Frida was relaxing at home, watching some TV when she heard a knock at her door. By now, it was really a challenge to get up, so she had placed a few canes around the house to assist her. Resting her hand atop her belly, she opened the front door to see her grandmother standing there.
"Grandma! Gosh, what are you doing here so early? The wedding's not for at least five weeks!" Frida asked.
"Aw, I thought I'd roll into town a little early. I knew you were getting bored sitting home by yourself all day, so I thought I'd come a little earlier to keep you company. But I'm not going to be a burden, so I made a reservation in a hotel." Frida's grandmother explained.
"Oh, nonsense, we have plenty of room here. You can stay with us." Frida said.
"Oh, no, honey, you have enough on your hands already."
"I promise, it's fine." Frida said, stepping aside to let her grandmother in.
"Oh, my, your new house is wonderful, Frida dear!" She said as she walked inside, suitcase in hand. Frida tried to help her with her bags, but he grandmother wouldn't let her. Frida showed her around the house, then to the guest room to put her stuff down. Then they sat down on the couch to catch up on things.
"So, tell me dear, how is Manny? I heard he has a new job." Frida's grandmother asked.
"Oh, he's doing pretty well. Busy as ever with El Tigre and work, and me, but he's managing. I think he really likes his new job. He's working as a floor manager at a factory downtown and he says everyone there is so nice." Frida explained.
"That's wonderful! And how are you, dear?"
"I can tell you one thing, being pregnant has its downsides. My feet ache like crazy and my back feels like a freaking pretzel." Frida explained. "But hey, all part of the miracle of life…" Frida explained.
"What are you doing about a career?"
"I'm not sure. I want to pick up on my music career again, but I probably won't be able to until the baby's first birthday." Frida explained.
"How far along are you?" Lora, Frida's grandmother, asked.
"Umm, partway through month eight." Frida explained.
"Getting pretty big. Is it twins?"
"We don't know. We're keeping it a surprise."
"Well. I think it's going to be an interesting surprise…so anyways, do you have any pre-wedding jitters yet?"
"Uhh, is the sky blue? Of course, I'm so nervous. I don't even know what it is, I usually don't get stage fright but this wedding is so nerve wracking! All the people watching me and my fiancée tie the knot, and on top of that there's a ton of preparation to do beforehand!"
"Oh, Frida, weddings can be stressful, but in the moment you're on the altar, pledging your undying love to the man you want to spend the rest of your life is…well, it's something different. Special, really. It's a moment you'll never forget." Lora explained.
"So I've been told. I'll just have to wait and see, I guess. But it doesn't help that Zoe and her stupid minion boys are constantly trying to break us up. What really worries me is that they haven't been doing anything lately. What if they try and do something to ruin the wedding?" Frida explained, spilling out her troubles.
"Honey, you're marrying a guy who stops crime on a daily basis. Not to mention his father and his grandfather too. I think you're more than safe." Lora said with a smile.
"Yeah, I guess…I still worry though."
"Oh, we all worry about things, Frida. We just have to find a way to relieve our stress. Now, I know your aunt Phoebe is free today, why don't we go out for lunch?"
"Sounds terrific! Let's go!" Frida said, grabbing her cane and standing up. The two left to pick up Frida's aunt Phoebe, which was Lora's youngest daughter. (Lora was Carmela's mother, therefore Phoebe was Carmela's sister). It was about time for Carmela's lunch break, so the four of them met downtown for lunch; and so they could catch up with each other. While at lunch, the four caught up on the latest news, including wedding updates, pregnancy updates, and more.
On the other side of town, in an abandoned warehouse, two boys stood watching their female ally pacing the floor, a pensive look to her face.
"What is our next move? We need to think of something that will separate them for good." Chipotle said.
"We haven't done any good to make them doubt each other. No matter what we do they always bounce back." Sergio added.
"Shut up! I know our plans haven't worked, you imbeciles! You're only making this worse!" Zoe exclaimed angrily.
"Well what do you want to do next? You're the planning genius here, apparently…" Chipotle responded.
"What we need to do is wait. We need to wait for their wedding to arrive. Chances are they're stressed out enough about getting married, and us not striking against them in a long time will make them even more worried. More stress means more fighting. More fighting means better chance they will separate." Zoe explained, her excitement evident in her voice.
"Then, once they're really tense and in their wedding, we strike. We break through the doors and start shooting everywhere with laser blasters and destroying the day altogether. It's guaranteed to work."
"So, what we just wait five weeks for their wedding? What are we going to do with ourselves?" Chipotle asked.
"We can't loot, pillage or destroy or even attack anything. Even if it's unrelated to Manny and Frida. No crimes until we strike on their wedding. Kapeesh?" Zoe explained.
"Are you kidding? No pillaging? That's impossible! We're super villains, that's what we do! We can't just not do that for five weeks." Sergio complained.
"Shut up! I don't care! Don't do any villain stuff for five weeks, that's the end of that!" Zoe yelled. The boys took a step back, silently agreeing to her terms before she started hurting them. It wouldn't be easy, but the results in the long run would pay off, so they knew they had to try their best to not loot or pillage or steal anything.
Oh, boy, would this be fun.
I'll be honest, I had a writer's block for this chapter. I only had a few ideas for it, and I didn't really know how to lengthen this chapter. I don't want to reveal too much action too soon. So bear with me here, I know this chapter wasn't super interesting really. Reivew?