Monday, August 27, 2012
Hanging Out at the Den Part I (Photostory)
It's Friday night and The Den is the place to be. Kara and Chris are performing tonight, and the place is filling up already. Kara has built quite a reputation for herself since performing regularly at The Den. At the moment, DJ Rohan is filling The Den with smooth jazz sounds. (If you would like to hear the sultry sounds of Phyllis Hyman while reading the photostory, click on the video.)
Tonight is Leslie and David's date night. Ever since the wedding, they have a regular date night every two weeks. Leslie convinced Danielle to come out and relax. Dealing with Melanie, Rod's ex-wife, has really gotten her down a bit.
"Will you be having dinner with us, tonight?" (Waitress)
"No, we will just stick to the drinks for now. Thanks." (Rod)
Harrison, the owner of The Den, has stopped by to say hi to his lady friend, psychiatrist, Tina.
"And how is my lady doing? Can I get you something?" (Harrison)
"No, honey. I am just fine. The glass of wine you sent over will hold me for a little bit." (Tina)
Shantavia is there with her new man, Bruce. This is the first time her mom is meeting him.
"Mr. Harrison, this is my friend, Bruce." (Shantavia)
"Hello young man. Nice to meet you, and welcome to The Den." (Harrison)
"Thanks. Nice to meet you, too." (Bruce)
"If I don't see a smile soon, I will be forced to take drastic measures." (Rod)
"I told you I am fine." (Danielle)
"I know what you told me, but I know you well enough to know better." (Rod)
"Are you kidding me?" (Leslie)
"I wish I were. But no more talk about work. I just want to relax and have a good time tonight. I will deal with that fiasco on Monday." (David)
Racquel, Terrance, Nikki, and Darius are chilling in the VIP section. They were sent a complimentary bottle of wine. I say complimentary, but for what they paid to sit in the VIP section, that bottle of wine was more than paid for.
"Did I tell you how nice you look tonight:?" (Terrance)
"You did earlier, but you can tell me again." (Racquel)
"That's just like you. Always fishing for more compliments. Well I have something for you that's better than a compliment." (Terrance)
"Well bring it on." (Racquel)
"Will I get to see some of those moves on the dance floor tonight?" (Nikki)
"Most definitely. We haven't danced since the New Year's party." (Darius)
Chris and Kara are saying hello to his sisters, Marisa and Payton, who came to see them sing.
"Thanks so much for coming out to support us, guys." (Chris)
Payton, is Chris' younger sister.
"I can't wait to hear you sing, Kara. The last time I saw you guys perform was at Mom and Dad's anniversary last year." (Payton)
"By the way, Rick sends his apologies. He hasn't been feeling well since we returned from Florida. So he's home nursing a cold." (Marisa)
"No problem." (Chris)
"So Payton are you in town for good?" (Kara)
"I like it here. If I can find a good job, I would love to stay." (Payton)
"Well, let me know if you need help. I have a few connections around town." (Kara)
Oh, look who's here. It's Halle. Yes, she is here with her man, Diego.
"Isn't that your friend, Racquel over there in VIP?" (Diego)
"Yes. I need to go say hello, but not right now." (Halle)
"So Bruce, tell me a little more about yourself." (Tina)
Shantavia shoots her mother a look. Tina promised to be on her best behavior and Shantavia is just trying to remind her of this. Tina has a way of getting a little carried away. Shantavia has never been married, and Tina is anxious to see her daughter walk down the aisle one day.
Well the time has come for the main event.
"Welcome to The Den. Hope you all are enjoying yourselves, tonight. If you haven't been, you will after hearing our next group. Please welcome to the stage, Kara, who is accompanied by her husband, Chris, on the guitar." (Harrison)
"Thank you. Tonight, I will do a tribute to one of my favorite singers, Phyllis Hyman." (Kara)
"May I have this dance?" (Bruce)
"But of course." (Shantavia)
"I'm sorry about the 50 million questions my mother is asking." (Shantavia)
"It's okay. I sort of expected that." (Bruce)
"She's just concerned about you. I get it. A beautiful, intelligent, young lady, such as yourself, deserves the best." (Bruce)
David and Leslie have made their way to the dance floor. Leslie is feeling a little giddy. Must be the wine.
Meanwhile, Danielle is finally relaxing a little bit, as Rod is whispering sweet nothings in her ear.
We'll come back to The Den for Part II. We need to see Darius on the dance floor. Will Halle really go over to say hello to Racquel in the VIP section? Will she take Diego or go alone? Will she acknowledge Darius at all? Oh my! So many unanswered questions.