“The Men…” Chapter 2 (continued) From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Welcome to Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power. If this is your first time with us, you may want to go back to the media page and download chapter 1, and then check out the prior two days so you can catch up with us at Cabana Club with Lacey and the girls. Grab your coffee and come on in.

A splash of cool air and loud music welcomed them as they made their way in and Sophie stood beside Julia, impressed when a host, a really hot host, approached them and greeted Julia with not one kiss, but two, one for each cheek, which confirmed Sophie’s suspicion that Julia had more than the partner at her firm as a connection. He took them to their table, which had a beautiful view of the back patio and surrounding area that boasted of a long and winding reflecting pool, spiraling waterfalls and requisite palm trees. Their own table had a big palm-tree umbrella that offered a bit of privacy without shutting anyone or anything out. Sophie looked around and gave Julia a thumbs-up sign as the hot host took their drink orders.

“I’ll have my usual, Pierre, and do you have that bottle of champagne chilling?”

“You bet. Just let me know when you want me to bring it out.” His gaze turned to Sophie. “And what will the beautiful lady have?”

Sophie smirked at his comment, not easily captured by a guy’s charm, and looked up at him. Their eyes locked and she felt a chill go down her spine that changed her smirk to a smile that warmed her face with a natural blush. “I’ll take a Pomegranate Martini.”

“Nice choice. I’ll be right back with your first round. By the way, Julia, this first round’s on me.”

“Thank you, Pierre.”

“My pleasure; I’ll be right back.”

Julia turned her attention to Sophie. “So, Lacey told me your son’s dad was in a bad motorcycle accident and he’s in a coma. Have you told him yet?”

“Yes. As a matter of fact, I just explained it to him a couple of weeks ago and he wants to go see him. I just don’t know if that’s a wise thing to do. I mean, it’s not like he saw him a lot anyway, but I don’t think I want him to remember his dad the way that he is now.”

“Well how did you explain it to him?” Julia asked genuinely curious.

“I told him that his dad had been in a bad motorcycle accident and because he wasn’t wearing his helmet, his brain died but the rest of him is alive and that’s why he’s asleep all the time. So I think I’m going to wait as long as I can.”

“Wow, I don’t blame you,” Julia affirmed. “It’s not going to be easy for you to see him like that, let alone Zach. I mean, I’ve never had a kid, but I think I would wait as long as I could too.” When Sophie’s eyes welled up with tears that threatened to fall any second, Julia changed the subject. “So, do you think Lacey will like this place?”

“How could she not?” Sophie said, as she turned and looked around her. Her eyes opened wide as she saw that there was a double-decker dance floor. “She’s so going to love the dance floors; that’s for sure. This was so nice for you to arrange this for her, for all of us.”

“Yeah, well, I haven’t seen Lacey very much lately, especially since she sold her court reporting agency and began working for that firm in Hollywood.

“Well, I think Lacey’s going to love it here.”

“Before they get here, let’s go check out the eye candy.”

“Let’s, and can we look for the ladies’ room on the way?”

The girls pulled into the parking lot of the Cabana Club and Lacey’s laughter suddenly stopped in her throat. She looked to Nikki. “Wow, would you look at this place. It’s beautiful.”

Nikki heard a “but” coming in the tone of Lacey’s voice. “But….”

“But what?”

“I can tell something’s wrong, Peanut. What’s going on?”

“I don’t know if I can do this, Nikki.”

“Do what?”

“Go in there. Who am I kidding? I just don’t think I’m ready for this.”

“Now wait a minute, Lacey. You’re the one who said we’re just getting together with the girls. Don’t go getting all twitter-pated on me now. I’m the one who should have her head examined, going to a club with my skinny girlfriends. Now that’s worth a laugh and a half. Besides, I’ll hold your dance card and make sure that you only dance with a guy I’d take home to mom, and that means, he’s got to be Italian.”

“Yeah, well, I can’t imagine ever taking a guy home again to my adopted mom, let alone your mom, but the Italian doesn’t sound half bad,” Lacey said with a smile she didn’t feel. “Let’s go do this, and, Nikki, in case I forget to tell you later, I’m glad there is you.”

“I’m glad there’s you, Peanut. Now let’s get in there.”

Whew, I better let you go, but be sure and come back for the fun inside the club. Have an awesome day and wish me luck. I’m book-signing at Starbucks, the perfect coffee house for my “Coffee Hour with Chicklit Power, A Cup of Encouragement for the Day” book!




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2 Responses to ““The Men…” Chapter 2 (continued) From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power”

  1. Jan Bachelor says:

    Loving it and blessing the book signing agenda. It is all good!
    Love ya, Nanny-Mom

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