Continuing with Chef’s Surprise:

Hi Gang: Monday 2/13 is my 86th birthday. Yes it is and I invite all of you to enjoy Champagne with strawberries dipped in chocolate sauce to celebrate with us. “nuff said.” Just c’mon over to celebrate this special day. And now for Chef’s Surprise.

Rags to riches, someone called this story. Last week Reva Mercer, degree in hand, made her way to New York City to compete with the best chefs in town; a woman in the world of men. The same dream came to her every night only this time her job turned out to be the head Chef in a fancy penthouse apartment in Central Park in the plush are of Manhattan. She laughed to herself; who’d a thunk little Reva escaped her past, went to Nursing College after learning to cook the hell out of great fancy meals.And what’s more, Clayton, the youngest son had fallen big time for her.

Excerpt: Tonight the occasion was Clayton’s partnership in the family law firm but the man who caught Reva’s eye had to be the father, a widower, handsome as all get out.

With luck, the elderly Grandmother found Reva with fine credentials and hired her on the spot. As she prepared the dinner, old thoughts ran through Reva’s mind; she’d never forget the afternoon she met Grans.

The head chef at Raos needed a break, so he said, and beckoned Reva who had been baking all afternoon, fascinated with the fluted rim on her special Key Lime pies. She hid her annoyance and blinked her flirty eyes at the boss to give him false hope.

“Take care of those two old ladies and do it now,” he said and the minute Reva’s green eyes connected with the older woman, she’d fallen for her because years of eldercare taught her to respect and show kindness. After taking the luncheon orders, Reva added a special sauce followed by a bonus for dessert, a sliver of her key Lime Pie baked just that morning. Before the ladies left, she slipped her business card to Mrs. Randall; a close friendship began that very day.

Now, weeks later after numerous meetings for lunch, Reva glanced around her surroundings where Grans invited her to be their guest for the evening complete with outfitting the young chef in evening clothes once she had overseen the kitchen staff.

After the splendid party, Reva had an intuition something was wrong with her dear hostess and she ran to Mrs. Randall’s room, heard moans of distress, rushed in and recognized a Transient Ischemic Attack in progress.

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One night, she ran. For the bus to freedom and a new life. She had a plan, and a small box of cash.

With grit and determination, the young girl learned more than lessons at nursing college, the first part of her plan.

Someday, she would become a top chef, but for now, she’d claw her way up the ladder.

There is payback for every crime, and sometimes the payback is more than satisfactory.




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38 thoughts on “Continuing with Chef’s Surprise:

  1. Oh no! I hope Mrs. Randall is able to get medical care before it’s too late.

    Wishing you a most wonderful birthday!

  2. Oh dear, I hope she’s okay! As for you, I can only hope I’m half as clever and quick-witted when I reach 86! I wish you the happiest of birthdays, my friend! Here’s to many more! xoxo

  3. You have to make sure Grans is okay. She’s so important in Reva’s life. Like a grandmother she didn’t have. A very happy birthday to you! It sounds like you’ll have a great celebration with your loved ones. Wishing you lots of joy!

  4. I have this book on my Kindle, waiting to be read. I adore your writing, Charmaine. I find it very positive and uplifting, the same as you. Have a fabulous birthday, and watch out for the champagne bubbles getting up the nose!

  5. I like pie! Great snip. It gives an insight into your heroine of being both a caring and gentle person as well as a bit of schemer. At least that’s my impression when she gave the ‘false hope’ look.

  6. Good thing for Grans she’s a woman of many hats and can dish it up in the kitchen, swish it around in an evening gown, and diagnose a TIA! The perfect guest. And Key lime pie! My absolute favorite! Happy Birthday, Charmaine!

  7. Great snippet as usual and makes me want to know what happens next.
    Happy Birthday fellow Aquarius! Hope your day is marvelous!

  8. Happy, Happy Birthday, Charmaine! And many more!

    Who would have thought culinary arts and nursing would make such a great and practical combination. I hope she got to her in time.

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