“Love in the Great Pine Woods”, Ch. 28 (PG-13):   Wakeforest Baby’s Nursery Planning, March 21, 2016 by Gratiana Lovelace (Post #889)

0aaa-Love-in-the-Great-Pine-Woods_story-cover_Jan0516byGratianaLovelace_3intall-rev7(An original story copyrighted by Gratiana Lovelace; all rights reserved)  [(1) story cover, left]

[From time to time, I will illustrate my story characters with:  Richard Armitage as Sam Wakeforest, Marcia Gay Harden as Sam’s older sister Tessa Wakeforest Shoop Delaney, and Emily Deschanel as Tessa’s sister-in-law Olivia Delaney Wakeforest, Viola Davis as Pauletta Perkins, Cicely Tyson as Nellie Newton, Anna Sophia Robb as Alice Trent, Kevin Spacey as Roger Delaney, Sam Heughan as Todd Wakeforest, Idris Elba as Dominic Perkins, the late Polly Holliday as the Waitress Madge, Donald Sutherland as Aldus Warren, Teri Polo as Lillian Warren, and Ewan McGregor as David Warren,  and others as noted.]

Authors Content Note: “Love in the Great Pine Woods” is a mature love story with dramatic themes of love and relationships.  It will mostly be at the PG and PG-13 movie levels. Specific chapters or passages may have a further rating of:  L for language, D for dramatic emotions, and S for sensual themes.  And I will rate the chapters accordingly. If you are unable or unwilling to attend a movie with the ratings that I provide for a chapter, then please do not read that chapter. This is my disclaimer.  And as is my habit, I will summarize the previous chapter’s events at the beginning of the next chapter.

Authors Recap from the Previous Chapter:   Now that Olivia Delaney Wakeforest is past her morning sickness with her being well into her fourth month, she is ravenous—to the point of eating everything on her plate, and then sampling/stealing food from her husband Sam’s plate.  But he is sanguine about it—and he realizes that she is eating for two.   After sharing a lovely Saturday April 23, 1956 morning breakfast with his wife Olivia—and even though Sam was vexed by what he felt was the cheeky attitude of their waitress, whom Olivia viewed as merely being humorous—Sam and Olivia enjoyed a lovely nap–that wasn’t a nap–back at home.


“Love in the Great Pine Woods”, Ch. 28 (PG-13):  Wakeforest Baby’s Nursery Planning

Though Tessa Wakeforest Shoop Delaney has three other sisters-in-law from her younger brothers Kevin, William, and Todd, it is her eldest brother Sam Wakeforest’s wife Olivia Delaney Wakeforest with whom Tessa has keenly bonded the last three years of her courtship and marriage to Olivia’s elder brother Roger Delaney.  And Olivia delighted in her brother Roger’s choice for his second wife in his marrying his high school sweetheart Tessa–after he was widowed for five years from a woman who was cold emotionally, but who performed her wifely hostessing duties well.  And Olivia had always wanted an older sister—someone less overbearing than her brother Roger—and Tessa had always wanted a little sister, whom she could coddle and trade girl secrets with.  And though Tessa and Olivia are fifteen years apart in age, they are dear friends and bosom buddies.

So it is quite the norm for Tessa to either see or to phone Olivia almost daily—partially because Olivia’s leg injury is still healing and Tessa runs little errands for her to the market and such, and most especially because Olivia is now truly four months pregnant at the end of the month, Saturday April 30th, 1956.   Since Olivia’s injury occurred early with the avalanche on the mountain on January 2nd, the best guess is that Sam’s and Olivia’s  three days of wedded bliss from Dec. 30th to January 1st created their little bun in the oven [(2)]   So not only is Olivia a blushing bride, but a well loved bride—which increases her husband Sam’s manly pride.

So on this Monday, May 2nd, 1956–also four months after Olivia’s avalanche caused leg injury–she is healing enough to allow for longer periods of mobility and activity.  So Tessa picks up Olivia and they drive out of town to the slightly larger city of Valley View an hour away to look at baby clothes and furniture at their larger department stores.  Around 9am, Olivia and Tessa enter the largest furniture store known as Warren’s, with six floors of furniture in any style and period imaginable.  Some of the more American styles of colonial and mid century modern furniture even being reproduced in the local area.  But French, English, and Spanish furniture styles popular among more wealthy customers can also be found through Warren Furniture Store’s large import showrooms.

And Olivia loves the convenience of modern furniture styles—with cushioned seating and minimalist carvings—but she also adores the more artistic traditional styles of some of the imported furniture.  Sam has given Olivia a generous budget to outfit the baby’s nursery that adjoins their master bedroom on the main floor.  As they look around the baby furniture displays, Tessa asks interestedly.

Tessa: “So what is your budget for the nursery, Olivia?  Frugal or the sky’s the limit?”  Tessa smiles impishly.

Olivia: “Sam is being very generous, but I urged him to think a bit broader—in the sense that when we purchase well made and classic furniture, not only can it be used long term for more children, but they will be heirloom pieces.”

Tessa:  “So?  What do we have to work with?” Tessa prods again.

Smiling, Olivia whispers so that the store clerks don’t over hear her and guide her to expensive items.

Olivia:  “Sam initially proposed $300.  But then he doubled it to $600, at my suggestion.”

Tessa:  “Yes!”  Tessa [(3) right] does a little victory dance right there in the layette aisle.Tessa-isMarciaGayHarden-2011+Winter+TCA+Tour+Day+3+-k0m4V09k94l_Nov2115viaZimbio-sized-deletedmic-dressmanip

Olivia:  “Shh, Tessa!  I don’t need to spend that much if we don’t have to.”

Tessa:  “Olivia, Honey, getting money out of Sam is like getting water out of a rock in the desert.  So, be grateful.”

Olivia: “I am grateful.  That is why I want to show Sam that I can be careful with our expenditures for the baby’s nursery room.”

Tessa:  “Alright.  But if there is anything you truly want, but don’t think you can afford, let me know and Roger and I will give it to you as our baby gift.”

Olivia: “That is very generous, Tessa.  But Roger is more of a skinflint than Sam is.”  Olivia’s eyes widen ruefully.

Tessa: “Don’t I know it!  My husband had the good fortune to inherit our fifty year old home—or we would probably live in an apartment above the bank—and the manor only underwent some refurbishing and remodeling when we married nearly three years ago.”

Olivia:  “Yesss.”  Olivia smiles half heartedly at Tessa.

Tessa: “What’s wrong, Olivia?”

Olivia: “It’s nothing, Tessa.”  Olivia tries to say offhandedly, but her animated gesturing Olivia-isEmilyDeschanel-pregnant-in-plaid-dress_Mar2016viaDailyMail-crop-sized betrays her [(4) right].

Tessa:  “Don’t try to hide something from me, Missy.  I’ll figure it out eventually.  So let’s save time and you tell me now.”  The very forthright Tessa finishes with a flourish as she places her hands on her hips.

Olivia: “Well, it’s just that, Roger and I inherited the manor and estate equally and jointly as siblings.”

Tessa: “You did?”  Tessa ask in astonishment.  Olivia nods.  “He didn’t mention it.”  Tessa frowns.

Olivia: “He probably forgot.  It’s been so long ago.  But while Roger was given principal oversight for the estate, I was to receive some monies as compensation, as a dowry, in addition to whatever proposal Roger might wish to put to me to buy out my share of the estate—that is, if I didn’t want to buy him out.”

Tessa: “Olivia, Honey, we could be talking some big money here for you.  Hasn’t Roger at least given you and Sam your dowry portion since you married?”

Olivia; “No.”  Olivia shrugs her shoulders.  I guess he forgot.”

Tessa:  “Oh really?  Did you forget?”  Tessa’s eyes narrow perceptively regarding her husband’s oversight.

Olivia: “Well, no.”  Olives smiles sheepishly.

Tessa: “I thought so.  Roger is being Mr. Overbearing big brother by not handing over your promised dowry—let alone him not broaching the legacy share that you have in Delaney Manor and estate.”

Olivia: Olivia feels a bit uneasy, not certain how Tessa will react to her wishes.  “Tessa, though I’m happy for you and Roger enjoying living in Delaney Manor–and for you to think of my childhood home as yours in practice– I’m not willing to give up my right to half of it by selling it to you and Roger outright.  I grew up there.  It was my childhood home. I’m sentimental.”

Tessa: Ever the one to broker a compromise, Tessa leans in and pats Olivia’s arm.  “Of course you are.  But I’ll work on Roger about your dowry when we get home tonight.  In the meantime, just assume that your baby room budget is double what you and Sam agreed to.”

Olivia:  Her eyes wide, Olivia startles.  “But Tessa, that would be $1,200!  This is just a small baby nursery, not our child’s toddler or kid bedroom.  That will come later when we know if it is a boy or a girl.”

Tessa: “Of course.  But don’t feel you need to reign yourself in.  Roger has had you on a short financial leash for too long.  Live a little.”

Olivia smiles at Tessa’s phrasing—Olivia thinking of her breakfast splurging with her husband Sam more than a week ago.


As the two ladies see what the furniture options are on display in various room groupings—with some assistance from a store clerk in each area—Olivia’s baby nursery room ideas begin to coalesce.  So at the suggestion of one of the store clerks, the ladies are directed to their family homes interior designer consulting area, so that a designer can help Olivia and Sam creative a cohesive and complementary baby nursery room that can meet their immediate and near future needs.

While Olivia and Tessa wait to speak to the interior designer, the store’s elderly owner AldusWarren-isDonaldSutherland-at2013MonteCarloTVFestival-byDidierBaverel-Getty_Mar2016zimbio-sized-mask1stops by their seating area to chat with them.  His luxurious shock of white hair and slightly stooped over posture indicates some of the ravages of age.  But for a man in his seventies, Aldus Warren [(5) right] has a sprightly step and a gleaming twinkle in his eyes.  And he looks quite dapper in his black suit and red silk tie.  The man has flare and panache.  His family founded this furniture store when is father moved to this area, and it is his life.

Aldus Warren: “Mrs. Delaney!  It is lovely to see you again.  Are you refurbishing more of your lovely home?”  He asks brightly.  Not only does Tessa Delaney have excellent taste, she is a careful investor in fine furniture.  And Mr. Warren appreciates having such a knowledgeable client.

Tessa: “Oh Mr. Warren!  It is good to see, you again as well.  Today, we’re here to seek ideas for my sister-in-law Olivia’s baby nursery room.  It’s their first child.”  Tessa gives Olivia a hug and Olivia smiles shyly at the older gentleman.

Aldus Warren: “Oh, how delightful!  Babies are so dear.  Mine are all grown now and giving me grandchildren.  In fact, one of our interior designers is my eldest son David’s wife Lillian.  They married about two years ago in a whirlwind romance.  She came to our store to buy a dining room table and instead, my son swept her off her feet.”

Tessa: “I don’t think I met her when we were remodeling and buying new furniture a year and a half ago.”

Aldus Warren: “No, Lillian had a delicate pregnancy and was on mostly bed rest from about mid-way through.  But she gave me a healthy baby grandson.  And now that he is a year old and quite the little tiger, she works part time in the store in the mornings to keep her hand in while my wife Sylvia tends to little Aldus David Warren. We call him Duster to avoid confusion between either his father David or myself.”  Mr. Warren smiles with the pride of having a loving and growing family.

Tessa:  “How wonderful for you!”  Tessa exuberantly proclaims, then looks at Olivia.  Silent at meeting someone new, Olivia shyly nods her agreement.

Aldus Warren:  “I am very blessed.  Ah!  Here comes my daughter-in-law now.”  He waves to his daughter-in-law. “Lillian Dear, I was just telling Mrs. Delaney and her sister-in-law how you and David met—over a dining room table.”

Walking to the design consult table with style and grace and her long flowing blond hair LillianWarren-is-teri-polo-in-meet-the-parents--little-fockers-2010_Mar1916movpins-crop-sizedfalling over her shoulders and away from her face in gentle curls and wearing peach suit with an ivory blouse underneath, revealed after she removes her jacket—a suit that Tessa notices proudly came from her store Elle –the youthful forty year old Lillian Warren [(6) right] teases her father-in-law with a smile and a hug.

Lillian Warren: “Now Papa, I was looking for a bookshelf.”  Lillian smiles indulgently at her father-in-law, then she gives an impish grin to their clients, Tessa and Olivia.  “And David and I got to talking about our favorite books, that we seemed to have many in common.  And before we knew it, two months later he had swept me off my feet and we were heading to Las Vegas for a destination wedding—with you and Mama and the family along for the fun.”

Aldus Warren: “Yes, more’s the pity.  I wanted to give you a lavish wedding affair here.”  He pouts.  And Lillian soothingly squeezes his hand.  She knows that her father-in-law has long ago accepted that his son David and Lillian wanted a small private wedding.  He just likes to tease her now and again.  Then with pride, he turns to their clients.  “Mrs. Delaney, may I introduce you to my daughter-in-law, Lillian Warren. I leave you in good hands.   It has been lovely seeing you again.  And if you’ll excuse me, I have a prior meeting, that I have to attend to.”  He nods and smilingly leaves the ladies to themselves.

Lillian Warren: “I’m pleased to meet you, Mrs. Delaney.” They shake hands gently, like ladies do.

Tessa: “As am I, to meet you, Lillian.  Please call me Tessa.”  Then Tessa pauses.   “Have we met before?”  Tessa asks quizzically. Something about Lillian seems familiar.  Tessa wonders if she might have seen Lillian in Tessa’s store Elle over at her satellite store in Valley View.

Lillian Warren: “I don’t think so.”  Lillian smiles politely.    Lillian doesn’t know any Tessa Delaneys.

Waiting patiently and smiling sweetly, Olivia Delaney Wakeforest  looks expectantly at her sister-in-law Tessa.

Tessa:   “Oh and my manners!  This is my sister-in-law—my husband’s sister, Olivia.  She and her husband, my brother, are expecting their first child in September.  My brother and I are siblings who married siblings.  Ha ha ha!”

Olivia:  “Ha ha ha!”  Olivia laughs shyly.  “Hello.  It’s nice to meet you.”  Olivia smiles bashfully as the two women do another woman handshake—gentle clasping with no squeezing.

Lillian Warren: “It’s lovely to meet you, Olivia.  And I can see that you’re in the family way.  David and my little boy is almost one year old and he runs us ragged.  Ha ha ha ha ha!”

Tessa: “Children do.  Roger and I are adopting a two year old boy and his 15 year old sister next month.”

Lillian Warren: “My!  How wonderful for you!  That must be quite an adventure!”

Tessa: “You have no idea!”  Tessa rolls her eyes and shakes her head.  “But we’re here today for Olivia’s baby’s nursery room ideas.”

Lillian Warren: “Of course, let us sit at our consultation table.”  She gestures to the nearby round table and sits in her usual swivel chair flanked by small bookshelves behind her with design and pattern books on them.  “Let me first say that as with any of our in store design assistance, there is a $25 fee for our first design consultation meeting—whether or not you choose to use our services.  Then if you do intend to purchase your furniture from Warren’s, the design services are free–with your $25 deposit going toward the purchase of your furniture.”

Tessa: “Oh Olivia, Honey.  The $25 is well worth it.  You’ve seen our newer master bedroom.  It’s divine!”

Lillian Warren:  “Thank you, Mrs. … Tessa.”  Lillian smiles in catching herself and the reverting to the familiar mode of address that Tessa Delaney prefers.  “I believe Andrea Steeple was your designer.  I was on maternity leave then.”  She explains with a smile and shrugging her shoulders.  “However, since I am also the design team leader, I am aware of and oversee all design projects we undertake.  And you are welcome to choose any of our designers, if Andrea is your preference since you are familiar working with her.”

Tessa: “Though I am familiar with Andrea, and I would like to employ her design services in the future, this is Olivia’s project.  So I feel that she should have her own designer.”

Lillian Warren: “Certainly.  I am at your disposal.”  Lillian smiles warmly at Olivia.  “How can I help?”  Lillian finds that it is best to let the client direct the conversation initially—and Lillian really listens to what their clients want.  Then she guides them to make choices that will work best for them.

Olivia:  “Oh!”  Olivia is glad to have the Warren Furniture Store’s top designer at her service.  “Our baby nursery is a smallish space—mostly because when we initially renovated the first floor to have a master bedroom while I’m healing from my injury …”  Olivia gestures to her crutches. “… we had not known we were pregnant then.  So the space is really going to be a converted large walk in closet.”

Lillian Warren: Smiling, she leans in knowingly.  “I perfectly understand.  And we at Warren’s pride ourselves in helping families adapt their living spaces to accommodate their growing needs.”

Olivia: “Which in my case, is literally. Ha ha ha!”  Olivia points to her now plumper baby bump.”

Tessa: “Ha ha ha!”

Olivia and Lillian have an instant rapport and liking for each other with each of them being an expectant or new  mother, respectively.

Lillian Warren: “Ha ha ha!  Just so.  Now do you have any features of the baby’s nursery room that you hope to see incorporated into the final design?”

Olivia: “I do.”  Olivia nods.

And for the next fifteen minutes, the two women—with a bit of interjection from Tessa—discuss Olivia’s requirements for the baby’s nursery room, as well as sharing the room measurements.  Though Lillian or one of her staff will take the official measurements of the room—taking into account outlets, door frames, etc., that owners don’t think about.  Lillian has several standard baby’s room brochures she created with samples of her past work that she hands to Olivia as Tessa peeks over her shoulder.  Tessa is determined to hang back and let Olivia drive her own design efforts.  But Tessa is still curious, since once Bobby’s and Alice’s adoptions are finalized, she and Roger will be renovating their bedrooms.

Lillian Warren: “Are there any questions that you have?”

Olivia: “No, you’ve answered them all, for now. And I would like to engage you to design our baby’s nursery room.”  Olivia smiles and Lillian returns the cordial gesture.  Then emboldened by Tessa’s offer of a financial contribution earlier, Olivia clarifies. “And in addition to the small nursery that we’ll have you create for us now, we would also like to view plans for either a girl’s or boy’s bed room that can be created later—once we know if we have a boy or a girl.  We are likely to move back upstairs to the second floor when my leg is all healed—I hope by next Christmas.  So we will need a room for the baby on the second floor as well in about eight months.”

Lillian Warren:  “Delightful!”  Lillian knows that satisfied clients come back for redesigns on other rooms.  So she is determined to go all out with her first assignment of the baby’s nursery room on the first floor of Olivia’s home.

Olivia:  “Should I write you a check now for the design deposit?”  Olivia inquires shyly.

Lillian Warren: “That would be just fine.  Please make out your check to Warren’s Furniture Store.  And here is my business card.”

Lillian hands Olivia her business card which has an outline of a couch on it to represent the furniture store—as well as, her name and contact information at the store.  Olivia smiles in taking the business card in her hand.  And Olivia peruses the business card’s information, then she sets it down on the table while she takes out her checkbook and writes the $25 design deposit check.

Tessa peers over to look at the business card and she is startled to see the name on it—Lillian Campbell Warren.  Campbell.  And Tessa wonders if Lillian is any relation to the Lola Campbell who had been Sam’s lover years ago.  Tessa had never met Lola.  But  Campbell is a common name in these parts.  Yet Lillian’s name starts with an L—like Lola.  So she wonders if they might be sisters or cousins, since Lillian appears to be about the right age that Lola would be now—about forty, and blond.  However the lady before her is so polished and ladylike, she wonders if she is just imagining things.  Sam’s Lola had been a waitress.

And then when Olivia finishes writing her design deposit check to Warren’s Furniture Store and hands it to Lillian Warren, Lillian startles at the name on the check:  Sam and Olivia Wakeforest.  And Lillian jerks her head up to look quite startled at Olivia.  However Olivia has her head down putting her checkbook away and doesn’t see Lillian’s reaction.  But Tessa notices Lillian’s response and she feels uneasy and worried that there might indeed be a connection between a Lola in Lillian’s family and her brother Sam.

Tessa: “Is anything wrong?”  She asks with trepidation.

Olivia looks up at her sister-in-law Tessa, then over at Lillian.  But Lillian quickly schools her facial expression.

Lillian Warren: “No, not at all.  It is just that …”  She begins, but checks herself.  Instead, she smiles pleasantly, while her heart is racing.

Now Tessa is more certain than ever that Lillian’s sister or cousin must have been Sam’s former lover Lola.

Olivia:  “Yes?”

Lillian:  “I didn’t realize, … that you also lived in Wakeforest as Mrs. Delaney does.”  Lillian recovers her poise.

Olivia: “Is that a problem?”

Lillian: “No, no.  It’s just that with my own baby being so young, I don’t like to take on too many out of town design projects.”  Lillian is trying to find a graceful way to bow out of designing the Wakeforest’s baby’s room—Sam Wakeforest’s baby’s room.

Tessa:  “Oh?”

Tessa has some nagging concern if Lillian working with Olivia will create some difficulties—in case Lillian feels that her sister or cousin Lola didn’t part well from Tessa’s brother Sam.

Olivia: “Well I perfectly understand.  Though I do love the designs examples of yours that you showed me.  So I hope that we can work together.”  Olivia smiles hopefully.  She has no inkling that anything is amiss, and she takes Lillian Warren’s statement about wanting to stay close to her baby, literally.

Lillian: “Very well.”  Lillian smiles graciously.  But there is a bit of wincing around the eyes that Tessa notices.  “Now the first thing I will need to do is to see the space and measure it.  Is there a good time some morning for me to drive over to your home and do that?”  Lillian is an interior design professional and she is determined to do her best for her client.

Olivia:  “Well, I tutor my niece Alice in the afternoons, so mornings would be best for me as well.  Would a 9 – 11am time frame work for you?  My husband usually comes home for lunch around 12noon and that would still give me time to get in some of my leg therapy exercises at home before lunch.”

Lillian: “Of course!”  She says eagerly.  “It’s best for we ladies to get the project started before the husband gets involved.  Ha ha ha!”  Lillian jests, but she is nervous about the prospect of seeing Sam Wakeforest again after all these years.  Will he treat her with the respect she feel that she deserves—and that she has earned by becoming a design professional, wife, and mother.    “How about 9:30am next Monday?  That will give me some time to gather some small space design ideas together.” Lillian feels that she can conclude her measuring and be out of there before Olivia’s husband gets home.

Olivia:  “That’s perfect!”  Olivia smiles cheerfully.  “Our home is on the other side of the Town of Wakeforest, the side closest to Wakeforest Mountain.  You take the town road out of Wakeforest for a half a mile, then turn right into the drive between the two bricked columns flanking the gate.  I will make sure that our gardener knows to expect you so that he will be there to open the gate for you.”  The Wakeforest family home and large acreage is fenced in around the perimeter with iron metal fencing—mostly to keep out any nearby ranchers’ cattle that might escape, and to keep out the local deer from eating their plants and vegetable garden.

Lillian: “I will look for the gate.”  Lillian nods. Then the three ladies exchange pleasantries upon their leave taking of each other and Lillian escorts them to the furniture store’s front entrance.


Upon returning to the Warren  Furniture Store design work space and her own personal the impossible premiere 6 191112desk, Lillian Warren sits and gazes at the side by side pictures of her handsome reddish blond forty-five year old husband David Warren [(7) right] and their one year old baby son named Duster.  He is a sturdy and rambunctious one year old born into a loving and stable home.

Three years ago, Lillian broke up with a man for whom she had at that time had tender feelings–but she knew he would never love her enough to marry her.  So Lillian vowed not to settle for anything less than love and marriage for her next and final relationship.  And she found that joy  when she least expected it–when she met and married the kind and loving David Warren while she was finishing her interior design degree at Valley View Ladies College.  Lillian had been a waitress to support herself through school, but now she has her dream job part time and her dream family with her husband David and their baby son Duster.

Lillian’s husband David knows about Lillian’s past relationships, in general if not in specifics—neither of them came to their marriage as virgins—and that Lillian was reticent about giving herself so freely ever again.  David had to win her trust and he treated her with the respect that Lillian felt that she deserved.  And David did win Lillian’s heart, restoring Lillian’s faith in there being the right man out there for her to find happiness with in a loving and mutually supportive home as husband and wife.

And Lillian’s in-laws Aldus and Sylvia Warren welcomed her into their family with open arms.  However, Lillian supposes rightly that her in-laws might have thought that she was a virgin since theirs is a conservative family—and since she and David did not make love with each other until their wedding night.  Though the two of them had some lovely couch wrestling kiss fests, leaving neither of them in doubt about their passion for each other.

Lillian and David and little baby Duster have a loving family life–that Lillian doesn’t want Sam-isRichardArmitage-inredcap_Jul1415cyn-shirt-to-blkanything to intrude upon.  She just hopes that the past can stay the past—and that she won’t run into what she remembers was the often arrogant Sam Wakeforest [(8) right], while working on his baby’s nursery room.  Because though Lillian has matured gracefully physically in the three years since she last saw Sam Wakeforest—and they did part amicably—she is certain that he will recognize her were they to meet, even though she no longer goes by her family nickname of Lola.

And Lillian doesn’t want Sam to think that she is hounding him or trying to rekindle something with him because she is their interior designer.  Far from it.  It is just that Lillian can’t figure out a way to gracefully extricate herself from being his wife Olivia’s baby’s nursery room designer—since the not liking being out of town too much suggestion that Lillian made for possibly bowing out of being the Wakeforest’s baby nursery room designer, was not accepted by Olivia.

And Lillian Warren hopes that if Olivia Wakeforest finds out about her past with Olivia’s husband Sam, that Olivia does not feel hurt nor betrayed. In general, Lillian feels that it would be better for Olivia to be told who Lillian is and then let her decide if she still wants to employ Lillian as her designer.  But Lillian Warren wonders how to tell Olivia Wakeforest who she is?  Or even, if she, Lillian, should be the one to do the telling?

To be continued with Chapter 29


References for Ch. 28  by Gratiana Lovelace, March 21, 2016 (Post #889)

1)  The “Love in the Great Pine Woods” story cover is a composite of two images manipped by Grati:
a) the Richard Armitage portrait is from the 2011 Project Magazine photo shoot and article interview, that was found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/Richard/Promos/ProjectMagJuly2011/album/slides/ProjectMag-05.html;
b) the snowy Pine forest vertical image was found on Pinterest at https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/62/fa/ff/62faff1253d55f571eb3659cc7661e73.jpg

2) The phrase “bun in the oven” is slang referring to a woman being pregnant and might have entered into use in the 1950’s according to this site http://www.wisegeek.com/what-does-bun-in-the-oven-mean.htm

3) Tessa Wakeforest Shoop Delaney is Marcia Gay Harden in 2011 that was found at http://www2.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/2011+Winter+TCA+Tour+Day+3+-k0m4V09k94l.jpg

4) Olivia Delaney Wakeforest looking pregnant image is that of Emily Deschanel found at http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/09/30/1412052923049_Image_galleryImage_LOS_ANGELES_CA_SEPTEMBER_.JPG

5)  Aldus Warren image is that of Donald Sutherland at the 2013 53rd Annual Monte Carlo TV Festival Opening Ceremony (photographed by Didier Baverel, Getty) found at  http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/O-1ZTAmCCTA/53rd+Monte+Carlo+TV+Festival+Opening+Ceremony/sP4ClqcvA5q/Donald+Sutherland

6)  Lillian Warren image is that of Teri Polo as Pamela Byrnes in Meet the Parents, Little Fockers (2010) found at http://www.movpins.com/big/MV5BMTU5Nzg3MzQwN15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNDgzMzgxNA/still-of-teri-polo-in-meet-the-parents:-little-fockers-(2010)-large-picture.jpg

7) David Warren image is that of Ewan McGregor found at http://ewan-mcgregor.gossipler.com/images/pics/ewan-mcgregor.jpg

8) Sam Wakeforest image is that of Richard Armitage in red cap in a tweeted image by cyn@dainty


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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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5 Responses to “Love in the Great Pine Woods”, Ch. 28 (PG-13):   Wakeforest Baby’s Nursery Planning, March 21, 2016 by Gratiana Lovelace (Post #889)

  1. Evie Arl says:

    Ooh. Didn’t see that one coming! A tangled web just like real life. Fingers crossed things go well. xxx

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    • Hi Evie,
      Thanks for your very nice note about Ch. 28! I’m glad that you enjoyed the plot twist–and that I’m not “predictable”. Ha! And as with real life, sometimes things get worse before they get better.

      But you won’t have long to find out what happens next. I already have most of the next chapter written and hope to publish it on Thursday this week.

      Thanks and Cheers! Grati ;->


  2. March 21, 2016–Thanks for liking this story chapter post! I’m glad that you enjoyed it! Cheers!

    Evie Arl


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