Houston for Blogophilia 45.4

The six kids, with Nate, are in the diner discussing their author and her recent trip toHoustonTexas.

“She forgot all about us!” Joey’s anxiety propelled his pacing around the diner. He walked back and forth from their booth to the middle of the room, around the single tables, and back again.

Charles glanced up from the history book he was perusing. “Well, we’re here now, aren’t we?”

Si, but she’s thinking of re-working me. Her mind is messed up. Between the Mexican food in Houston and Alex’s family who she like so much, I bet she going to make me Mexican.. But I’m not some Texan! I’m Hispanic, Si.” José’s brow furrowed in worry while he obsessively picked imaginary lint from his sweater. *Don’t be so neurotic. It’s not like you.*

“Just wait until you have all sorts of distractions in your life. How often will you think of us then?” Carole’s glasses fell halfway down her nose. She looked like a stern school marm. Laura   expected to see Carole’s finger wagging in rebuke.

“What do you think?” Joey stood still and looked over to Nate at the counter.

“Shit happens my friends. That’s life.”

“Don’t forget she’s working on her devil story—the historical one. She and Lori had a good discussion about it. Y’all will get your turn and then the soul collector and the librarian will be sitting around cursing your sorry asses.” When Charles was upset he lapsed into his native southern dialect.

“Hmm, maybe. I wouldn’t really want Mr.D trying to get back at us. Could turn ugly.” Nate finished wiping down the soda fountain.

Charles put his tea cup down. “Hey she thought of me. That news item on TV gave her an idea for my character.” He tried not to look smug, but failed.

Joey plucked his leather jacket from the coat tree and pulled it on.  “I’m cold.  It was nice and warm in Houston but now coming home I’m cold. On New Year’s it was so mild and humid that people walked around in shorts and T shirts. And now that we’re home here comes the snow. He looked out the window at the heavy clouds and the drifting flakes as they slowly settled on the ground. He muttered something about Angels in the Snow

“They actually took a hike—outside the city. Ugh  They went to the Thicket, a nature preserve.” Laura shivered in disgust.

“Yeah but Lori’s been wanting to go back there for a long time. They all loved it. And Sue’s acupuncturist was thrilled with all the activity and that his suggestion for the back pack worked out well.” Carole just couldn’t help lecturing. Now that she was in university that’s all she did, it seemed.

“And up in the Chase building on the 60th floor they enjoyed all those photo ops.” Nate didn’t like heights and shuddered at the thought of looking down at Lego sized cars.

“If Sue ever gets the photos uploaded then you’ll see some great shots. As she thought, Lori did teach her to take better photos.” Charles appreciated good photography. “Oh Charles. You would defend her.” Gene lifted his dainty eyebrow in amusement.

“They went to Galveston too. They walked around, took more photos on the ferry ride where the seagulls and the sunset made excellent subjects  and  ate clams at a wonderful Italian restaurant ” Everyone stared at Laura wondering how she knew this and why she cared.

“‘Excuse me. Can you point out where clams are on the menu? I can’t seem to find it.’ The guy at the next table drooled over their appetizers.  Bernie told him that you had to ask for them. Lori was the best tour guide and researched it knowing Sue likes clams.” Like a tennis game, all faces turned to José at this remark wondering how he knew that fact.

“Maybe she’ll concentrate on us now and send the Devil’s Mistress to the tunnels under the office buildings.”  Gene perked up and looked hopeful that his suggestion would be taken.

“The mall there has been gone since hurricane Ike. They walked and walked and saw nothing. Wonder what the expensive tour would have told them? They never even got out to a club; too pooped after a day’s sight seeing and a good dinner. The restaurants were excellent. Lori said more people eat out inHoustonthan any other city. Laura looked puzzled. “I watched all those waitresses inHouston. They were so polite and helpful. Maybe because they serve a better class of customer than at the joint where I work….”


 “Alex said he saw all sorts of things he never would have if not for their visit. Sue and Bernie are such wimps—even though the party at Alex’s brother’s was great they left early.” Joey couldn’t imagine ever leaving a party early. Rules are meant to be broken.
“Well they had an early flight the next morning.”
Joey gaped at Carole’s remark. She could tell he thought that it’s never too late to party.
“Yeah Alex was great. He didn’t know Sue at all but the four of them ended up being very compatible. They all liked the same things and it worked out so well.” The university student added to her lecture.

Just Jeff

 “Then there was the bonus visit with Jeff Saturday morning.” Nate fiddled with the coffee maker as he spoke. He could see the kids would need more nourishment. While they were excited that their author had a great holiday, they were becoming a bit rambunctious at being left out. “Jeff couldn’t make it to the Mexican restaurant earlier in the week. He didn’t meet Lori and Alex so he visited Bernie and Sue at the hotel. The three of them had a great chat and next time hoped to spend more time with his family.” 

Gene pouted. “I want her to tell people about me. It’s important. *Yes it is dear and I will. No drama please.*

“We’re all important!” The rest of the group chorused.

When people speak of Texan hospitality— that means Lori and Alex. Thanks again you guys, miss y’all 😀

Lori, Bernie, Alex


The Thickett


Written for

Blogophilia 45.4 Topic: “Angels in the Snow”

Bonus Points:

(Hard, 2pts): use a pick-up line

(Easy, 1pt): include “rules are meant to be broken”


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38 Responses to Houston for Blogophilia 45.4

  1. Lindsay says:

    Love the story and how you worked the trip in.

  2. good one Sassy you had me chuckling. I was happy to se a pic of Lori Now i know what she looks like. Hopefully there will another chapter of the Devil’s Mistress , sending hugs to the bloggy crew

  3. Irene Melgoza says:

    I enjoyed this! Always fun to meet FB friends.

  4. I envision Carole as being a mini Joyce Carole Oates….

    It’s some much fun when characters are allowed to be real people.

  5. Marvin Martian says:

    …. and such a busy author, she is!! 🙂

    Always enjoy your photography too!

    8 points, Earthling!! 😀

  6. jennajaxon says:

    LOL! Almost 6 Characters in Search of An Author! Love seeing them all again. I want you to work on them too! I don’t know them nearly well enough. Great post!

  7. Chuck says:

    Don’t send the Devil’s Mistress “to the tunnels under the office building” – I would miss her

  8. thejustjeff says:

    It truly was awesome seeing you guys!!!! I SO wish we would have had more time, we could have talked all day hehe

  9. Hahahaha, talk about breaking the 4th wall 😉

    Nice to hear all about your trip 🙂

  10. Leta says:

    I don’t know how you do it — so many characters and stories — then there’s the meeting of real life people *smiles* …. and pictures! Keep them coming 😀

  11. Juli Hoffman says:

    OMG! I love this post, Sue! I read it last night, but I was too tired to respond to it properly. Hubby asked me why I was in giggles and I told him about your characters. What a fun group, esp José. 🙂 Poor José! LOL

    I’m glad you had a fun trip!

  12. Ruz/Feathered Pen says:

    Wow! There’s only one online friend I’ve met throughout my 4 1/2 yrs of social networking. Glad you were able to meet some !

  13. Sue says:

    Yeah but you live far away don’t you ?

  14. trev says:

    I love the mix of characters and description of the surroundings Sassy… and I agree the way you worked in the challenge and kept to your trip like that.. I loved the read very much

  15. Liam says:

    i love how u put it to words

  16. joaniethewriter says:

    Sassy speaks and her mind is heard! It is true that we pack all our thoughts and tke them with us even on vacation! The characters become real and see what you see and I can see the trip did them good to get out and see the world! Looking forward to revisiting with all the vocies in your head! lol

  17. Sue says:

    Are you saying I talk to myself? 🙂

  18. Lisa Kessler says:

    SOunds like a fun trip Sue!!! 🙂

    And you cleverly worked in the bonuses too!!! Nice job!

    Lisa 🙂

  19. Sue says:

    thank you Lisa – some of it is due to you 😀

  20. This was a clever idea and a fun read! LOL! Poor kids… when authors have fun, it’s the characters who suffer 😉

  21. bluerose says:

    he, he, he… poor kids. Their author had too many Margaritas 😀

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