“A SEASON FOR MAGIC & MIRACLES (AND MURDER & MAYHEM)” – Episode 2!

“A TIME FOR MAGIC & MIRACLES (AND MURDER AND MAYHEM)”

-A combination of a Telenovela and a Hallmark Christmas Movie

-Episode 2 – Lupita Shops For Christmas Plates And Her Own Town …

In the Christmas shop “Ye Olde La Casa de Christmas”, Lupita gradually wakes up and begins to focus on the worried, yet sinister, faces of Gina, Veronica and Roberto hovering over her. Gina lovingly wipes the blood from Lupita’s forehead, while Veronica fixes Lupita’s hair, so that she looks as beautiful as she did before the Christmas bell over the doorway came crashing down on her head, knocking her out.

Roberto pushes the two women out of the way and yells “Que Haces Aqui?!” at Lupita, which means “What are you doing here?!” Lupita, now on her feet, announces that she is there to buy Christmas dessert dishes, and that she heard La Casa de Christmas had the best Christmas accessories in Ciderville. As she looks around the store, which is packed with Christmas goods, her request does not appear to be unreasonable. But then, she realizes the blinds are drawn and the store is closed.

Lupita demands to know if she is being kidnapped. She begs them not to cover her head in a burlap bag, because she’s not sure if they are ever washed in-between kidnappings. Gina explains that there is no need for a burlap bag because you only need those when you don’t want the person being kidnapped to know where they are going, and also adds in a rush that this is not a kidnapping. Veronica adds that what they are doing is closer to the crime of “Unlawful Restraint,: but that if they move her into the stock-room, then that would technically be a Kidnapping.

Lupita demands to know what the three of them want, and Roberto informs her that her days of making demands are over – that they demand to know if Luptia is The Rich Woman Who Has Come To Buy The Town Of Ciderville To Destroy It, Because She Hates Christmas?

Lupita looks scared, and Roberto, Gina and Veronica look like they already know the answer to that question…

MEANWHILE…

Across town, Jaycee is limping his broken bike back home, when a black Mercedes sedan pulls up quickly beside him, but not before almost hitting him, which would be the second time that day he would have been struck by a luxury sedan with tinted windows.

The tinted window comes down, revealing the beautiful yet angry face of BLANCA, who demands to know “QUE HACES AQUI?!” (“What are you doing here?!”). Jaycee thanks Blanca for not killing him, and explains that earlier in the day a different sedan belonging to a different rich woman almost struck and killed him, and destroyed his bike. Blanca’s already kind-of-narrow eyes narrow even more, and she asks Jaycee “Is it her? What is she doing here?” Jaycee tells her that is between Blanca and his father, which is when we learn that Blanca is Jaycee’s mother!! And just to drive the point home, she orders him to get in the car and leave his bike out on the street – she’ll buy him a new one for Christmas.

As Jaycee debates this offer, Blanca’s sinister driver, REYNALDO, gets out of the car and advises Jaycee he had better do what his mother tells him to do. Reynaldo walks over to the bike, takes it away from Jaycee and tosses it on the side of the road…

MEANWHILE…

Back at La Casa de Christmas, Lupita demands to be released. Veronica moves quickly through the store, opening the blinds and the store, while Gina insists that Lupita was never “kidnapped,” they just wanted to show her the “Glow-In-The-Dark Garland that is new this year. Roberto approaches Lupita with the garland, wrapping it around his hands as if it was a scarf he might use to wrap around her throat, but then he releases the garland, cracks it like a whip, which makes the garland light up. Roberto tells Lupita it’s their biggest seller this year, for kids of all ages, and that as a sign of good faith, she should buy some garland. And The Christmas Dishes. Lupita has a staring contest with the three shopkeepers …

MEANWHILE…

Back at the Ciderville Christmas Cantina, Oscar (Lupita’s Driver & Bodyguard) is enjoying another egg-nog, when an attractive woman in a very low-cut animal-print sweater that is already two sizes too tight for her, leans over Oscar with a cigarette and asks for a light. This is NADIA. As Oscar brings his hand close to her cigarette, Nadia takes his hand and moves it even closer, in a subtle yet obvious caress. Oscar is surprised at how forward Nadia is, even though she is alone in the Cantina wearing a too-tight leopard print sweater.

Oscar asks her “You know that move? Even here in Ciderville,?” To which Nadia responds, “Baby, we all know that move.” She then pulls away from him suddenly and demands to know “Que Haces Aqui?!” (“What are you doing here?!”). Oscar tells her that he is drinking as much egg-nog as he can because he loves it, it’s impossible to find after the holidays, and so he is loading up on the best egg-nog he has ever had. From behind the bar, MANNY, the sinister bartender, beams with pride.

Nadia corrects Oscar, and says she means What Is He Doing Here, in Ciderville, because he looks like he is from The Big City. Oscar insists he’s only in it for the egg-nog, but that his Patrona, Lupita, is here in Ciderville to buy some Christmas dishes…

With that, Nadia looks back at Manny, and they share a secret smile Oscar can’t see because he basically has had too much egg-nog at this point.

MEANWHILE…

Back at “La Casa de Christmas,” Lupita has selected a beautiful set of antique Christmas dishes that are The Jewel In The Crown of the store. As she approaches the cash register with the dishes, Veronica quickly takes them out of her hands, hands them to Roberto, and Gina starts crying and announces that they were her grandmother’s dishes, and they are not for sale. When Lupita replies that they were in the window with a price tag of $500, Gina tells her it’s a mistake – they are priceless. Lupita insists they are $500 – and insists Gina look on the price sticker on the back of the plates. Gina tenderly asks Lupita if she really likes the dishes, but before Lupita can answer her, Gina hugs Lupita and whispers that she should get out of town, while there is still time, or else do her Christmas shopping at the rival Christmas store in town, “The Ciderville Generalissimo Store.” Veronica approaches Lupita with some homemade Christmas Cookies and Egg-Nog, but Roberto interrupts and tells them that “they had better make that EggNog to go. Lupita isn’t welcome in “Ye Olde La Casa de Christmas” anymore.

MEANWHILE…

Back at the Ciderville Christmas Cantina, Nadia and Oscar share a cigarette and a lot of double-entendres, until Manny interrupts and reminds Nadia that there’s no smoking allowed inside any of the businesses in Ciderville, for the kids’ sake. Nadia apologizes as she approaches Manny, and dies out her cigarette on his hand. As his screams pierce the Cantina, Nadia suggests to Oscar that they go somewhere more quiet, like the Bed & Breakfast she runs in town. As they stroll outside down the Candy Cane Lane to his car, he tells Nadia that he is here with his Patrona, and they are not spending the night in Ciderville. Nadia accepts this news, walks over to his car, and punctures the tires with a gigantic stiletto she keeps in her purse. “You are now,” she tells him. At which point he takes her in his arms and they make-out like crazy.

MEANWHILE…

Lupita finds Oscar and Nadia, and pulls Oscar away from Nadia, demanding to know where he’s been and yelling at him for abandoning her. She tells him she was kidnapped, threatened, and was not allowed to buy the Christmas dishes she wanted. Nadia watches Lupita, with her hand inside of her purse, caressing her stiletto. Nadia and Lupita are off to a bad start, which does not get better when Oscar tells Lupita that “someone” has slashed the tires to their car, and so they have to stay at Nadia’s B&B tonight. Nadia adds she only has one room available, which means that Oscar is sleeping with her….

MEANWHILE…

Blanca’s sedan pulls up in front of a gigantic mansion, and she and Jaycee emerge from the car and walk up the magnificent front porch. The Christmas decorations are exquisite and abundant. Jaycee tells his mother she outdid herself this year, and she’s sure to win the “Ciderville Christmas Competition,” to which Blanca answers with a sigh and a faraway look, that Christmas is the saddest part of the year for her, and that it hasn’t been the same since … since…

The front door opens suddenly, and standing on the other side of it is a man who looks exactly like Roberto from “Ye Olde Casa de Christmas,” except he is even angrier and scarier, even in his MATCHING CHRISTMAS SWEATER. The first words out of his mouth to Jaycee are “Que Haces Aqui?!” (“What are you doing here?!) to which Jaycee replies “I love here.” “Not any more!,” says his father PABLO. Blana slaps Pablo hard, and demands to know “How many more children do I have to lose?!” Which shuts everyone up.

Then, Blanca’s eyes grow very very narrow, almost too narrow to see out of, and she demands to know of Pablo where he got that sweater from. Pablo responds he found it in the attic!!! This news shocks everyone, even the housekeepers standing by, who bless themselves. When Blanca demands to know of Pablo “What were you doing in the attic,” Pablo responds “I live here.” The housekeepers bless themselves again.

After a long minute, Jaycee extends his hand to Pablo, asks for his forgiveness, for his mother’s sake, and announces that he wants to come home for Christmas.

The housekeepers bless themselves again.

Blanca hugs Jaycee, and Pablo accepts his apology, but Pablo adds that Jaycee is going to need a Christmas sweater. When Jaycee says “No problem, I’ll go find one in the attic,” Blanca screams, the housekeepers bless themselves again, and then Blanca tells him that everything in the attic has been eaten by the moths – let’s go to town, I’ll buy you a new one. She adds cryptically “For Tonight…”

MEANWHILE…

Lupita, Oscar and Nadia stand shoulder-to-shoulder, in front of another Christmas shop called “ EL GENERALISSIMO GENERAL STORE.” Except for the fact that it’s directly across the street from “Ye Olde Casa de la Christmas” it could be it’s twin. As Lupita and Oscar walk up the lane lined with lamposts out of Dickens, Nadia says she’ll wait for them outside. (Basically, if Nadia was a Vampire, Christmas stores would be daylight.)

Lupita makes Oscar walk in first, and watches the bell over the door carefully as she walks in after him. The song the bell plays is “24 de Diciembre” by Juan Gabriel. Suddenly, a beautiful woman comes from behind the counter, welcomes them to her store and spontaneously begins dancing with Oscar, who cannot believe the great day he is having.

Lupita joins in, clapping and yelling “Eso!!!” Just like Marc Anthony.

The woman is “Gabi,” and unlike everyone else they have met, she is happy and normal. And Super-Good Looking. Suddenly, the door opens again, and in comes JayCee.

Time stands still when he and Lupita see each other again, and the music seems to slow down. He takes Lupita in his arms, and they begin dancing to the joyful Christmas song as it returns to it’s regular, extremely bouncy beat.

The door opens again, but this time the music makes a loud record-scratching sound.

The dancing and fun stops.

It’s Blanca, who is saying “How long does it take to find a Christmas Sweat-“

She stops in her tracks when she sees Lupita.

Blanca walks up to Lupita and yells “Fernanda!!! QUE HACES AQUI?!?!?!?!?!?!?!”

…. STAY TUNED FOR EPISODE 3

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