Today is Isis' appointment with Marisol and Rowan to taste and select a wedding cake design. Rowan only attends tastings when she is also handling the catering for an event. It helps her to build a relationship with the clients as well as understanding their tastes for when she suggests food options.
Unfortunately, Tyson, her fiancé is working again and cannot make it. Isis is fine with it for two reasons, Tyson freely gives her money to pay for wedding items and her brother, Rahim, is with her. They are pretty close and she values his advice when it comes to food since he's a chef.
Marisol has welcomed them into the space she uses for cake selections for customers. She rents it as needed, which is perfect for her to keep overhead costs low. Isis is immediately excited about the decorated cakes Marisol has set out.
Rahim: Of course it is.
Marisol: Yes, I just love making cakes for weddings. It's such a special day for couples.
Isis: It sure is.
Marisol: I do have several photos of cakes for you to look at sitting on the table. If you don't see anything you'd like, you can always design your own or pick elements from one to add to another. There are so many options from which to choose.
Isis: Okay. That sounds good.
Marisol: Please have a seat and start looking through them.
Isis and Rahim sit down and start looking through the cake photos.
Rahim: You're probably right. But what about the style?
Isis: I don't know if I want anything over the top or simple.
Marisol: It's not an easy choice, but I'm sure something will speak to you. You'll know when it's right.
Isis: I hope so.
Rowan walks in.
Marisol: It's okay. They just arrived and, as you can see, are just now looking at cake options.
Rowan: Good. Any ideas yet?
Marisol: No, nothing yet.
Isis: Hi. It's nice to see you again.
Rahim: Yes, it's very nice to see you. You look very lovely today.
Isis: That is a nice shirt.
Rowan: Thank you both.
Marisol: Rowan, have a seat and I'll go grab the tasting plate and I'll be right back.
Marisol runs to grab the cake tasting plate, two small plates and forks. She returns and starts explaining how it works.
Isis: Oh! I like that idea. Well, maybe. But these frostings look good.
Marisol: The cake flavors are lemon, vanilla and chocolate. The frostings are chocolate, raspberry, strawberry, lemon and vanilla buttercream.
Rahim: I do think there should be a vanilla buttercream option. Maybe you could choose a groom's cake too and have that be a different flavor.
Isis: I like that idea. Think about what will work.
Rahim: Rowan, do you have any recommendations based on the catering menu?
Rowan: Well, I can say that it would be a nice option to offer another dessert which can pair with the cake. Something like fresh fruit or a yogurt. There are some things which will work.
Rahim: Okay. I like that. Brains and beauty.
Rahim: Yes, ma'am. I will concentrate.
Rowan: Is the cake good?
Isis: I think it's delicious.
Rahim: Me too.
Isis (to Marisol and Rowan): Please excuse us while we debate this.
Rahim: If that's what you want. I do think it's a good idea. I know you want a crowd pleaser, but pick what you like.
Marisol (to Rowan): I think I need to go grab another small cake from the kitchen.
Marisol asks to excuse herself and stands up. At the same time, Isis realizes she needs to use the restroom and stands up.
Marisol: Sure. Just go back down the hallway and the second door on the left is the restroom. They keep it very clean.
Marisol leaves, but Rahim asks Isis if he can talk to her privately for a minute. Isis agrees and asks Rowan if she minds giving them a second alone because they don't want to be rude by whispering. Rowan understands and walks over to look at the cakes on the table.
Rahim: I'm really attracted to Rowan: I think I should ask her out. What do you think? Would you be bothered about me doing that here?
Isis: No, it doesn't bother me. I'm leaving the room anyway, so do it while I'm gone. I think she's pretty and from what I see, I like her personality. Go for it, Bro.
Rahim: Thanks. Now scoot.
Isis leaves to find the restroom, so Rahim takes advantage of the opportunity.
Rowan: No, I'm not. But it's not a requirement to help someone else have a special day.
Rahim (laughing): Point taken. So does your business keep you busy? I'll bet it takes up a lot of your time.
Rowan: Well, I enjoy it. It can be hard sometimes, but it's worth it in the end.
Rahim: Well one day I plan to have my own business too. Believe it or not, in the same field. I'm a chef.
Rowan: How nice.
Rahim: Well, I like a woman who has a head on her shoulders. As a matter of fact, I'd like to ask you out on a date. I find you very attractive and I'd like to get to know you better.
Rowan feels her face burning. She thinks to herself: This man is ridiculous. I thought he was flirting before, but now his fiancé leaves the room, he thinks I'm going to buy into this?
Rowan isn't sure what to do and starts to leave, but then decides to turn around and give Rahim a piece of her mind.
Rahim understands if Rowan is not interested, but he is now surprised and stumped by Rowan's reaction.
Rowan: Yes, that's it. Sit there looking shocked like you are surprised. I don't know what type of woman you are used to, maybe you like having side chicks, but that's not me.
Just then Isis walks in and catches Rowan fussing at Rahim. She doesn't understand why.
Rowan (sighing): I'm so sorry, Isis. This may be upsetting to you, but I have to tell you. Rahim asked me out on a date. That's why I am upset. I can't believe it. I'm sorry this happened.
Isis: Oh! Well I'm sorry that it upset you. If I had known it would, I wouldn't have encouraged him to do so. I thought my leaving the room would give you the opportunity to talk alone.
Rowan: Wait! What? You knew he was going to ask me out?
Rowan: You're okay with it?
Isis: Sure. You're pretty and I think you have a nice personality. I think it would be nice for you to get together. But I didn't think you'd get so upset.
Rowan: Let me get this straight. You encouraged him to ask me out and don't have a problem with your own fiancé dating someone else. What is this, some sort of open relationship?
It takes Isis a few seconds to figure out what is going on, but when she does, she starts laughing.
Rowan stares at her.
Isis: Rowan, I know where we went wrong here. Rahim is not my fiancé. He's just my brother. I guess we never realized you didn't know that. We just assumed. Hmm...I guess we never made that clear.
Rahim: Yes, as she puts it, just her brother. I'm just here because her fiancé can't make it. Plus, as I told you, I'm a chef. So I'm here for advice.
Isis: He's a great guy. He's single and he would never cheat on someone. Well, at least not if he wants to stay my brother.
Rahim: I wouldn't do that to someone. I wouldn't want it done to me.
Isis: Well, there's no need to apologize. You had the proper reaction had he been my fiancé, but now that you know he's not, I'm going to sit down and let you work this out.
Isis sits down and Rahim walks over to Rowan to talk to her.
Isis: Correction. I'm the customer, you're just here for support. If you're going to ask for satisfaction, get me a discount. Other than that, you're on your own.
Rowan (laughing): She's right the discount would be more appropriate.
Rahim: She'll be okay. I just need a chance to get to know you.
Marisol finally returns:
Marisol realizes that Rowan and Rahim are talking and Rowan has this strange look on her face.
Marisol: Is everything okay?
Rowan: Yes, everything is just fine.
Marisol: No, thank you. I appreciate the offer.
Rahim dutifully returns to his chair at Isis' request.
Rowan: Girl, I'll explain more later, but he's her brother, not her fiancé.
Rowan: Let's just finish this appointment. We'll talk later.
Rahim: You aren't kidding. Especially women who wield knives for a living. That could have been brutal.
Isis: She didn't have knife in her hand.
Rahim: But she can get one and she knows how to use it.
They finish the taste testing appointment and after much stress, Isis selects a cake. Rahim gets Rowan's number so they can set a date.
I made all of the cakes on the table, except the one in the back on the far left (which is Re-ment). I bought a new paper based clay which has totally changed my ability to work with clay. I love it! Here a closer look at the cakes.
Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye