After Webby had finished practicing her dance routine the pageant, she went up to her room to play. Meanwhile, downstairs in the breakfast nook, Scrooge and Minnie were sitting at the 表, テーブル drinking coffee and discussing the gossip articles. “Uncle Scrooge, do あなた have any I idea who might written these articles?” Minnie asked as she stared at the 写真 of them in the money bin.
Scrooge sighed then answered, “Not a clue dear. I’ve had plenty of lies told about me, によって my business rivals, but they’ve least got the dignity to leave my フレンズ and family out of it.”
Suddenly they heard the loud noise of the front door being slammed. And before they knew it Mickey was stand in front of the table. He was glaring, with teeth clenched and his hands in fists, looking as though 火災, 火 might come shooting out his eyes. “Oh hello Mickey” Scrooge 発言しました coolly, “Did あなた stop によって to drop もっと見る アイスクリーム on my wee Webbigail’s head, または was it to criticize me for thinking your テレビゲーム are a waste of money?”
Minnie looked up and added, “Or was it ruin another one of my dresses with ice-cream, または perhaps give me another cheap stuffed animal あなた won at the arcade?”
These greetings made Mickey even もっと見る furious. Without answering them he held up the newspaper, pointed to the front-page photo, and yelled, “So you’re not dating, huh?!”
“Mickey Mouse!” Minnie yelled back, “Don’t tell me あなた believe those ridiculous stories!”
“Oh don’t try to play innocent with me Minnie!” He shouted, “It’s all right here in black an’ white! I knew あなた two were dating that night あなた showed up late for our 日付 and kissed in front of theater!”
It was then that Scrooge spoke up, “Now Mickey please be reasonable lad. Surely ye have もっと見る faith in Minnie than that…”
Mickey interrupted, “You stay out of this!” He yelled, and then he 発言しました coldly, “And Minnie we’re through!” Then he stomped out of the room and slammed the front door behind him.
As soon he was gone Minnie burst into tears. “I guess I should have seen this coming…” She 発言しました between sobs, “He’s been so obsessed with those stupid games… and was hardly spending any time with me anymore.”
Scrooge, wanting to comfort her but unsure how, hugged her and said, “There, there dear we’ll find out who’s behind those photos, and 表示する Mickey that he’s mistaken.”
That night Minnie lay awake in bed, unable to sleep. She thought about Mickey and how it seemed they had drifted apart, and how he had not believed her this morning. She also thought about those awful 写真 of her and Scrooge. She wondered who was behind those photos, and would they ever be able to find out whom.
Scrooge also could not sleep that night. He tried counting his money to keep his mind off the problems, but even that didn’t help. He worried what those horrible 写真 of him and Minnie would do to his business. And he felt especially bad that Minnie had to be included in those photos, which were obviously intended to make him look bad.
The 次 日 Webby and Minnie were both scheduled for manicure and pedicure appointments, at the Lucky アヒル, 鴨 Spa. While they were having their nails done Scrooge sat out in the waiting room of the spa. He glanced over at the 表, テーブル with the magazines and saw a picture of him with Minnie holding hands on the front of one of the gossip magazines. After staring in disgust for a few 秒 and reading, Scrooge McDuck has got himself a classy lassie; he quickly turned it over hoping no one would see it.
Unbeknown to Scrooge, Minnie and Webby, Laura and Victoria were coming to the Lucky アヒル, 鴨 Spa too.
“But why not mom?!” Vicky whined, in the car on the way to the spa, “Why can’t I get my nails painted black?!”
“Vicky!” Laura groaned, “We’ve gone over this a million times! あなた cannot have あなた nail painted black, または any other wild color, for the pageant because the judges I hired are very traditional and old fashion; and あなた would lose points from them if your nails were painted that way.”
They continued to argue in till they pulled in to the parking lot of spa. “Vicky あなた are not getting nails painted black and that is finally!” Laura snapped as she got out of the car.
But Victoria did not reply because she had noticed Scrooge’s limousine was also in the parking lot, “Mom, Webby must here too!” she yelled.
“What in the heck are あなた talking about, why would she be here?” Laura yelled back
“Isn’t that her rich uncle’s limo?” Vicky said, pointing at the limousine.
Laura and turned a saw the limo, “Drat!” she whispered then she snickered said, “You run along and get your nails done Vicky. Tell them to キャンセル my appointment.”
“Um…okay,” Vicky said, “Why do あなた wanna cancel?”
“I need to have a little talk with Mr. McDuck. Now go in または you’ll be late.” Laura replied.
Vicky shrugged, and went in the spa. Laura 発言しました to herself, “Well, apparently those 写真 didn’t make McDuck quit. I was sure that a man, as business and money obsessed as him, would be much もっと見る concerned with clearing his name; rather than continuing to help his bratty niece win a pageant. Looks like I’ll have to step up my game.” Then she walked over to the limousine and took her key out of her purse.
When Laura entered the spa she immediately saw Scrooge sitting on the ソファー, ソファ 読書 a business magazine. “Why hello Mr. McDuck. Fancy meeting あなた here.” She called.
Scrooge looked up from the magazine he was 読書 and said, “Oh hello, Laura. I thought saw your daughter, Victoria, come in a moment ago.”
Without responding Laura sat down on the ソファー, ソファ 次 to him, pick up the gossip magazine, and turned to 記事 about Scrooge. He cringed, and tried to ignore what she was doing. After 読書 the 記事 Laura exclaimed, “Why Mr. McDuck, I had no idea あなた were so close to Webbigail’s coach!”
“We’re not.” Scrooge grumbled still trying to ignore her.
“Oh…so you’re saying this is all a lie and あなた don’t 愛 Minnie?” Laura said
“Well… I 愛 her as a friend… but in the romantic sense, no.” Scrooge answered
“I don’t understand exactly what あなた mean によって that.” She 発言しました trying to sound confused.
“I don’t know how much もっと見る plainly I could put it.” Scrooge mumbled, “I 愛 Minnie as a friend, but not as a girlfriend.”
“Well do あなた think she also loves あなた that way, as friend but not in romantic way?”
“I don’t see how that is any of your concern.” He replied.
She giggled, “Oh, I guess these 記事 have just made me curious. Tell me if あなた had to choose between loosing Minnie または loosing all your money which would choose?”
He sighed, “I’d choose Minnie of course. After all I believe any friendship is much もっと見る valuable than money.” Then pretended to read the magazine, hoping she would leave him alone.
“Well… Do あなた think Minnie shares those feelings?” Laura asked curiously.
Scrooge turned to her, glared and 発言しました coldly, “Listen Laura, as I 発言しました before, Minnie and my relationship is no concern of yours. I would appreciate it if あなた mind your own business” Then he got up and walked out the door.
“Oh. Mr. McDuck I didn’t mean offend you. I just was curious about those 記事 about あなた and Minnie.” She called after him.
Meanwhile in the back room of the spa Minnie was having a wonderful relaxing time, she had almost forgotten the incident with Mickey yesterday. Webby was also enjoying the spa experience, in till she saw Vicky. “Uh-oh… Miss Minnie, it’s Victoria.” She whispered.
“Oh… don’t worry about her, honey. She’s not going to cause any problems here.”
As soon as Vicky spotted them, much to Webby’s dismay, she came and sat down 次 to them. “Hey Webby. Who’s your friend?” Victoria said
“Um…Hi Victoria” Webby 発言しました nervously, “This is Miss Minnie, she’s my coach.”
“Coach?” Vicky replied, “I thought she was like your rich uncle’s girlfriend.”
“Um… no Victoria” Minnie 発言しました trying to sound sweet, “Uncle Scrooge and I are just friends. I know there are a lot of stories that say I’m his girlfriend but they’re not true. Okay?”
“ Pfft… Whatever.” Victoria replied
Then Minnie realized that Vicky was all によって herself, “Um… Victoria where’s your mommy? She didn’t just leave here によって yourself did she?”
“Nope.” Vicky answered, “She’s out in the waiting room talking to Webby’s uncle. Which I thought was weird, since she hates rich people, and usually tries to avoid them. Says they’re all evil.”
Angered at this Webby jumped up and yelled, “My Uncle Scrooge is not evil!”
“Calm down Webby. Use your indoor voice” Minnie said. Then she asked, “Why on Earth does your mother think all wealthy people are evil?”
Vicky shrugged and said, “Says they ruined her dreams of being pageant クイーン as a kid.”
“Well, I’m sure if she got to know Uncle Scrooge she would learn that he’s a very nice man.” Minnie replied.
“Pfft…I find that hard to believe.” Vicky said
When Scrooge stepped out of the spa building and into the parking lot, he pulled his cell phone out and called Duckworth. “Bring the limo around, and take me somewhere while the lassies finish their appointment. I don not care where. I just cannot stand being in there another second.”
Duckworth replied, less then enthusiastically, “Um… Yes sir. But it appears that during the brief moment I was absent someone came and keyed the limousine.”