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As The Dollhouse Turns - What's wrong?

Episode 17: What's wrong?

Buzz has spent all day hanging out with his buddies.


"Dude, are you sure it's cool with your wife that we've been drinking all day in your man cave?"

"Hell," the dude says, "I do what I want around here. Who do you think wears the pants in this family?"

"I smell smoke," a woman yells down the stairs. "Harold, you aren't smoking cigars in the house, are you?"

"No, honey!" Harold frantically extinguishes his cigar, fans the smoke out of the air, and tries to change the subject. "So, how'd you guys do yesterday?"

"Whaddaya mean?" asks Buzz, taking a long swig of beer.

"Valentine's Day, idiot. What did you get for Sunny?"


"Ummmmm, you're in trouble," taunts Frank. "You forgot Valentine's Day!"

"It doesn't matter," says Buzz, "Sunny doesn't care about that stuff. She never said anything about wanting a gift."

The other guys exchange a look. "You really are an idiot," says Harold.

On the drive home, Buzz laughs to himself.


"I got out of Valentine's Day, and  got to hang out with my pals. And they think I'm  the idiot? Those idiots don't know the first thing about women." As Buzz pulls into the driveway, he can almost taste the dinner he's sure Sunny is cooking up.

"Honey, I'm home" he calls. He can hear dishes clanking in the kitchen and goes to see what there is to eat.

"Hey, honey, you must not've heard me come in - I'm home!" Buzz announces. There's no reply. "Hey, why don't I smell food?"


"You wouldn't know it, since you weren't here, but it's been a rough day. I haven't started dinner yet."

She seems sort of distant. Irritated, even. "Is something wrong?" Buzz asks.

"Of course not," Sunny says without turning around. He can tell she's in a mood.

"You sound cranky. Ohhhh, is it your Lady Time?" Buzz asks, breaking one of the cardinal rules of relationships. Sunny stops washing the dishes, but still doesn't turn around. Buzz waits, but when Sunny doesn't answer he timidly asks, "Are you sure nothing's wrong?"

"Mmmhmm," she replies so cheerfully that Buzz knows something is very, very wrong. He backs out of the room and gets back in the car.


"Okay, no problem," he thinks. "I'm sure a thoughtful gesture will cheer her right up." He's back home within minutes.

"Sunny, I brought you something!" She comes out to see what he's talking about.


Sunny smiles when she sees the bag, and Buzz explains, "I picked up some food, since dinner seems to give you such trouble. AND I even thought to get you just a baked potato; I figured you'd want to eat light, since your pants look like they're getting a little tight."

Sunny stops smiling.

"What's wrong?"


"Okay, that didn't go as well as I'd hoped. I need damage control. Maybe those guys were right - I'll bet a Valentine's gift will smooth things over."


"Here you go, honey! It was 80% off at WalMart, and I only ate four of them on the way home. Well, I'm estimating it was four total - I took bites out of eight or nine of them. What, is something wrong?"

The neighbors peer out their windows as Buzz's tires squeal in the driveway.


"Okay, okay, I still have my ace in the hole, my sure-fire, never-fails, I-really-messed-up gift," Buzz thinks, speeding to the store.

"Honey, I'm back!" he calls when he gets home.


Sunny tilts her head and looks at Buzz. "You brought me wine?"

Buzz thinks fast. "Not just wine, honey! I... um... I was going to run you a bath, too!"

"You know, this would be a lot easier if you'd just remember Valentine's Day next year."

"What? You think I forgot?" Buzz forces a laugh. "I just wanted to surprise you! I knew you'd be expecting something yesterday, so instead I was going to take the family to Waffle House for breakfast tomorrow! Surprise!" Sunny crosses her arms and scowls. "Haha, just kidding. I... made us a reservation at... umm... a restaurant. For this weekend. I'll even call the babysitter!"

Sunny sighs and rolls her eyes, but takes the bottle of wine out of Buzz's hand. "I'll be taking that bath now. Tell the girls I said goodnight when you put them to bed."

As she turns to walk away, Buzz resolves to never forget Valentine's Day again. Or maybe just to stop asking her what's wrong.

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16 comments:

  1. Hi Robyn and I like your Valentine's Story and the dolls. This is great!

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    1. Thanks so much! It's a lot of fun to do. ;)

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  2. When will Buzz ever learn? I hope the sitter was available, and he picked a good restaurant.

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    1. He'd better work something out, right? I have a feeling he's thinking Arby's, though.

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  3. You posted his just in time--I was starting to go into "As the Dollhouse Turns" withdrawal!!

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    1. I've been such a slacker, haven't I??? I'm glad the withdrawal crisis was averted, however narrowly. ;)

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  4. I don't know what's better, the storyline or the effort you went to with the pictures. Love the worried, stubbly Buzz.

    PS I had a dream last night that you were showing me your newly published ATDHT book - it was A4 sized and in hardcover! I might have been impressed. Or jealous. I can't remember which.

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    1. Woot, now all I have to do is live the dream!!! Although the idea of it makes me feel all worried (and stubbly). ;)

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  5. This is probably odd, but I must say I really enjoy the strategic placements of the hollowtreeventures.com's in all your pictures. It's like playing where's Waldo. Adds another element of fun to ATDHT.

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad to hear there was already an element of fun to it, .com placement notwithstanding. :)

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  6. Buzz should really take a few lessons from my hubby and my mom. My guy brought home a giant chocolate bar when he heard how crappy my Valentines day was - literally thanks to a toilet training toddler with artistic sensibilities (oh yeah). My mom showed up with a bottle of wine. And later.....they both cleaned up the puke from the sick middle child who I suspect ate 1 too many cupcakes.

    Sigh...perfect day.

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    1. Wow, way to turn around a terrible day - big points to hubs and mom! Glad your Valentine's Day ended up great. :)

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  7. :D I was wondering when your next episode (of ATDT) was going to be. Those dolls have been mighty quiet lately. Too quiet.

    Glad I skipped all the lead-up and just got you the wine.

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    1. Thanks for specifying which type of episode. And for the wine. You know me so well. ;)

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  8. Gosh, this is so fun!!
    Love the pictures, and the story.

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