and Danny accepted the job at Spaulding Enterprises they had grown quite close. He and Michelle had been included in the Four Musketeers social sphere since their return and while he once never would have believed it, he felt part of that group. The last one of his groomsmen was Frank Cooper, who had long been one of his best friends, Danny did turn away and suddenly grimaced at the thought of how lost he’d gotten during Michelle’s amnesia. How could he have betrayed his good friend like that? Reaching out to Frank’s daughter in his desperate search for normalcy, he wouldn’t have blamed Frank if he’d never forgiven him and he thanked God that he had.

Danny was distracted by the flash of color when Michelle’s cousin Bridget moved from her position at the table with the reception book to her seat beside her husband, Dylan Lewis. Danny’s eyes locked on the far side of white carpet runner. He heard his daughter giggling behind the hedge. The string quartet struck up playing “Too Busy Being in Love” and Chelsea Reardon, Michelle’s aunt, began to sing.

♪♫♪ If I had taken the time
To write down a few lines
Every time that you crossed this heart of mine
Put them all in a book
How much time would that have took?
But words and years have a way of slipping by

Oh no, too bad
There goes the chance that I had ♪♫

I could have written a play so sweet and so funny
Given old Mr. Shakespeare, a run for his money
Written the words to the prettiest tune
That would never leave a dry eye in the room
My only excuse for not doing enough
Well, I was too busy, being in love
Yes, I was too busy, being in love

♫♪♫ Brand new phrases appear
Every time you are near
All these words you inspire after all these years
But I never reached for a pen
Break the mood that I’m in
Before I knew it, the words were gone again

Oh no, too bad
There goes the chance that I had ♪♫

I could have written a play so sweet and so funny
Given old Mr. Shakespeare a run for his money
Written the words to the prettiest tune
That would never leave a dry eye in the room
My only excuse for not doing enough
Well, I was too busy, being in love
Yes, I was too busy, being in love

♫♪♫ I could have written the poem to make young lovers crazy
I could have written a movie for Hepburn and Tracey
The most beautiful song and it starts with your name
Written my way into fortune and fame
But I have no regrets for not doing it now
Well, I was too busy, being in love
Yes, I was too busy, being in love ♫♪♫

As the words to the song ended and began again the second time through as an instrumental, Hope appeared and took her time centering herself on the white carpet. She paused and giggled again, Danny wasn’t sure if it was because she was so happy or because his little drama queen wanted to make sure that all attention on her before she started down the aisle. She took a breath, grinned, and started down the aisle taking loooong steps in the proper bridal march; right step, together, left step, together, right step….. As she went she sprinkled pink rose petals along the aisle in her fluffy, light pink dress. She arrived at the end of the aisle and stepped over to the far side next to the groomsmen.

Next down the aisle, dressed in a matching dress only in a dusky rose, came Beth. Step right, together, left step, together, right step… Beth also carried a short, dark haired beauty, the latest pride of their love, Danielle. Danielle was the other flower girl, but had proven very definitely at the rehearsal that she couldn’t be trusted walking down the aisle either alone or with her big sister. Beth was about halfway down the aisle when the next lady in pink appeared around the hedge, it was Drew, Michelle’s maid of honor from their church wedding at Casa Santos. They hadn’t really been close before that, but they had grown close over the next few years and had kept in touch even after she moved to New York and they had moved to California. Drew was beaming and had a calm, contentment she had never shown before having finally made peace with her marriage, the lies and hurts of her childhood, and made her faith a strong tenant in her life. Beth had reached the altar and moved to her place at the far end. When Drew hit the middle point of the aisle, the final bridesmaid, Michelle’s step-sister Blake took her turn to walk down the aisle. When Blake hit the assigned point, Mindy, Michelle’s sister-in-law and matron of honor, started down the aisle in her matching dress. Mindy followed down the aisle and moved into her matron of honor position and put Dani down and held her hand. Dani showed that she could be just as much a center of attention as her big sister as she wore her matching light pink dress. She smiled at the audience did her best expression that she always used on her daddy when she wanted him to give her something and then she stuck her hand down and grabbed the hem of her skirt and yanked it up revealing her special lace lollies as the audience broke into general laughter. Accepting she’d had her due, Dani dropped her hand and fastened her eyes on where she remembered her mommy reappearing last night at the rehearsal.

The music changed and began the bridal march and just like that Michelle stepped onto the end of the white runner. The fluffy white dress focused on its sweetheart neckline and made a shawl collar and a flowing skirt that ended mid-calf. A narrow pink sash of pink encircled Michelle’s waist and tied behind. Around her neck was a gold chain, three charms hung from it, a locket with Maureen’s photo inside, a third grade spelling bee winning charm, and a charm shaped like the house they had finally built at Laurel Falls. Michelle’s hair had been twisted into an updo and was covered by a Mantea. It was the one from their Church wedding and while their feelings of that event were twisted by his family’s involvement, the service had still meant a lot to both of them. After all, it was that ceremony that kept that bound to each other through all eternity in the eyes of the Church. During the annulment separation, it had been the one piece of clothing of Michelle’s that Danny had kept. They felt it was an important tie to a part of their past.

It had been hard on Danny and Michelle both to spend the night before the wedding apart, they had always hated to spend a night apart, even before their fake marriage had turned real. It was worse than ever now when they were used to cuddling and ….. more…. every night in their California king size bed. Their eyes met across the garden and then Michelle’s face broke like the sun in their secret smile. Bill Lewis stepped up beside her and she came down the aisle on his arm.

Michelle and Danny were so focused on each other that everyone else faded into the background. Danny took Michelle by the hand and they kneeled beside each other facing Ray in his role as their priest. They vaguely heard Ray say, “Who gives this woman in marriage?” and Bill answer, “On behalf of her parents and myself, I do.” They both missed it, but Bill winked at them as he said the myself part.

Ray started. “We are here today to celebrate the renewed marriage of Daniel Santos and Berta Michelle Bauer Santos.” He bestowed on the crowd a welcoming smile. “Michelle and Danny have had a little trouble getting this right.” Another smile, met with a chuckle from the audience. “This is the seventh time they have come together before God and dedicated their lives, their hearts, and their sacred honor to each other. While they separated on several occasions, they have always honored their vows. During their original pre-cana, Danny and Michelle discovered just how closely their desires were for the same type of marriage, the same type of life and while they faced many challenges they have created that life for themselves and their children.”

As one Michelle and Danny turned to look at their children in turn, to Robbie who was standing beside his father as his best man, to Hope and then Dani who were serving as flower girls. Their children beamed back at them.

“Danny and Michelle have written their own vows.”

Michelle handed Mindy her bouquet. They stood and faced each other.

Danny cleared his throat. “Michelle, I know we took the scenic route to get where we are.” More laughter from the audience and he waited until it ebbed before he continued, “We both had a lot to learn to get this far. This is OUR life, OUR family, and we need to be willing to fight for it to be what we want. I mean you look innocent and beautiful and soft and pink, but underneath you’re like steel. I always knew you had that in you. It’s one of the reasons I fell in love with you. You never really gave up on me deep down and so you never really let me give up on myself, not quite all the way and we made it, baby. I look around now and I can’t believe what we’ve built together. I knew I was lying to you that day by the park bench when I told you I could never be happy in your life, but I had no idea just how wonderful it could be. Thank you, my beautiful wife for all eternity.”

Michelle replied, “Danny, a few years ago, I was talking to Marah and when I got home I wrote what I said down and kept it because it was so right. I’ve taken it out to read while times were difficult and I want to share it with you now.” Michelle unfolded and smoothed the faded and crinkled piece of paper. She looked up at Danny as her hand slightly shook. She smiled, “Remember I dropped my vows on our first wedding day. I’ll try to do better today…..Looking back I wouldn’t do a thing differently because you are worth it. It’s like we’re on some kind of a journey. Sometimes you lose direction, sometimes it’s me, but we’re supposed to be traveling together. I know that in my bones, sometimes it’s the only thing I do know, but I am sure, so wherever we end up together I know that’s where I want to be. Thank you, my handsome husband for all eternity.”

They stood and Michelle turned to the audience, letting go of one of Danny’s hands and turning him with her. “And I want to also thank all of you for being part of our special day. This is the third time we’ve recited vows on July 4th. Ray has been there for all three times.” She paused turning to smile back at him before continuing. “The first time we said our vows on this day we skipped the Bauer BBQ to do it, but the other two times we’ve been here and that’s better. The Bauer BBQ is very special for our family. The tradition of marking Independence Day as an important occasion dates back to my Great-Grandfather Papa Bauer. He and Mama Bauer were immigrants and truly appreciated the gift that was the United States. The party got a little bigger under my Grandma Bert whose apple pie recipe I always make for this day. Finally my parents, Ed and Maureen turned it into the celebration it is today. A celebration of family, friends, and the Springfield community. A place where everyone is welcome, old connections are refreshed, and where we celebrate the spirit of this country. A lot of you who knew me then questioned my choice when I wed Danny the first time, but you were wrong. It scared me so much I was afraid to admit, but the first time I looked into Danny’s eyes I saw my soul, his soul, as one and that’s what I still see. I also see so much love and that’s a love we share with all of you. I recently read a quote that made me think about Grandma Bert’s apple pies. Love is not a single pie (p-i-e), hand out your 8 slices and you’re done. Love is pi (p-i), irrational and never ending. Thank you for being here to day to help celebrate our irrational, never ending love.” Michelle turned back to Danny, re-clasped his hand and they shared their secret smile.

Danny whispered, “That’s perfect, you’re perfect.”

Ray cleared his throat bringing attention back to him and said, “The ceremony of marriage in which you come to be united is one of the first and oldest ceremonies in the entire world, celebrated in the beginning in the presence of God himself. Marriage is a gift in that we give ourselves totally to one another. I believe that marriage is a gift given to comfort the sorrows of life and to magnify life’s joys.”

“Marriage is the clasping of hands, the blending of two hearts, the union of two lives into one, and your marriage must stand, not by the authority of the State, nor by the seal on your wedding certificate, but by the strength and power of the faith and love you have in one another.”

“Repeat after me.”

Danny grinned, “I think we’ve got this.” He grinned at Michelle. She had handed her bouquet to Mindy and then clasped both of Danny’s hands.

Danny looked deeply into her eyes and vowed,”I, Danny, take you Michelle, to be my lawfully wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part.”

Ray added, “Danny, do you take this woman to be your lawfully wedded wife? Forsaking all others, be faithful only to her so long as you both shall live?”

Danny had never looked happier when he said, “I do.”

Looking just as serious, Michelle vowed in turn. “I, Michelle, take you Danny, to be my lawfully wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part.”

Ray responded, “Michelle, do you take this man to be your lawfully wedded husband? Forsaking all others, be faithful only to him so long as you both shall live?”

Michelle replied, “I do.”

Ray continued, “Having this kind of love in your hearts for one another, you have chosen to exchange rings as the sign and seal of the promises you are making to one another today. Rings are very large in their significance. They are made of a precious metal and precious stone, and that reminds us that love is not cheap or common; but indeed love is very costly and dear to us. These rings are also made in a circle and their design tells us that we must keep love continuous throughout our whole lives even as the circle of the ring is continuous. As you wear these rings, whether you are together or apart for even just a moment, may these rings be a constant reminder of the promises you are making to one another this day.”

“Danny, will you please take this ring and place it upon the finger of Michelle’s left hand, and holding her hand in yours, please repeat this promise to her saying after me: With this ring, I seal my promise, to be your faithful and loving husband, as God is my witness.”

Danny repeated, “With this ring, I seal my promise, to be your faithful and loving husband, as God is my witness.”

Ray looked at Michelle, “Michelle, will you please take this ring and place it upon the finger of Danny’s left hand, and holding his hand in yours please repeat this promise to him saying after me: With this ring, I seal my promise, to be your faithful and loving wife, as God is my witness.”

Michelle repeated, “With this ring, I seal my promise, to be your faithful and loving wife, as God is my witness.”

“Michelle and Danny, you have come here today before us and before God and have expressed your desire to become husband and wife. You have shown your love and affection by joining hands, and have made promises of faith and devotion, each to the other, and have sealed these promises by the giving and the receiving of the rings. Therefore, it is my privilege as a minister and by the authority given to me by the State of Illinois, I now pronounce that you are husband and wife. Danny, you may kiss your the bride.”

“Ladies and gentlemen, it is my privilege to introduce to you once again Senor and Senora Santos.”

Michelle let out a little shriek as Danny suddenly swept her off her feet, with one arm under her knees and the other around her waist. He spun around to face the audience and as Michelle’s arms automatically came around Danny’s neck and he kissed her soundly.

Author’s Note: I said at the beginning that I was withholding my initial author’s note and now you can see why. Danny and Michelle were getting ready to renew their vows at the Bauer BBQ 2014. Danny spent the night at the Bauer House to honor the tradition of not seeing the bride before the wedding. Michelle I’m sure noted that got him out of working at the BBQ and Danny responded it meant he had to make sure everything for the wedding was ready. The special thing Robbie carried in first was his tuxedo. Michelle went in from the BBQ to get ready for the wedding. Michelle and Danny are FINALLY living in their Laurel Falls House because we’ve all agreed not to mention or think about Tattoo Tony ever, ever again so it isn’t strange for them. The kids are going to spend the night at the Bauer House to watch the fireworks with Rick and Mindy, so Danny and Michelle can head out to the Springfield Inn to make some fireworks of their own. And I think then they will finally go to Majorca, but they’ll take the kids.

I put in dialogue from several key Manny scenes and referenced several others. I hope you enjoy it.

That’s what I think happened at Bauer BBQ 2014. If you want to imagine what will happen during Bauer BBQ 2017. Start writing now.

Sources:

Pie Quote off Facebook

Wedding Vows:
https://web.archive.org/web/20160102013353/http://www.laketahoeweddings.net/ministers/wedding-ceremony

Words to “Too Busy Being In Love”, Note: I think these are listened to lyrics and I differ in a couple of points with them. I edited in a couple of places, but let a couple I weren’t sure were right.
Doug Stone – Too Busy Being In Love Lyrics | MetroLyrics (with corrections)

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Bauer BBQ 2014 by Robansuefarm Chapter 3

July 7, 2016

Author’s Note:  I would like to apologize. This is probably the part that most people are interested in where we see other people at the BBQ, but it’s just going to be a quick peek this year. Don’t assume if I don’t mention them your favorite isn’t attending, but I was running embarrassingly late on this so I moved along quickly to finish up my plot.  I’ll try to include more people in my next Bauer BBQ story.

Bauer BBQ 2014 by Robansuefarm Chapter 3

Michelle and Bill brought in the rest of the stuff with Hope opening the door and holding it for them. They deposited what they brought in on the kitchen table.

Hope followed them, “Uncle Bill, isn’t Sarah with you? She promised to be my partner in the three-legged race today.”

Robbie coming down stairs having deposited his package in his room, froze to listen, but no one else noticed.

Bill paused long enough to deposit Michelle’s stuff on the table and to swoop up Hope into his arms. “Sarah is with her daddy today, she’ll be along later, don’t worry, Squirt.”

“OK, Uncle Bill.” Completely reassured Hope danced off and Robbie came on down the stairs with a slight smile on his face.

Michelle put her load next to Bill’s as Rick came into the room. He was wearing a new apron this year that said “Bauer Power” IMG_0144and carrying the traditional chef’s hat as Leah hadn’t yet arrived to do the annual ceremonial crowning. “OK troops! I expect 100% devotion today. This is the 5th anniversary of the best little sister in the world moving back to town.” Rick paused to smack a noisy kiss on the top of Michelle’s head, “and we are going to celebrate.”

Rick paused to look around the kitchen as Blake came in the door and they all welcomed her, except for Rick who barked, “Blake, where is the potato salad? You did make it from Bert’s recipe didn’t you?”

“Still in the car. You can carry it in yourself after you assigned me to making it. And of course I used Bert’s recipe. What else?”

“No dissension in the ranks, we have to pull together people. A horde of people is going to be hitting that door today and we have to be ready!…Michelle, did you bring the ketchup?”

“I brought that all over last night, along with the rest of the condiments and I got the plain kind of ketchup Dad always liked.”

Phillip and Beth came in. Phillip carried a large Thermos jug and Beth pulling a cooler on wheels.

Rick made another check on his list. “Very good the lemonade and bottles of water. Bill just don’t stand there – start on the iced tea, you know where everything is.”

Frank came in pulling an oversized catering cooler. “Hot dogs and chicken breasts check! I’ll put the cooler by the grill and then go get the second cooler with the hamburger so you can start shaping the burgers.”

“Check, check, check!” Rick said. Really wishing Leah would get here so they could put on his hat. He always thought he looked more the commander of the BBQ once it was on, but he wouldn’t cheat. This was his and Leah’s special moment of the day and he won’t deprive them both of that.

“Coleslaw?” Rick asked Michelle.

“Ready and waiting in the refrigerator and so is the three-bean salad and the baked beans. The watermelon is on ice to cut later. I brought all that over last night and here are the relish trays I made last night.” She gestured to the pile Bill had carried in and abandoned on the kitchen table. “They just need the cling film pulled off and set out.”

“What about Bert’s apple pies?” he asked Michelle anxiously. “With everything else going on did you have time….”

“They are in the freezer. I’ll go pull them out now so they can thaw and we’ll rewarm them in the oven before we serve them.”

“Great!” Rick double checked his list for the fourth time. “When Buzz gets here with the last few things we should be ready to go.”

“Good,” Mindy said as she brought in a bag of ice and thunked it down on the counter. “Then you can help me bring in the last minute supplies and we can get this party going. AND next year I don’t care if it’s traditional or not, we’re having Oklahoma BBQ beside the Bauer Burgers and there are some buffalo brauts in the freezer you can just throw on the grill too.”

*****

It had become a tradition for Bill and Lizzie to oversee the games. Zach and Jude now settled back into Springfield life had helped for the last couple of years and with HB IV having so much energy Lizzie certainly appreciated the help. Dani, Little Billy, and Frankie were all about the same age and ran around, chasing each other in between the more formal games.  They set everything up, made sure the equipment was out from everything from the horseshoe toss to the badminton net. The traditional contests and races were the ones that people waited for though. The three legged race was a big hit with Phillip and James winning this year, although Mel and Leah weren’t far behind. Hope Santos and Sarah Randall came in first in the under 12 division. Meanwhile Henry and Peyton were tearing around trying to get into everything at once.

Next on the agenda was the egg toss. Someone who didn’t know what was going on would have been surprised to notice that the crowd was shrinking. The time was getting closer to zero hour and people were needed elsewhere. You could almost hear a clock ticking like Abby once did in a church before Ray’s first service. In spite of that the egg toss was a lot of fun with Billy and Vanessa Lewis taking the honors. Emma Spencer and Natalia Aitoro came in second. Maureen Reardon and Clarissa Marler broke up their championship team from last year in order that Clarissa could team with her boyfriend Adam and Maureen could team with Clarissa’s brother Kevin that Maureen hoped would soon be her boyfriend too, although it took some fast talking from Clarissa to get him to agree to it. Another tradition was kept when Lillian and Buzz showed up brushing off their clothes coming out of the woods right in the middle of the awarding of prizes.

*****

Michelle was distracted all day, thinking about what was to come, so she saw very little of this. She didn’t really pay attention to what anyone said to her. Only watching her kids to keep them safe, she found herself getting a little teary eyed. Having taken the last special package up to her old room earlier, she now went back in the Bauer House. She smiled as she ran her hand over the counter remembering their “celebration” there one night. Sent a scowl over to the chair in the corner where he had bled so much the night he was shot. Then she glanced back to the door and remembered Aunt Meta coming in to his welcome home party when Danny was released from the hospital following his recovery from the coma. She passed on to the short hallway that led up the backstairs and remembered running down them laughing with Danny when they came back from their second honeymoon, where unknown to them at the time they had conceived Robbie. She walked on up the stairs, ready now to open that special package. She placed it on her bed and unzipped it. She continued to stare at it when suddenly there was a knock on her door.

“Hey, look who’s here from New York!” Drew came into the room, “I’ve come to help you get ready.”

*****

The games began to close down early, everything was a little rushed this year because of what was going to happen before the fireworks started. Finally Rick appeared having ditched the hat and Bauer Power apron and invited everyone over next door to the Spaulding backyard.

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Bauer BBQ 2014 by Robansuefarm Chapter 2

July 6, 2016

Author’s Note: Nope still not divulging much. I will say that I gave Michelle my mother’s new car she because loves it and I thought Michelle would too.  It’s a 2014 Jeep Cherokee. Also, in making sure we have the kids at the right ages, the then Marcy Rylan had son Jackson, who should get credit for playing the baby bump that was H.B. Lewis IV, on  Oct. 21, 2009. Since she only revealed her pregnancy in the flash forward set in September 2010, Little Billy the Fourth should have been born at least approximately Oct. 21, 2010 which would make him 4 now and a year older than Dani Santos. Sarah Randall was born in 2006 and she is 8 this year.

Bauer BBQ 2014 by Robansuefarm Chapter 2

It was a short drive over to the Bauer House on Skyline Drive and still early. Michelle pulled up into the parking area between the house and the garage apartment and said briskly, “OK everybody out!” Robbie grabbed a package out of the back and took off to carry it into his old room. Michelle let Hope dance ahead, and took on her first load with Dani riding her hip and the diaper bag draped over her shoulder messenger bag style. Michelle had pushed the button to make the back of the Cherokee close, but before it could close all the way, suddenly Bill caught it and sent it up again.

“Woah there Bauer, looks like you still have a lot to carry in, why don’t you load me up?”

“Well, Lewis, you always do best as a beast of burden.

“Hardy, har, har. That’s nice talk to someone who got up early to help you on his day off with his wife and infant son,” gesturing behind him as Lizzie came bearing down on them a four year old Little Billy IV pulling her along.

“I’d hardly call Little Billy an infant any more, next thing you know he’ll be breaking hearts just like his Daddy and ‘borrowing’ the car without asking.”

“You first, Bauer. Robbie’s 18 by now isn’t he?”

“He’s 13 as you very well know. You were at his birthday party.”

“AND if Little Billy’s breaking a heart it will probably be with that little girl of yours.”

Little Billy ran up and began yanking on Dani trying to get her down. “We want to play, Michelle. Dani down!”

Billy quirked her a smile, and said “Yeah, Michelle we want to play.”

“OK, OK I know when I’m out numbered.”

She put Dani down and Little Billy grabbed her hand and they took off, a short haired blond and light brown ringlets bouncing away across the parking area and into the kitchen door of the Bauer House.

Lizzie had been about a step behind her son and she threw Michelle a quick “Happy Fourth of July” and kissed the corner of Bill’s mouth as she rushed by. “I’ll keep an eye on them.”

“Here you go. Let’s really load you down and we’ll get all this stuff in the house. I already brought a load over last night. I’ll have to pull the apple pies out of the freezer and rewarm them in the oven, but I think we can get most of this in one load.”

Bill readjusted the load in his arms, “I don’t think anybody will mind Bert’s recipe apple pies aren’t fresh this year. Everybody knows you’ve had a lot going on, speaking of which do you want me to grab that?” Bill gestured with his head toward the last two bags in the rear of the Cherokee.

“No, I”m making a special trip with those, keep your dirty mitts off them….It was really nice of you guys to come early to help with set up, you did last year, too.”

“Well, you’ve showed up with the whole family early every Thanksgiving since Lizzie and I started our new family tradition, it’s give and take, help when you can. That’s just the Springfield way.”

“Here’s some help then, see if you manage to remember your anniversary without Lizzie having to prompt you this year, it’s just 10 days after the BBQ.”

Bill, a little put out, “Of course I’ll remember my anniversary.”

“You put the wrong date on your wedding invitations.”

Bill groaned. “Won’t you and Santos, ever let me forget THAT?”

Michelle paused to think for a moment, before shoulder bumping her friend and walking into the house with him. “Nope, I don’t think, we…at least I…will.”

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Bauer BBQ 2014 by Robansuefarm Chapter 1

July 5, 2016

Author’s Note: I’m actually going to reserve my author’s note for the end and you can all wonder why, like when Perry Mason does that with his opening statement.:) I will say though that this is a republish, it’s set back in 2014 (hence the title) I’m not SORASing Manny’s kids so that makes Robbie 13, Hope is 9, and Danielle (who I created in my Springfield Bound story would have been born in 2011 and so is now 3). This is the part where I also encourage all of you to share what’s happening at your Bauer BBQ in fanfic.

Bauer BBQ 2014 by Robansuefarm

“Hmmmm Danny,” it had been years since Michelle had woken to any other thought. Before she even opened her eyes she felt her mouth turn into its instinctive smile and out of habit she reached for Danny on his side of the bed. She felt only cold, undisturbed sheets. She instantly sat up in bed and scanned the room for him before she remembered why he wasn’t there. The smile disappeared even though she should have been happy, it was after all the day of the Bauer BBQ and she hadn’t missed one since she returned to Springfield five years previously.

As if on cue a shortie pjs clad Hope came springing into the room, hopping from one foot to other, literally too excited to stand still. She gave up and made a dive on to the bed and gave her mother a hug. “Mommy, Mommy, Mommy,” she said bouncing up and down on the California king bed. “I love, love, LOVE today. It’s going to be such a Extra Cool Bauer BBQ this year.” Hope hugged herself with pleasure. “I can’t wait for everybody to get here….Do you think Aunt Drew will bring me a present from New York? OH! Do you think I can wear it today!”

Extra Cool was Hope’s current phrase of the moment. “I’m sure today will be Extra Cool, honey. We’ll just have to see if Aunt Drew brings you anything. In the meantime why don’t you go run and brush your teeth and put on the outfit we picked out last night. I left your new red, white, and blue playsuit on the stool by your dresser.”

“OK, Mommy!” Hope stopped bouncing long enough to reach over and give her mother a big, wet, smacky kiss on the cheek. Hope bounced off the bed, bounced out of the room, and danced down the hallway back to her room.

Michelle stood and gazed for a moment out of the window mentally and automatically running through her To Do list for the day, on days like this she missed the balcony in her own room, but Danny had hated balconies for security reasons, despite the fact that he had once used hers to very good purpose one day, he was always worried someone out to get them would use it. And she couldn’t disagree that there were people from time to time out to get them still. Danny….. She had forgotten for a moment. Why didn’t it ever get any easier to do something even if you knew it was right?

Michelle gave herself a shake and turned back to make her bed. She had recently heard some advice that you should always make your bed each day. It made you feel put together and if something bad did happen at least you were returning to a made bed. She gave Danny’s side of the bed an extra stroke smoothing it and then turned and quickly jumped in the shower and dressed. She’d already thrown what she’d need later into a bag and put her things in the car the night before. She went down the hall and stopped at Robbie’s door.

Once Robbie would have been every bit as excited about the BBQ as Hope. She remembered him racing out of the rental car five years before, but at 13 Robbie was officially a teenager now. He was prone to sleep late and if last night had been any indication he would take his extra responsibilities today very solemnly. Michelle could hear the faint beeping of an alarm clock through the closed door. Her instinct was to push right in, but she paused and knocked. They were trying to be more respectful of Robbie’s privacy now he was a teenager. No answer, so Michelle pushed in anyway. As soon as the door cracked open the noise increased exponentially (it was a very solidly built house). One of Robbie’s birthday presents last March had been a Run Away Alarm clock to help counteract this new found tendency to sleep through a tornado, but so far it hadn’t been a rousing success. The clock continued to run around the floor blaring and Robbie had merely covered his head with his pillow and ignored it.

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Feeling nostalgic, Michelle shook Robbie. “Wake up, Tiger!”

“Aw, Mom do I have to?”

“It’s Bauer BBQ today.”

The reminder brought Robbie sitting upright with a jolt. “Guess I do.”

“Run grab a shower.” Michelle gave her son a loving pat as he hurried by her.

Next Michelle turned back up the hall to go into Danielle’s room. It was a beautiful room fit for her parents’s little princess. The twin canopy bed was still a new sight having taken the place of the crib. Michelle walked quietly over and kissed her daughter on the forehead, as Maureen used to do to her and Danielle’s eyes popped open. “Mommy!” she said. Michelle made short work of dressing her youngest child, the one who was the most the mix of them both and her heart gave a flutter. Her eyes automatically flew to the window where they could at long last see the hills that surrounded Laurel falls and to the sky above. Where was Danny right now?

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A Soft Place To Land Chapter 28

June 3, 2016

Republisher Note: If you haven’t been reading the entire story just these highlights let me remind you that in this version of Springfield Tony was replaced by a duplicate (Tattoo Tony) and has reunited with Marah. They are having some issues right now and Marah has insisted they “separate” into separate bedrooms.

A Soft Place To Land Chapter 28

Danny hung up the phone and turned to his wife in their bed, “Tony and Marah are kind of taking a time out.”

Michelle sat up in bed, clutching the sheet to her chest, “What do you mean?  I just saw her today and she said that she has always loved Tony.  Hell, we know she has always loved Tony and vice versa.”

“They are separated but still living in their home”, Danny smiled slyly to his wife and slowly pulled the sheets from her hands and kissed her deeply, “How long do you think before one of them cracks?”

Michelle wrapped her arms around Danny and sank back down on the pillows, pulling him with her, “Not long.  You Santos’ have been known to be charming when you want to be.”

Danny gave his wife a wolfish grin, “And I am about to show you just how charming I can be wife.”

Read the rest of the story:
https://believeinthemystery.wordpress.com/2016/05/10/a-soft-place-to-land-chapter-twenty-eight/


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