Chapter 5

As soon as Karin walked through the door, she yelled out to her lover, "Honey, I'm home!"

"Hi sweetie, how was your day?" Denise came out of the kitchen and gave her lover a hug and kiss.

"Same shit, different diaper. I was so busy doing everyone else's work I wasn't able to get my own done."

"Have you tried talking to your supervisor about it?"

"She's the one making me do all this work, but that's enough about my work. How was your day?"

"It was great. I signed three new accounts today."

"That's wonderful, Denise. This calls for a celebration." Karin cried excitedly.

"What did you have in mind" Denise replied as she snuggled up to Karin on the couch.

"How about dinner and a movie or we can go out dancing, whatever you want."

"It's only five o'clock, plenty of time to throw a party together and invite everybody."

"Why would you want to throw a party on such short notice? It'll be hard to get people to come." Karin replied a little confused.

"First, it's Friday night."

"That's my point. Everybody probably has already made plans."

"Yeah, and I'm betting those plans include watching the season premier of Dante's Cove[1]."

"That's tonight???" Karin asked, excitement creeping into her voice.

"Yep, we could have a premier party."

"Let's do it! I'll go get munchies and some finger food, you call everyone." Karin grabbed her car keys and ran out the door as Denise starting making phone calls.

"Hey, Jayson, it's Denise. What are you guys doing tonight?"

"Tommy and Andy are coming over to watch the season premier of Dante's Cove."

"You're plans just changed. You're coming over here for our premier party."

"Cool. What time?"

"Any time you want to come over. Can you call Tommy and Andy for me?"

"Sure. Anyone else you want me to call?"

"Can you also call Kim and Bryan? Karin will be back shortly with all the supplies and I need to help her get everything set up."

"Sure, no problem, see you soon." He hung up. "KYLE!"

"What Jay?" Kyle came out of the bedroom, fresh from a shower, drying his hair.

"Change of plans. Everyone is invited to a Dante's Cove season premier party at Denise and Karin's."

"And the reason we haven't left yet is?"

"I need to take a shower. Can you call Tommy or Andy, Kim or Bryan and let them know they're invited as well?"

"Sure, after I help you with your shower." Kyle replied as he followed Jay into the master bathroom.

"Ah, no, we'll never get there in time. Go make the calls while I take a quick shower."

"At least let me watch." He begged.

"Out" Jay gave him a playful shove towards the living room.

As everyone got comfortable around the Denise and Karin's spacious living room, plates full of food and drinks in hand, the conversation turned to a recap of the last season and speculation as to what the new season would bring.

"Poor Kevin and Toby" Kim started the conversation. "They just can't seem to get it together, can they?"

"I can't help but wonder if it's like Adam said when they were under the influence of that love charm. Perhaps he and Toby are supposed to be together. After all, who was the first person by his side when Adam was going through saint withdrawal? Toby" Tommy replied.

"What about Kevin? Does that mean that he's supposed to be with Ambrosius? That's just wrong."

"Not any more wrong than Marco and Kai getting together." Kyle responded.

"But they're minor characters. The whole series started around Kevin and Toby. Besides, Kai is a pig. I can't see Marco staying with him.

"Here's something to chew on" Bryan piped up. "Ambrosius is pure evil. How's that going to affect Kevin? Does that mean he's going to turn evil?"

Karin shuddered visibly. "I don't even want to think about that. One thing I'm curious about. According to Diana, Ambrosius was supposed to get the Libra power at the solstice in order to restore balance to Tresum..."

"Or not" Jay interrupted, imitating one of the show's characters.

"The thing is he didn't get the power. Van did. What's that all about?"

"Is she a good witch or a bad witch?" Andy interjected with a quote from The Wizard of Oz doing his best Judy Garland imitation.

"She's Grace's aspirant, so it could go either way."

"Was it me, or did Grace mellow towards the end?" Jay asked.

"No, she definitely mellowed. She was crying when she returned the moon to its original color."

"Ok, it's starting. Everyone shut up" Denise commanded as the show started.

"Man, I feel so bad for Adam. He's so in love with Toby he can't see straight, and Toby doesn't seem the least bit interested." Remarked Kim after the show was over and everyone was helping clean up.

"I know what that feels like." Tommy replied. "During my junior and senior years in high school I had the biggest crush on a guy who wasn't the least bit interested in me."

"Really" Andy asked. "Who was that?"

"Nobody you know. He ended up enlisting in the military and was killed overseas during the Persian Gulf War.

"Oh, God, baby. I had no idea. I'm so sorry."

"It's okay. I ended up with the man of my dreams."

"Just like Toby is the man of Adam's dreams. Now that Kevin is with Bro that leaves the door wide open for Toby and Adam to get together. I think they'd make a great couple." Bryan commented.

"Did you see the look on Adam's face when he was rubbing Toby's shoulders and Toby remarked how glad he was to be done with the `whole couples thing'? He was really hurt." Denise said.

"I'd like to know what's up with Grace." Kyle chimed in. "One minute she's a cast-iron bitch, the next minute she's as sweet as can be. Look at her reaction over Van's death. Plus, I think deep down she's got the hots for Griff. When she first arrived back at the island, was that saint in her hair?"

"Looked like it. I loved it when she walked in on Brit and Elena."

"And when did Kevin become magical and be able to read the Sun book? How did that come about?"

"Either something happened to him during the Libra solstice, or Bro's been teaching him. Apparently Tresum is something anyone can learn.

"There's one thing about Tresum that confuses me." Jay joined in the conversation. "During one of last season's episodes, Van told Toby that female energy comes from the moon and water, and male energy comes from the sun and fire. How was it that Griff was able to use both energies to take Diana's power away from her?"

"It must have something to do with Griff being a representative of the Tresum Council."

"I'd like to know why Michelle attacked Marco on the beach. Did you see her eyes? They reminded me of Corey's eyes when Ambrosius first enslaved him in the season 1 finale."

"You think she's possessed by Grace or Bro?"

"No. Remember she told Toby that she didn't want to be anywhere near either one of them."

"Then who, Griff?

"I don't know. I guess we'll have to wait for the next episode."

"That new guy, Trevor, I've seen him somewhere before, but I can't figure out where." Denise said, puzzled.

"That's Reichen Lehmkuhl. He and his lover won the Amazing Race a few years ago.

"You're right. I remember now. I didn't know he was an actor."

"Maybe not then, but he is now."

"Well, I know what I'm doing this weekend while Jay's working." Kyle said.

"What's that?" Andy asked.

"I'm going to re-watch all of seasons 1 and 2. Anyone who wants to come over and watch them with me is welcome."

"How are you going to do that?" Karin asked.

"I have them on DVD."

"Wow! Where did you find them? I've been looking everywhere for them." Denise asked, excited.

"I ordered them from amazon-dot-com. They come in a boxed set with the un-aired original pilot. "

"Awesome. I'll order it tomorrow."

"I hate to be a buzz kill, but I have to work this weekend, so I need to get going. It's almost midnight." Jay said, reluctantly.

"I think we should all call it a night." Andy said, getting up. "Denise, Karin thank you guys for having us over. I had a great time."

Jay, Kyle, Tommy, Bryan and Kim all expressed similar sentiments as they all hugged their hosts before departing for their various homes.

[1] Dante's Cove is trademarked and copyright Here! TV Networks.