re deaux. The key and the Awakening pt4


They walked into the” Stardust Diner” although it was kind of a dive the food was excellent, cheap, and it was a fixture in the neighborhood. It has been featured in many films and was Jakes regular spot for breakfast when he worked in the neighborhood. Amanda seated them in a booth next to the window looking out onto 8th Ave. Amanda knew Jake loved that booth he had asked to be seated there so he could” people watch” one of his favorite things to do. She asked Billy if he wanted coffee. She left and brought back two cups and a container of cream, “Your usual Jake” she asked? Jake nodded, she turned to Billy” and for you what would be your pleasure?”I will have a cheese and spinach omelet with some of those homefries and a side of sausage.” Billy replied. It was only a couple of minutes later when Amanda returned with their breakfast. Billy’s omelet, and Jakes usual Biscuits and Gravy the same thing he ordered every breakfast over the last ten years. They have the best Coffee in NYC he would say to everyone that tried to get him to go somewhere else for breakfast. Amanda could tell that things were not going well for Jake and that there was business being discussed so she smiled and went about her business without her customary five minute conversation about the family and the job.

“I don’t want to do this Jake, Sandra demanded you be fired, Stan doesn’t want you fired neither does Trish and you know I don’t want to fire you. I do have to admit that even if I don’t think you were trying to kill that lady the video is sure pretty convincing. I am trying to figure out how she called Stan and Trish yesterday if you say this happened this morning and swear you never met her till today. There seems to be more to this than meets the eye and I am going to find out what is behind it. In the mean time I am sorry about the way things are between you and Lindsey. You two have not been happy in years and I have heard you talk about getting divorced a few times in the last couple of months.” Billy said as he cut up his omelet and paused to sip some of his coffee.
“What the hell Billy you don’t believe for a moment I am lying do you?” Jake said then he told Billy the strange tale of how he met Sandra and what they talked about as he drove to work only to find out they were going to the same place. He told Billy that she mentioned he was about to be fired and here he was being fired. Billy interjected” You are not being fired, I am not firing you I am giving you a two week suspension while I investigate this. You will be paid for the time off, you can use the time to find a new place as well as get moved. I have a good lawyer if you want I will give him a call and set you up with an appointment in a couple of weeks in the mean time hide your money! “

Billy went to the Subway station located in the front corner of 111,8th Ave and Jake continued walking down 11th Street to the parking Garage to get his Jeep and head home when he saw an old friend Jose the maintenance man at CT Corp.
“Jose what’s happening how are you?” Jake asked

“Not so good mang, I heard you got fired and we are doing a big project. I never worry when we do big projects since you came. Did you get fired it is good to see you are you coming up to the floor?” Jake smiled as best as he could and told Jose what had happened that morning then asked “Jose what can you tell me about Sandra?”

Jose looked a little frightened and unsure if he should answer “She is new to the company and some say she is magic and that she is a walking spell .All of the men are enchanted by her smell and her looks even her voice seems to have a mysterious tone that can make people do what she asks without even thinking. The women don’t even talk bad about her or the way she dresses like they do about each other. If I didn’t know better I would say she was a Voodoo priestess. She doesn’t have the eyes for it and she doesn’t dress like a Voodoo witch I think she is a White Witch from the old days but she could be one of those Salem kind of Witches. “ Jose said in his heavily tainted Spanish accented English.

re deux “The key and awakening” pt 3


As the elevator doors opened and Jake stepped out he was surprised to see his boss Billy waiting by the door to CT Corp. Billy was one of the owners of the company Jake worked for and never came to any of Jakes jobs. Jake ran a tight ship and always made the company money on the jobs he ran as a foreman there for the last 12 years. The only time he saw Billy was when he came to schmooze the owners of companies and his clients in the furniture industry. CT Corp was one of those companies they had done many projects for and it was Jake that got the company the contract. Jake was intrigued as this was the last project he would have expected to see Billy.

He was about to say good morning to Billy when he noticed a now familiar fragrance in the air. Billy was talking to somebody that Jake could not see that was standing across the hall. A voice Jake recognized immediately was just finishing saying something to Billy that made Jakes hair stand on end. “He can’t work on this project or for your company if we are going to continue doing business he tried to kill me.” She was saying to Billy as Jake stepped into the hall. Billy looked like he had lost his best friend as he said” I will take care of it I find it hard to believe, he is one of our best employees and is known to have a heart of gold. I will speak with him, the evidence you presented is hard to deny, I do believe however that there is an explanation Jake would not harm anyone.” Billy said defensively.

As Jake approached with a look of bewilderment on his face Sandra walked away. Billy looking at Jake said “we need to talk. Come on, I will buy you a cup of coffee downstairs there are a few things I need to clarify with you.” Jake had a strange feeling he had not felt before yet it was not one of doom like he felt he should knowing he was about to get fired. He knew Billy would stand up for him and that Billy would talk to Stan the facilities manager at CT Corp to save his job. “I guess I should take my tools with us” Jake said as they walked towards the elevator Jake had just come out of. Billy Just looked at Jake and motioned for him to follow.

The elevator ride was for the most part silent and Jake could almost hear the gears in Billy’s mind turning as he thought about the current situation.” Breakfast at the Diner across the street” Billy stated “I think we need a while to talk and I need a few minutes to think.”

Jake asked “Sure, what is going on Billy? I only met that lady an hour ago when she was walking against a red light crossing 10th Ave causing a major problem in traffic and several accidents she is crazy if she thinks I tried to run over her. You know I wouldn’t hurt anyone intentionally.”

Billy said sadly” I know and I need to think. When did you meet Sandra and how did you meet her? Stan is her boss; well he called me last night and asked me to meet him early this morning. He mentioned you and said you apparently tried to run over one of his project managers. She told him she was so upset and afraid that she could not even be in the same space as you. She also called Trish at B. MGUINESS our biggest customer and told her that you tried to kill her and that they would no longer do business with them if they used us for their installation work while you were working for us.”

“What? That is all a bunch of crap I was coming out of the tunnel this morning, turned the corner on 10th and ended up launching my coffee all over the seat and dash as I jammed on the brakes. That crazy lady came out of nowhere. I had a green light and started through the intersection, her next thing I knew there she was and there went my coffee.. I told her she was crazy to be walking across traffic like that and ended up giving her a ride to work.” Jake said the added “You know me better than that. Last night I was being beat up by Lindsey she had me served with divorce papers.”

“Jake she has a video showing you coming straight at her with a look on your face like you were possessed by the devil himself. She just got out of the way as you stopped and looked her right in the eyes then rolled down the window glaring at her.” Billy said then proceeded to ask “How did she get that and how do I say with the evidence in my face that she must be mistaken. She called Stan and Trish yesterday. How could she make the video up and how could she have called yesterday if this just happened this morning? Did you go out drinking last night after you and Lindsey fought?”

“We didn’t fight, the Constable came at dinner time knocked on the door just as we were about to sit down and eat. None of us ate and I took a drive to Hialeah so I didn’t lose it in front of the kids. I did feel like tying one on but I didn’t want to get angry or drunk so I didn’t”. Jake said.

Re deux” The key and the awakening” pt2


“That is an interesting story, what does it have to do with me? I don’t have time for all this, I am about to be late for work. I think you are quite beautiful and would love to talk about this when I have time after work perhaps over dinner. I have had a rough couple of days and last night was quite possibly the worst night of my life. Then I saw you and the way you looked in my eyes, I thought things were looking up, now I am not so sure, especially if I lose my job because I picked up a crazy lady- That I almost ran over.” Jake said.

“I know your wife has asked for a divorce, I know you have no home and are looking for a place to stay I also know you are going to lose your job in about an hour even if you drop me off right now.” She replied.

She smiled as she talked and the last statement about losing his job struck a nerve with Jake. Lose my job he was thinking yeah because she was making him late. How did she know about Lindsey and the divorce?

“Where would you like me to drop you off I have to get to work” Jake retorted

“111, 8th Ave” Sandra replied

Jake thought for a minute he had miss understood as that was where he was going. 111, 8th Ave was an Art Deco building that took up a whole city block and until the World Trade Center was built was the home to the Port Authority. The building was originally built to be a warehouse for less than truck load freight to be consolidated on the lower levels and the upper levels were intended for manufacturing. Completed in the early thirties it was now home to Google and several other companies including CT Corp the company who’s offices were where Jake was going to install some office furniture. Jake had been in that building many times and had never seen Sandra in his travels. That was not all that unusual however with the ten or twelve thousand people that went in and out of there daily. She could work at Google and that may be why she knew so much about him Jake thought.

Jake replied “Sure I will drop you on 8th right in front by the Banana Republic.”

Jake dropped Sandra off at the corner; she left a business card on the seat. As she got out of the jeep, she was telling Jake they needed to meet later in the day to discuss his trip to New Mexico.

“New Mexico” said Jake half laughing “What in the world makes you think I am going to New Mexico and even if I was it won’t be soon. I have to find a place to live and an attorney I am being taken to divorce court remember and I also have a job that requires at least a month’s notice before I can take a vacation.”

Sandra laughed then responded in a very serious tone “It is imperative that you are in Ojo Amarillo, New Mexico the third Friday of September this year. I will be ready for lunch when you are done with your boss and will give you the address for Clarissa, one of your guides and the High Priestess that has half of your key.”

“Half of my key, High Priestess, what are you talking about and I will be working until three thirty. My boss never comes to my jobs; I take lunch at 11:45 till 12:30 and can meet you across the street at the Spanish deli if you want.” Jake replied as he was pulling away not waiting for a response he turned the corner and drove half way down the block to the parking garage.

Jake gathered his tools from the back of his Betsy and headed to the elevator leaving the business card on the seat trying to put the mornings and last night’s events behind him and concentrate on the work day he had before him. He was meeting four carpenters he had worked with on many occasions and they had twelve work stations to install most people called the work stations cubicles. Jake thought that calling them cubicles made tem sound almost like jail space so he preferred the term work station it seemed to make him feel like he was contributing to the world something that was productive. As he rode the elevator to the eleventh floor he had all but forgotten the morning’s events.

Re deux… The key and awakening.. pt1


Jake was physically, emotionally, and mentally exhausted as he pulled into the rest stop to take a short nap. Sleep wasn’t going to come easy. His mind was busier than I 80 was when he passed by Chicago some twelve hours earlier. He had been driving almost thirty hours, only stopping four times for gas and to refill his coffee cup since he left Shawnee, PA. He was on his way to Ojo Amarillo a small town outside of Farmington New Mexico to meet Clarissa, a High Priestess and Shaman that he had been told possessed some kind of key that belonged to him. He wondered why he was taking this cross country trip at the urging of Sandra a woman he had met only three days ago. Destiny thought Jake, what the hell does that mean? He would almost swear that Sandra had cast some kind of spell on him yet Jake didn’t believe in witches and the like.

Jake was a quiet, down to earth kind of guy, a construction worker. He had spent the last twenty years as a happily married father of two children… that was about to change. Jake and his wife Lindsey were having problems and neither one of them loved the other the way they did years ago when their children were born. Jake knew Lindsey was having an affair, in a way he understood, she must be lonely and feel neglected. He worked seven days a week for the most part and those days were often longer than fourteen hours. He wasn’t prepared for the court order telling him Lindsey had filed for a divorce and that he had three days to leave his home.

Four days ago right before dinner a Constable car pulled in the driveway, Lindsey went to the bedroom when she saw the Constable pull up. The Constable knocked on the door asked for Jake and handed him an envelope along with a receipt pad asking for him to sign it then headed back to his car.

Jake made the mistake of opening the envelope at the table as his kids were setting the table. His kids were grown up for the most part, Justin had just graduated High School that spring and Hailey had been going to the community college for two years. As the tears flowed down Jakes cheeks they set the table in silence neither one of them seemed to be surprised. Jake wondered why Lindsey didn’t talk to him about filing for divorce and why she had the Constable deliver the notice. He didn’t feel like eating and told his kids he was going for a drive. They gave him a hug and told him they loved him as he walked out the door to his Jeep “Betsy” a dark green 2007 Liberty model.

The next morning as Jake was driving to work his mind raced, his heart ached, he didn’t even want to go to work. He was wondering what he was going to do and where he was going to live after the previous nights “shock and awe” bombardment. He was wondering what his kids thought as he pulled out of the Lincoln Tunnel and turned on 10th Avenue in New York City he jammed on the brakes almost hitting a well dressed slender red head with a body that could stop a train. .

The lady was walking across the street against a red light in morning rush hour traffic creating all kinds of havoc and a couple of fender benders. What the hell, is that lady doing thought Jake as he looked for napkin to clean up the coffee he just spilled all over the seat of his” Betsy”. He looked up from the console and saw the lady staring into his eyes as she walked towards his Jeep now stopped in the middle of the intersection being relentlessly honked at as the other five lanes of traffic began slowly moving. He was immediately drawn and captivated by her as he wondered what she was staring at him for.

He rolled down the window and asked “What are you doing lady are you crazy?”

” I came to see you Jake and we need to talk, you haven’t got much time and you need to get moving.” She said.

Jake was not sure if he should let her in or not yet she knew his name and he was quite curious as well as enchanted with her beauty. What harm could she do he thought she is half my size and doesn’t look like an axe murderer even if she is there was no way she was hiding an axe in that outfit. He unlocked the door and told her to get in. As she sat down the fragrance of spring and flowers seemed to come from her perfume made him feel lighter and full of joy.

“So Gorgeous would you like tell me how you know my name and why you are looking for me?” Jake asked.

“I knew you would be here this morning you drive to work every day this way. I thought you would ask my name before you asked me why I was looking for you; after all you do like to know who you are talking to don’t you. My name is Sandra and I am a friend of yours I have been for three thousand years.” She answered.

“What?’ exclaimed Jake” Three thousand years is a long time and in case you hadn’t noticed I am not that old to be honest even though I am forty-three I don’t feel a day over thirty. And you my beautiful friend can’t be a day over thirty, thirty five at the most.”

“Do you believe in reincarnation?”She asked then before Jake could answer she continued” We are souls that are all part of a spiritual being. Our souls live for eternity we use new bodies each time we choose to come back to earth as a physical being. We come for the physical experiences we don’t get to enjoy in our spirit form. Our earliest experiences were those of discovery as we learned what the physical body needed to survive and how we could survive physically on this planet. The planet is inhabited as you know by many living things and beings other than just the Human ones. In the beginning the experience was violent as well as beautiful, those first souls were adventurous, and enjoyed the aspects of their physical bodies the experiences and sensations of the physical senses. Those senses were new to the spiritual being that we are part of. With each new experience and sensation those original soul adventurers began to enjoy the physical world and its challenges knowing that they would return to the spiritual realm. The only way to experience organic senses was to be organic and as things are organic things have a limited life span our human bodies die. Our soul or the part of our Spiritual being we are continues to live as long as we have the desire and will to do so. It is said that the first souls were quite simple in their desires, they experimented with the simple experiences of the senses yet they had the same creative energy as the spirit in their minds. Our souls are creations of the spirit mind as is all that exists; we contribute to all that exists through our creations manifested from our minds. As more souls returned and shared their experiences with the Spiritual being, more desire for expansion and creation developed.” She paused for a moment allowing Jake to take in what she had said.

I will be posting four parts today and an additional post sharing with you all my recent activities so I will save my formal thank you till the update post I hope you don’t mind…