“Love & Friendship”, Ch. 5: Robert & Lydia bond over debugging and candy making, 12/10/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #321)

“Love & Friendship”, Ch.  5:  Robert & Lydia bond over debugging and candy making, 12/10/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #321)

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[From time to time, I will illustrate my story with my “ideal” actors cast in these roles:  British actor Richard Armitage and American actress Diane Lane and others.]
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Author’s Mature Content Note:  “Love & Friendship” is a 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:   Lydia bests Robert at poker with his mates her first weekend living with him.  But he accepts that with equanimity.  They begin a friendship based on mutual love of food–due to Lydia’s fantastic cooking that Robert helps her prepare–and sharing tips from their dating histories for future reference.

“Love & Friendship”, Ch. 5:  Robert & Lydia bond further over debugging and candy making

Lydia and Robert’s days are spent at the studio with him filming on his current project and Lydia writing in his dressing room working on the script revisions or script extensions on her laptop for their project together.  Then, when Robert gets a break between set ups, he and Lydia talk about the script projects she’s working on for him.  Naturally, being in Robert’s dressing room means that he has to get dressed in costume for different scenes—so, initially he mostly changes in his bathroom.  But, by the second week of Robert working—and living—with Lydia, they feel so comfortable with each other that Robert tends to change in his dressing room’s sitting area while talking with Lydia who is working on script writing and revisions on her laptop.

Most of the time when Robert is dressing or undressing in the sitting area of his dressing room trailer, Lydia turns to face the wall to give Robert his privacy—even though he usually has a costumer or two helping him change so they get the costumes and accessories right for continuity purposes.  And it’s not like Robert is completely naked in front of Lydia.  But he does get down to his briefs a few times—which Lydia can’t help but notice appreciatively as she tries to keep her eyes and focus on her laptop.  Keeping her focus on her writing is a bit difficult at times when Lydia has “England’s Heartthrob” standing not five feet from her and almost naked.

However today, Robert comes back to his dressing room today from a particularly grueling RobertMuddiedisRichardArmitageasJohnPorterinSB1epi4pix19ranetDec1012GratianaLovelacemanip2scene covered in mud brought in to the stage set.  But, before he steps into his dressing room, the costumer takes his costume from him—so that they can replicate the dirt for the next scene—and Robert [(2) right] steps into his dressing room just wearing his briefs, mud, and bugs.

Lydia:  “Good grief, Robert!  What happened to you?  It looks like you’ve been slimed!”  She exclaims seeing him covered head to toe in dirt, and god knows what else.

Robert:  Laughing, he says  “Almost!   I did a lot of crawling around on the ground in this last scene.  I feel like I’ve got insects crawling in my ears.”  Little does Robert know that he is absolutely correct.  “I’m going to take a shower.  I just hope they don’t want me to do another crawl take.”   Robert looks over at Lydia with clear disgust on his face.

Lydia:  “By all means, get yourself clean, Robert.”   She gestures shooing him away from her.  “I just hope you don’t clog up the drain.”  She says amusingly—but also quite practically.  They both laugh.  However Lydia wonders, I don’t use his dressing room shower, so why should I care if it is clogged?

Robert:  “Me too.”

As Robert walks into his bathroom, he drops is briefs—unintentionally giving Lydia a little peak at his bum and she calls out cheekily to him–as he had said to her last week when she was exercising.

Lydia:  “Nice bum, Robert!”

Robert:  “Oh sorry, Lydia.”    He says from inside his bathroom—though the door is still slightly ajar.   “I just can’t wait to get into the shower and feel clean again.

Robert hops into the shower and has to make several passes to thoroughly wash all of the dirt—and insects—out of his hair and off of his body.  Then, Robert dries himself and wraps the towel around his abdomen and he rejoins Lydia in his dressing room’s sitting area as he sits on the couch next to her like he usually does when they go over the scripts.  It’s just that Robert is usually wearing more clothes than he is just now.  And, of course, Robert’s near nakedness has an unsettling affect on Lydia, which she tries not to let show.

Lydia:  “Goodness Robert!  Are you doing a strip show today?”   Lydia [(3) right] tries to LydiaImageisDianeLaneSurprisedDec1012somekillerstoriescomcropsmlsay amusingly and poking fun at his near nakedness.  However, privately she thinks, god he is so handsome!

Robert:  “Oh, sorry Lydia.  It’s just so nice to be clean again.”    He sighs.

Lydia:  Lydia looks over at Robert sitting next to her and she notices a bug crawling out of his ear and she screams.   “Eek!  Robert, you’ve got a bug in your ear.”

They both jump up.  Of course Robert’s towel around his abdomen starts to come undone so he just holds it in front of himself—barely, no pun intended.

Robert:  “Echk.  Gross!  Get it out!”

Lydia:  Now calmly trying to help Robert with his insect problem–and completely distracted with it that she doesn’t notice that he’s almost flashing his privates at her–Lydia says.    “Okay, I hate bugs, too.  But lean down and let me look in your ears and hair.  Oh god, there’s another one!”

Robert:  “What?  Get it out!”

Lydia:  “Robert, let’s go back into the bathroom where we can use the water spray to dislodge them.”

So they quickly walk into the bathroom, with Robert barely covering his privates in front with the towel at this point because he’s so creeped out with the bugs in his ears.  So Lydia sees Robert’s full muscular bum in all its glory–and it is glorious!  But, Lydia has to debuggify Robert before she can let her heart palpitate about his handsome near nakedness.   So, she focuses on the task at hand.   Robert stands in the shower again–still holding his towel in front of his privates.  Then he turns on the warm water, and hands the shower spray nozzle to Lydia to point where it’s needed.

Robert:  “Here, just blast them out of my ears.”

Lydia:  “Robert, you’re too tall.  You need to sit on the bench so I can reach your head.”   He does so and Lydia starts to debuggify him.  “There’s one.”   She blasts it out of Robert’s ear and it slides down is arm.

Robert:  “Gross!”   He says wiping the bug away from his arm as he tries to also hold the towel in front of his crotch.

Lydia:  “Robert, you’ve got critters in your hair, too.   Let me put more shampoo on there to suffocate them and then we’ll rinse them out.”   She does so, getting hers blouse wetter by the minute.  After checking Robert’s other ear and making sure it’s clear, she says.    “Okay Robert, raise your arms.  Bugs could hide in your arm pits.”   Then she blasts a few tiny insects out of there.

Robert:  “Thanks Lydia.  I feel so much better.”   He says tired from his ordeal.

Lydia:  “Well, I don’t think you’re done yet.  But Robert, you’re on your own for this one.”

Robert:  “What do you mean?”   He asks quizzically.

Lydia:  “Robert, bugs like warm, dark, wet places where they can hide.”  She shakes her head ruefully.  “I’m afraid you might need to shampoo and blast rinse your crotch.  But I’m out of here.  You can do that one on your own.  Friendship can only go so far.”   I say  walking out of the bathroom after handing him the spray nozzle.

Robert:  “Thanks Lydia.”  He says to her retreating form.  Then Robert removes his towel and shampoos and blast rinses his crotch—fortuitously because some more small insects do circle the drain afterward.  He hesitates a moment, then he also blast rinses his bum for good measure.

Lydia:  Calling to him from the sitting area Lydia says.   “Robert, you owe me dinner out tonight!  I’m not cooking after debugging you.”

Robert:  “Done!”   Robert calls back to her from the bathroom as he dries himself off with a fresh towel.  “Thanks Lydia!  You’re a real pal.  He says peeking his head around the door frame while he’s still toweling his naked body dry.

Lydia:  “You’re welcome!”  She smiles, sitting on the couch in her damp clothes from the shower spray.  Technically, Lydia thinks, she just showered with Robert–not quite what she would have in mind were she scripting a love scene.  But, you have to start somewhere–she thinks amusingly to herself.


Since Lydia has become a regular fixture on Robert’s film set each day now for the last four weeks–and because they have been so nice to her–she wants to do something special for them.  So, she decides to make almond bark candy treats–candy covered nuts and peppermints–for everyone to enjoy.  It’s now the first partial week in December and she usually starts making candies at this point of the holiday season anyway.  And, since Lydia is far away from home and family and friends—though she’s made many friends here in London, especially Robert—Lydia wants to do at least one holiday activity that she normally does.  So, on their way home from the set on this Thursday night December 2nd, Lydia and Robert pick up her candy making supplies at the market.  They also stop for some Chinese takeout, because the last thing they want to do is have to make dinner on top of making candies.  After they get into their lounging around clothes and eat their dinners, the candy making begins.

Lydia:  “Robert, roughly how many cast and crew did you say were on the film set?”

Robert:  “About 175 people on any given day.”

Lydia:  “Whew!  That’s a lot.  Okay, well we better get started if we’re making candies for 175 people.  Are you still up for helping me out, Robert?”

Robert:  “Sure, just tell me what I’m doing.”

Lydia:  “Okay, first, let’s slowly melt a half package of the chocolate almond bark on this glass pie plate in the microwave in one minute, then two or three thirty second increments until its melted, but not runny.”   They do that.  “Now, pour in half of the roasted peanuts and mix with this spatula.”  She says handing him the spatula.

Robert:  “May I taste it yet?”  He asks cutely—like an impatient little boy, thinks Lydia.

Lydia:  “Not yet!”  I playfully swat his hand away from the candies.  “Time is of the essence.  When the candy mixture is cool, you can’t do anything with it.  Use this spoon and drop inch size mounds of chocolate and nuts on the wax paper on the cold granite countertop over there.  I’ll start on the vanilla almond bark.”  She melts it in another glass pie plate and then mixes in the other half of the roasted peanuts into it.  Then she dollops it out onto another sheet of wax paper on the cool countertop.  They make several batches of the chocolate and vanilla almond bark with nuts candies–about 10 dozen each.

Robert:  “What’s next?”  He says eyeing their creations and wanting a bite as he licks his lips.

Lydia:  “Okay, now it gets a bit tricky.  We’ve got red and white peppermint candy canes to make the almond bark peppermint candies in each flavor–chocolate and vanilla.  I’ll crush the candy canes in the food processor—six in all for each batch, three candy canes for each half a package of almond bark—and you start melting the rest of the vanilla almond bark.”  Robert does that while Lydia crushes.  Then Lydia pours half of the crushed candy cane mixture into the melted vanilla almond bark—which instantly turns it pink.  Then she spreads it carefully on a third sheet of wax paper on the cool granite counter top.  “Okay, Robert, melt the rest of the chocolate almond bark in your glass pie plate.”

Robert:  “Melting.  Check!”  He does so and she puts the rest of the crushed candy canes into the melted chocolate.

Lydia:  Then Lydia spreads the mixture carefully on another sheet of wax paper on the cold granite counter top. After it has cooled and is just starting to harden, she says. “Okay, now take this sharp carving knife and gently score the vanilla peppermint pink candy up and down and across while it hasn’t completely cooled and hardened yet.  We’ll let it finish solidifying and then we’ll break it apart along the scoring lines.”  Robert hands her the knife when he’s done and she does the same with the chocolate peppermint candies.  They end up making about four batches of the peppermint candies for a total of about 20 dozen of these as well.

Robert:  He can’t wait any more and asks.  “Lydia, now may I try a piece?”

Lydia:  “Oh go ahead Robert.  Goodness, you’re like a kid in a candy store.”

Robert:  “Well, that’s literally what we are tonight.”   He says laughing cheekily as he bites PeppermentAlmondBarkCandiesDec1012tastebookcominto a chocolate nut candy.  “Hmmm.  This is good!  Lydia, let me try one of the pink peppermint candies.”   He pops one [(4) right] his mouth.  “This is delicious!  We are  making lots of points tomorrow on the set.  Robert says gleefully.

Of course, as one of his film’s stars, he doesn’t need to make points.  But, he likes making the friendly gesture all the same.  Then Lydia and Robert pack up the candies for transport to the set tomorrow.

Lydia:  “Right, okay.”   She says surveying the four large containers of the different candies they’ve made.  We’ve got ten dozen chocolate nuts and ten dozen vanilla nuts—and we also have ten dozen vanilla peppermint and ten dozen chocolate peppermint.  Is that enough?  Or should we make more?”

Robert:  “This should be enough for the set.  But, I say we make more of the peppermints and take them to Mum and Dad’s this weekend.  You’ll be a big hit.”

Lydia:  “I’ll crush and you melt.”

Robert:  “That’s my girl.”   Robert says giving Lydia a hug and kissing her on her forehead.

And they do, making a half package each more each of the vanilla and chocolate nut and peppermint candies.  On Friday, the candies are a bit hit on the film set.  This makes both Lydia and Robert happy—Robert because he’s got such a great friend in Lydia, and Lydia is happy for making Robert happy.

To be continued with Chapter 6


References, Ch.5, 12/10/12 (Featured Images in Wattpad are  2, 3, 4)

1)The Love & Friendship” story logo is a composite of two images:
a)  British Actor Richard Armitage in a December 2010 Promo portrait found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/Richard/Promos/2010Promo/album/20Dec2010-Perou-03.jpg; and
b)  American Actress Diane Lane at the Berlin Film Festival in 2011 found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Diane_Lane_%28Berlin_Film_Festival_2011%29_2.jpg

2) Robert muddied image is a composite of Richard Armitage portraying John Porter in Strike Back series 1, epi4, pix 19 found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/StrikeBack/album/series1/Episode4HD/ep4hd_019.jpg ; and  clown beetle found at http://www.desertusa.com/mag01/may/papr/photos/stinkbug_0053.jpg


3) Lydia image is Diane Lane found at http://somekillerstories.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Celebrities-with-Surprised-Open-Mouth-Diane-Lane-600×499.jpg?9d7bd4

4)  Image of vanilla almond bark peppermint candies was found at tastebook.com at http://content1.tastebook.com/content/photo/user_photo/YCwFEvfe13c213434393431333wFEvfehL_1324372047.jpg

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About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11
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3 Responses to “Love & Friendship”, Ch. 5: Robert & Lydia bond over debugging and candy making, 12/10/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #321)

  1. aj daisy says:

    . Oh I love this poor Robert bugs ECK!!!. This couple are simmering nicely. Brilliant. Thanks Grati


    • Hi AJ Daisy,
      Thanks for your nice note! Giggles on the bugs! I’m squeamish, too.
      Cheers! Grati ;->

      P.S. Since Hobbity stuffy had bumped “Guy’s Dilemma from last Friday, I posted that new chapter yesterday, on Sunday. We’re back to Friday this week.


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