SPOILER ALERT: Don't read unless you have read 54% of The Summer Garden.
"suits that were not drab flannel but linen and cotton, so when Alexander went out for a drink without her on Friday nights, he could look smashing.
Oh my god - this terrifies me.
So Tania got herself the graveyard shift. I'm sorry - but I am in total agreement with Shura on this one. I get that she wants to work - I get that she has a burning need to help people. But she knows Shura is already unhappy with her hours. Why take more? I don't think she should do it. At the most - she should keep her regular hours. But frankly, I don't see why she even has to do that. They don't need the money. Quit and volunteer. That way you'll make Shura happy - and you'll make yourself happy. And you'll be home with your husband and son on Friday nights.
And let's be honest - isn't she afraid of Shura going out on Friday nights?? (I haven't gotten far enough to know if that statement was serious or not. All I had to hear was Shura was going to look smashing without her and I reached for the computer.) I was so THRILLED that Alexander started his own business - but, my god - the fanfare over him? All the women who interviewed? Isn't Tania just the tiniest bit nervous? I'm not saying I don't trust him...but come ON Tania. Alexander has a monstrous ego - and it needs stroking. All it takes is one, lonely Friday night and a few too many beers...shudder. I don't even want to think about it.
Now...on to Saika. Or shall I refer to her as The Devil's Spawn? Or how about just "Mistress Evil"? Or even "Bitch Ho from Hell". Will any of those suffice? Because she scares the bejesus out of me! This storyline ALONE could make a damned good movie. What a CREEPFEST! Every time she asks Tania to go swimming I want to whip out my bible! It's like The Omen!!!
Might I also mention that I am becoming a bit Russian-obsessed. I was at the boardwalk the other day and there are always a ton of kids from Europe who come to work for the summer. I heard a man say to a girl "You're from the oldest city in Russia?" Well then today I'm reading about Novgorod (and how two-faced Marina is) and I find out it's the oldest city in Russia. So now I totally want to go back and talk to this kid on the boardwalk and find out if this is where she's from! And you know she's going to think I'm an annoying OLD chick!
I also picked up on a Russian (or Eastern European) accent from some girls at the beach and am considering signing my daughter up for free Russian lessons at our local library! I hope the class isn't full! It's so cute - they teach them the alphabet - some basis phrases - and they watch Russian cartoons!)
OK I'm clearly rambling - and need to go read - but I'm afraid. Please, please don't let Shura get himself into any trouble on Friday nights without Tania.
OH - one more thing - I am thinking maybe Tania isn't getting pregnant because her Shura was hurt so many times in various ways during the war and in the camps, that he just isn't able to get her pregnant. I feel SO bad for them. It's very hard to watch them go through this.