Wednesday, May 28, 2008

A LITTLE TIT FOR TAT


Tonio acts coldly towards Raquel the next day, refusing to talk to her when she bids him good morning, to her distress. He confides in Oscar, angry she was still fooling around with Max after she’d told him she no longer loved him after discovering he’d lied to her and just when he was about to give her a present with all sincerity instead of obligation, like he’d been doing. Raquel finds her purse empty and accuses Martha of stealing her money, which she denies (lying thief).
At the party, Maura openly flirts with Tonio, to Raquel’s disgust. Carla deliberately leads Raquel away, to give Maura a chance to be with Tonio alone. Max forcibly insists she leaves with him but, reluctant, she goes off to find Tonio and sees him talking with Maura. Jealous and hurt, she finally leaves with Max and a reluctant Martha. Tonio soon notices Raquel is missing and goes home but she isn’t there, nor her family. The guards tell him Max had left with a suitcase and much later Don Daniel with a small bag. Raquel and Martha’s things were still in their closets.
The four fugitives are at a hotel in Mexico City. Raquel and Martha quarrel when the former insisted Tonio only wanted her around to bother Max, then later sleep with her. In disgust at her sister’s greed, Raquel leaves to have a bath. Martha in the meantime, calls Information for Tonio’s phone number...

Raquel confesses



Tonio and Raquel mend their tentative friendship as the days go by during their trip. Back in Acapulco, Maura persuades a broody/nervous Max to seduce Raquel away from Tonio when they return. Tonio gives Raquel money to go shopping, (in spite of her protests) and goes to the apartment building she had described and the manger confirms there had been an Antonio Lombardo living there months back, but went on business trips often.
Don Daniel is invited back to stay with them for a while and is put up in one of the guest bungalows (Seriously, Money is good o!).
Tonio assures a relieved Victoria that he and Raquel have ‘made up’. Camilla and Maura notice Raquel leading her father to the bungalow; Camilla makes a derogatory remark about it to Victoria, overhead by Raquel who brushes past Tonio in tears. Tonio forcibly takes his sister upstairs and forces her to apologise to his wife,which she sulkily does. Martha is delighted to see her father.
Tonio tells Oscar, his father’s old friend and family doctor that he’d thought Daniel had been the one to make Raquel do what she was doing but found him to be a sentimental and humble man.
Evil Max angrily asked Raquel what Tonio had done in Guadalajara  and if he did some investigating, when he finds her alone in the room. She said she didn’t know and is furious when he asked her if she and Tonio had slept with each other; she said he had no right to ask her that and defiantly asked; ‘what if I did? He’s a thousand times better than you!’
Max threatened to tell Tonio everything and damn the consequences if she dared and is furious to see Daniel walk in. Tonio sees Max and Raquel leave the room to talk in private, he allows Daniel to entertain him and Martha with anecdotes. Max swears to Raquel that he hadn’t caused Tonio’s accident but she still doesn’t believe him.
The family go in to dinner as Raquel comes in, alone. She shyly shows off the dress she has on to Tonio, asking if he liked it, feeling ashamed for spending all the money he’d given her but he assures her it was okay and the dress was pretty. He notices Max entering, then grabs a surprised Raquel and kisses her, to Max’s fury and refuses to join them for dinner. Later on, Max again tries to convince Raquel and Martha to leave Acapulco with him but Raquel refuses and storms back into the house with Max and Martha close behind; Tonio is still in the room and demands: ‘who is chasing who?’
Raquel nervously said she was going to bed, Tonio orders both girls to bed, but makes Max stay behind and confronts him finally. Max denies everything and called him crazy, then in a moment of intense anger when Tonio grabs hold of him and accused him of trying to kill him shouted, ‘I wish I did! Nothing could make me happier than to see you dead!’

Victoria suddenly appears and is told but Max still angrily said Tonio was insane and goes upstairs. Tonio consoles Victoria then goes upstairs to Raquel’s room, guessing correctly that Max had been there earlier to warn her. After a lot of pressure, Raquel cracks tearfully and told him the whole story. Tonio consoled her and sent her back to bed. Victoria suggests Max should go on an extended vacation. Maura’s younger sister, Carla, pays a visit to the house, to see how Tonio’s wife looked like and is introduced to Martha and Daniel. She invites Raquel to a party Maura is throwing, showing scorn when Raquel replies she would have to ask Tonio first. Carla urged her to come as she didn’t need her husband’s permission all the time. Martha and Daniel leave with Carla who gives them a lift to town. Max angrily grabs Raquel to find out what had happened the previous night but Victoria comes in, giving her a chance to escape. Max sulkily  said he only wanted Raquel to go on a boat ride with him; Victoria scolds him for asking Raquel of all people,  Tonio’s wife, such a thing. Tonio makes more inquires, with Pablo’s help.
Victoria and Raquel talk; she advises her to ignore Max if he bothered her again. Tonio returns from work and takes Raquel to the study to confab on the next line of action. Max comes in with some papers and asks where Tonio was. Victoria gets angry when he also asks her about Raquel, ‘why are you always asking about her?’ she demands.
Max interrupts their discussion, for Tonio to sign a check. Raquel feels like a pawn between them and warns Tonio she won’t let him take advantage of her, as she was not like Maura or any of his other lovers, which makes him wonder if she was jealous.
Max annoys Raquel during lunch, which makes her leave the table in anger but Tonio follows her up to console her and takes her out to dinner again, where he admits he was sexually attracted to her but at the same time liked and respected her enough NOT to take advantage of her like she feared. Max and Maura come up with a plan.
Tonio and Raquel return home hand in hand and warmly bid each other goodnight. To Raquel’s horror, Max enters her room through the open French windows and manipulates her not to trust Tonio (not realising she had told on him).
In his study, Tonio opens a box and brings out a fabulous diamond bracelet. Eagerly, he goes upstairs to present it to Raquel, but alas, sees Max leaving her room…

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!


SO VERY, VERY SORRY folks for the long break in transmission; I’ve been very busy; being a
teacher is demanding work and I’m currently working on another book; by the Grace of Allah,
will be my first for older readers. From now on I’ll do my best to publish my posts more often.
This month is special to me since this blog was created on the 10th of May, 2007; the first post
being AND THEN THERE WAS THREE .'MY
FAVORITE THINGS' is a year old and I thank the Almighty God for keeping this blog on for so
long; in the beginning when there had been no visitors, I’d considered deleting it but my love for
writing prevailed. Many thanks to the visitors, most especially fellow blogger, Mrs. Philomena
Ojukutu and those who had left comments, I only pray this blog gets more interested readers
before its second anniversary.

Now to business… where I stopped on Tu O Nadie (No One but You).

Tonio didn’t confide in Maura when she confronted him; reminding her that their relationship had
been more physical than loving. He later apologized to Raquel, excusing his initial harshness and doubts due to his amnesia, an excuse she accepts out of shame. A new wardrobe is ordered for her and Tonio takes her out to dinner, where she loosens up around him; smiling and laughing for the first time. Tonio spied Max at the entrance and leaves Raquel to find out what was going on, but Max sullenly makes an excuse and leaves, planning on taking Raquel and Martha away that night once she got  back. On getting back home, Tonio offers Raquel a pearl necklace he’d offered her before but again she refuses it. He kisses her for the first time but Raquel, though drunk, doesn’t allow it to go further. Max tries to enter Raquel’s room but it’s locked on both sides.The following morning, Tonio’s lazy brother-in-law, Claudio, sees Max furiously shaking Raquel by the shoulders, beside the swimming pool. He suspects they must have already known each before, especially by the way Max angrily brushes him off and later tells Camilla, who then tells Maura. Tonio is more and more suspicious of Raquel; they have another fight and he tells a shocked Victoria of his suspicions, that Raquel was an adventuress deceiving them all, but she
doesn’t believe him. He abruptly takes Raquel to Guadalajara and gets acquainted with Don Daniel, who is nervous around him.

Friday, May 23, 2008

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