Soap Opera "As The Mouse Moves" - Monday October 18th 2004
"Hey Skeeter, how's it going?" Vinny asked as he pushed open the door to Skeeter's lingerie shop "Next to Nothing" on Bleecker Street.
"Hey Vinny. It's going okay. Come on in man and take a seat," Skeeter said as he watched Vinny glancing at the risqué thongs on the rack as he walked towards the back of the store.
"Man I wish I could work here," Vinny said touching a red sheer negligee as he took a seat near Skeeter.
"We could work that out. Maybe we should switch jobs for a while," Skeeter said grinning as he referred to Vinny's position with the Mafia.
"My job pays well, but it don't have the benefits yours does," Vinny said in his thick Brooklyn accent.
"What's going on with you?" Skeeter asked.
"I just stopped by to see if you've heard from Starlene?"
"She and Tiffany went to Georgia with Stanley."
"So the old man is meeting the folks?" Vinny said referring to Starlene's new husband Stanley.
"Look man you were married to Tiffany and you know their family. What's the chances that they'll like an old man like Stanley being married to their young daughter?"
"They aren't going to like it. I can tell you that right now. First off, they aren't used to people with a lot of money. They aren't exactly well off."
"That makes a difference," Vinny said thoughtfully.
"Second, Stanley is old. He's older than Starlene's father."
"Man I can just see that introduction."
"And third... Stanley got Starlene that job posing for Playbody Magazine. Her folks aren't happy at all about that. They wear turtle necks to bed."
"Well, I wasn't exactly thrilled about it either," Vinny said thinking about the picture of Starlene in the men's magazine.
"I'd say it ain't going to go too well," Skeeter said grinning.
"Did they like you when you were married to Tiffany?"
"Yeah, we got along just fine. I knew how to work it," Skeeter said.
"What you mean by that?"
"I'd do things like bring Tiffany's old man a bottle of Bourbon that he'd hide upstairs in the attic. He'd go up there and take a swig every now and then and the old lady never knew."
"Smart man. I'll have to remember that one."
"Then I always gave the old lady a lot of compliments. I'd tell her how she looked younger than Tiffany. I'd tell her if she ever left her husband I'd be first in line. She'd blush and offer me the last slice of home-made pie."
"You had them all figured out. What happened when you and Tiffany divorced?"
"Well, they liked me even better. You know Tiffany caught on that I was cheating on her with her best friend Brenda."
"Man that must have been ugly."
"No, I denied it. Her family never believed it and they stood up for me when Tiffany threatened to leave me."
"Cool man," Vinny said impressed with how his roommate handled women.
"Then when Tiffany decided to leave me and move to New York City, they all took my side."
"Excellent Dude," Vinny said slapping him on the back.
"They love me. They still think Tiffany was at fault and that she should have stayed with me. They think I came to New York to get her back."
"But you didn't?"
"No, man. I'd finished with Lillard, Georgia. I had been with most of the women. It made sense to move on," Skeeter said.
"I sure miss Starlene," Vinny said thoughtfully. "I was just wondering…" he said hesitating.
"Why don't you call Georgia and see how it's going with the newlyweds and the family. I could use some help with this," Vinny said.
"I guess I could do that," Skeeter said pleased that tough-guy Vinny needed his assistance in the romance department.
CONTINUED TOMORROW. MORE SOAP PHOTOS BELOW.