"Love & Friendship", Ch. 3-4: Lydia plays poker & feeds Robert, 12/03/12

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“Love & Friendship”, Ch.  3-4:  Lydia plays Poker; Lydia’s Meals Charm Robert, 12/03/12 Gratiana Lovelace

An Original Story Copyrighted by Gratiana Lovelace (all rights reserved)

[From time to time, I will illustrate my story with my “ideal” actors cast in these roles: 

British actor Richard Armitage and American actress Diane Lane and others.]

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Author’s Mature Content Note:  “Love & Friendship” is a romantic love story set amidst contemporary times.  As such there will be some passages in this story involving heartfelt love scenes or other sauciness (R rated) and some passages involving highly dramatic moments.  I will label the maturity rating of those chapters accordingly.  Otherwise, the general rating for this story is PG or PG-13 due to mature situations and topics.  If you are unable or unwilling to attend a movie with the ratings that I provide, then please do not read those chapters.  This is my disclaimer.

Author’s Recap:   Lydia and Robert have met, become colleagues and platonic roommates.  Now Lydia will be introduced to more of Robert’s inner life as she lives with him.

“Love & Friendship”, Ch.  3:  Lydia meets Robert’s mates for poker Saturday night, November 6th

With Lydia rooming and carpooling with her heartthrob Robert, she is somewhat at his schedule’s beck and call.  And it seems that although Friday night might be considered a date night--but neither Lydia nor Robert had dates, they stayed home and had a pizza together--Saturday nights are poker nights for Robert and his mates.  The rotating location for Poker Night is at Robert’s house tonight--and Lydia is invited along as one of the gang.  So, Lydia helps Robert buy and make the munchies—with a few suggestions thrown in by Lydia to spice things up a bit.  She gathers that the guys usually just have food that can be poured out of a bag—chips, nuts, pretzels, baby carrots and dip, etc.  So, Lydia also makes some hot dishes consisting of cheesy pigs-in-a-blanket, cheesy artichoke dip with toasted garlic bread rounds, and bbq meatballs. 

As she and Robert arrange the food buffet on a three section electric warming tray—which they also purchased today—the door bell rings with Robert’s guests.  Robert walks over to the front door and he lets his four friends in—they’re all about Robert’s age, but with wives they left at home.

Robert:  “Come on in blokes.  I have a surprise for you.   My new creative colleague, Lydia Baker--a screen writer--is staying with me until we can find her a suitable apartment.”   The guys wave as does Lydia.  “Lydia, this is Adam, Buster, Conroy, and Dickie.”

Lydia notices that they are all well dressed, but in casual attire.  So she thinks that they might be actors, too--except for the fact that not a one of them is wearing black, as Robert is, standard issue togs for actors these days.  Or maybe, some guys are just colorblind.

Lydia:  “Hello fellas.  Nice to meet you.”  She smiles and them warmly and shakes their hands, noticing that their handshakes are  firm, gripping, gentle, and firm again.  She hasn’t quite figured out Brit men yet--especially since she only has Robert to go by, except for tonight.  “Robert and I have the food set up.  And he says you’re bringing the beverages?”

Adam:  “Hmmm.  The food smells good.  What do we have here?”   All the mates troop over to the food buffet on the kitchen counter.

Robert:  “Well Lydia.  These are your appetizers.  So, take a bow.”   He says putting his arm around her shoulders as they both stand behind the kitchen counter where the food buffet is displayed on the raised counter in front of them.  Robert feels like he has--well, Lydia has--created some special refreshments for tonight’s poker game.

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