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Jake

               How wonderful to finally be able you have a brother! Or perhaps it’s a friendship that becomes so close and dear to your heart you can call them your brother or sister. Here’s a snip of Carla and Jake Covertry react together.

“Mrs. Carla Jones, please hold on for  Mr. Covertry.”

“Carla.”

“Jake, how are you?” Carla asked feeling goose bumps all over.

“I’m fine but that’s immaterial, how are you?” Jake asked explaining his sudden call, “I received a call from Detective Black of Centerville Police Department, seems AC and I are prime witnesses to a case against your stalker.”

“Really Jake, you’re going to help me?” Carla exclaimed putting her hand over her mouth.

“Damn straight we are, that son of a bitch, excuse my French that pea brain is so stupid to think he can mess with my friends!” Jake stated.

“Carla I need to find out if you’re ok, I’ve cleared the next hour to talk to you. I want you to describe your husband in terms I will understand.”

Carla giggled and smiled as she answered his question, “Ok Jake, still breeding your Portuguese Water Dogs?”

“Yes Carla why” Jake replied.

Carla knew how to describe Craig now, “Ok Craig Augustus Jones III: active, tall, strong, agile, intelligent, loyal, obedient, protective, rescuer, true, dependable, tenacious, benefactor, romantic and stellar.”

Jake sat back smiling and said “Well Carla, that’s quite an animal so to speak, where’d you find him?”

Laughing Carla finally said “Jake you’re not going to believe this. Work, I’ll do a summation for you. A weekly long stem red rose every Monday for 2 years. A 1943 bottle of Dom chilled to perfection, the cork popped, your lover and you still in the glow, ready for some bubbly, and all he can say is “vinegar . . . no bubbles babe just baubles.”

Jake started to laugh “So then what.”

Carla continued with her story, “Well the bottle held rough cut diamonds, I now have two tennis bracelets and matching earrings complete with a wine cellar in a 30’s mansion. I stepped foot in his ‘old relic’ as he called it about 7 months ago, after helping with the decorating and remodel during the late winter, spring bloomed and so did we. Jake the man never touched me for 4 months and when he did, we were married 2 months later. I honestly feel like I’m starring in a 40’s movie.” Carla felt a warm blush rise up in her face and smiled, remembering the beginning of their love.

“Carla, Detective Black said they found a few bottles of that 1943 Dom in Mark’s car.”

“Yes among other things, as you are now aware of or we wouldn’t be talking.”

“Carla, Craig makes you happy in all things?” Jake inquired.

“Yes Jake, in all areas, he even had H&A Security install electronic fencing around all the property and house just to make us more secure. Jake, I love you but nothing like the love I have now for Craig. We we’re different, more brother-sister love.”

Carla giggled when Jake said, “I know, but we had fun!”

“Yes we did Jake.”

“Don’t worry Carly AC and I will handle this, hope to see you soon.” Jake stated in brotherly fashion.

“You too Jake, thanks.” Carla grabbed a few tissues, but the tears never came as she expected.

Fun

Anyone out there spend a day at Wrigley watching a double header and the Cubs won both game? 

“Blackie, where are we?” “Just coming into Valpo, Aurelio’s to be precise, thought a little nostalgia would be fun, since were only an hour away from home. Beer and Pizza anyone” Blackie asked.
It was almost 9 when they got home. “How about Awlsport Café for breakfast tomorrow, and a Cubs game, I’ve got 4 free tickets,” Blackie asked.

“Sounds great, what time 8?” Craig asked. “We’ll be ready this time.”

Blackie helped Craig unloaded the purchases and said good night. Carla fixed the coffee pot before she took off her shoes. “No doorbells tomorrow.” The Joneses slowly walked up the stairs, set the bedside alarm, fell asleep as soon as their heads hit the pillow.

6:30 the alarm went off, Carla went down to fill 2 cups of coffee as Craig hit the shower. Carla greeted him in the doorway with a cup of coffee as he came out of the bathroom. “Morning sunshine, I saved the hot water for you today.” kissing Carla as they passed.

“I didn’t get the papers yet,” Carla said.

8 AM, sharp Amy drove up in her new SUV Craig and Carla where ready and walked out the door to meet them. “Nice ride Amy, Blackie getting the day off today?”

“Yep, she wanted to drive.” They all laughed heading to Awlsport Café for their famous breakfast buffet and Craig bought breakfast since Blackie had bought dinner last
night.  They headed out “Wrigley Field here we come!”

They had a beautiful day in Chicago at the ballpark. The weather was 80 with perfect blue sky and a slight breeze coming off the lake mixed in with the hot dogs and beers.

There was a double header and the Cubbies’ won, their dinner was at the pub across from the ballpark. Everyone was laughing and having fun. The group arrived back home early evening and sat on the patio with beer watching the sun go down and talking. “Amy and Blackie, thanks so much for including us in your weekend. It was a real pleasure, lots of fun and a wonderful diversion,” Craig said holding Carla’s waist.

“It was fun and will have to do it again real soon, take care, Craig you too, Carla, see you later!” Blackie said as Amy waved “Bye.”

Craig whisked Carla up in his arm. “Wow Craig, you got some raging hormones going on.” “Yes Carla I do and it’s all because of you!”

“Ooh Craig . . .

Wake Up

Trusting that your body will wake you up at the normal time, you forgo setting the alarm cause it was the weekend…

Amy and Blackie arrived Saturday morning at 8 AM for the craft show to find the house quiet. They had to ring the doorbell several times. Craig came down the steps first. “Good morning come on in, sorry we overslept.”

“That’s ok, I’ll start the coffee pot, Craig,” Amy said.

Blackie went out the door saying, “I’ll get your papers. Take your time.”

“Looks like you two have been busy since I was here. You have wrought iron fencing and the whole back yard looks different Craig,” Amy said.

“Yes, a little project turned into a major one, some of this was done before you were her last, I think.”

Carla came down the steps a little less spry than normal “Good morning,” Carla said. Amy poured a big mug of coffee for everyone.

Craig started to tell Amy about the changes. “Billy, Mary, Tommy, Tim, Mary’s Dad, and Howard helped Carla and I finish our jar harvesting, turned out to be more treasure in the flower bed, which had to be moved in order to get the garage built.” Craig said
rubbing his biceps.

“Howard had to lift those angel statues.”

“You would have had to see it to believe it.” Carla said as she started to laugh. “Hope no one had a video camera on us.”

“Sledge hammers going at angels and stepping stones. “We’ll be right back guys,” Craig said as they went up to change.

The foursome headed out for the craft show, chatting as they drove about all the latest news and gossip since they were together last. Parking the car, they started to walk over to the show stopping in front of the restaurant. “Ok, everyone got their phones on, we’ll meet back here at 1,” Blackie said.

“Let the shopping begin,” Amy said taking Carla’s hand. “This looks
like a real fun day.”

Carla winked at her friend. “Remind me that this is a play day Amy,” Carla said smiling.

“Carla, I can do that. You two have really had a busy and rather rough time since you got married. You my dear are one tough cookie. You’d make a good cop, too.” Amy said
grinning.

“Oh really, Amy I’ve gone through more tissues in a month than I did all year. Yes, what a challenge it has been! I still am having some nightmares over it. With Craig’s help, I am getting over the rough spots. Ooh scarves,” Carla exclaimed pulling Amy into the booth.

The men headed out to the building and equipment area of the show. “So Craig, what caused all the extra construction and fencing, the invasion?”

Partnership

Craig took a deep breath. “There are 2 H & A businesses; the security is H&A with no spaces between the letters, that’s how you can tell the difference. H & A involves a lot of businesses, in the partnership that Howard, James and I have.”

He thought for a minute before he continued, “There’s the marina, ironworks, security, auto repair, properties; and then I think Howard’s sculpture is tied in there as well.”

“Anyway, all three do their business through Awlsport Bank, plus there is a separate account in my name, we need to open a joint account here.Actually I have thought of closing out the Centerville accounts and just moving it all here.”

“I agree with that Craig. We go to Carpenter now more than Centerville,” Carla said with a smile.

“Good, then we have made our first financial decision together, we’ll do that.”

“Ok let’s see what Awlsport Bank has to tell us, Carla.” Craig had to look up his log in information, “Just did this yesterday for the first time, here we go.”

“Ok Craig, so this explains why Howard’s been hounding you so much. This shows just how very important you are to this community. I now understand my bodyguard a whole lot more.”

Carla looked up “Craig you never knew about this?”

“No not until the other day. I never even got a report, don’t know why but I’m sure the IRS will want to see this now. That’s another headache to come in a few months.”

“This is why Howard said we are spending all next week filling my brain not only with H&A work but, explaining all this to me.”

“Craig you need some tax deductions.”

“Yes and you’re the first, and of course the kids will be too.”

“No I mean charities, like The Children’s Home and the Church Pantry.”

“Carla that’s perfect, I’ll do that tomorrow when Howard and I meet.” Craig jotted this down on a big notepad.

Banking Talk

“Now back to business Mrs. Jones, focus here ok?” Craig said pointing to his computer screen. “Yes Mr. Jones, I’m ready to learn.”

“Carpenter Bank & Trust: Money Market, Certificates of Deposit, Checking, Visa, Safe Deposit Box. I pay the bills with this account here in Bill Pay.” Craig opened the account up on-line. Where she could see all the balances of each as he checked the item, moving to each one after Carla acknowledged she understood.

“Ok, this is our joint account, so this where all the bills come into, because I haven’t seen any in the mail?” She asked looking to Craig for an answer.

“Yes I’m all electronic for bills. Hate the taste of stamps and filing papers don’t need to with Bill Pay.”

“Any questions, Carla?”

“Just one Craig this is the account I draw from for cash and when I use the ATM card? Cause I haven’t been putting it down anywhere.” Carla shrunk down in her chair, her teeth showing tightly together and made a face that said oh I am in so much trouble.

“That’s ok: I’ve got it all right here on the computer, just be sure to ask if it’s going to be a really large amount. Actually, I think you can’t get more than 500 a day with that card. I doubt you’d be using it for that amount anyway, right? Of course this has to be used at Costco or the AE card.”

“Yes Craig, I’m sorry I’ll remember to place the receipts on your desk so you can record them in the ledger, Carla kissed his cheek, move on Craig.”

Craig smiled and continued. “Centerville Savings Bank: Checking, Savings, CD’s, and Master Card.” “Ok this isn’t your main account and it’s not a joint account?”

“I know we need to change this one, next time we go to Centerville. I think we should go to the Grill and take care of this.”

“I agree move on,” Carla said.

 

LIES

Wednesday dinner at Turner’s was attended by, Mary Kate, Allan, Craig, Carla, Howard and to everyone’s surprise Samuel. The table ordered coffee and a Jack Daniels on the rocks. The women had their salads, the men steak sandwiches, Samuel a burger and another Jack Daniels on the rocks. The conversation was low key and mainly about weather and politics, after dinner Allan’s phone rang it was Marcus, “Hi guys I am here you may begin.”

Allan took control of the meeting, “Ok, the mystery emails we have been receiving for many years from Riddleman have all been coming from Samuel White. You Samuel have been tormenting and doing damage to our relationships for years with your joke emails and it must stop now. April S Riddle, A May Riddle, W June and C August where all from you. Samuel you’ve never changed you email address . . . the trail is still there.”

“Samuel, why have you been doing this? Furthermore, you never thought about the trail you left with these emails?” Marcus asked. “You lied to all of us.”

Carla sat there shocked with her mouth open, “I can’t believe you. Samuel you lied to me! Looked me in the eye and flat out lied. How can you call yourself a lawyer when you’re incapable of telling the truth?”

Craig stood up taking Carla’s hand, “Thank you for finding out the truth Allan, and thank you for the dinner. Marcus I will be talking with you tomorrow morning at 9 AM sharp. As for you Samuel, you are no longer my friend or my attorney!”

Howard stood up, “Big screw up Samuel, good bye!” “But Craig,” Samuel said, watching as Mr. and Mrs. Jones and Howard Awls left the restaurant.

“Allan, I,” Allan stopped Samuel. “No Samuel, don’t say another word. I believe I speak for everyone that was at this table. Your relationship with us is over.” “I agree. Good bye Samuel,” Marcus disconnected his phone. Allan and Mary Kate got up and left the waiter handed the check to Samuel.

Party Surprise

Left you hanging there, sorry but holiday memories got to me. 

It  is Craig and Carla wedding reception day , plus …

Carla went to her dresser, pulled out the Tiffany box, and handed it to Craig. “Open it Mr. Jones,” Craig was speechless . . . “These Sapphire cuff links and studs look a lot like your sapphire’s Mrs. Jones. I’m overwhelmed I’ve never had any real cufflinks!” Craig grabbed her in a deep embrace, “Thank you.”

“I’m glad you like them, I got them for you when we were in Vegas. Let me help you with those. There now you are dressed as the Lord of the Manor.” Carla placed the sapphire blue vest and bow tie on Craig as she grabbed a peak at the clock, she went for the lint roller, “Just a second there’s some lint on your pants there now you’re ready.”

They stood in front of their mirror all dressed and smiled “Mr. and Mrs. Craig Augustus Jones” Craig said as he smiled. “Look out world here we come!” Craig held out his arm for Carla to take as they headed to the stairs.

Howard and Tommy had already arrived at 11 with all his cameras. He would take the pictures of everyone with for the happy newlyweds. Flashes went off as the couple came on to the open landing at 11:15 AM. “Look Craig, the Corps has landed and they brought their families,” Carla said with a smile. “Their early” he said. “No they are right on time, Mr. Jones.”

Happy Birthday Craig,” everyone shouted. “How did you pull this off and when Carla,” Craig asked. “Later my husband go and enjoy your morning,” Carla said. Thinking to herself how easy this had been, thanks to Marcus’s help with the cake and her cell phone, she actually did surprise him.