“Seeing Beauty”, Ch. 28: The Engagement Party (Part 2, More Party Guests Arrive), 10/15/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #289)
[(1) “Seeing Beauty” story logo, left]
[From time to time, I will illustrate my stories with my dream cast: Richard Armitage as Keith Erickson, Mandy Moore as Lily Sherman, Matthew Perry as Brock, David Schwimmer as Jack, and Matt LeBlanc as Sam; the late Jessica Tandy as Hazel, and Leelee Sobieski as Mercedes. etc.]
Author’s Mature Content Note: “Seeing Beauty” is a nontraditional romantic love story set amidst contemporary times. As such there will be some passages in this story involving heartfelt love scenes or other sauciness (R rated) and some passages involving highly dramatic moments. I will label the maturity rating of those chapters accordingly. Otherwise, the general rating for this story is PG or PG-13 due to mature situations and topics. If you are unable or unwilling to attend a movie with the ratings that I provide, then please do not read those chapters. This is my disclaimer.
Author’s Recap from the previous installment: Keith’s parents arrived at Keith’s apartment for the engagement party and met Lily. Lily had also bed Keith’s friends-Brock, Sam, & Jack–earlier in the week for lunch and they made amends. The boys came early to the engagement party and they and Keith and they made up with each other–and Lily.
“Seeing Beauty”, Ch. 28: The Engagement Party (Part 2, More Party Guests Arrive)
Starting at 4:00pm, Keith’s and Lily’s other party guests arrive in affiliation groupings as if by design—from church, Pastor Nels, his wife Trudy, and the widowed Carol and her toddler daughter Keira; from Keith’s office, Janet and her husband Bob and their new single coworker Julia; Sally, Theresa, and Myron from the hospital rehab; and finally, Lily’s friends from the university Missy and Ron. As it happens, among all of their guests there are five single men and five single women in the mix—all unattached—in addition to those attending who are already coupled up. Hmmm. Did Lily and Keith plan the balance of single men and single women that way? It seems that happily attached couples like to then see their friends similarly situated. Time will tell if any of the singles meeting today will make a love connection.
As one might imagine, people that know each other tend to chat with each other. So, Lily and Keith make the rounds of their party to try and mix things up a little bit—especially to introduce the singles to each other. One fun party activity they’ve planned is to play a Pictionary [(2)] type charades game—but using only auditory clues as a nod to Keith’s visual impairment (think a sound version of charades). So, clues may be hummed, strummed, drummed, rapped, or sung as befits the answer they are trying to elicit. The three teams are Team A (Keith and Lily, Janet and Bob and Mom and Dad); then Team B (Carol, toddler Keira and Brock, Julia and Myron, and Sam and Missy); and finally, Team C (Jack and Sally, Theresa and Ron, and Pastor Nels and his wife). All of the answers have something to do with Lily and Keith as a couple—or what they like.
Lily: “Okay Team A, I’m going to give our clues for our three word answer.” It is chocolate almond bark. “Here goes. First word.” She sings an excerpt of “Pure Imagination” from “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory [(3)].
Mom: “Oh, that’s from Willy Wonka. Keith loved that movie as a kid. He used to sing the “Oompah Loompah” song all the time.”
Keith: “Mom, please.” He whines about keeping his embarrassing childhood stories private.
Lily: “Right. Next word clue.” She sings the ad jingle. “Sometimes you just feel like a nut” [(4)].
Keith: “Cashews. Pecans. Almonds.”
Lily: “The last word you said. Okay, here’s the last word clue. “ Then, she barks like a dog—very convincingly. “ Arf! Arf! Arf!” To everyone’s delight as they all collapse into giggles.
Janet: “I’ve got it, Chocolate Almond Bark!”
Lily: “Thank goodness! I was running out of ideas.”
Keith: Whispering into Lily’s ear as she sits back on the couch next to him, he says. “Hmmm. Sorry, I didn’t get that last barking clue, Lily Darling. But, I’ve only heard you purr before.” Then he kisses her neck.
Lily: “Oh Keith!” She whispers to him while blushing profusely and looking very embarrassed.
Ron: “What did he say, Lily?”
Lily: “Never you mind.” Lily says primly as Keith rocks his head back in laughter. Well, as primly as a woman living with and making love with her fiancé before they’re married can be.
Brock: “Okay, our turn. Team B. Pardon my singing my clue for this two word answer.” The answer is Valentine’s Day.
Keira: “Mommy, Rock is tall.” She peers up at him with wide eyes.
Carol: “Yes, Keira. But we need to listen to his clues to see if we can figure out the answer.”
Brock: In a decent baritone, he sings some clues–that don’t happen to be songs. “Flowers are given on this date …”
Julia: “May Day?”
Brock: Continuing to sing. “And chocolate, too.”
Brock: “Hearts and Kisses make for loving connections.” He sings once more.
Sam: “Valentine’s Day, when Keith and Lily first met!”
Brock: “Thank you! I’m not good at remembering actual songs.”
Carol: “But, you have a nice voice Brock.” She smiles warmly at him.
Pastor Nels: “Yes, Brock, our church choir could use more strong male voices like yours.”
Brock: Looking sheepish. “Thanks padre. But, I don’t really go to church. No offense.”
Pastor Nels: “None taken. I just had to throw my pitch in there.” He says amusingly.
Carol: “Hmm.” Sighing, she says admiring the friendly Brock. “A pity.”
Keira: “Yes, Mommy Rock sings pity.”
Everyone: The adults howl with laughter. “Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!”
Sally: “Okay Team C, our turn.” She looks at the slip of paper and looks quizzically at it. “Ooh. This is a toughee. It’s a four word phrase.” Keith smiles, because he put this answer in the bowl.
Jack: “Well, just take it one word at a time.”
Sally: “First word. “ Amusingly trying to rap, she says. “It’s not a he, and it rhymes with me.”
Mrs. Nels: “She?”
Sally: “Yes. Second word.” Breaking into the Bee Gees song “Jive Talkin’”[(5)], she walks as she sings. “I should be jive talkin’, I tell you no lie, Jive talkin.” Then she gestures to herself as she’s walking.
Ron: “Walking? Walks?”
Sally: “Yup. Let’s skip the third word it’s so small. Fourth word.” She thinks a moment, then sings her clues. “A rose, by any other name would smell as sweet, and our Lily’s loveliness can’t be beat.”
Pastor Nels: “Hey! I think I’ve got it. It’s the Lord Byron Poem, “She Walks in Beauty”.” [(6) and below]
Keith: “Yes, I put that one in. It’s my favorite poem. And it fits my Lily perfectly.” Keith kisses Lily on her cheek. Then Keith proceeds to perform the poem for everyone—but especially for Lily—while holding Lily’s hand as she tears up.)
“She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry Skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes;” Keith’s other hand brushes the hair away from her eyes.
“One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,” Keith gently strokes Lily’s hair.
“Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.” Keith strokes Lily’s temple.
“And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,” Keith caresses the apples of Lily’s cheek.
“So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,” Keith’s thumb strokes her lower lip.
“But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!” Keith now pulls Lily to him and he kisses her tenderly and sweetly.
Everyone is touched by Keith’s heartfelt tribute to Lily. And tears are streaming down Lily’s cheeks. Then, amusingly, their loving reverie is broken by the youngest and tiniest person in the room.
Keira TGirl: Keira stops munching on her carrot, nods knowingly for all of her three years of age, and says with her eyes wide and her face smiling while pointing at Keith with her carrot. “Lilla boyfend!”
Everyone laughs in delight–out of the mouths of babes. Yes, indeed, Keith is Lily’s boyfriend, fiancé, lover, best friend, soul mate, future husband, and future father to their children. Just as Lily, is Keith’s girlfriend, fiancé, lover, best friend, soul mate, future wife, and future mother to their children. Keith and Lily are each others’ hearts’ true loves, now and forever.
The evening goes on with a few more rounds of auditory charades before everyone replenishes their food. Then Keith and Lily open the presents their friends and family brought for them–gifts they will cherish for their lifetime. It is a lovely welcome home to Keith and a lovely engagement party for Keith and Lily with their closest family and friends. And that evening—despite Keith’s parents being one bedroom and bathroom over—Keith and Lily make love longingly, lovingly, lustfully, … and very quietly. Shhhh.
To be continued with Chapter 29
(1) The “Seeing Beauty” story logo is a composite of:
a) Image representing Keith Erickson is that of British actor Richard Armitage as Lucas North in the BBC’s Spooks (2008 – 2010), series 8 promo, pix 15 was found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/Spooks/spookspromo/album/slides/series8-15.html
b) Image representing Lily Sherman is that of American actress Mandy Moore and was found at http://images.fanpop.com/images/image_uploads/Mandy-Moore-mandy-moore-661788_1024_768.jpg ; NB: I chose Ms. Moore to represent this character not because she is fat or chubby–far from it–but because she has a fresh faced innocence and sincerity that reflects the goodness of this character. Any pre weight loss Lily images could be handled with makeup and costuming.
(2) Explanation of the game Pictionary was found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pictionary
(3) Gene Wilder singing “Pure Imagination” from 1971 film “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”, in a video by Chaoticmoogle found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ-uV72pQKI; for more of this delightful film visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ-uV72pQKI
(4) Almond Joy ad jingle “Sometimes you feel like a nut” in a video by Adam Nunez was found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TA3c1YqCiI
(5) The Bee Gees singing “Jive Talkin’” in a video by kenzo5577 was found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_W42rMjYWlk
(6) The poem “She Walks in Beauty” by George Gordon Lord Byron (1814) was found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She_Walks_in_Beauty
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