Warren took James out to the park for somefather and son time… a bbq basically. He plannedon breaking the news he and Teresa weretogether quickly, and as if it were no big deal.James couldn’t remember his realmother, Miranda, anyway.
But Jamessurprised his dadby not liking theidea at all. Itseems he hasn’tforgiven Teresafor leaving themand having Meganin secret. Stillwaters rundeep, and hehated how sad isfather had been.
Warren decided totake them all on abonding holiday toFrance. He’d use thelast of Miranda’s lifeinsurance payout, leaving him witha fresh start in everyway with the new lovein his life on theirreturn.
Over at the Darkstone residence, Trinity’s love life isfar from settled. All she can think about is themysterious dark haired man at the top of herorganisation. She tries everything to distractherself, even attempting to get Belladonna fit so shecan come out on raids too – to no avail.
It was all very well beingharsh with herself in themirror, what she reallywanted wasn’t hers tohave. Or steal, given heroccupation…
Belladonna had noticed thather twin was pining forsomething, and guessedwhat for fairly quickly. Shetoo was lonely in this newtown, but finding loveseemed unlikely . Sherecognised her tendency toshut herself away… but ifkind, lovely people like sheand her sister werecriminals, imagine who elsecould be out there!
When the Poet arrived at theirdoor, Trinity assumed it had to be amassive new job he had planned.Only that would warrant himbreaking protocol and visiting herat her home.
She was over the moonwhen instead, the Poetmade a move on her!
Belladonna could onlywatch on jealously asTrinity and the Poet had along, intimateconversation; a real heart-to-heart. It seemed thePoet knew what hewanted, and Trinity was it.
Upstairs, away from any potentialearwigging, the Poet and the BalancedStone swapped their real names. There wasno going back now, and Edward Poesonstayed the night.Soon, he was over several nights a week.
Chatting one night, Edwardlistens to her problemsabout the Vickers, andsuggests she watchesAriette’s comings and goingsmore closely. What shelearns might give her someammo to fight back. Herefuses to go into any moredetail, even for his girlfriend.
The Bailey and Marshall familiesare on holiday together inFrance. Having put Megan downfor the night, Warren and Teresaare content to sit by the fire allevening, chatting quietly. Jamesfalls asleep at their side.
They did plenty ofsightseeing, and thecouple were particularlytaken with the vineyards.
Teresa got fully stuck intothe hands on exhibit. Andas she squashed the fruitwith her feet, an ideabegan to form.
If she and Warren couldget one of thesemachines, they couldreally make something ofWarrens burgeoninggardening business.
It wasn’t all business though, evenJames managed to come out of hisshell a little bit and have fun. When hetook his turn telling a ghost story at thehotel, Warren hoped it was a sign hisshyness was finally abating.
For James, this holiday was all aboutthe music. He’d never seen someoneplay an instrument up closebefore, and he was transfixed by thebeautiful melodies played by theFrench musicians around the resort.
The two of them even managed to have anight to themselves on the last evening. Theyleft Megan and James with a specialovernight creche and went for a romanticdate by the river.
They stayed out allnight, but by daybreakWarren had finallyworked up the courageto propose.
It came as a completeshock, she had onlyjust got used to thefact they were acouple. But he hadbeen marriedbefore, so must knowwhat he was doing.What he wanted.So she accepted hisproposal, and theyreturned homeengaged.
Trinity had been busy after herboyfriends tip off and adviceabout Ariette Vickers.
She’d done herhomework, watching her comingsand goings from the Street andmaking a log. Usually, Ariette’smovements werepredictable, revolving around hersocial calendar.
Social occasions , parties anddinners and so on, could beindependently verified with alittle leg work. It was doubtfulthat these events were whatEdward had been alluding to.
But eventually, Trinity began noticing something odd.Ariette would always travel in her own car. But once afortnight she would walk to the end of the Street, go downa little way round a corner and catch a pre-ordered taxi. Ifthere were parties that night, Ariette had turned themdown. Where was she going instead? This had to be it.
Trinity tracked down the taxi firm, and hackedinto their database to find Ariette’s destination.It was some manor house in the country. A bit ofdigging identified it as a boarding school forgirls. A bit more digging got her the list ofstudents, including one Annette Vickers.
Trinity needed a different source to corroborate her theory. In a series of columns from the society pages from years before Trinity found her evidence.Ariette had been wooed by a notoriouswomaniser, and had fallen for hischarms. But she disappeared for over ayear after they broke up… Just enoughtime to carry a illegitimate love child toterm, give birth and then stow it in aninstitution somewhere. It was likesomething out of a Victorian novel.Hard to believe that kind of mind setstill existed, the poor kid was nothing tobe ashamed of in this day and age.
Deasil StreetNo. 1 No. 3Trinity and Belladonna Darkstone For SaleNo. 2 No. 4Warren and James Bailey For SaleTeresa and Megan Marshall No. 6 No. 5 Pablo and Jennifer Martinez Empty Lot No. 7 Harry Vickers and his daughter Ariette Next Time… Will Trinity tackle Ariette over her secret daughter? Did the trip to France do the trick and bring James and Teresa closer? Find out next time on Deasil Street!