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door closes behind him, he’s hit by a wave of heat, all of a sudden. It’s weird,
he thinks, because outside, yes, it’s freezing, but he doesn’t consider it so
serious that it could lead to their home as a literal oven. There must be
something like 25 degrees, inside, and he immediately starts sweating.
home,” he calls, – no answer, only silence. He shakes off the snow from his
boots, a creeping sensation of dread he can’t avoid starts running through his
It’s a low
voice, annoyed or hurt, or both, and he rushes towards the source of that
voice, throwing the groceries on a chair.
gets into the living room, his eyes widen, when they meet that unusual sight.
And that sight would be his very pregnant
wife sitting in the middle of the room, on the carpet, surrounded – no, engulfed – by Christmas lights. And it’s
a mess, because she’s somehow managed to tangle herself on the inside, in her
clear, useless effort to untie them.
need to laugh is immediately suffocated by her deadly glare – he immediately
gets an expression which would be easy to find on his face during an occasion
such as watching over a dead beloved. “Regina, ahem,” he coughs, scoffs, and
her eyes narrow, and damn, if he doesn’t get a grip, he’ll most likely join
that dead beloved. “What’s happening?”
you think?” she barks, pulling onto a wire and trying to disentangle it. “It
was about time you got home.”
it was crazy at the shop – apparently, the dwarves are very fond of strawberries,
of all things, so I had a bit of a fight over the last box…”
at him, and the words die in his throat. She lets out a shaky breath – an exhausted,
small thing, her hand splayed on her swollen stomach. With his supreme horror,
he spies a tear rolling down her cheek. And his amusement transforms into
kneel next to her, taking a solitary wire between his fingers and pulling it
down. It was a simple move, and she watches as a good part of her arm and
forearm is freed. She has somehow recollected the wires around one arm, to roll
them up, and in doing so… created even more of a mess.
his hand on her shoulder, his other hand going up to wipe away the tear. “What
is it? Talk to me, we’ll fix it.”
his love, before meeting his eyes in a sheepish look. “I miss magic,” she
Ah. Now he gets it – well, he doesn’t, really, but he imagines. The
frustration of having a problem, and not being able to magic her way out of it,
as normal people do. And then, probably, she feels guilty for blaming their
daughter – health reasons, Whale
called them, Madam Mayor, better not to
overtire the body with any kind of magic, especially if you’re sure the baby
has magic too.
you do miss it, Regina, it’s a part of you,” he tries to soothe, but there’s no
use. She avoids his eyes again, her gaze skimming over the light bulbs piled on
wanted to do something, for once,”
she says. “Something on my own, but as always, I’ve worsened the situation…”
deeply, and places a kiss on her forehead. “You do more than enough, my love,”
he assures her. “And this – this happens,
and it’s easily fixable, okay?”
not quite convinced, but anyway lets him work on the lights. His fingers brush
on her skin on more than one occasion, she just stays still, watching him, and
she still looks sad. After a while – tireless and exhausting work for sure, but
stupid and time-wasting – he gives up.
whispers, menacingly, staring daggers at those stupid lights. He’s up on his
feet, in the kitchen and back in the living room before she can even mutter “Robin?”
approaches her and kneels again, when she catches sight of what he has in his
hand, a small puff of laughter leaves her lips. “What happened to easily fixable?” she mocks him, and he’s
never been happier to hear that quirk of teasing in her voice.
lost into this living hell,” he answers, holding his breath in concentration as
he positions the scissors on the wires. “Who put these lights back in the box
it was Roland, dear,” she lifts her eyes to the ceiling, amused, knowing every
protest will fade now.
snaps the scissors closed for the third time, the lights fall, all at once, and
she’s free. He takes her hands, to help her up, the damned black wires falling
on the ground in a tangled mess. “Better?” he asks, relieved when she nods, staring
down at the carpet with a frown.
Peanut will be heartbroken without lights,” she muses.
sighs. “I guess I have to go retrieve some more, uh?”
confirms. “Not yet, though – stay here a bit, first?”
he agrees, a smile tugging his lips up. “I’ll even make you hot cocoa, if you
go sit on the sofa and stay still,” he mocks her. She tugs at his arm, throwing
him a glare, but complies, and it’s absolutely adorable, the way she has to sit
and cross her arms with a pout – well, he finds it adorable, but maybe it’s
because he’s used to find adorable her gazes which promise a quick death.
his head, and goes into the kitchen – Henry’s made sure he mastered the art of
hot chocolate, just like mom takes it,
and he’s nearly finished with the whipped cream she eats in man-sized portions,
when he hears noises from the living
the mugs – already prepared to find another complicated situation, but he sighs
in relief, because it’s not that bad. She’s standing up, holds the sparkling garlands
which usually go above the mirror on the fireplace, and she’s so cute – on her tiptoes, eyes glancing
back at him.
“Help me out,
will you?” she asks. He places the mugs on the table, nears her, but instead of
taking the garland, he surrounds her from behind, placing a kiss on her hair.
enough?” he scoffs, with a perfectly audible whisper. He oofs loudly, though, when her elbow hits his stomach.
and help me,” she hisses, frustrated. He lifts the garland, places it easily
above the mirror and then going to continue on the nearest painting.
go, Your Majesty,” he bows, gaining himself another stare. “Your cocoa is
getting cold.” She rolls her eyes, but finally sits on the sofa and takes the
she says. She takes one sip, and lowers the mug, with a mischievous smile. “When
Your Tallest Highness will be finished here, there’s snow to take off from the
porch,” she says, looking angelic and devilish at once.
his head, ignoring her completely as he goes to sit next to her. “There’s some
snow to take off from your lips, here,” he says smugly, and finally, she cracks
up in a smile, meeting his lips halfway, and okay, as long as he kisses her
like that, at least she won’t get in trouble with some deadly decorations – as long
as she kisses him like that, the snow can wait…
Voice of Two-Face in Upcoming LEGO Batman Movie Revealed to be Billy Dee Williams
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zoey takes gwen to the local coffee shop in her small town, and as basic as that is gwen does love supporting small businesses so she agrees.
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Like most people, I fell in love and, just as quickly, in hate with Twisted Sister over the sheer overexposure surrounding their seminal Stay Hungry LP.
But I was actually feeling sorry for the band by the release of 1985’s deplorable Come Out and Play then, much to my surprise, even cheering for them to make a comeback with ‘87’s much improved Love is for Suckers.
Even nearly 30 years later, I still defend, more often than criticize, this undoubtedly flawed LP, which was originally intended for release as Dee Snider’s first solo effort and, instead, became Twisted Sister’s last.
But, more even so than uneven songwriting, I’d finger Beau Hill’s (Ratt, Winger, etc.) toothless production (the drum sound is almost unlistenable) as the weakest link here, robbing all songs of their potential to power.
Mind you, I still wouldn’t encourage anyone except for the most devoted T.S. S.M.F.s to waste their time on Love is for Suckers, but give those first three tunes a chance, why don’t you? “Wouldn’t you like to be a sucker too?”
p.s. – Check out the mail-order form that came with the LP, toting a VHS tape containing all of those videos we saw too many times on MTV, until they wore out Twisted Sister’s welcome beyond repair.