Episode Six « The Caliente Affairs

Previously on ‘The Caliente Affairs’: Nina became suspicious of Dina and her so-called ‘innocent’ kiss with Ed. Nina and Don tried for baby, and Cassandra and Darren got engaged. Dirk began to formulate his plan to reveal Cassandra’s true self to his dad, whilst also spending time with his many girlfriends!

Prologue: No Time for Love

Daniel Pleasant descends from a rather large family. His Great-Grandparent’s founded the town a long time ago, and all of his family have lived in Pleasantview since then. Daniel knew nothing was more important than family. He adored his twin-daughters, Lilith and Angela, and loved his wife, Mary-Sue – who was also proud of her family. But nowadays, it always seemed to come second to her work.

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.

“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 always knew a little name dropping couldn’t hurt. “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 Pleasantview’s 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, as she waited 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.” She realised she had used her surname once again and felt a little sad, given what she and her husband were going through at the moment.

She had booked the hall and also managed to get them to decorate it accordingly for the event. Outside, she heard her husband finally getting home from the bar. Whilst the girls were doing their homework, Mary-Sue went out to confront 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, as 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 time with 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 said, as he turned and entered the Pleasant house.