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RIP Ram-Rod 2000-2016

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What takes down a badass truck faster than anything? A 16 year old girl not paying attention when she's driving in bad weather.

It was a Winter morning in February when I was minding my own business stopped behind a few cars when WHAM!!!!!!!! I was rear ended by some ditsy idget 16 year old girl. Her car was totaled and looked like it slammed into a brick wall. My truck though, had a small dent in the bumper(or so I thought).

For insurance purposes I had to have it checked out and get a repair estimate. That's when things went south. See with insurance they stop the estimate once they reach the value of the vehicle. What I thought was just a dent turned into being complete frame damage. So a $2000 repair became a $10000+ repair. Value of the truck was $2500. So it was a choice to either keep the truck and get less money or get rid of the truck and take a higher amount.

So here is the story of us...

There us a rule regarding another mans truck.... 1. Thou Shall Not Covet thy Fathers Truck.... oops broke that rule right away.

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When I first saw her the graceful curves and the long long bed that begged to be filled with heavy objects. Oh so much could be hauled.

It wasn't long before Winter set in and we had our fun.
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But glorious fun time soon ended. The first was an indication that at the time we thought was nothing but proved to be the first signs of a stroke. One of hundreds my dad would have over next few years.

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After that and him dying I got the truck. I neglected her for a while simply because I didn't want to drive it. I broke down out of need and started to drive her.

As a gift I bought her a ring. A big shiny breathing ring.
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Like all good things the bad happens as well. The next was her first accident. It was a funny one. She decided to eat a Ford Escort. Basically all that happened was a bumper and rear fender dent to her. To the Ford.... HAHAHA it ripped off the backend completely. Parts all over the road.

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She got fixed good as new and we were back on the road again. Time went on and things were awesome. Until February 2016. When a moronic 16 year old girl hit her out of stupidity and fear... Not much out side damage other than the right side of the bumper and the corners of the bed hitting the cab. That was until is got assessed.

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It was a shame but I tried to remain strong. While I was waiting for her to return I slipped up and cheated on her with a Ford.

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She was so pretty and white. Big ole Cab and all. I even went thug for a big and put up the dueces.

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It was a fling that didn't last and Ram Rod came back. I had to step up and keep a cool head. I decided to give no fucks and go out like a pro.

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I signaled to the new truck that it would be okay while reaffirming to Ram Rod that I still love her.

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I finally had to let them both go. The new truck and Ram Rod. It was bittersweet and I was sad, but I had new horizons to see.

That's when I met her. The Toreador Red beauty. She was magnificent. Sparkly and new looking. Barely a blemish. But she was used and pretty loose for her age. While younger than Ram Rod, she had seen the road far longer than her.

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It took me weeks to find her. Tried out many others with no luck. I was thinking about getting a car. A freaking car. I tried out my sisters car and meh I fit but it was small.

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The future looks good with a new truck that I can tear up the road and scare people. Hopefully no dipshit girls will ruin this one for me.
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I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas.... Part 1 Bananas

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Yes folks I like apples and bananas.......



So on my other food blogs I showed meat being rendered into awesome chunks of beef jerky goodness. With that being said this time around I gave apples and bananas a try. To add this is only if you have a dehydrator.

Things you'll need.

-bananas
-a few bowls of medium to large sizes
-strainer
-lemon juice can be fresh but you need at least a few cups so concentrate works.
-knife
-dehydrator

To start out 1-2 cups of lemon juice into a bowl. Peel banana and cut into 1/4 inch thick or 1/8 inch thick slices.

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Next take the slices and put them into the bowl of lemon juice. This is to keep them from over browning do to oxygenation. Also disregard any recipe that tells you to soak them for 10 min. If you like sour bananas by all means do. I found it best to leave in for a few seconds than strain them. Still protects them but doesn't leave a sour taste later

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After you strain the slices you can put them on the dehydrator trays. You can either pack them in or leave spaces.

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Once all trays are filled place them in your dehydrator. Depending on your dehydrator(check the manual) they should take 6-8 hours to be ready. Here is what they look like when ready to cool

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Now remove trays and set them out separated so they can cool down. Once they do they will take on a more crisp texture and feel. If when doing this step and they feel a little flimsy you can take a few slices off and see if they crisp up. If not put back on to dehydrator for another hour. If not they should sit and cool for at least an hour.

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After cooling you can take the bananas off the trays and package them. Another reason for cooling is if you put them warm into a container moisture can form and cause them to turn bad within days. Dehydrated bananas can last for months under the right conditions.

I chose plastic containers. Make sure to store in a cool(above 70F) place. If you have them you can add an anti-moisture packet to help keep them fresh.

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Any questions or comments feel free to ask.
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My writing

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I love to write. Whether it's my anime recommendation blogs or my stoies IU love to write. But some times it's a daunting process that leaves me drained before I even begin to write.

I rarely take notes on the story i'm working on. It's all in my head. My dreams are my stories. Each night the story evolves into more and more. After a while I have a set story and plot. I can really tell when things are picking up when I can feel the emotions of the characters I'm writing. It sounds weird that I do this but I feel it adds more to the characters if you can feel their emotions. I've shed tears at certain points when I was thinking up stories. At that point I knew I was ready to write.

Right now I'm in the middle of the process and I've caught myself getting emotional at certain points. Soon a new story will be out and others will be updated. It's a slow process that I wish was faster and less straining but that's how I was programmed.
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Pringlescan Anime Recommendations Vol. 35 Wicked City(movie)

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What it's about?
Heh, it's about some crazy shit. It's basically a story about the human world and the demon coexisting. Throughout the story some radical faction starts trouble between the humans and the demons. In between it all are two members of a protection faction assigned to protect an important person.


Why I recommend it?
It was the first anime I ever saw. I was in the 3rd grade when we rented it from the video store. Now at that age WTF am I doing watching this? But as I got older and rewatched it, it still held that charm and awesomeness that it did when it came out in 1987. It stands the test of time and is just as good now as anything out today.


What I wish it had.
Nothing really, maybe a little more to the ending. What it really needs is a new version in HD. Don't change anything about the story or the animations just bring them up to 2015 standards. A version in HD would be epic.

Rating

Story: 9
Character: 10
Rewatchable: 10
Overall: 9


Trailer
Wicked City Trailer
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Beef Jerky 9-3-15

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So another round of jerky making has come and pass. This time with double the meats. Started with 12 lbs of beef butt roast

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All ready and marinating. 8 lbs of teriyaki and 4 lbs of chipotle.

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1st batch took 8 hours due to the butcher not cutting it thin enough. 2nd batch took 6 hours. 3rd and 4th batches took 5 hours.

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Finished product. About 5lbs of teriyaki and 2lbs of chipotle.

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My next goal is to make a batch of Candy Bourbon jerky. The marinating times this time varied. I didn't let it set long enough so the flavor isn't deep enough. 7 hrs this time compared to 2 days last time.
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Pringlescan Anime Recommendations Vol. 34 Rurouni Kenshin: Reflection OVA

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What it's about?
It's the telling of the end of the series. From the last part of the anime, through the manga arcs not made into an anime.


Why I recommend it?
The biggest reason why I recommend it is because the ending isn't cliche like one would expect and even want. It's not canon as the original creator of the series didn't sign off on it. He didn't dislike it but didn't like it all the same.



What I wish it had.
Like the other OVA A live action version would be awesome. It's deserving of one at the very least.

Rating

Story: 10
Character: 10
Rewatchable: 10
Overall: 10


Trailer
Reflection Trailer
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Pringlescan Anime Recommendations Vol. 33 Rurouni Kenshin: Trust/Betrayal OVA

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What it's about?
It's the telling of how Kenshin got his trademark "X" scar on his face. It explains the past of Kenshin and why he is the way he is when the Anime starts. It also explains why he carries the reverse blade sword that "cannot kill".



Why I recommend it?
In most anime in the huge world of anime there are rarely prequels that explain the beginning history of the main character. This is one that does and does it perfectly. The blend of music and beautiful artwork makes this one of the best anime movie/OVA out there. It was a sad experience from beginning to end that I don't regret watching and have watched nearly 100 times. You will be on a ride of emotions that when watching the 95 episode anime series will understand why they are happening they way they are. So if you haven't seen it yet but have seen the anime, this is a must watch for fans.


What I wish it had.
A live action version. Why not? They made the Kyoto Arc of the anime into a live action series of movies, so why not this? Really though aside from that nothing. It's a masterpiece that needs nothing more.


Rating

Story: 10
Character: 10
Rewatchable: 10
Overall: 10


Trailer
Trust/Betrayal Trailer
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Iowa's Byway Trip September 2014 East

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Every year my family tries to take a small day or weekend trip. It's nothing major, just driving around and seeing the beauty of our State. In reality our attempt is to visit all 99 counties. We may not have mountains or forests as far as the eye can see. We may not have glorious white sand beaches that stretch for what seems like eternity, but we have beauty.

So here is some(tons) picture from the trip.

Lincoln Highway Bridge. Longest road in the US that goes from San Francisco, California to New York, New York. It was built in 1914 than a few years later they moved the road to bypass the bridge.

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Here is an old original gas station and signage from the time and era.

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Worlds Largest Frying Pan. Corny as hell... yes. Awesome since it's made out of cast iron.

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Field of Dreams Sadly Shoeless Joe did not come out and want to play catch. It's actually cool that they allow you to play on the field. While we were there random people were playing.

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New Vienna Tower Nothing much, just a random tower

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The hills or Eastern Iowa. Now these are in the upper hills of the side of the state going along with the Mississippi River. Some are taking at a pull off area where you can see the Mississippi River Valley.

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A little learning experience

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Outside of Marquette Not sure about the big pink elephant. The bridge will take you over the river to Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin

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Prairie Du Chien Didn't stay long. For some reason every hotel and motel in the area was full.

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On the way back to Marquette. Since we had to turn around the road back was like a road course.

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Downtown Marquette

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Effigy Mounds It's hard to see but the 2 pics after the signs are the mounds. There are way more but that involved me walking up a very large hill and well i'm very very lazy. Here is some info on the mounds though. Effigy Mounds info
Effigy Mounds Wiki

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Rode side pull off This to me was the most breathtaking part of the scenery. It was a random roadside pull off that on one side had a view of a massive valley with all the farmland oh and flowers. The flowers were all wild just growing. A nice scene.

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The Worlds Largest Truck Stop I-80 Truck Stop. Didn't get a pic of the building.

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The drive home nothing crazy just a nice sunset,

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The Mileage 641.6 Miles from start to finish.

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There is a trip setup for this September and will be on the West side of the state.

Thanks for reading. Hope you enjoyed.
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Pringlescan Anime Recommendations Vol. 32 Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso/Your Lie In April

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What it's about?
Music, music and music. It's about way more but the first thing you see and hear is music. But it's about friendship, romance, hardships and getting over tragedy. It's deeper than it appears and it fooled me.


Why I recommend it?
At first I was thinking it was like any other music related anime, boring. But after watching it for more than a few episodes that wasn't the case. It became this deep sensitive masterpiece with a great soundtrack. The characters from start to finish were built perfectly. The story was to it's finest point it could be. By the time it was over I was a sobbing mess of a man wishing my feels were ok.


What I wish it had.
As always.... more. It needed more I wanted more, but how it ended I'm ok with that. Nothing was left to open to need more. If they would create more I couldn't imagine what would be added. In the end maybe an alternate ending, but even that is far fetched.


Rating

Story: 10
Character: 10
Rewatchable: 10
Overall: 10


Trailer

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso trailer
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Chapter 10. Broken Anvil

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Here is the next chapter of "... Patience, Grace" Click the red lettering to see read previous chapters.

Chapter 10. Broken Anvil


Weeks later

‘Ting, ting, ting’

“How long has he been working for?” asked Alice as she handed Oliver his lunch.

“Three weeks straight I’d guess.”

“Has he and Lilith talked at all?”

“….”

“I’ll take that as a no then.”

“Have you talked to her since you watch Juno?”

Nodding Alice took a bit of her sandwich.

“How is she?”

“Sad and mad at Enzo. She misses Juno very much and even her idiot father.”

“What about Enzo, how is he doing?”

“Aside from not leaving the shop unless it’s to see Juno, he’s angry. It’s misplaced but he’s angry.”

‘Ting, ting t- FUCKKKK!!!!!!!!!!

“There goes another hammer. That is the tenth one.”

“He needs a break before he breaks everything in the shop.”

“I know. I’m waiting for the anvil to break. That will be something interesting.”

Packing up the leftover lunch items and picking up the trash from their lunch Oliver walked Alice out of the shop before she left.

“You going to see Lilith now?”

“Yeah I got to get Juno from the doctor and I’m talking her with me.”

“You know if Enzo finds out he’ll be pissed.”

“Oh well, he’ll get over it when he decides to grow up and talk to Lilith.”

“We’ll see. I’ll make sure he eats his lunch as well”

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After watching Alice walk down the road, Oliver sighed as he went back into the shop. It was going to be a slow and annoying day with Enzo destroying hammers.

“Yo, Enzo I got lunch.”

“…”

“Silence again, come on I can’t pick sides damnit.”

“…”

“I’d rather you be pissed at me than Alice. You do remember I’m married to her?”

“Yes.”

“Look he talks.”

“Alice brought you lunch and you better eat it.”

“I heard mother….”

“Sass, it’s beginning to be a better day already.”

“So whose side are you on anyways?”

“No ones. You both need to just talk and you need to let her talk.”

“…”

“Silence again?”

“No, just thinking about things.”

There was a lot to talk about. He was in the midst of falling for Lilith and wanting her to be in his and Juno’s life more. Possibly asking her to move in with them. But all that was blown aside when her father, the one he knew ordered the killing of his wife showed up. He was hurt when he saw that man was her father and he placed all that hate he felt for him onto her. She was innocent of everything, but his hate didn't care. He knew she didn't know about those slaves. He knew she had moved away before he started having slaves. He knew he shouldn't have went off on her and ignore her for a month, but his pride said differently.

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“So how is Enzo?” The woman asked as she gathered plates for her and her guest.

Giggling a little bit from the encounter in the shop. “Some hammering, cussing, breaking another hammer.”

“Still mad at me then?” Lilith asked with a frown.

Alice thought about what to say before saying it. She didn’t want to create a bigger rift with a wrong phrase or idea. “He’s not mad, hurt and confused, but not mad.”

“Why would he be hurt? I didn’t do anything to him.”

“It’s not that. He knows your father from his past.”

“I get that, but why push that off on me?”

“It has to do with his wife.”

Alice knew everything surrounding the cause of her death. Enzo told her and Oliver about it once things calmed down. Alice felt bad for Lilith getting the brunt of Enzo’s hate when it wasn’t even directed at her.

“Oh his wife, Sofia was her name right?”

“Y-yes, how did you know her name?” Alice asked shocked.

“After Enzo left me and my father had dinner and I asked him. I told him I wouldn’t talk to him again unless he tells me the truth about her.

“Did he?”

“I think so.”

“What did he say about her?”

Flashback

“Father…. what was the name of that girl and what happened to her?”

Choking on his food at the question he wasn’t sure what to say or do. He wanted her in his life and starting off with a lie wasn’t the best beginning.

“Why do you want to know about her?”

“I want to know why he was mad when he saw you.”

In reality she knew about Enzo’s wife but not much about her or her death. She was curious. Enzo did get mad at someone unless they did something to him or those he cares about and the way he acted at the site of her father means he did something to Enzo.

“Well after you moved out I started to replace the workers in the house with cheaper ones. I started buying slaves so to speak. Not really slaves, but more like I bought out the debts they or their families owed and took them as workers to pay it off.”

“You had slaves?”

“Yes, I had slaves?”

“Why? They are people to.”

“Like I told you, they worked for me to pay off the debts.”

“But still slaves.” She asked with a fierce glare.

“Yes and do you want me to tell you about her or not?”

“Yes, sorry continue.”

“As I was saying. I had them work off their debts at the mansion. At the time I was short staffed and needed a general maid. I happened to come across a family that was looking to start their own farm and move out from the place they were staying. After inquiring why, which I was told they felt like they were taking advantage of Enzo’s family for living rent free. I gave them an offer.”

Lilith sat listening to her father talk about the slaves and she was angry that he would do that. He always treated the maids with respect, but to basically buy someone into working for him bothered her.

“Her family accepted the money and moved out of their home and onto their own land. When time was right and Sophia was old enough she came to work for me to pay off the debts. It was safe to say she didn’t like it. She wasn’t told of the deal until the day she was to leave. Once she arrived she was rude and disrespectful until she was punished and learned her place.”

“You beat her?”

“Nothing unlike what I did to all the other servants that acted out and disobeyed. Remember they work for me and I pay them.”

Lilith couldn’t believe her father was saying he beat his servants and even beat Sophia.

“After a while she began to act properly and do her job without hesitation or mistakes. I even thought about hiring her on as a real maid. But he showed up and her attitude changed with.”

“Enzo, it was Enzo wasn't it?”

“Yes, it was that damn brat. I hired him as a blacksmith to fix some things and build some new fences decorative pieces for the mansion. It was fine for a bit until they bumped into one another. After that she was always with him and lacking in her work. I soon caught on to them being more than just friends when I saw them kissing in the shop. I was livid my maid was acting like a lewd whore with the hired help. So I forbid her to see him. That worked for a while, but I wasn’t always watching. They managed to sneak out to see one another and they made plans for her to escape. I wasn’t aware of it, but they planned it to happen when he was leaving.” Lilith’s father watched his daughter as he told the story. He knew he couldn’t tell her about the hit he placed on her and why. He saw Lilith’s eyes and body language perk up at certain parts of the story.

“She must have wanted out badly if she planned an escape.” She spoke out sarcastically.

“It would seem so. She didn’t want to be there to begin with.”

“I can see why. Basically sold against your will and not even told about it until the day you were forced into servitude.”

“Yes well people shouldn’t make deals and draw debts with others.” Her father spat out.

“It’s always about money with you.”

“Not always, but I was a man of my word and expect others to hold theirs as well.”

“…”

“I’ll continue. Once I found out they left I sent out a search party but couldn’t locate them. I had lost them. That was until today when I met you friend.” He said as he looked away.

“Did you not know what happened to Sophia?”

“No. I figured once she got free she went home. Where is she?”

“She died.”

“How unfortunate, shame really, she was a good little worker.”

“I can’t believe you. She is dead and that’s all you can say?”

“Sorry life isn’t all glorious and magical. Things happen and this was one of them.”
Not wanting to be a part of this discussion or around the man, Lilith got up and walked out of the dining room. Moments later you could hear a door slamming. Signaling her father it was time for him to leave.

Writing a note he placed it on the table before taking his leave.


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Alice couldn’t believe the story, but it was spot on. All but the truth to what happened to Sophia. No reason her father would actually tell her he had her killed to prove a point.

“So was that the truth?”

“More or less.” Alice answered with some apprehension in her voice.

“I wish he would speak to me.”

“He will eventually, he just needs time to deal with things.”

“But why alone? No one should be alone for this.”

“Sometimes it has to be this way. People need space to work things out on their own. Considering the reason for his outburst, you would be a distraction for him.”

“I want to tell him I didn’t know.”

“He knows.”

“How do you know that?”

“He’s not stupid and the look on your face said everything.”

“What look?”

“The one of innocence and confusion, you wouldn’t have that look if you knew.”

“…”

“On to something more upbeat, what are we going to do to get you two together again?” Alice said while winking at Lilith.

“Didn’t you just say he needs space?”

“I did I did, but how much space is the question.”

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“Speaking of work, who is going for the gate job?”

“Not sure. It’s supposed to be a big build and a long term contract.”

“Worried about Juno?”

“Yeah, I don’t want you and Alice to care for Juno more than needed. I have to be a parent.”Enzo said setting his hammer down and leaning against the work bench.

“Well you could always leave her with Lilith.”

“…”

“You know that’s the best option other than taking her with you.”

“Damnit I know ok.” Answered Enzo through gritted teeth.

Leaving Juno with Oliver and Alice while nice wasn’t fair to them or Juno. They had their own life and family. But the other option of leaving her with Lilith wasn’t really an option. Could he simply ask her watch Juno like nothing happened? He also couldn’t take her with him. It’s too dangerous for a young child to travel that far, let alone be around a job site like that.

“Oh well look at the time.” Oliver said jokingly as he look at his invisible watch.

“…”

“Alice and Juno are here and I have to go. See you tomorrow.”

“Yeah yeah, just don’t be late.”

“I never am.”

As Oliver makes his way to the shop front to leave Alice walks up to him and whispers into his ear. Soon after his eyes widened and he stepped back from Alice.

“How?”

“Her father told her, but she doesn’t know the exact truth.”

Bending down to Juno’s eye level Alice told her to find daddy. Hearing “daddy”
caused the little girl to run off to find him.

“Her knowing makes things easy.” Alice said as she watched Juno run around the shop.

“It does, but will he listen?”

“Hehe… I know he will.”

“What did you do?”

“Nothing, just gave her Juno to watch tomorrow.”

“… nice thinking. I knew I loved you for a reason.” He said hugging his wife.

“Ah yes, being the smart one is something to love. Anyways let’s go.”

The pair walked about the door before Alice stopped and turned to the shop. “BYE ENZO!!” She yelled out, turning back around and walking away with Oliver.

Next Morning

The day was new and already starting to be a pain for Enzo. Waking up to a screaming Juno running around the house half dressed, he was really sure what to think. Since Lilith was no longer watching Juno, he had to deal with all the morning issues and this happened to be one of those days.

“Damnit Juno stop running around without clothes on.”

‘giggling and footsteps’

“Juno, you want to see Lilith?” As soon as he said her name Juno stopped in her tracks and turned heel to face her father. On her face was plastered the cutest toothy smile he had ever seen. Juno wasted little time running in to her father’s arms ready and eager to see Lilith.

“You need to get dressed first and we need to eat before we go, okay?”

Nodding her head and giggling the little girl cooperated and helped her father get her dressed.

Twenty minutes later both were ready to leave the house. Enzo was heading for Alice and Oliver’s house when he caught sight of Lilith. His eyes averted to the area where she wasn’t but he kept his peripheral vision locked onto her as he walked to his destination.

‘knock knock’

“Hello boss man…. Already for the work day?” Spoke Oliver as he slyly grinned

“Oh yes, just like any other day.”

“It would be that bad. Something ni….oomph” Oliver was cut off as his wife came to the door and elbowed him in the ribs.

“Hello Enzo and hello to you Juno.”

“Morning Alice. Um Juno might get restless as I bribed her with seeing Lilith.”

“Why would you do that?”

“She was running around half naked screaming tearing up the place. Had to control her and it worked didn’t it? We are here on time.”

“That’s beside the point. I guess I’ll have to go see her than.” She said with a smirk, earning a glare from Enzo and a laugh from Oliver.

“…”

“That glare doesn’t work Enzo, point it towards someone else.”

“Ah, Enzo let’s get to the shop and get started.” Oliver said, sensing the mood change.

“Yeah, yeah.” Enzo said as he followed Oliver down the path.

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The walk to the shop was an awkward one that had Oliver smiling trying to completely annoy Enzo into either firing him(jokingly) or saying something. Hell, just to get that damn scowl off his face would be enough. On the other hand, Enzo was quiet and his face was in a permanent scowl. He knew Oliver was trying to annoy him, but it wasn’t working. He did think about firing him though, seemed only right.

Shifting closer to Enzo, Oliver finally started a conversation. “So this gate job, what are the details?”

“It’s a big job from what they want and the blueprints they sent me. Other than some basic woodwork and cement work, we’ll be making most of the gates. Four smaller side gates and four large main entry gates. Plus all the accents and ornamental designs they want.”

“That’s big. Are we talking months or longer?”

“Depends really, we’ll be getting supplies from them to start the accents and ornamentals, and some of the smaller gates. The rest will be at a forge and smith shop they will have setup for us.”

“That’s good, less time away. Also nice that they’ll have something setup and send out material beforehand.” Thinking about the previous conversation about where Juno will go for the duration of the job, Oliver decided to push it again.
“So, Juno will stay with Lilith?”

“Look Oliver, right now I can’t deal with her. It’s not her fault that her father is scum, but every time I think about her or see her I get angry. “

“I get that but you can’t blame her. She didn’t even know about her dad at that time. “

“Damnit I know. Look I’ll talk to her when we get back from the job. Does that work for you” Enzo asked while glaring at Oliver.

“Not really, but I can’t force you. I can only bug you until you give in.”

After saying what he had to say Oliver went back to work. He knew Enzo was stubborn but he had good reason to be. Just finding out that the father of the woman you may or may not be romantically attached to be responsible for the death of your wife isn’t the best way to build a relationship. He needed to either move on or drag this out forever. At some point he’d have to break if he wanted any semblance of a life with her if that’s what he even wanted. Damn it all was his train of thought for the current events. Damn it all.

A few hours later

“Enzo, you here?” came a female voice.

‘Ting, ting, ting’ was the response she got.

Hearing the sound of clanging metal the woman heads towards the back of the shop where she hoped her target would be working.

Upon entering the back she saw who she was looking for.

“Go get your daddy.” The woman said

With that the little girl ran off towards the man with a huge smile on her face.

“DADDY!!” the girl screamed out as she got to him.

“Juno!?”

“Daddy.”

“What are you doing here?” He said as he picked her up for a hug.

A few moments later the sound of footsteps was heard which meant it was either Alice or Oliver that dropped Juno off. Who he saw as he approached the front was not who he was expecting.

“Lilith, what are you doing here?”

“I-I came to drop Juno off. Alice told me you would be here instead of at home.” She said nervously.

Enzo watched as Lilith fidgeted back and forth. It was an awkward beginning to a conversation that he honestly didn’t want to be a part of. He wanted to just go on this big job and make loads of cash. But he also knew that just hiding out and waiting would make things worse.

“Look Lilith….”

“No Enzo, listen to me first please.” She said in an almost pleading tone.

“I’m sorry about your wife. I’m sorry I didn’t know that my father did those things or was that way.”

“I know Lilith. I knew you had no idea as soon as things were said.’

“Then why did you push me away like this?”

“I was mad. Mad at him and at you.” He said as he slammed his hammer on the anvil, forming a small crack unseen. “Even though I could tell you knew nothing, it did nothing to stop my anger.”

As he went to swing his hammer down on the anvil again a hand lightly grabbed his hand and pulled it back. That motion caused him to react on his own and spin around to her. The look of hurt emblazoned on her face, the look of anger and sadness showing on his. If one were to walk in on the scene you would think two lovers were arguing over bills or who left the seat up on the toilet. But this wasn’t that. This was two lovers coming to grips with pasts that were different but the same. That same factor drove them to one another by a fleeting act was the every same that had them teetering on falling apart.

That moment would never come to pass though, a little girl would never let that happen… would she?

“Daddy I’m hungry.” Came the cries of said little girl. The mood shifted from tense and thick with emotion to near light and airy with laughter and joy.

Enzo’s eyes darted to the little girl he called his then back to Lilith. Lilith simply turned to the girl and gave her a soft smile. Before she could move to the girl she was roughly handled and brought back to her previous position of being face to face with Enzo.

Without any warning Enzo closed the minimal distance between and put his lips to hers. Sealing all doubt away she had about their pasts and only cementing the present and possible futures.

Freeing his hand of his hammer he set it on the anvil, the crack that formed earlier spread again unseen.

When the two lover split apart, neither one wanting to part but a hungry little girl needed to be fed. Enzo gathered up his daughter in his arms and grabbed Lilith’s hand, pulling her along as they exited the shop.

As the door closed the anvil broke, split in two. They say that when something important to you breaks it’s a sign to start a new. The anvil being a sign of strength and power was just as fragile as glass, but a new one can help forge something new with strength and power.

To be continued.....
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