They spent New Year’s Day, as it was the custom, with Manele´s parents, owners of one of the finest vineyards of La Vitia. In that property, parties were very different to those of her parent’s house in Greda.
New Yea on the farm was a very notable date. Manele´s mother liked to make ostentation, and that year in particular, she really pushed the boat out. She released her best dishes and her best glassware of the showcase of the dining room, a carved wood, and dark furniture. The maid and the chef had set the large table to the smallest detail.
They often invited family and even some selected employees, who were, according to her mother-in-law, "like family", so it thus repeated to every little, remarking the difference. The owners of the estate were placed at the ends, and sat on both sides of the owner of the house, escorting her, her son and daughter-in-law. The children ate in the kitchen, with the employees, for they not have disturbing noises.
The cook brought a turkey roast stuffed, raised on the estate, in a huge, white source, surrounded by small round potatoes, and vegetables and carved it with skill. It served a reserve wine.
-To my son, serve the breast -said the head.
Josefa handed out the roast between all the guests. Then, the almond cake and Christmas sweets came on a golden platter.
-Do everything good, Miss? -the cook asked to Marcy, when she went to clear the table.
Her mother-in-law, who heard the question, anticipated response.
-Everything was very well Josefa, move out.
The owner of the house, to the desserts, on foot, had more proud than ever.
-I toast to my son, who has just been promoted to international director -she said, fraught with vanity. It was the version that she had understood and Manele not corrected her. Her husband, on the other side, lifted his cup, complacent.
But Marcy knew that there was something theatre at the party, cause her mother-in-law, a dominant mother, didn’t like her son to break, even more ties, with the family business.
It has had always been her greatest ambition that Manele worked full time in the wine property, perhaps with another woman other than Marcy, to be able to leave that mess.