Thursday, August 23, 2012
Danielle and Melanie Meet for the First Time
It's about 5:30am and Rod returns to the bedroom with Jacob in his arms.
"Hey little man. Come to mommy." (Danielle)
"Now what is all that fuss about? Did you have a bad dream?" (Danielle)
Danielle feels Jacob's forehead to make sure he isn't running a fever. She surmises that physically he appears to be okay. Rod is deep in thought and decides to discuss his thoughts with Danielle.
"Honey, I'm not sure you meeting with Melanie alone is such a good idea." (Rod)
"We are both grown intelligent women. You really shouldn't worry so much." (Danielle)
"Maybe I should come with you." (Rod)
"No. You seem to bring out the worst in that woman. I would like a chance to have a decent conversation with her and I'm not sure that's possible if you are there." (Danielle)
Rod complies and warns Danielle to be careful. Now almost 6am, they decide to get a little more rest before the alarm goes off at 6:45.
Danielle has no trouble falling right to sleep. Rod, on the other hand, lays there wide awake.
Melanie converses with her assistant, Grace.
"I need you to reschedule that appointment with Mr. Wiggins. I need to do a little more research before we meet. I also put a meeting on the schedule today with a Danielle. I forgot to tell you about it. She should be arriving in about an hour." (Melanie)
"Okay. I will take care of Mr. Wiggins and I will send Ms. Danielle in when she arrives." (Grace)
Melanie gets back to work and before she knows it, an hour has passed and Danielle is standing in her office.
"Yes, that's me. You must be Danielle. Have a seat." (Melanie)
"I was wondering what my replacement would look like. I must admit, I am a little surprised. Rod was never keen on light-skinned women." (Melanie)
Danielle is a little taken aback at Melanie's bluntness. She tries not to overreact to the comments.
"I guess he wanted to try something new. (long pause) Thanks for meeting with me. I thought it would be good for us to meet each other, for the sake of Nicole." (Danielle)
"That's interesting. I'm surprised my darling ex-husband allowed you to come alone. He usually likes to be front and center controlling things." (Melanie)
"I thought it would be best is we met alone. He wanted to be here, but I thought the meeting would go smoother without him. And for the record, Rod doesn't control me. I am pretty good at making my own decisions." (Danielle)
"Well let me caution you about making your own decisions with him. Strong, independent women, who 'make their own decisions' may find themselves put out to pasture before they know it. " (Melanie)
"Look, I'm not here to talk about Rod. I really just wanted to meet so we can get on friendly terms. I really think that is best for Nicole, since she will be the one most affected by all of this." (Danielle)
"I appreciate you being so concerned about my daughter's well-being, but I can assure you she will be just fine. She has a mother who loves her and who is more than capable of providing her everything she needs. I've been raising her for ten years now, and haven't needed anyone else's help." (Melanie)
"So the next time you want to come in and offer your advice on what is best for my daughter, don't." (Melanie)
"I'm sorry if I offended you. That was not my intent." (Danielle)
"Look Melanie, I came here with good intentions, but apparently you just aren't ready for this. When you are ready, give me a call. In the meantime, I will continue to love Nicole and make her feel very welcome in our home." (Danielle)
"One more thing... the next time you say something mean and hurtful to either of my children, be ready to deal with me." (Danielle)
"I think it's time for you to leave." (Melanie)
"I think you are right." (Danielle)
Danielle turns to leave and Melanie sinks back onto the desk.
"Damn. That didn't go so well."
Lawdy, lawdy, lawdy. Now you guys know I was really trying to get them on the high road. I was NOT going to have any more drama surrounding these two. I'm telling you, Melanie had other plans. I couldn't get her to say any of the things I wanted her to say. Somehow I will have to get these two communicating with each other. I don't have a clue how I am going to make that happen. I may just have to wait for Melanie to come around.