As Marion and her two daughters stepped out of the Music School, she sees Suzette Simpkins and her daughter. "Hey Suze, are you on your way home?" Suzette was pleased to see her friend too, "Hey Marion, yes we are. I just need to pick up Glynn."
As they made their way to the square, were Glynn is visiting with his best friend Simon Darwin, Marion told her friend about finally getting Rosetti to teach Charlotte her piano lessons, . Though Suzette was happy for Charlotte, she was a bit worried that Glynn might be hyperactive by now, as Simon's parents own the sweets cart.
As usual the square was crowded with children, and their happy giggles and excited cheers drowned out all the other usual village noises. While Suzette began her search for Glynn, Marion took the girls to the Darwin's sweets cart for some treats.
Suzette quickly located Glynn, and was relieved to see that he seemed fine. "Hey mommy, are we going home?" he yelled. "Yes we are, did you have a good time?" Suzette asked. "We had a great time, we played with Bobo and Bubbles. Thank you Simon for playing with me, see you tomorrow." Glynn waved his friend goodbye. Suzette felt proud of her son, he had such good manners, and never protested about anything. It is hard for Suzette to raise a boy without the help of a father, but for now she was sure she is doing ok.
Meanwhile Marion was chatting to Geoff Darwin, Marion made it a goal of hers to get to know all of her fellow villagers as soon as possible, and being an extrovert Marion finds it easy to chat to everyone, and because she talks so much, no one ever has the opportunity to ask her about herself, which suits Marion just perfectly.
Finally everyone was ready to go, the girls had their treats and to Suzette's relief, Glynn didn't ask for anything. "We need to get some groceries for the home, Marion. Can we quickly stop by the Deli?" Suzette reluctantly asks. "Yes, sure! I've noticed the eggs were finished, and we need some for our cake baking day tomorrow." Marion replied.
They quickly reached the Deli. Both Suzette and Marion loved looking around it, as Hector and Christabel always managed to have the most interesting produce in their shop.
Marion was ecstatic to see another unfamiliar face inside, and immediately went over to introduce herself, while Suzette got what they needed. "Hey Christabel, anything interesting today?" But before Christabel could even answer, Marion had already turned her attention to Isabel, "Sorry to intrude, but I'm sure we haven't met yet, I am Marion Brighteyes." Isabel Fisher was surprised by this woman's forwardness, but introduced herself. "Aah the Doctor's wife, of course, I had Olivia for her vaccination there last week, well good to meet you, and see you around." Marion replied before Isabel could ask her anything.
By now Suzette had all the groceries they needed. "Is that everything Suzette? How did you enjoy the quiche you bought the previous time?" Christabel inquired. "Yes that is all thank you. Oh, Christabel it was delicious, of course each of us only had a small piece, as Glynn ate more than half of it, that boy is going to eat me into bankruptcy!" Suzette laughed.
As they existed the Deli, Marion yelled "Oh my I totally forgot!" I promised clients of mine, from Grinpa, that I will post them their wedding album tomorrow! I have developed the pictures but I must still get a photo album! Oh my, where will I find one in this small village." Suzette could see her friend was really stressed, a very unfamiliar site. "Not to worry, I'm almost sure Spencer will have one in his shop, let's quickly walk by there." Suzette tried to calm Marion.
By now the children started moaning, they were tired and wanted to get home, and Suzette mustered all her patience to keep everyone calm. This was typical Marion, not always as organised, but she had a lot on her plate since they moved to Sugarbush, so Suzette was trying hard not to get too irritated. But as luck would have it, another unfamiliar face emerged from the Market just as they approached it. Suzette sighed, another five minutes will be wasted with introductions, but it was obvious that Marion was eager to get that wedding album, as she almost walked over a bewildered Cassandra Macavity without even looking her way. Suzette greeted Cassandra friendly, and apologised for her friend's behaviour. "Don't worry about it, she is obviously in hurry, and I know that feeling too well." Cassandra replied.
Once inside Marion bombarded poor Spencer with her request, barely greeting him. "Aaah, let me think," Spencer is not the type of man who gets flustered easily, he was too used to difficult clients, form the days he had a big store in Grinpa, "aah yes that is right. I do have one!"
Spencer took his time to fetch the wedding album from the shelf, being very careful, not to damage its delicate cover. "Here you are, ma'am, is this what you were looking for?"
Marion almost kissed Spencer, but being very nimble, Spencer quickly ducked out of that one. "It is perfect!" Marion squealed with delight, "and be sure to order some more as I will regularly buy these form you." Spencer assured Marion that he will order some more right away.
Finally they had everything they needed and they could go home.
They climbed the stairs to their little attic apartment in the Commune. It was small and cramped but everything they needed. At first Sydney wasn't too excited about their request to have their own stove, but after explaining that they need to have their own space for baking, as that is where their income came from he understood.
"Let's make some coffee?" Suzette suggested. "That will be wonderful, thank you, Suze!" Marion replied and Suzette got the kettle on. "We are hungry." Charlotte and Gwendolynn moaned. "Me too", "...and me!" Glynn and Olivia answered too.
Marion quickly served some sandwiches to the girls, but Glynn and Olivia insisted on some cupcakes and doughnut,s and just because it was Friday evening, it was allowed.
And while everyone was enjoying their treats, Suzette Simpkins turned away for a quiet moment, she quickly wiped the silly tear from her eye, it was a happy dear though. She was finally happy.