September 16, 2014

Eva: Week Twenty-Two, Day One

Perfectionist To-Do List: Prepare speech, Set up fundraiser, Send out petitions

Haley hummed as she made a batch of muffins with her little baker oven.  She'd been practicing for a few days now and was able to make them without burning them!
Just a quick mix with some of the muffin mix they sold and she was ready to go!
Proudly she carried it downstairs.  "I made breakfast, mama!" she said.

"Blech!" Ian cried out behind her.  "She's probably trying to poison us!"

Haley turned around and glared at her little brother.  "Only your muffin, Ian..." she muttered darkly.

"Nobody's muffin is poisoned," Eva said, rolling her eyes.

Haley made a slashing motion across her throat as she gave her brother the stink-eye.
"She has to eat it first!" Ian said when they were all seated.  "If she turns purple and dies, then I'm not eating it!"

Haley lifted the muffin to her mouth, suddenly self-conscious.  What if it didn't taste any good?

The brief worry had been unfounded. "Mmm...it's yummy! Try it!"

"Of course it is," Eva said staunchly, taking a bite as well.  "Delicious!"
They were just finishing up when the doorbell rang.

"I'll get it. It's probably Stacy," Eva said, hopping up.  "Are you ready to go Nathaniel?"

Her husband followed after her.  "Ready when you are!"
"Thanks for coming Stacy.  We should be gone all afternoon."

"That's okay, Mrs. Black-Wolff, I brought my books with me so I can study."

"Wonderful! Feel free to call if you need anything!"
Stacy headed inside and propped her hands on her hips. "So? What are we up to today?" she asked brightly.

"Playing with blocks!" Haley and Ian responded in unison.

***

Eva headed to Crystal Springs, excited and nervous.  "What if this doesn't work?" she asked for the 10th time.

Nathaniel reached over and rested his hand on his knee. "Then we gave it our best.  But, it's going to work, babe!" he reassured her.
When they reached the springs, Eva was so glad to see the turnout.  "Thanks for coming out everyone!" she called out, "Let's save our Springs!"
Eva drifted between groups, sharing with them her opinions on the protection and preservation of Crystal Springs.  "A treasure like this should belong to everyone in Sunset Valley.  The sad fact is that a gated community built around the Springs will make it so that only those who purchase homes in this area will be able to enjoy it." 

She answered questions and then moved on to give them time to consider.
"Mayor Landgraab hasn't even considered the implications to our city's wildlife.  Tearing down the forest will remove a natural habitat from all the deer, raccoons, squirrels and other animals that make these Springs their home," she said with feeling.

Tomas grinned, "And the unicorns?"

"Well, I've never not seen a unicorn," she teased.  "Who knows?  They might very well make their home right here at Crystal Springs!"  She glanced around.  "It's certainly a magical enough place."
"Thanks for signing, Lyle," Eva said after he had signed the petition against razing Crystal Springs, as well as donating a small check towards a preservation fund. 

"You certainly know how to make a compelling argument," he told her.
When all was said and done, Eva had received 20 signatures for her petition and had managed to raise $10,000! 

"You did it, babe!" Nathaniel said as he helped her take down the table. 

Eva took a deep breath. "I just hope it's enough!" she said cautiously hopeful.

***

Stacy set her book to the side and watched the kids play.  She was surprised they were still so enthralled with the blocks!  All day long they'd built up little castles and then giggled as they knocked them down.

She glanced at the door when she heard the key being turned.
"Hi, Mr. and Mrs. Black-Wolff.  How did it go?" she asked cheerfully, hopping up.

"Mommy! Daddy!" Ian called out, rushing up to hug his parents.  "You're home!"

Nathaniel grinned down at his kids.  "Thanks Stacy. How much do we owe you for the day?" he asked, pulling out his wallet.

***

Under the cover of darkness, Arturo hurried up the steps and rang the doorbell, fidgeting as he waited.  Amelia would kill him if she knew he was over here... let alone about to do what he was going to do...
"Arturo!" Eva gasped when she saw her old friend.  It made her sad that over the years she'd seen less and less of Arturo.  But, Amelia's irrational jealousy had served as an effective buffer between their friendship.  "What are you doing here?!"
Arturo guiltily glanced down. "Crystal Springs means a lot to me," he started out.  "Amelia and I have gone round and round about it..."

"I can't even imagine how hard that must be," she said sympathetically.  She and Nathaniel hardly argued over anything.  Thank goodness! She'd had enough of fighting when she'd been growing up!
 
"Take it," Arturo said as he quickly pressed a check into her hand.  "Just put it down as anonymous." 

"Oh Artie!"  Eva whispered. "I'm so sorry..." she trailed off.  Arturo was supporting a cause that was in opposition to his wife's campaign.  It wouldn't have been an easy decision for him...

Arturo shrugged, "I just had to do my part..." he said by way of explanation. 
Then he hurried away.

Eva glanced down at the check and gasped, "$10,000?!"

1 comment:

  1. Wow, good on Arturo for doing what he thinks is right even with his wife's opposition!

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