Another Saturday has rolled around. I appreciate you coming back for another snippet. This one is from the 6th in the Cassie’s Space series, Cassie’s Influence.
Tom has often said Cassie could get herself in trouble at Bible Study class and she can certainly fine trouble when she’s with Sue. Tom gave a firm ‘no’ when Cassie asked to go to a comedy club Sue wanted to attend, stating that the comedian was disrespectful to women and cussed a blue streak. So she was quite surprised when he changed his mind. She learn of this listening to Sue’s side of a phone conversation…
"Seriously, Tom's going along with that too?" My interest was piqued. "So it's okay with him? He's not going to change his mind and jump down Cassie's throat when we get back? It's going to be close to two AM before we're home. Oh, okay. Does Tom want to talk to Cassie?" She listened for another minute and then, "Sounds good. Yes, yes, we'll be careful. We'll see you around two." And with that, she hung up.
In answer to our questioning looks, Sue responded, "The boys are flying down to San Diego to see some kind of exhibition ball game and we get to go to the comedy show! Your husband, pompous as ever," Sue informed me, "said 'I still don't approve, but since we'll be gone I suppose it's all right this once. Tell Cassie she has a two drink limit.' Honestly, Cassie, he can be such an ass at times."
I'm so used to Sue and Tom being at crossed swords I ignored her last statement. I was delighted that Tom had changed his mind and I was looking forward to the show. I never gave a minute's thought to questioning Sue's statements. Too bad. Every word she had just uttered was a bald faced lie.
The show was fabulous! So raunchy. Perhaps I had exceeded my two-drink limit by a bit, but we had hired a car and driver so I wasn't worried. Although Sue had seemed to enjoy the show as much as we had, she seemed to grow quiet and brooding almost as soon as we got back in the car.
"What's eating you, gloomy?" I asked her.
Sue stared at me, an angry look on her face. I stared back. Finally, I began to get angry. "What's wrong with you?" I asked, not trying to conceal my annoyance.
Sue began digging in her purse and then tossed my phone into my lap. Picking it up, I looked at her in confusion. "What are you doing with my phone?"
"I stole it," was her cryptic reply.
"Sue, what the hell's going on? Why do you have my phone?" Annie and I were both completely in the dark as we stared at Sue questioningly.
"I lied," she said simply. "The boys aren't at a ball game. They're probably at the hotel pacing and wondering where the hell we are. They never called. I lied," she repeated.
Intentionally or not, Cassie’s influence spreads. Sue’s marriage has improved through Cassie’s influence. However, when Sue’s marriage unexpectedly takes a turn for the worse, Sue pushes for the solution she feels will work, a solution that could put Cassie on a collision course with the ivory brush.
Allie and Ryan are both feeling influence from Cassie and Tom. Cassie doesn't mean to lead Allie astray - but Allie sees Cassie as a role model. Every adventure, old or new, captures Allie's attention, which increases her desire to be more like her mentor. But for better or worse, Ryan is just as determined to be like Tom.