Arthur and Ros
I approve of your confidence anyway.
Tue May 28, 2019 12:13

“Yes,” said Arthur. “Jessica. Jessica Hayles.”

Jessica, who was causing him such headaches, both professional and personal. Jessica, whom he missed every day. He did not think he had realized just how much he saw of her until suddenly he hadn’t seen her at all, or even been able to speak to her - he knew he was hardly the nonpareil among fathers or husbands, but when he was away on his own he did make a point to find time for at least a brief phone call to each of his families. It still seemed unnatural to listen to Mara complain about her teacher and Lola babble about her dolls without soon before or soon after hearing Jessica recite her accomplishments of the day.

“We’ve - ah - we’ve missed Jessica as well,” said Arthur quietly, then focused on the small girl who had lapsed into Spanish. “No sé si soy un muggle, pero Jessica es la primera en nuestra familia,” he said, his Spanish accented but understandable. I don’t know if I am a Muggle, but Jessica is the first in our family. He switched back to English to avoid excluding Ros. “Now that I think about it, Jessica might have mentioned your son - she said after Christmas she had met someone else she could practice her Spanish with in person. I have business interests in Latin America, so Jezi, she’s learned it since she was little, so she can join in the family business someday.”

“And she went to a bilingual school before - well - before,” bragged Ros, only faltering a little at the end, remembering how all their hopes and aspirations for their daughter had been abruptly smashed by These People. She recovered quickly, however - always a politician’s daughter. “All the students had to pick a language to take half their days in - Spanish, French, German, or Mandarin Chinese.”

  • I know so. The De Matteos, Mon May 27 22:01
    Ilefonso positively beamed, thrilled to have found that he'd accidentally met the parents of his boy's classmates. "¡Es maravilloso! They must be in the same class, then," he said, shaking Arthur's... more
    • I approve of your confidence anyway. — Arthur and Ros, Tue May 28 12:13
      • Confidence is a man's best strategy.The De Matteos, Tue May 28 14:30
        Leonor's mouth fell open in embarrassment and shame for a moment, before changing into excited surprise. Then, unbidden, words tumbled out of it. "¡Tú también sabes español! Mi hermano dijo que todos ... more
        • Or a woman’s.Arthur and Ros, Tue May 28 17:18
          “Oh, it’s quite all right,” said Ros, smiling at the little girl reflexively. It was easy to smile at a little girl, even...knowing...what she was. Arthur, predictably, looked intrigued by what the... more
          • Ah, yes of course.The De Matteos, Tue May 28 18:39
            Julieta smiled gratefully. She'd been worried about some of the cultural differences that might prejudice others against them for any number of reasons, and she'd been worried that Felipe would take... more
            • For a moment, Arthur was sincerely concerned that the strange man might try to hug him, and he was very relieved when Ilefonso refrained from doing so. "Yes, it is quite a coincidence," he said,... more
              • Is that your slogan? The De Matteos, Wed May 29 01:23
                "That's wonderful," Julieta crowed, excited by Rosalie's family's work. "It's so important to be invested in education and growth. Mira lo maravillosos que son, Ilefonso," she added to her husband.... more
                • Just an abbreviated quote from Dior.Arthur and Ros, Wed May 29 15:43
                  "Of course," agreed Ros with a smile when Ilefonso joked about Crotalus' quality being evident simply from Jessica and his boy being in it. Ros did not actually consider this an entirely facetious... more
                  • Oh, that's handy!The De Matteos, Wed May 29 18:53
                    Ilefonso relaxed, glad that the Hayles family seemed satisfied by their explanation. He nodded his agreement that Jessica was a good girl, as convinced by her association with his son as he was by... more
                    • And it has a good ring to it.Arthur and Ros, Thu May 30 13:23
                      Hospitality was a virtue in both their cultures, but Arthur was still slightly surprised by Julieta’s invitation to people she had just met, and whose daughter she only knew through comments from... more
Click here to receive daily updates