The Crossroads of Love ch.3

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Chapter Three

Jareth was back at home dealing with his annoying wife who was trying to find matching outfits for both of them to wear to the masque due in 4 days. Jareth couldn’t even concieve of the idea of matching outfits. His wife had terrible tastes in clothing he hated how she dressed him but he was willing to oblige to all she had to say in order to get her off his back about having disappeared the other night. Ofcourse she did not beleive the story about him having Kingly duties to attend to.
So Jareth had to put with her usual squabbling about him being mean to her, that she would tel her father how he treated her, that she could easily tell everyone how he still sighs for the mortal who turned him down.

Jareth had to bite is tongue and let Gertrude do whatever it was she wanted today. Her newest motion was for them to go as a famous couple. But through all her ramblings all he could do was think of Sarah and their last encounter. When he held her close to him, when they looked into each other’s eyes.

‘Sarah I wonder what you are doing now?’ He thought to himself.

“So, Jareth what do you think? Shall we go as Romeo and Juliet or shall we go as Cleopatra and Mark Antony or Venus and Adonis? What do you say? Jareth?”

Jareth looking out into nothing not noticing his wife almost waving her hands to him.

“I knew it! I knew it you snake! You wither your way into my heart and now you want to smite me with your poison!”

Jareth snapped out of his trance like state and nodded his head as she sees his wife throwing all the costumes around.

He stood up and grabbed her hand,”I grow weary of you Gertrude! Don’t get on my bad side or you shall know my dark side, luv!Or don’t you know your dear husband yet? Just choose whatever you like and be off with you!”

Gertrude stood still shaking grabbing the customes of Romeo and Juliet and leaving Jareth alone.

Jareth sat down again on his bed conjuring up a crystal where he could see what his beloved was up to.

Gertrude ran down the hallway crying desperately. Growing angrier and angrier by the minute. She knew she had to do something and quick she knew her marraige to Jareth was falling apart and she would not be made a fool of!

‘So you grow weary of me do you Jareth? Well then we must do something to remedy this.’

She transported into her room since she and Jareth did not share a bedroom chamber at Jareth’s request. She would sneak into his bed at night hoping that he would not resist her naked body next to his but Jareth had not faltered having only Sarah in his heart his body had only betrayed him when Gertrude placed confusions spells on his dinner making Jareth groggy not really knowing what was going on. She would do the same tonight but this time she would not place a spell on him but rather trick him and make him think that she was with child. But what Jareth did not know and what was not included in the contract was that Gertrude was not able to have children. She was infertile.

‘Maybe this way Jareth would treat me different. If he would think that I am with child then he would surely not leave me and maybe once and for all he would forget this Sarah. But how could he when he is always monitoring her every day affairs. I must do something before my marraige is over! I must!’

Gertrude began scheming and knew exactly what she was going to do.

Aboveground……………..

Sarah and Ryan were out shopping for a fund raiser they were invited to on Sat.

“I don’t know Ryan this seems to revealing.” Sarah said as she tried on a red dress that showed her cleavage and back. It was sleek and fitting to her body.

“Well what good is it if you look that sexy in a dress and not wear it! Come on Sarah you are always to worried about being too revealing. Come on and live a bit. You are a woman now, don’t be afraid of your womanly body!” He said as he made her turn around and show it off to him.

Sarah blushed and smiled at Ryan’s comment. “I guess you are right. But it’s a bit expensive. I think I am going to try another dress and see ok. Now if you don’t mind.” She said as she shoved Ryan out of the dressing room.

“Well alright, but mind you Sarah you can afford this now. You know with all your success. You have to look what you are Sarah and you know that you are worth more than a million. Well while you try on the other dress I am going to the little men’s room ok. ”

“Ok Ryan but don’t take too long I need your opinion on this dress.”

But Ryan did not hear her cause he was gone already.

“Don’t take too long , I need your opinion” She heard in a mocking voice behind her.

“Jareth? What are you doing here?” Sarah said as he tried to cover her top exposed body. The dress only covering her waist and below.

Jareth’s sly smile making her nervous to the bone.

“Really Sarah, what happened to that prideful girl I met so long ago. Making sure her precious Ryan doesn’t take too long?”

He eyed her from head to toe admiring every naked part of her that he could.

“Is there no sense of privacy in the Underground Jareth? Or do you even know what the word means?”

Jareth smiled and grabbed the black dress she was trying on and helped her put it on. Sarah was frozen in fear but was rather intruiged by his closeness. She felt his hands touch her skin making her heart flutter. His lips so tentalizing.

‘If only he wasn’t an evil Goblin King who only wants to heal his ego. We could really have had something here.’

“Now let’s see Sarah, this dress does not flatter you one bit. Neither does this red one. And really Sarah you should try wearing Victoria Secret; her underwear is quite becoming of women. Your Fruit of a Looms are nice but you should be wearing silk and lace.”

Sarah rolled her eyes and looked into the mirror agreeing that the black dress was not flattering.

“Why not try this one instead?” He said as a medieval burgendy dress appeared in his hand in an instant.

Sarah was speechless and grabbed to place it up to her shoulders.

“I love it! This is the dress! It is perfect! How did you know?”

“Well we picked it together remember? But hey if you wanna give me all the credit then hey you owe me lunch!” Ryan said enthuciastically outside the dressing booth.

Sarah looked up and Jareth was gone. “Oh aha” She chuckled I , I guess I owe you lunch then Ryan don’t I? Wait a minute ok I will come out and you tell me what you think.

Sarah placed the dress on walked out of the booth. The burgendy dress had Princess cuffs and the it had a high waist while the thread was all shiny gold. She loved these dresses they made her feel like a Queen.
She walked out and Ryan’s face lit up.

“Wow Sarah that is so retro! Where the heck did you get that thing?”

Sarah frowned and shook her head. “Really Ryan don’t you have any sense of romance in you? This dress is a classic. You obviously don’t know my tastes all that good Ryan.”

Ryan smiled,”Alright sorry , I like it, I like it. It’s you really Sarah it’s you. Now don’t be mad at me. I hate it when you get mad at me. Now smile, give me a smile.”

Sarah rolled her eyes and barely cracked a smile. “Fine but now you owe me lunch!” She said as she closed the door to the booth.

She stared at herself in the mirror once more loving the dress.

The Crossroads of Love ch.2

Chapter Two

Sarah arrived a little early and she began preparing the reading area and it’s small stage. She began to prepare the props here and there before the signing was to begin. Her agent Katrice was there helping here out.

The actors that Sarah had hired had not arrived yet and she was beginning to get nervous.

“Where are they? Katrice are you sure you called the agency again?”

“Sarah Darling you worry to much really. Trust me, I called them and they should be here any second. Relax, baby relax.”

Sarah rolled her eyes and wished that her agent wouldn’t be such a stereotypical agent with all those baby’s in each line they say.

20 minutes passed by and the library was going to open soon. Then came in all the characters of the original story. Actors dressed up except for one. The Goblin King was missing!!!!

“Where the hell is Tom? He can’t be late. Isn’t he supposed to be proper at all times? After all he is English!” Sarah said beginning to feel her cheeks turning red.

“I don’t know luv but he shall be here soon. I know it’s such a bugger he’ll be here, don’t worry.” Said the actor who played Sir Didymus.

Sarah was angry by now but tried to calm down. After all children were beginning to show up with their parents and she was an example to them. She merely gritted her teeth and went to sit down at the signing table.

10 Minutes later Katrice goes to whisper into Sarah’s ear.”Darling he is here but he says he is a sub for Tom since Tom got a gig somewhere else.”

Sarah looks around but no site of him. “Oh you won’t see him yet. He said he won’t come out of hiding in the bathroom. Something about giving you a surprise. I tell you I have never seen someone looking that good as a Goblin King. He looks absolutely scrumptous. Now continue signing and smiling baby. Your audience loves yah!”

Sarah smiled nervously she did not like suprises when it came to her Labyrinth performances. This was the only way she could pretend to be there. She missed her friends. Only days after her trip to the Labyrinth did she call for her friends but none of them came.

She tried and tried for a long time but nothing. She figured they did not care for her anymore. She remembered all the good times with her friends and tears almost welled up in her eyes. But what frightened her the most was how she even missed him. That awful stubborn, sadistic pig of a King. ‘Jareth, if only…’ She thought. But was quickly interrupted when all the children began to clap as her last signature was given and the announcement of the show was being done. Sarah rushed to the back and fixed herself up a bit. Still no Goblin King insight.

“Hey, who is this guy playing Jareth?” She asked the actor portraying Ludo. He was immensly tall guy with a deep voice he said,”I don’t know, but if you get his number let me know. He looks delicious.Mmmhmm girl. I am ready to eat him up alive. Sushi style, you know what I mean?”

Sarah smiled not believing such a big guy being well you know.

The music began and the little theatrical show was to begin. All the lights were turned down and the spotlight was shown on an owl which began to fly over the children and guests. Glitter fell from the sky.

All the children screamed with delight as the owl flew past them. Sarah could hear the screams and was curious to look out the curtain. But she would not dare be so unprofessional. She tried to keep her calm and wits about her.

The owl disappeared into thin air and everyone gasped. Sarah came out with her fake dog and began to recite her scenes. She was up to the part when she wishes her brother away and then there were little shadows everywhere. Sarah became frightened by their autencity. The children screamed as they could feel little hairy things running amongst them. Some where even about to cry. Just then the a burst of air exploded into the room and glitter flew everywhere and there he stood. Jareth, looking dead into Sarah’s eyes. The crowd gasped as they see this site.

Sarah stood pale almost ready to faint into the crowd. “You are him? Aren’t you?”She could barely whimper out.

‘Oh, it’s him isn’t it? Or is it me?’ Sarah was still in disbelief.

‘Why my dear you still look the same. Except now there seems to be more fear in your eyes.’ Jareth thought enjoying every single second of this moment.

All the story was played out until the last part where Sarah was supposed to tell Jareth that he had no power over her. Sarah could not remember what her lines were. And Sarah only looked deep into Jareth’s mismatched eyes and swallowed deep. “You , you have no, you no. ”

He looked at her content and smiled and whispered,”You have no power over me my sweet.”

And Sarah cleared her throat and said,”You have no power over me.”

The children clapped and the parents stood up loving the show just as well. Sarah could not stand it any longer.

Sarah ran to the bathroom and locked herself up in a booth. Katrice followed her and asked her what was going on. “Boy Sarah, those were some good special effects where did you get them? And where did that hunk come from. Did you see how he moved those crystals around his hands? He has been the best Jareth so far. I am going to see if he wants to be the permanent Jareth. He is perfect for it!”

Sarah only sighed and cried silently. Afraid of what had just happened.

“Katrice please handle everything, I don’t feel good. I am going home.”

Katrice assured her she would and Sarah almost ran out of there wanting to avoid Jareth.

When she arrived home she was tired felt helpless.
‘What was he doing there? What does he want? Oh he scares me so.’

She sighed and just as she was throwing her coat onto her couch she saw Jareth sitting next to the other couch just smiling at her with that sly smile that made her shutter.

“What are you doing here? Jareth what do you want?”

Jareth stood up closing ground between both of them. “I just wanted to see how my biggest adversary was doing. After all you are the only one has solved the Labyrinth. I wanted to see for myself what the great Sarah was up to?”

He stopped right infront of her as she stood still almost breathless. Jareth looked deep into her hazel eyes trying to read what she was thinking.

‘Oh you precious thing you still look beautiful. Your age has only made you more interesting. Your eyes read so many things. Why do you still haunt me so?’

Sarah swallowed and tried to compose herself. She broke the stare down looking down and walked away.

“Well Jareth , you ‘ve seen what you wanted. Now I think it’s time that you leave.”

Jareth smiled crookedly and walked past her waving his hand and making her cd player play music. ‘Endless Love’ was playing and Sarah stood still remembering how Jareth used to declare his love for her before. Through music.

‘My love there is only you in my life.
The only thing that’s right.

My first love your every breathe that I make.
Your every step I take.

And I I want to share all my life with you. No one else will do. Cause your eyes, your eyes your eyes they tell me how much you care. Oh yes, you will always be Endless Love………

Sarah stood still almost shaking as Jareth approached asking her to dance,”I will leave after we finish our dance.”

Sarah hypnotized abliged. They danced to the song and next thing Sarah knows the whole room is spinning and they are back at the ballroom dance again except this time their are no courtiers around them. She is dressed in her white dress and the song continues.

‘Two hearts, two hearts that beat as one. Our lives have just begun. And forever, hmmm I’ll hold you close in my arms I can’t resist your charms oh and love I’ll be that fool for you. I’m sure you will always be my endless love. ‘

Sarah is entranced when all of a sudden she hears a distant ringing. She turns around and she hears a distinctive ringing.

She snaps out of her enchantment and says outloud,”It’s the phone! It must be Ryan!”

Everything went back to normal and Jareth stood there shaking in anger.

Sarah ran to the phone not looking back and answered the phone. “Hi Ryan, I knew it was you. No I’m not busy.” She said as she turned around and looked at Jareth. “No I’m ok I was just tired.”

Jareth looked at the twinkle in her eye as she spoke to Ryan and he could not stand it as he looked at her intensely and disappeared.

“Wait hold on Ryan,” she covered the phone and looked around,”Jareth, Jareth? She shrugged her shoulders and kept on talking to Ryan.

The Crossroads of Love repost Labyrinth sequel

Title:The Crossroads of Love
Author:Hellen Gavarrete
Rating:Pg.13
Summary:Sequel in which Jareth is married! Yes married but he is still not over Sarah. What will happen?

Author’s note: I am not reposting this for points , I just merely want the story to make sense to those who haven’t read it or have but it’s been sooo long since I have added new chapters have probably forgotten the plot. You don’t have to add these post to my points Michelle, like I said I am not doing it for the points. Thank You!

Chapter One
Jareth stood by the windowsill looking out into the Goblin City bored out of his mind. He could see how some goblins picked up some old leftovers from a trash can and began to eat!
He was digusted by his own subjects and winced at the grossness.
“How utterly awfully disgusting little magets. Can’t they ever be civilized?”

He walked away from the windowsill and he went to sit on his now clean thrown room since the new law prevented any of the Goblins to enter the castle on less they were servants or if they were summoned there. There premisces were only to the outside of the castle. Jareth had grown weary of them all one day and the stench of chicken dunk had made him sick to stomach one last time. He kicked them all out!Literally!

He conjured up a crystal and his usual routine began again. There she was cleaning up her kitchen and talking to her bestfriend Ryan whom was beginning to be more like her supplemental boyfriend as she had entered into her 30’s. Sarah still had not found a man to share the rest of her life with. She always somehow found something wrong with them. Ryan was the only man in her life and he was beginning to win ground.

“That annoying scoundrel is always calling her! What does he want with her?” He said as he smirked and touched the crystal with one of his hands to caress Sarah’s face as she leaned over wiping off the kitchen counter with the phone on her left shoulder.

The he heard it the most annoying noise he had ever heard and has heard for the past 20 years. “Jareth, Oh Jareth darling what are you doing? Come here I need you.”

Jareth’s shoulders went up as his body reacted to the unnerving voice that altered his body into a state of almost shock!

“Um dearest? I am busy with matters now? Is it really important?”

He hears footsteps coming closer as he quickly dissolves the crystal into then air almost hiding his hands behind him as if he were a small child hiding something.

In comes Gertrude his wife, she was tall and petite and her long silvery hair flew with the air. Her crystal blue eyes fixed on his hands knowing full well what her husband had been doing. She had known since the day she married him that he still loved her. Sarah the mortal. Her pale skin like his could not hide the redness beginning to arise in her bony cheeks. Her flowy medieval green dress shivered with her body.

“Darling I was merely trying to get your opinion on what I should wear for the masque this coming weekend. Here should I wear this beautiful butterfly or should I wear this?” And she brought out a pair of jeans with a beige peasants blouse. “I could go as Sarah and then maybe, then MAYBE you would actually pay attention to me! For once in our 20 years of marraige Jareth!”

Jareth looked dead at her knowing full well what puddle of tears lay ahead for him. This routine had nearly driven him crazy and here he had to endure this torture again.

‘Must I really go through this again. Oh why did I marry this wench. It’s all Sarah’s fault. If she had not turned down my offer father would not have forced me to marry this pompous fake and I could be married to Sarah by now but she turned me down! She’s as stubburn as a mule!’

“Really Gertrude must we go through this again. I never lied to you decieving you that I had stopped loving Sarah but my father’s dying wish was to see me married and since I could NOT unfortuneatly marry for love, I married for treaty. That has never been a secret to you dear and still you deny me the only thing I ever asked of you from the beginning which was PEACE OF MIND!!! And ever since I married you that is the last thing I have PEACE!!!”

Jareth regretted the words that had just come out of his mouth but now it was too late to take them back. He would give her flowers later to calm her down. Gertrude ran to her bedroom crying like a baby and Jareth just shook his head in amazement and sat crookedly on his thrown again conjuring up his crystal staring at Sarah once more.

Sarah unbeknownst to her carried on with life. Now in her 30’s she was beginning to feel like an old spinster atleast that is what Karen her step-mother always made her feel like. “Sarah your biological clock is ticking and Toby needs some nephews and nieces.” Sarah could just hear her nagging her in her head. Karen never learned how to be that mother Sarah always needed instead Karen opted to be her friend but that never seemed to settle on Sarah.

“Ok Ryan I gotta go. We’ll talk later. I have that book signing at that library remember. Yeah I know but hey it’s a living. NO they haven’t called me back, but my agent says that she is sure this part is perfect for me. Yeah thanks hopefully they will call me soon. But hey for now I still have my books right? Ok, talk to you later. Bye.”

Sarah had written a book titled ‘Jareth the Goblin King’. When that one became popular she wrote many small series on the the Labyrinth creatures she encountered.’The Goblin City’, ‘The Little Blue Worm’, ‘The Fieries Loose Their Heads’ and ‘The Rock Callers’ .

She even wrote one especifically on Hoggle which talked about bestfriends. They were a favorite among the children. After she had gotten permission to write those mini series she had become the latest children’s craze. There was even a video cassette where children could sing along with the album ‘Songs From the Underground’. Sarah found her new talent some what boring but she knew deep in heart that her acting career was halted after she became known in the entertainment world as a fantasy writer. It was getting harder and harder to break out of that mold. But she carried on with life as she always had.

Sarah jumped in the shower and got ready for the book signing. She always wore whimsical outfits to awe the children. That was her favorite part and sometimes she even hired a few actors and they reenacted scenes from her books. The children loved that. This time she was going to go as Sarah the heroin of the original story. She was ready. Blue jeans and her beige peasants blouse her hair let down and she even carried around a doll with stripped white and red pajamas.

She looked at herself in the mirror and sighed.’If only one day I could go back there.’ Still she stood up straight and grabbed her car keys and headed down to Garden City , NY to Holly Pattersson Library.

Jareth looked at her through his crystal and thought of something he should not be thinking. He would surprise Sarah. ‘It’s about time I popped back into her life. After all another character of her stories needs to be present.’

He stood up and disappeared with a poof of glitter everywhere. 🙂

The Truth about Everything Chapter 20

Chapter 20

Nicole was able to get the court physician and they managed to get the King to his quarters.

But where were Francis and Marie?

They hadn’t come home at all, not even after it got dark.

“Nicole,� Louis said, taking her hand in his. “Promise me something.�

“Anything, Your Majesty.�

“Make up with Auguste, Nicole. He loves you more than you know.�

“How can I do that when he is nowhere around here?� she asked.

“I explained that he has family somewhere,� Louis said. “I have a feeling I know exactly where they live.�

He looked at her puzzled face. “There is a manor, not all that far from your parents. It was used as a summer residence and the de Barbarac’s used to spend their winters in Paris.�

“Is that the one closest to the castle?� Nicole asked.

“Yes, Nicole, that’s the one.� Louis started to cough and sputter.

“I don’t know how much longer I can keep talking to you this way, Nicole,� he said before he closed his eyes. “I feel I am getting weaker by the minute,�

“You will be alright, Your Majesty,� Nicole said, patting his arm. “Just go to sleep for now. We will be right here for you when you wake up.�

Louis smiled and closed his eyes. “Thank you, Nicole, for everything,� he whispered.

The Truth about Everything Chapter 19

Chapter 19

“What do you mean he left on urgent business, Sire?�

The king looked at her, a little puzzled. “You mean you don’t know? He didn’t tell you?� Louis shook his head. “I mean, you are his intended after all.�

Nicole looked at him, this time she was a little puzzled. “My intended? I am betrothed to Auguste de Barbarac?�

“Of course you are, Nicole. Auguste and Francis have always been friends. So have you and Marie. Your parents set up the arrangement the same time as we set up ours.� He bent down to whisper in her ear. “He came to us at an early age, his parents wanting to train him in the ways of the Royal Guardsmen. We set up the arrangement when you two were only babies. “

“So he never really knew his parents?� Nicole asked looking at King Louis.

Louis shook his head. “That’s why he was surprised when he received that letter saying that he had just inherited a huge fortune and had to return to his family home.�

Nicole stared at the King. One surprise she could handle, but not two of them and all at once.

“Does he know where his family home is?�

“Well, I think he has some family in Hautefort somewhere. Now if I am not mistaken, I think that..�

Suddenly a pain shot threw his left arm and he grabbed it.

“Nicole,� he called. “Help me,� he said, before he fell to the floor.

The Truth about Everything Chapter 18

Chapter 18

“So,� King Louis asked her. “So you are Jacques de Lancret’s daughter?� They were walking together in the maze garden.

Nicole smiled, curtsied and then stood up.

“Yes, Your Majesty.�

The King smiled. “I heard that your parents are abroad, something about visiting relatives?�

Nicole nodded. “That is the way of the world, Your Majesty. They should return next Friday.�

The King smiled and nodded. “How is my soon to be granddaughter then?�

“You mean Marie,� Nicole said, smiling at him, “She is just fine, milord.�

Louis laughed. “Splendid! Splendid.�

He gestured toward a table under the shade. “Sit down, Nicole. I have so many questions to ask you.�

Nicole sat down wondering what the old man was talking about.

“I only came here to see if Captain Auguste de Barbarac was here,� she asked.

Louis smiled. “He has left, my dear, off on some urgent business. Now we must…�

More Dirty Dancing-The Reunion Chapters 18 – 19

Chapter 18

Well, Frannie let me tell you something about that apartment building. It was a twenty-story building made in the 1930’s. The architecture of the building was in the style called Art Deco. There was a doorman you had to report to before you could even enter the building. There were statues and figures surrounding all areas of the building’s façade.

On the inside of the lobby mirrors covered the walls lined with maroon velvet. A matching maroon carpet covered the floor. A crystal chandelier with flame style bulbs hung from the ceiling. A security guard sat at a small, cluttered desk on the right hand side of the lobby, closest to the stairs.

Phil and I had to explain to the guard who we were and who we were going to visit with. When the guard was satisfied, he led us to the elevators. Yes, little girl, the elevators, there was one on either side of the lobby.

He led us to the one on the left. Neil’s apartment wasn’t even in the building, it was the penthouse on the rooftop, which meant that we had to take the elevator to the top floor and walk up one flight of stairs to the top.

Frannie, you would never believe it. The elevator led us out to the foot of stairs and we walked up to the door. There was a small, enclosed rooftop garden complete with waterfalls and palm trees. In front of the entranceway, were, at least twenty cardboard boxes full of Neil’s belongings, ready to be moved where and whenever.

Brushing past the garden, I knocked on his front door.

Neil opened it and a smile lit up his face. He shook his head.

“If it isn’t Johnny Castle, the big dancer and choreographer on Broadway. So how many shows are you working on now? I hear your three shows are doing just fine. I guess we underestimated you.� He looked him up and down, a stupid grin plastered on his face. “ Look at you, you don’t look at day over…�

“Quiet, Neil,� I said, knowing that I was probably wrong for speaking to him that way, but this time I didn’t care.

“You know why we are here.�

Neil’s smile disappeared. He knew perfectly well why. He had been waiting for this all afternoon. “Where’s Phil Bowman?�

“Right here, Mr. Kellerman,� Phil said, extending his hand. “We are here to finalize this deal.�

“Come in, come in, gentlemen.�

And so we did.

Chapter 19

Last entry about Neil, I promise.

He led us into an almost bare living room, with most of the furniture and knick-knacks already gone. There was a bridge table set up in the middle of the room by the large front window.

Neil gestured to the table, realizing that he only had two folding chairs, went off to find another.

I think he was slightly embarrassed, Frannie, and he didn’t know what to do with me.

Neil came back and placed the chair on the left side of him.

“I hear that you married Baby Houseman,� Neil said, smiling.

“Yes and our three children came along for the ride,� I said, sitting down. I wasn’t kidding. Frannie wasn’t mine, but I was bringing her up nevertheless. We had one boy, Jonathan and she was six months pregnant with our third.

“Well, I suppose you’ve been busy,� he looked at me. “I hear your oldest is five years old now. When was she born, Johnny-boy, huh, Johnny?�

“Why you little…� I lost my temper again. Thank the Lord Phil broke in when he did.

“We are here to sign those contracts now, if you don’t mind, Neil and then we’ll be on our way.�

“We wouldn’t be taking up much more of your time than we have to, Neil,� I said, dropping the papers and pushing them across toward him. I’ll answer your questions before we go.�

Nudity in Movies

In light of the recent US release of Y Tu Mama Tambien I thought it might be appropriate to bring up the topic of nudity in movies. I don’t mean in a ultra right wing type of way (Impeach Jack Valente). I mean in the context of good film making. There are pleanty of films where nudity is used as an audience draw ( oh my god, you see that Saved by the Bell girl totally naked). There are also other films, Y Tu Mama…, where you see pleanty of nudity and sensuality but it works as part of the story. I guess my question is, when does the nudity start to distract from the story (this also can happen when you have a paticular celebrity who is naked. i.e. Julie Andrews in SOB{that worked though}). I’m interested to hear everyone’s take.

DUCKIE!!!!! DUCKIE RETURNS!!!!! DVD Madness Continues with Pretty In Pink!

This contest is closed Duckie!!!! It’s the return of everyone’s favorite high school side kick Duckie, as we go way back and old school for the next leg of our August DVD Madness. That’s right the classic teeny bopper film, “”Pretty In Pink”” makes it DVD debut this month (August 20) and courtesy of the fine folks at Paramount Home Video we have 10 copies of this movie. I watched the movie for the first time in years last night, and I have to say, I absolutely love this movie. I mean really, how can you not love Duckie (Jon Cryer)?!?!?! To win the DVD simply read below!

Pretty but poor, Andie’s (Molly Ringwald) a good student who develops a crush on Blane (Andrew McCarthy), the sensitive, well-born preppie. But Blane runs with a fast crowd of haughty rich kids, the kind of clique Andie and her new wavy best friend Duckie (Jon Cryer) can’t stand. Going against her fretting father (Harry Dean Stanton), peer pressure and social expectations, she decides to date him. But their big plans for the senior prom ultimately fall apart when Blane heeds his friend Steff’s (James Spader) warning to “”quit slumming.”” Will Blane find the courage to claim what he really wants and give up the so-called friends he doesn’t need?This classic 1980s teen film from the master of the genre, writer-producer John Hughes features plenty of great ’80s pop tunes from the Psychedelic Furs, The Smiths, Echo and The Bunnymen, New Order, and more. The continued success of Hughes’ films and actors ushered in the era of the “”brat pack”” and teen films as pop culture. Did I mention Duckie? MPAA Rating: PG-13.CREDITSStarring: Molly Ringwald Andrew McCarthy Harry Dean Stanton Jon Cryer James Spader Annie Potts Gina Gershon Dweezil Zappa Director: Howard Deutch John Hughes Producer: John Hughes Ira Deutchman Screenwriter: John Hughes Composer: Michael Gore RELEASE INFORMATION:Studio: Paramount Home VideoTheatrical Release Date: February 28, 1986DVD Release Date: August 20, 2002Run Time: 96 minutesProduction Company: Paramount Home VideoPackage Type: Keep CaseAspect Ratio(s):Widescreen anamorphic – 1.85:1Discographic Information:DVD Encoding: Region 1Layers: DualAvailable Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)Edition Details:

Interesting….

Just some interesting facts that you may or may not know… about the good ol’ days…

Next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn’t just how you like it, think about how things used to be…

Here are some facts about the 1500s:
Most people got married in June because they took
their yearly bath in May and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell
so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odour. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water.
The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then
the women and finally the children-last of all the
babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it – hence the saying, “Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.”

Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high,
with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the dogs, cats and
other small animals (mice,bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof – hence the saying “It’s raining cats and dogs.” There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house.

This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could really mess up your nice clean bed – hence, a bed with big posts
and a sheet hung over the top afforded some
protection. That’s how canopy beds came into existence.

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something
other than dirt, hence the saying “dirt poor.” The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on the floor to help keep their footing. As the
winter wore on, they kept adding more thresh until
when you opened the door it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the
entrance way – hence, a “thresh hold.”

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a
big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot.They ate
mostly vegetables and did not get much meat.They
would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over
the next day. Sometimes the stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while – hence the rhyme, “Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old.”

Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special.When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a
sign of wealth that a man “could bring home the bacon.” They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and “chew the fat.”

Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning and death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

Bread was divided according to status. Workers got
the burnt bottom of the loaf,the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or “upper crust.”

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The
combination would sometimes knock them out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road
would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up – hence the custom of holding a “wake.”

England is old and small and the local folks started
running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a “bone-house” and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realised
they had been burying people alive. So they thought they would tie a string on the wrist of the
corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the “graveyard shift” ) to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be “saved by the bell” or was considered a “dead
ringer.”

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