Episode Nine « The Caliente Affairs
Act 5: Mother or Lover?
Later on, Cassandra sat down to eat with Dirk. She hoped she might be able to make him see that using his dad’s money for a wedding would benefit her future family more. “So, has your dad shared with you his plans for the big fortune he’s about to make?”
“He sure has. Man, I never thought I’d be able to get through college without keeping my part-time job or something like that. Heck, I might even be able to rent a place of my own.” Dirk imagined.
“Oh, well, I know that if I were in your position, having all of my father’s money put into my education, I’d crack knowing that I could easily end up flunking or something. I mean, University is hard work. But I’m sure you don’t have to worry about that, you’re a bright kid.” Cassandra said, trying to sound genuinely supportive of Darren’s wishes. She saw Dirk suddenly realising that not everything about this was as great as he first thought.
“…Maybe even more so.” Cassandra told Dirk. “You just have to remember that there’s no pressure for you to do well. Even though all of your father’s money is going into your education – you can’t think about that. Just have fun.” Cassandra finished off her plan, hoping to have at least moved her wedding back up to Winter. Admiring her work, she imagined a beautiful Valentine’s Day ceremony would be on the cards now.
Despite his initial feelings, the more he found out about Cassandra, the more he began to understand what his dad loved about her. He had always been reluctant to let Cassandra in, but now he had, he wasn’t sure if he ever wanted her to leave. Dirk had always been suspicious of the Goth’s, but now he realised that what seemed like suspicion was really just envy. He envied their expensive lifestyle, and to him, it seemed like they were so perfect – as if they weren’t human. But with Cassandra sharing more about her life with Dirk – and Alex practically coming out to him, he saw that they were just as normal as everyone else in town.
And he saw how happy Cassandra made his dad. He’d even managed to mention Dirk’s mother, Darleen, without getting sad. In fact, Dirk now understood how he could fall in love with another woman yet still hold a place in his heart for his deceased wife.
As he thought about his mother, he silently prayed for her to help him accept Cassandra like his father had. The pinging noise of an Instant Message pop-up on his computer distracted Dirk from his thoughts and he went over to see who was contacting him.
It was Orlando, so Dirk sat down for a chat with his friend.
Dirk had never been to a college party and wondered how on earth Orlando had managed to get himself invited.
Dirk turned to look at his dad and realised he’d said that he wanted the three of them to spend some time together. He couldn’t believe it, but he wanted to spend time with his Dad and Cassandra. Besides, he knew that Orlando would end up getting drunk and thrown out – or do something even worse!
Not wanting to feel more guilty, Dirk logged off. Besides, he thought, it would take Orlando at least an hour to get ready!
When he sat up, Darren was stood right behind him. “Don’t sneak up on me like that!”
“It’s okay, I think you and Cassandra should save some for the wedding too.” Darren smiled, for the first time seeing that his son was beginning to accept his relationship.
If he were honest, Dirk was glad he didn’t have to go that party. He was tired. And, as he collapsed on top of his bed, he found himself falling to sleep. But before he could rest, nature was calling. Half asleep, it wasn’t until he was in the bathroom that Dirk realised he’d gone all the way upstairs. That’s weird, he thought to himself. Pausing in front of the toilet, Dirk suddenly realised he wasn’t alone.
Stepping out of the shower, a naked body shocked Dirk from his drowsy state. He was wide awake now, and could see everything. Dirk knew he should feel ashamed… but he just couldn’t look away from her fantastic body.
Her smooth, tanned skin was now wet from the shower, and looked even more astounding than yesterday. As Cassandra stood in front of Dirk, he realised she wasn’t paying attention to him. It was as if he wasn’t even in the room. But suddenly, she walked towards him, and Dirk could feel himself growing closer to her. She opened her mouth, and Dirk opened his. But to his surprise, all she did was stand there making a noise… a ringing noise.
Dirk sleepily awoke and realised it had only been another one of his hormonal dreams. As he reached over to turn off the alarm, he got the shock of his life and saw Cassandra standing at his door.
But, as he lay in bed, he wondered if it was sick to dream that way about his future step-mother. Quickly falling back to sleep, he realised that if he had learnt anything from these past event, it was that dreams were only pretend, he didn’t really desire Cassandra that way.
…Or did he?
END OF EPISODE NINE