Friday, November 12, 2010

The Lassiters Ch. 5 Back Home Again Pt. 4

As if to prove that he would still find time for his family, John proposed a family trip to the Wonderland Ice Skating Rink. Not much snow left on the ground, but lots of winter atmosphere at the rink, he said. The twins had been asking to go there for a couple months; they were ecstatic as they climbed into the back seat.

When they  arrived, Lori saw her good friend, Holly Ferguson and hurried over to talk to her.

Trey made right for the rink, though. It was a shame to him that he was not allowed to skate on their iced over pond. John had seen a boy die when the ice cracked and he fell through. His dad had never forgotten it so, no skating on their pond.

They all took a tumble or two on the slippery ice that afternoon, except for Lori. Perhaps the ballet exercises she loved gave her an extra edge when it came to balance?

Trey skated alone mostly; he wished Holly had brought her brother, Harvey. There were no boys his age to goof around with at the rink today.  Of course his parents and Lori were pretty good company, but Lori was giggling and whispering with Holly, she hadn’t even got on the ice yet. Trey hated girls giggling anyway, the sounded like chickens and it got on his nerves. When he said this one time at the supper table; his father had remarked that in a few years he’d find giggling girls appealing. His dad was smart, but Trey thought he’d made a big mistake this time.

 Finally Lori and Holly came out to skate.

Lori practiced her spins, both solo and with her daddy.

The day after they went to the skating rink, John looked for a job. Because of his degree and experience he was able to get a position quickly, within a week, and not at entry level. He wanted no part of an office or of teaching, though. What he wanted was to do field work or be in the lab. He was able to become a Project Leader with an up and coming new company, DePasse Chemicals, not far from Pleasantville.

John seemed very happy with his decision so far. Melora was resigned, at least for the time being, and the twins waited to see what would happen next.

They remained busy as ever with their friends and school during the week. On the weekends Lori practiced her ballet, read books, colored or drew and played SSX3 with Trey. Sometimes they went to the movies. Trey played video games and pinball and used the putting green. He also watched a lot of TV, though, and began to think that warm weather would never come.

Lori, true to her word, practiced on her piano faithfully every day. John and Melora concluded that she must have, evidently just been too young when they gave her lessons before and that’s why she quickly tired of it.

The twins met another new friend, Scotti Lynn Ferguson, the daughter of Heather and Scott Ferguson. Scott was Holly and Harvey’s uncle so Scotti Lynn was their cousin. She was younger than Lori and Holly, so they kind of looked after her in school.

Lori told Scotti Lynn all about one of John’s science fiction books, "Beyond Antares". The story was very mysterious and scary, but exciting to read, according to Lori.

The twins, however; were still each other’s best friend. This extreme closeness would likely change once they hit their teens, but at this point in time they told each other everything.

Melora finally made up her mind to go down to Sue’s Secret Kitchen--that was the name of the cooking guild--and find out what the story was on the cooking contest. She found that they did, indeed, have competitions there all the time. In spite of all her experience as a chef, she decided to get a little extra education from the instructor there, Sharlene Royce.

Then she went back home to practice her versions of barbeque ribs, chocolate cake, chili and various pastries.

 Her chili was to die for, or so her friends and family said...

The night she made Cherry-Cranberry pie she served it to the family and to the Lori's guest, Janice Simmons. Janice was a twin, too, but her sister, Jessamyn, had clogging lessons after school that night so she couldn't come for supper. If their gobbling was any indication; they found it delicious.

Melora was also refining and perfecting her cherry cream cheesecake recipe. It was the cheesecake that John recommended she submit.

"Baby, yours is better than Lindy’s ever was. I should know; I ate there when I was going to Chudney Academy. Once a year they took us down to Manhattan and we always ate lunch at Lindy’s. The meal  had to include dessert which just had to be their famous cheesecake,” he recalled.

“I sure hope it’s close anyway,” Melora said fervently.

“I’m right; you watch,” he assured her, “And be sure to make two of those and leave one here.”

He grinned at her then growled, rubbing his stomach, “Yum, yum, eat’em up!”

“You’re dating yourself, quoting ‘The Little Rascals’ like that,” Melora laughed.

The day of the competition Melora was nervous, but when she saw that Sharlene Royce was one of the contestants she went from worried  to panic-stricken. Looking around at the other three contestants she realized they were all tense, too, though Sharlene not so much. Melora’s cheesecake was competing against two lobster Thermidor entries and one Baked Alaska. Her cheesecake seemed rather tame in comparison.

It was nerve-wracking as the judge tasted each entry and made notes. Then she walked toward Melora, smiling. It seemed unbelievable—she had won the competition and collected 500 bucks! Melora was thrilled. She served the rest of the cheesecake to the other participants and the judge, then made her way home simply floating on air.

“John, the judge said it was the lightest, most delectable cheesecake she’d ever eaten!”

“See, I told you,” John said, hugging her, “Just stick with me, Baby, and you can’t go wrong. I think next time you should enter that Pineapple Pork Chops thingy you make.”

“You mean the Pineapple Glazed Stuffed Pork Chops?”

“You got it.”

Things seemed good again.

The air outside was getting warmer and timid tulips were poking through the soil. Soon it would be summer. The passing of time was inevitable and many things would change once more for the Lassiters…

Next chapter on the Lassiters Ch. 6 The Twins Are Growing Up Pt. 1




Sim Girl said...

Did you watch the tv series "Defying Gravity?" :D

Nice stories! XD Can not wait until the next update.

Lorelei said...

Thanks! No, but I looked it up and now I wish I did watch it--what made you think of it?