He finds mother and aunt are pregnant by him. And so is May!
"It's beautiful. It really is," I said. "Congratulations." I looked at Burt. "I think a family heirloom is a wonderful, classy, thing to give a lady. This piece obviously has a lot of meaning to you and your family. I can't think of a more worth-while person to give it to."
I slapped her gently on the shoulder. "Now stop that. It's true. You're certainly worth diamonds, and gold, and accolades, and love."
"And rubies, and money, and fame," Melanie said.
"And great sex, don't forget amazing noogie," Laurie said.
"Right," Shayla said. "We never forget that, not for a minute."
"Cheers!" I said. But we only had waters on the table.
"Garcon," Shayla said. "Champaign! We're celebrating!"
"Damn straight we are," Laura said.
Well, I thought. Burt solved his ring problem. He came through nicely with that one didn't he? In fact, he came through with flying colors.
Adrianna: Regarding Laura
My phone gave the high beep. Text. From Shayla. Crap.
The phone rang. I looked at the ID. It was Shayla.
"Hey," I said.
"Hey yourself, Girlfriend. Guess what?"
"Please, let it be news about you," I said. "I don't need gossip."
"No," she said "It's not about me. "It's about Laura. And Tracy."
"Well, Tracy called me and told me that Peter called her and offered to pay her full price for her engagement ring, and she took it."
"And he apologized for asking for it back in the first place. Said he was wrong to have ever asked. Said he was impulsive and he was really sorry."
"And he gave Tracy her wedding ring back and told her that she could do whatever she wanted with it, sell it, keep it, whatever."
"Oh," I said.
"Well, that's something at least. The numbskull."
"Right, but now listen to this. Then Laura called me and said that Peter asked her for her engagement ring back."
"Wait, listen, it gets better. So Peter goes to a jeweler and has a piece custom-made that fits on to the ring in silver that looks like an 'L'. Subtle but classy. The lines of the 'L' hook over and under and around. So now the ring is the same, but different. Then he gives the ring back to Laura and proposes again. He says, 'I wanted a ring that was as special and different and unique as you are. One that you knew was meant especially for you and you alone. Beautiful and custom and something that really says you.' "
"Hhm," I said.
"It's something that's meant to hook on the engagement ring permanently, but she could also wear by itself if she wanted."
I thought about it.
"So, he fixed the problem with Tracy. He gave Laura her own separate engagement ring, and maintained the first ring he gave her and made it even more special."
"You seen the piece yet?"
"Laura sent me a pic over her phone."
"How does it look?" I asked.
"Amazing," Shayla said.
"Wow," I said.
"So, he made an impulsive mistake in the throws of lust but he cleaned it up with love," I said. "And before it was gold and copper and now it's gold and copper and silver and it looks good, so he even had some taste."
"I'm trying to see a flaw in this plan to see if he's still a jerk," I said.
We were both silent for a minute.
"I don't see one," I said.
"Me either," Shayla said.
"Well, there might be hope for them after all," I said.
"That's what I'm tellin' you," Shayla said.
Me, Regarding Me: Adrianna
"We decided to pretend the canal was the Sienne and we were actually having a trip on the French Riviera," Angela said as she and Burt walked towards our table at ML. "Isn't it wonderful to be in love in France in March, Mon ch__ri?"
Shayla made a gagging sound.
"Just you wait, Shay," Angela said. "I heard through the corporate grapevine that they might send Jennifer back down here for a few months."
Shayla sat up straighter.
"She probably doesn't even know yet herself, or maybe she just wanted to surprise you.