Last night they organized a small get-together because Colin's family has arrived to town. They would like to introduce Jane and her family before the wedding.
Here they are, Colin's family: Dr. Robert MacNeil (a famous plastic surgeon), Cecilia, his younger sister, and Tara's future mother-in-law: Victoria.
They took some family pictures:
Then the guests have arrived: Summer, Jane and her mother (Charles couldn't come because he had a program with his brother, Chris). Tara introduced them to Victoria:
Tara: Victoria, they are like my second family. Jane is my best friend since I was fifteen and her mother, Perla was like my mother for years.
Victoria: Nice to meet you. Shall we sit down here?
Perla: Thank you. This table is really beautiful.
But Perla realized that Victoria didn't feel herself comfortable. Finally Victoria asked what really was in her mind.
Victoria: What do you know about Tara's mother? Will she come tonight?
Perla: I don't think so. She sent a letter to Tara a few days ago that she is abroad.
Victoria seemed like she was relieved.
Perla: You didn't met yet, do you?
Victoria: I... No... not yet. Do you know her well?
Victoria: But what do you think?
Perla: Did Tara tell something about her childhood?
Perla: I will be honest. She is like a whirlwind. Appears suddenly, full of joy and love, sweep away all, and one day disappears and leaves sadness behind... She didn't have a happy life. But Tara and Summer neither. She left them with a nanny so she could do her tours all around the world...
Perla was almost shocked hearing Victoria's nervousness. But they couldn't carry on because something has happened...
After Tara left the guests to look after some freshly brewed tea, she heard the doorbell ringing. Who is that?
Lucille Rivers: Is everyone here? Am I late?
Lucille: Aren't you happy to see me?
Tara: Oh, how can you say that? I just... I am surprised. You wrote that you can't come!
Lucille: I had to come. Give mommy a hug, Darling!
Summer: How did you get here?
Lucille: Don't ask me, I amd tired. What a terrible flight! Tara, give me a cup of tea, please. Where are the others?
Tara: They are in the living room. Jane and Perla are also here.
Lucille: Perla? What is she doing here?
Tara: Jane and her mother are like family. You know it also.
Lucille: All right, all right. I can't be angry that they met your in-law's earlier, should I? Please introduce me.
Perla: Nice to meet you again, Lucy. You didn't change.
Lucille: Do you think I still look good? I am so glad to find you here in this tiny room. Where can I sit?
The words stuck in Lucille's throat. There was totally silence for a few moments...
Lucille: Nice to meet you, Victoria.
Victoria: Me too, Lucy...
Lucille: So Colin is your son. I didn't know you have a son. You knew everything about us, didn't you?
Victoria: I have never heard about your family.
Lucille: Sure... You are so pretty, my dear. I hope your Colin will be nice to my daughter.
Victoria didn't answer. Tara interrupted them quickly.
Tara: Come, mother, and meet Colin. He would love to speak with you.
Lucy: Don't ask. Maybe later. I really hope that she won't be a terrible mother-in-law... Let me speak with your fiance.
Victoria: Excuse me. I feel bad.
Perla: Can I bring a glass of water?
Victoria: No, thank you. I will be fine soon.
Perla: Do you want to talk about it?
Perla: So you met Lucy before.
Victoria: I did... It was more than thirty years ago. I had a fiance. His name was Jonathan Rivers.
Perla: Oh, my God... Victoria...
Victoria: Lucy was my classmate. When we met again, I think she felt in love with Jonathan. She wanted to get him. And she did.
Perla: I am so sorry to hear that...
Victoria: They ecaped before our wedding. I was standing there in white with a thousand guests and my groom was nowhere...
Perla: I can understand... It could be very hard for you.
Victoria: It was the worst day of my life. They hurt me so deeply...
Perla: And then your Colin introduced Tara...
Victoria: Yes. First when I heard her name I didn't know anything about her parents. But then I saw a picture... Perla, She has the same face, the same eyes! I was shocked...
Victoria: I know. I know... But... I can't forget that day in the church... I thought everything was all right... And these two ran away and laughed at me...
Perla: But then you met Robert.
Victoria: Oh, yes, Robert... He is my hero.
Perla: And you had a happy family life with your children. While Tara...
Victoria: I am really proud of my Colin.
Perla: And he is in love... He will be a husband with a loving wife.
Victoria: My Colin... My Robert... Oh, my broken heart...
Perla: When my husband died, I thought I won't be survive. But I am still there to enjoy my children's happiness.
Perla: And another thing, Victoria. You have to know something about Tara's father: he left Lucy when Summer was born. He escaped with a strange woman... He disapeared, and never came back again. Lucy's life wasn't happy. She can never heal I think... But look, your husband is coming. I think I have to leave you alone a bit.
Victoria: Thank you, thank you my dear friend! Your words struck me...
Robert: Good, then. I almost thought you are sad.
Robert (laughing): Oh, come on, Mylady! Come and dance with me.
Robert: Here and everywhere! Our son will marry a nice girl, our daughter goes to university, we are still young and I am still in love with you.
Victoria: Oh, Rob...
Robert: You are the best thing in my life.
Victoria: And so you are mine.
Perla looked at them and smiled.
To be continued... :)