Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again
South Beach: Brick Garden Park - 4 PM
Rafe once said if you wanted insight into the lives of the rich and famous, watch the mothers with their children at Brick Garden Park. One block off the bay and stacked with attractions to keep the kids busy, it offered enough privacy for adults to keep watch while they enjoyed more grown up distractions including a coffee shop and a discrete bar. Beth sat with a woman whom Gayl didn't recognize. They were both subdued, talking quietly while glancing over at the children in the near distance behind them.
Meeting Bonni Savage at the park, Gayl stuck it out through a chilly light rain, letting the kids run around in wet leaves, both of them sipping lattes and sheltering near the bar to avoid the wind. Camilla had dropped off Jay, breezily 'asked' them to watch him while she shopped, then blew back in and strolled up and aimed her gaze across the pond toward Beth. "Do you believe she's out here running around like that have you seen Coop because he looks terrible and I think she's had work done. Do you think she's had work done?"
With Camilla it was hard to know if she actually expected a response, not that it was possible to get a word in. The World According to Camilla - long since having learned it was pointless to debate her, Gayl bit back a caustic response in defense of her friend. Bonni folded her arms in disapproval, "If anyone could tell, I'm sure it's you."
Oblivious to the remark Cammie turned and flashed a knowing smile at her. "You're right absolutely I could tell and if she went to someone good it would be hard to do since she's young. Relatively."
By this time Beth had risen and moved toward the north end of the park and up onto the bridge. Blade Ferguson had shown up; they chatted briefly, friendly and light with a brief hug and it was good to see her relaxed and smiling. The exchange had not gone past Camilla's notice either.
Cammie brushed back black hair and studied the woman on the other side of the bridge. "How old is she anyway? I know his ex the last one and her body is really tight I can't imagine why he would go after that woman. All those kids too, her body has to look like hell under those clothes."
That did it. Gayl stepped toward her. "Camilla -"
Before she finished the thought Cam turned, stopped and looked back, changing the course of her path and the conversation, Cheshire cat smile on her face as she looked at them.
"I've got to be somewhere and Jay's had enough don't you think he looks like Gabe but you have to look at Jay sideways to see it. Bye and Bonni love those shoes and yours too Gayl they are so sweet!"
Bonni and Gayl stood there momentarily stunned as Hurricane Camilla moved on leaving nothing in her wake but the sound of her boots echoing against the iron stairs.
It took a great deal to leave Bonni speechless.
Gayl stood watching as Camilla called out to Jay, her voice carrying, turning heads in her direction, gathering attention as she catwalked down the bricks, never putting one stiletto heel wrong. There were no bricks under her feet. It was Camilla's sidewalk, Camilla's stage, Camilla's universe.
"I know. Unfortunately, sometimes I think that's who she is."
"Hi, I'm Autumn. What's your name?"
The boy had been playing with them for a while before Autumn decided to stop and find out who he was. He looked kind of shy, but he smiled and said, "Riley."
"This is my friend Hugs." Hugs hung back a little and didn't say anything because she usually didn't say anything when she met somebody new, like she was scared of them or something.
Riley smiled again and looked like he wasn't sure what to say next. When he did, he said something goofy. He said, "That's a funny name."
Shoving in where he wasn't wanted like he always did, Jay got in the middle and declared, "And you got a funny face, what's that all over your face?"
Hugs looked down at the sidewalk and sideways before she said anything. "That's rude," she said quietly, maybe to Jay or Riley or both of them but probably it was Jay. "And that's not my real name. I have a real name."
Jay glanced at Riley, looked back at Hugs, and then doubled over laughing like it was the biggest joke in the world. "Yeah, her real name is HugsandKisses!"
Now that was really rude. Garret dropped the football on the other side of the jungle gym and started up the sidewalk toward them, maybe because Jay was making so much noise. Autumn didn't expect Hugs to do anything but stand there, but this time she got right up in Jay's face and pointed at him and yelled. "No it's not!"
It was kind of cold and kind of wet and they weren't going to be able to play out here much longer. Autumn had been watching her mother talking with Garrett's mom and Jay's mom and now she was coming in their direction. She didn't see Hugs' mom right now, but she'd probably hear the noise and come over too. Jay always messed up everything. "We don't want to play with a bunch of dumb boys. We're gonna play with that girl. And he's got freckles, Jay, in case you're so stupid you don't know that."
"Hey," Garrett said to the new boy, holding out his hand and pushing Jay aside. "My name's Garrett. You wanna play ball with me? Jay drops it all the time. Don't you, Jay?"
Jay didn't even look at him. He probably didn't care if Garrett said he dropped the ball. He never cared if anyone said he did something wrong. He just kept looking at them until Autumn grabbed Hugs by the hand, still glaring at her cousin, and said, "Don't look at him. He's being a stupid turd again, don't you look at him."
She did though. Hugs was her best friend but she didn't ever listen to her. She didn't listen now. She slid her hand away and she kept looking right back at Jay. Leaves were blowing all around them now and her mom was calling and Autumn heard Jay's mom saying something in a loud voice to Hug's mother and Hug's mom was saying something back and she sounded mad, but Hugs and Jay just kept looking at each other like there was nobody else in the whole park or the whole world but just Hugs and Jay.