seemed, as if
the whole Capwell family would have to meet exactly at the same time.
came out of his study,
Kelly and Connor through the front door, Lilly down the stairs and Rosa came out
of the kitchen. Something strange was in the air. Sophia and Cilia stared at
eachother, while Ted watched them. Lilly on the other hand watched Ted
jealously. Rosa didn't like it to see that Cilia was still in the house. Only
Kelly seemed to be amused about the situation.
Teddy! Did you say something about a new maid?
Well, seems that you hired
something really teasing."
sharp remark hit the point.
wondered why he had a new maid, Rosa was annoyed who it was and Lilly
misunderstood the situation completely and ran upstairs back to her room.
tried to call her back.
It was a joke." She looked at Conner. "I didn't know she was that
Kelly! Well done again." Ted was angry and ran after Lilly.
anyone tell me what's going on here, please!"
tone showed how serious he was and so the "please" was completely misplaced.
"Oh, we just came in...." Kelly tried to keep her out of the situation and Connor thought that it would be best to leave and took Kelly's hand, trying to make her go upstairs.
have to get changed, Kel. Otherwise we are going to be late."
thought that it would be best to follow Connor's suggestion. She watched her
mother standing there, staring at this woman, and she watched her father, not
knowing how much longer he would be able to stay calm.
we will be late.... Have a ... nice day...!
tore Kelly away. He didn't like the idea at all to get between the lines.
Capwell. I'm sorry, it's all my fault."
was still there, because she felt responsible for everything. It was her, who
let this woman in and she hadn't been insistent enough to make her leave.
fine, Rosa. I assume that the young lady will explain to me what's going on,
was obviously that CC wanted some answers. He hated situations like these and
furthermore he had a lot to do this morning, he couldn't afford to loose any
more time than he already had.
and Kelly met again on the stairs, Kelly keeping
herself out of the situation, Ted on his way
back into it.
you very much, Kelly" Ted sounded angry. Well done! Lilly locked herself in
Connor could prevent it, Kelly replied.
it my fault that she is that sensitive all of a sudden?"
tore away from Connor.
that! And you tell me. Who brought this woman into this house, hmm?" Kelly
simply abandoned Kelly and Connor and went over to his parents and Cilia.
haven't I introduced you to each other, yet?"
realized that he didn't know Cilia's name himself. Should he really admit
now that he had just hired a woman and he didn't know her name, or should he
just go on talking, hoping
Cilia would realize the situation and react? He had no other choice than
to give it a try. Otherwise he would look like a complete idiot.
parents, Sophia and CC Capwell" he pointed at them and then turned around to
Cilia. "Mum, Dad, ... " he hesitated and prayed for a miracle.
he was lucky, because Cilia realized the situation and jumped into it within a
Ar ... " She had to stop herself saying "Armonti" and so she pretended to
clear her throat and could get out of it at last.
Ardello. It's a pleasure to meet you."
friendly behaviour didn't suit
CC and he made no bones about it.
it would be my pleasure, too, if I knew why you are here and what you want, Miss
out of his own unpleasant situation Ted felt as if he had to help Cilia now.
Ardello arrived from Italy yesterday, in order to make a new start here in our
beautiful area." Cilia confirmed him by nodding. "And now she is looking for
job and due to the fact that we need a new maid, I thought...."
start to think, son!"
had to be hit by CC's anger, too.
Sophia, whose attention had been grabbed by the word "Italy" amazed CC by
taking Ted's side.
I'd say, if she's already here, we might as well give her a chance!"
it's my chance to practice my Italian, again."
Sophia had said sounded as if she really meant it. But CC had no intention of
contradicting her not in front of all these people and especially not in
front of Cilia. There would be time to do that later.
Ardello. It seems to me that you have managed to get votes for yourself
although you didn't get mine... ". Displeased, he looked at Sophia and Ted. "But
I'd like to point out, that I expect you to be more discreet in the
front-house and only to concentrate on the work you've been told to do."
turned around to Rosa and then strictly back to Cilia.
Andrade will show you your room and will give you all the information you
he walked up to Sophia.
have to go to the office now. Would you join me to get to the car, please?"
Quietly, so the others wouldn't hear, he added: "And then you will explain
to me what's got into you."
left the hall. Cilia, Ted and Rosa remained; Connor had finally managed to get
Kelly into her room to avoid more conflict with her brother. Ted seemed to be
happy about the result only Rosa's enthusiasm was not that big.
will show you the room. Will you come with me?"
Rosa left the room and walked to the kitchen Cilia remained with Ted.
don't know how and why you did this, but I'm really grateful for it. I
promise not to disappoint you."
said that, she almost had the feeling that she wouldn't be able to keep this
promise very long. After all, she had some important things to do here and
getting this job was only an inch on a very long journey. She was grateful for
it, but would Ted ever forgive her if he knew her real reasons for being there.
Ted was such a nice guy, a young,
honest man, who tried not to judge a book by its cover and gave her a chance.
That impressed her, because she knew that she would never be able to do it, too.
Her life was built on doubts and mistrust and she had never learned to act
was flattered. Instinctively, he knew that he'd made the right choice to stand
up for her and that he wouldn't regret it. He liked her right from the start
and somehow she reminded him of Lilly.
God, Lilly! He had almost forgotten that she would still be in her room with the
sorry ... I have to go ... My wife, you know..." he stammered.
understood. He tried to point out that he was a married man it was a real
shame. But she hadn't come to catch a son of a rich family, but to...
you coming?" Rosa was back. "There's a lot of work we have to do."
sorry!" she answered, scared, "I'm on my way."
knew that she would have to take care of her relationship with Rosa. She was no "Capwell", but C.C trusted her
and she would never have a chance to catch her out. Cilia also new that she had
just become a little part of this trust herself and that she would have to work
for it to stay that way. Even if it meant crawling in front of Rosa Andrade.
see you soon." Ted's good-bye almost sounded shy.
just nodded and slightly pulled up her shoulders. Then she followed Rosa into
his way to Lilly, Ted noticed that Cilia's behavior occurred familiar to him.
But he had no time to think about it, now.
front of the house an annoyed CC threw his file onto the seat of his car.
can't imagine how much I like these discussions at this time of day."
tried to calm him down by getting his jacket in order and use the soft approach.
It would be normal otherwise. We are Capwells we have to behave like this"
this little, trouble making thing inside is it not." Sophia knew what he
meant. "What, for Christ sake got
into you to agree with Ted and to hire this girl? I can almost see what else
she's going to do."
"Probably!" Sophia had to agree and nodded and shrugged her shoulders.
the situation had calmed down again in the Capwell house and everyone was
working again Lilly took the chance to sneak out of the house. She didn't want
to talk about the things that had happened with Ted right now and so she decided
to avoid him by visiting her mother.
Gina had been together with Lionel she had become a quiet, human being, nice and
kind. Nothing vicious was left almost boring. She seemed to be more balanced
than ever and all this because of being together with Lionel. After a long
journey of confusion she had finally found a way to happiness.
someone would have told me that a few years ago I would have called an
ambulance," Lilly thought, "and if he would have added that I would later
become a Capwell, I would have brought him to the clinic myself."
the first time after seeing Ted with this young woman Lilly was able to smile.
She had so many questions. Why did he get on with her so well? Or was she just
had reached the house and rang the bell. As nobody opened she tried to turn the
knob. The door opened.
getting an answer, she was about to leave when she heard strange sounds from the
back of the room. Carefully she went into the room. The sounds came from the
sofa or somewhere nearby. What she heard were no words, more gurgling. Yes! A
baby gurgling! Carefully, she went over to the sofa, but found nothing. Only
looking behind the sofa was
she welcomed by a little, joyful smiling face.
How did you get there?" Lilly asked and hoisted the baby.
was so happy to see Lilly and cuddled into her arms. She pressed him against her
chest and walked around the sofa to sit down.
me, young man! How did you get behind that sofa? Did someone try to get rid of
you or did you play games with your Mommy?"
took Channing's small hand and played with it. It was a bit uncanny that
neither his mother nor Lionel had been there to watch him. They'd never done
such a thing before. Suddenly the door opened and Gina came out of the kitchen,
a baby-bottle in her hand, shaking it to mix the powder and milk correctly.
stop crying now. Mommy has got a nice, little bottle for you and youll see,
soon you won't be hungry anymore and then you'll be quiet and calm again.
when Gina looked to the blanket, where she had left Channing she couldn't see
him. There on the Sofa laughing and lifting his arms he was sitting on Lilly
knees, not seeming hungry at all.
to me that he'd prefer some attention instead of something to eat. He was
really glad to see me when I found him behind the sofa." Lilly couldn't hold
back from saying it.
are you doing here?"
was surprised to see Lilly.
what do you mean telling me that my son needs more attention. I've been around
him all day long and only left him alone on his blanket for one moment."
bottle still in her hand, Gina pointed to the blanket that was on the floor at
the other end of the room.
went to the kitchen to get him..." Gina hesitated. "Where did you say you
lifted Channing up into the air, right above the place where she had found him.
here behind the sofa."
liked being lifted into the air kicked with his legs.
Gina looked shocked. "You can see how far it is from the blanket right to this
sofa here, can't you?" She came towards the sofa and sat down next to Lilly
and her son. "How did he get from there" she pointed to the blanket "all
the way behind the sofa?" Gina looked behind the sofa, as did Channing,
gripping her hair at the same time.
Lilly pulled Channing's hand out of Gina's hair after she had complained with
a loud "Ouch!" and put him back on her knees.
find out" she suggested, because she had an idea how he could have managed.
She walked over to the blanket and sat him down.
he'll do the same trick again."
left him alone and went to the kitchen door to hide there. From there both had a
perfect view of Channing. And they could watch how he dropped his toy and
started to seesaw back and forth until he fell forwards and landed on his
elbows. Wanting to help him, Gina
tried to run to him, but Lilly held her back. Like a soldier in the field
Channing started to crawl in direction to the sofa. His diaper packed bottom
lifted up into the air, he always kept an eye on his route. Gina herself
couldn't take her eyes off him.
He's walking!" she said
mother, he's crawling."
crawling. He can't walk, yet. But as you can see, he can move very well.
Bye-bye to the quiet days. Always an eye on him and ready to get right after
him." Gina had just simply repeated when Channing changed direction and headed
to the old Chinese vase.
him!" she shouted more energetic now and could reach him before he could reach
the antique. She lifted him up and looked at him proudly.
Lilly went to explain the difference to her again, but instead of this she said,
"It's so wonderful to see you both so happy together."
noticed the melancholy in her voice.
you OK? You don't sound like a newlywed at all. By the way, where's Ted?"
implied that she had no idea where Ted was.
I think so. Everything's OK. He is definitely, but I'm not that sure about
knew it! CC is already interfering in your life. I'm right. That's it,
isn't it ?" Gina's way of asking didn't include expecting an answer. Just
It's not that. Sure, he has his own ideas about OUR life in HIS house, but
he's not giving me any orders."
yet." Gina knew what she was talking about.
was alright till yesterday noon. But then everything changed and by today I'm
so terribly uncertain about every little thing that happens... or seems to
she called this "little thing" ?"
was surprised that her mother knew her so well. She played uninterested and
started to walk through the room.
idea. Ted hired her as the new maid today. They like each other, really you can
put Channing on the ground and went to her daughter.
me tell you something." She put her arm around Lilly. "Your life together
will be like a big house. You will experience everything a house would
experience, too. The seasons, renovations,
storms and rain, but also a lot of sunshine. And if you love this house, if you
take good care of it and check that the roof is always fixed, you will have a
wonderful time in it."
noticed the strange look in Lilly's face.
yes. Not one of the best examples, but you know what I mean. It will need some
time to sort everything out. And it will need a lot of love, understanding and
trust. Believe me. It took a while, but it also finally got to me."
then the front door opened and Lionel came in.
pressed a quick kiss on mother's cheek, ran to Lionel and did the same. Before
she closed the door behind her she shouted to a bewildered Lionel :
"Have a look what your son can do! - He's just great. Like you both are."
Kelly got changed for the party, Connor had a look at the various
fashion-magazines that lay on the small table in Kelly's room. Talking through
the open door to her wardrobe Kelly had to get rid of the pressure inside her
because of her arguing with Ted.
wife, my Lilly. Lilly, Lilly, Lilly." Since they married he hadn't stopped
saying her name. Seems to me that he has to do it not to forget it again, she
looking into the magazine Connor just smiled.
is enormously proud of his marriage, can't you see that? And to be honest,
there had been no one who really had believed that he and Lilly would get
together." Wearing only lingerie,
Kelly looked through the door.
don't have to defend him. I had no intention of attacking him or Lilly."
Thinking about her last sentence again Kelly corrected it again. "Well, not
really ... I think." She went
back into her wardrobe.
would your reaction be, if I were to hire a pretty, young girl for my office,
and would get on with her as well
as Ted did with that girl ?" Connor asked.
I could imagine that, I'd have to be married to you." Kelly responded
who understood the remark quiet well, put the magazine aside and went to the
door, pretending to have no idea what she was talking about.
but what did you mean by that?"
who had since put on her long, black dress, came towards him, jumping on one
foot and trying to put the second shoe on. After she had managed she passed him
by quickly, putting her earrings on.
she could have you just like this!" Kelly said and snapped her fingers.
made up to her and like a little puppy he looked into her eyes.
would think about this twice" he said quietly.
...and see!" Kelly answered and kissed him quickly before she went to the
table to put her necklace on.
seriously. What do you think about this girl Ted hired ?"
who had noticed that Kelly had problems getting her necklace on came over to
should I think about her I don't know her at all. Seems to be a nice girl.
Not the classical style of an Italian woman, but pretty and cute."
surprised Kelly turned around to him.
was quite a good description for seeing her the first time."
saw the jealousy in Kelly's eyes and he liked it.
lesson at the Police Academy," he answered and let the closed necklace fall on
look got more serious.
you see Mom? She had been so quiet and she couldn't get her eyes of that
she was surprised having a new maid so quickly."
shook her head.
She didn't look surprised to me. When she heard that she's from Italy it got
even worse with her and she became really nervous. I'm scared that it shook up
old memories, of Italy and Marcello.
Connor had no idea what Kelly was talking about.
story. Too long to tell right now and not a very nice one either."
face got even more serious, than it already had been. Connor sensed that Kelly
was terribly scared of something. But what would this girl have to do with it?
"Connor. My parents had to endure so many horrible things in the last few years and I know that they can't stand much more right now. I don't want them to get hurt again like they were by Marcello long ago. Perhaps I'm overreacting, but I really have bad feeling thinking about having this girl so close to them." Kelly got closer to Conner and wrapped her arms around him. "Please, keep an eye on her. I can't tell you why, but maybe we will need to be one step ahead of her some time."
Julia and Mason had a date with friends, and Mrs. Kopp had the summer-flu and
had to stay in bed, they checked with Sophia if Samantha could stay with them
was always happy to have Samantha to stay with them. Well, she was not her
official granddaughter, but she thought of Mason like a son even if he
didn't like it all the time. Samantha was almost a part of her. No one could
dare not to love a cute little thing like her.
was relieved that Sophia agreed and because she knew that Mason was waiting
outside while she dropped Samantha off, Julia just gave her another big kiss and
hug. She also reminded Samantha to be a good girl and to go to bed early.
worry, Julia. We will manage ! " Sophia told her and winked at Samantha.
who had noticed everything, tried not to show it to her daughter.
sure you will." Julia said and had to smile.
of Mason by hearing a noisy horn Julia gave Samantha another hug an vanished
through the door.
fun!" Sophia tried to call after her, but the door had already been closed. So
she turned to Samantha.
have an idea. Why don't you go to Rosa into the kitchen and ask her for a
glass of milk?"
she gives me some cookies, too." Samantha responded and ran right towards the
kitchen. Opening the kitchen she ran into Cilia, who just came out and with a
reflex Cilia lifted her up.
are you up to, Bella ?"
want to see Rosa to get some cookies and milk."
loved children and her behavior showed this.
I think it's best for us both to let you down again. I saw Rosa taking some
fresh made cookies out of the oven."
knew what kind of response she would get from a little girl now. Samantha
started to kick with her feet and so Cilia let her down and gave her a light,
tender slap on her bottom.
me, when you get the cookies !" she called after her laughing.
she noticed that Sophia had watched them all time. She didn't feel
uncomfortable, but she was scared that the situation could be misinterpreted,
because she hadn't obeyed CC
Capwell's instructions - to be quiet in the front house.
sorry, Mrs Capwell. I didn't know that you were here." Cilia tried to
Sophia didn't feel disturbed at all, the more she was pleasantly surprised by
Cilia. Slowly she came up to her.
get on very well with children, Cilia. I could see that right from the start."
was very happy that it was Sophia who started to talk to her. Every time
she came to the front-house she wished that she would meet her and finally it
had the chance to work a lot with children in Italy. And from time to time I
went to other European countries to study them even more." Right now Cilia was
have lived in Italy myself for quiet a long time. Where exactly do you come
from? Perhaps I know it. My late ex-husband and I used to travel a lot."
was her chance. She had Sophia right there where she wanted her thinking of
used to work and live on a property outside of Milan."
?" Sophia got curious again. "My husband, the Count of Armonti owned a
property south-west of Milan."
she was. Sophia had become curious and Cilia felt comfortable with that. So she
decided to get Sophia even more curious.
are the Contessa Armonti?" Cilia tried not to sound too hypocritical. She knew
too well about Sophia and Italy.
was, yes, till I returned to Santa
Barbara and became Mrs CC Capwell again."
don't believe it!" Cilia pretended surprised. "I worked on the Armonti
residence, I grew up there."
why can't I remember you?"
was very direct and scared Cilia.
was very little, when my... when the people told me about the Contessa. I was
not allowed to remain in the private rooms of the Count and his family and so I
heard a lot of exiting stories about the Armontis. And once I have seen the
Contessa ... I mean, I have seen you from far and suddenly all the stories were
filled with pictures in my mind."
felt into a kind of euphoria, but got more and more quiet again, because she
started to feel ashamed at her outburst.
the Count died and you left a little bit later, I was very sad." She looked
Sophia straight in the eyes. "Nothing was the same."
seemed to be stunned by the icy situation. Only the loud closing of the front
door woke them from their stiffness.
It was CC, coming back from work.
I should see to get some work done." Cilia said and went to CC.
evening, Mr Capwell. My I take your coat?"
was not prepared for such a warm welcome. And he still didn't know what to
think about that girl.
you. Would you just tell Rosa, that we are not going to have dinner tonight at
home. My wife and I are going out."
like Sophia, Cilia remembered Samantha, who was with Rosa in the kitchen and
filling her stomach with cookies. But she didn't dare to react with more than
a quick look at Sophia and left to tell Rosa about the dinner.
noticed Sophia's look on her face and started to explain.
Lewis has announced has retirement very spontaneously today and has invited us
for dinner. He will move to Florida early next week. I agreed and told him that
we both would come, because I know Milton for a long time, could always get
along with him and didn't want to displease him."
fine, CC. But I won't be able to come with you. Julia and Mason had asked if
Samantha could stay with us for the night and I agreed" Sophia gave her
you will have to call this off again."
went to the table and took a brandy.
I said : I know Milton Lewis for a very long time and he has always been a big
help. We can't cancel that dinner, impossible!"
knew what kind of "big help" this was. Here a little financial support.
There a question less. Very popular game between the rich and the mighty. And
although she had been part of this society, Sophia had never got used of these
terms of business. And she didn't like CC that much when he placed his
business ahead of his family and she would never do.
is already here and having some cookies in the kitchen. Mrs Kopp has got the flu
I can't come with you. I'm sorry."
meant what she said.
this moment the kitchen door opened and Samantha came in with a big cookie in
her right hand and on Cilia's arm.
me, Mrs Capwell. Rosa told me that Samantha would have to go to bed now, but
this little girl insists that you have to tell her a good-night-story first."
looked demanding to CC.
feeling so certain to win, Sophia had to hear Cilia's suggestion to Samantha.
would you like me to tell you a story ?"
you know a story ?" Samantha wanted to know.
it was CC who felt certain and agreed with Cilia that she could go on.
of course I know a lot of great stories. From Italy. You know Italy ? We
have a lot of exiting stories there."
took Samantha, who was still on her arm and walked up the stairs.
you have stories about a princess and horses ?" Samantha asked.
have beautiful black horses and much more beautiful princesses" Cilia
confirmed "You know, we I was little, I always wanted to be a princess myself"
I prefer white horses."
stopped at the top of the stairs.
will paint them white in your dreams."
could hear Samantha giggling before the disappeared.
to me that our problem is solved" CC noticed satisfied.
she had heard about Cilia's past at the Armonti residence, Sophia had noticed
that strange feeling in her again that she had, when she had met her first. But
every time she tried to define this feeling more she got blockaded.
you sure, that we can leave Samantha with her ? We don't know her at all."
"Darling." CC kissed Sophia's hand. "You hired her without knowing her. Don't worry, Rosa is also in the house. We have to get changed" he said and led her to the stairs. "I think, that I have already changed my mind about her. Maybe she will do a terrific job here - like she is doing with the kid. Maybe she'll be a big surprise to all of us."