The Caliente Affairs, Volume One

Meet Dina and Nina Caliente, twenty-something identical twin sisters who have moved back to their little hometown of Pleasantview. Not everyone in town is happy to see the twins back, and it's not long before the two are causing trouble and uprooting everybody's pleasant life.


5. A Pleasant Affair


“Hello! Is that the enquires desk? … Yes, I’d like to know if it would be possible to book your reception room for a festive gathering, this is Mrs. Pleasant.” Mary-Sue added emphasis, knowing a little name-dropping couldn’t hurt. Mary Sue was like the mayor’s second hand – in charge of keeping the town in shape. This meant regular committee meetings, but also, as a friendly gesture, annual parties. This year, Mary-Sue had had some personal issues, so she’d left the party planning a little late. She had intended to throw her second ever Halloween Ball, as it was October Thirty-First on Saturday. “You’re still all booked for this weekend? … Well, could you please keep me informed if it becomes available for Saturday? … Do you have my home number? … Okay then, goodbye.” Mary-Sue had been contacting the same place for a while now, but had had no luck in reserving a room for the party. Scanning through the phonebook, Mary-Sue knew she could no longer put things off and picked up the phone again. “Hello, is this City Hall?” The City Hall, intended as a glorified town-hall, had just opened in anticipation of Pleasantviews upcoming Centennial celebrations. But Mary-Sue was hesitant in reserving the hall for a party. All in all, she was disappointed with the hall’s appearance – it was certainly not as grand as one would expect for hosting a Pleasant Party. Mary-Sue didn’t hold her breath, waiting for a reply. “It is? Oh, that’s certainly nice to hear.” Giving up on her dream location, she sighed and made do with what she had. “Would it be possible to reserve the hall for Saturday? … Yes, this is Mrs. Pleasant.” Realising she had used her surname once again, Mary-Sue felt a little guilty, given the rough patch she and her husband were experiencing at the moment. Finishing up her plans, Mary-Sue could hear her husband finally getting home from the bar. Whilst the girls were doing their homework, Mary-Sue went out front to lecture him. “Did you plan on coming home this late?” Mary-Sue said, storming towards her husband before he could take a step inside.
“Oh really, Mary, don’t make such a scene. It’s not even ten!” Daniel replied.
“I don’t give a hoot! When I sit down to dinner, I like to be seated with every member of this household which, if you hadn’t noticed, still includes you!” Mary-Sue shouted a little louder than she intended.
“Of course I notice! Who do you think spends half of their time with every member of this household?” Daniel mimicked, referring to their daughters. “Me, that’s who.”
“Well, you could have fooled me.”
“Oh please, Mary-Sue, when was the last time you greeted the girls after school and offered to help them with their homework, huh? When was the last time you and I… did anything together?” Since being promoted again in her job, Mary-Sue had been neglecting her household role as a mother, and after becoming suspicious of her husband and the maid, it was true she had been as cold as ice with Daniel. It was only now that she felt on fire – only with rage instead of passion.
“If you want to spend time with me, you have a funny way of showing it.” Mary-Sue looked away, but Daniel grabbed her.
“I don’t want to go out every night – but I do so, because if I stay here, all I’m given is the silent treatment. Why can’t you just leave the past where it belongs and move on?” Daniel gently turned Mary-Sue’s face towards his. “I love you! And you love me, I know that.” Daniel said.
Mary-Sue sighed, 
“Of course I love you, Daniel. And I accept the past to be just that – in the past. But it doesn’t change the fact that things are different. And as much as I want to… spend timewith you, I don’t want to just rush into things too quickly. You understand don’t you, you’ll give me time?”
“I don’t know, Mary. Maybe I’m tired of waiting. A candle only burns for so long you know.” Daniel remarked, turning away and entering the Pleasants house. Mary-Sue stood by herself for a moment, lost in her thoughts. She was still hung up on Daniels words, as the family sat down to eat that night.
“Can we eat yet?” Angela asked, patiently passing the time by twirling a strand of her naturally red hair. Mary-Sue pushed her concerns to the back of her mind and carried on as usual.
“Not just yet, I want to talk first.”
“Oh, God!” Lilith cried out, getting ready to leave the table again. Unlike her twin, she had been impatient during the awkward silence, using the excuse of reapplying her make-up in order to leave the dining table.
“No! It’s nothing bad, I just wanted to ask who you’ll be taking to the Halloween Ball on Saturday. I suppose if you must, you can eat whilst we talk – but for Heaven’s sake, don’t talk with your mouth’s full.” The family began, but no-one said a word - so Mary-Sue had to prompt them. Since she had begun hosting these things, none of the girls could ever have shown up without a date. For a while now, both had been in relationships, so Mary-Sue knew who they were taking – she just liked to keep up the conversation in the house. “Lilith, I trust that lovely boy Dirk will be escorting you tomorrow?”
“Um, yeah probably. But…” Lilith paused.
“But what?” Mary-Sue worriedly asked.
“I just don’t think I’ll be going tomorrow is all.” Lilith shrugged.
“Not going?! Well, why-ever not?”
“Yeah, come on, Sis! Halloween is the one time of year you can go out of the house without people looking at you funny.” Angela sarcastically remarked.
“Very funny, Grungela” Lilith shot back.
“Angela, Lilith, please keep the family bickering down to a minimum tonight. Now, Lilith, I think you should come. I’d feel ashamed turning up without you.”
“That’s funny, it’s usually the other way around for me.” Angela joked again.
“Shut up, bee-yotch!” Lilith yelled.
“Well, she totally is. Anyway, why don’t you ask her who she’s taking – as if we didn’t already know.” Lilith was almost seething with disdain.
“Yes, well, I do know who she’s taking.” Mary-Sue knew her daughter had been dating a boy called Dustin. He wasn’t exactly a saint, but he had a nice personality. However, Daniel did not like him one bit.
“Oh? No you don’t.” Angela added.
“What?!” All three of the family replied.
“Did you two break-up?” Daniel perked up.
“You’re not taking Dustin?” Mary-Sue asked.
“Well, I can’t. He has to work, and he told me afterwards he’ll be too tired to come.”
“I don’t think you can call what he does work.” Daniel said.
“He gets paid, Daddy!” Angela brushed off her dad
s remark, despite being in agreement that Dustin's boss was less than reputable - but Lilith was employed by him too, so clearly Daniel was being ignorant.
“So neither of you are bringing dates? Oh dear.” Mary-Sue frowned, beginning to panic.

“Mum, we aren’t the ones you should be worrying about. I really don’t think half as many people will turn up this time. I mean, a lot’s changed since last year.” Lilith said, thinking back to the last Halloween Ball.
“It certainly has.” Mary-Sue said, casting a glance towards Daniel and being flooded with her thoughts from earlier. As bed-time approached, Daniel was relaxing in bed with a book. Mary-Sue gingerly walked out of the bathroom, causing Daniel to peer over the top of the pages.
“Not to pry, but did I hear you throwing up in there?” He asked.
“I’m afraid you did.” Mary-Sue admitted, as she climbed into bed beside her husband.
“…It wasn’t on purpose, was it?” Daniel queried.
“Daniel! You know that was a one-time thing. What on Earth would make you bring that up?” Mary-Sue felt ashamed, referring back to a time when she felt pressured to lose weight, having gone back to work straight after giving birth to the twins. Daniel had confronted her back then about her eating disorder, and Mary-Sue found that depending on him during her recovery was where their problems had begun - though she had never admitted that out loud.
“Oh nothing, I was just thinking about the past. You shouldn’t let this party planning get to you.”
“But I do. If this gathering doesn’t make a good impression on the new neighbours, then what chance do we have of pulling in more new residents? I have to justify these new property plans, I was the one lobbying for them to be approved – it’s supposed to bring in a lot of new income, but I can’t promise that, not without any people to fill the houses with. Oh, that reminds me, are your sister and her family still coming?” Mary-Sue was referring to Daniel’s sister, Jennifer, her husband, John, and their daughter, Lucy.
“Yes they are, what about your parents.”
“Tsk, father’s being troubled by his back again and mother won’t hear of leaving his side.” Mary-Sue said, settling into bed.
“Well, you managed to persuade Lil’ to come, so just relax. And, most importantly, enjoy yourself.”
“I will, I will. Are you going to be staying up for much longer?”
“I’m just finishing this chapter, then I’m all yours.” Daniel said, letting the common phrase slip out.
“Really! And what do you think I have planned for you?” Mary-Sue laughed, as she closed her eyes and rested.
“Nothing dear, absolutely nothing.” Daniel sighed.

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