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Soap Opera "As The Mouse Moves" - Thursday December 18th 2003
"See ya later", Starlene said kissing Vinny on the cheek.
"You sure you don't want to take Skeeter up on his generous offer here?" Vinny said waving his hand at the small dark room in the basement of the building where Skeeter has his lingerie store.
"No, I'm sure Tiffany's home by now. I promised her, I'd stop by," Starlene said referring to her sister's apartment above Skeeter's lingerie store.
"That must be kinda awkward there," Vinny said deep in thought as he turned the gold chain on his neck. "I mean having your ex-wife living above your lingerie store," he said eyeing Skeeter with interest.
"It just happened that way. I signed the lease the same day Tiffany signed the lease on her apartment. Neither one of us knew. She's more upset about it than I am."
"I bet your new wife don't like it much either," Vinny said as he watched Starlene put on her coat to leave.
"She's real jealous. Of course it doesn't take much to make Jan jealous," Skeeter said.
"See ya guys," Starlene said pushing the door open to leave. "You coming now?" she asked looking at Vinny.
"No go ahead honey. I'm going to speak to Skeeter privately a minute," Vinny said.
"Okay, bye," Starlene said as the door closed and the two men walked back into the small basement room.
"How about a drink? I got some Bourbon down here," Skeeter said as the men took a seat on the sofa. Skeeter opened the top of the decanter on the coffee table and poured a drink into a glass with lipstick on the rim.
"I thought you had to get home to your wife," Vinny said as he nodded yes to the offer for a drink.
"I just said that so Starlene would stay here and the two of you might be alone for a while," Skeeter said handing Vinny a drink.
"Thanks man. I appreciate that," Vinny said downing the drink and placing the glass on the coffee table.
"Think nothing of it. I know you must want some time alone with Starlene," Skeeter said as he refilled their glasses.
"Yeah, I wish she'd dump that old man Stanley," Vinny said referring to Skeeter's father-in-law and Starlene's older, wealthy lover.
"I been tellin' her the same thing. If he don't want to marry her it's time to get on with gettin' on," Skeeter said.
"You and Starlene seem to get along good," Vinny said leaning back on the sofa.
"Yeah, I always liked her. Even when Tiffany and I were married Starlene was my bud."
"You and Nicole had a thing too didn't you?" Vinny asked remembering some of the things Nicole had told him.
"Yeah, we have. I wish she hadn't married that guy Clark."
"You aren't the only one that wishes that," Vinny said helping himself to another Bourbon.
"Her old man is really powerful down in Florida ain't he?" Skeeter asked referring to Nicole's mob boss father.
"He's powerful there and he's got plenty of contacts here."
"You like working with his organization?" Skeeter asked raising his eyebrows to infer that he knew the type of work that was being done.
"The pay's good, but the work can be dangerous. You interested?"
"No, I'm really into this lingerie thing. I got women lined up at the door waiting to get into this shop after all the publicity I got with the opening."
"I envy you that man. I tell you I like your style Skeeter. If you ever need a favor let me know," Vinny said holding up his glass to a toast.
CONTINUED TOMORROW. MORE SOAP PHOTOS BELOW.