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Road Trippin!

Road Trippin-Viva Las Vegas!

By Suzanne Magoon

Chapter 1

Ed and Chico were in the office when Louie pulled in the garage. Louie got out of the car with tears in his eyes.

"Chico, Ed? I'm afraid I have some bad news to tell you."

Ed waved to Chico to his direction.

"Rosebud and I have had a wonderful relationship. I'm afraid she's on her last mile," Louie sadly said as he wiped his eyes.

"Ah Louie you've had her for years. Think of all the good times you've had together " Ed said.

"Yeah Ed, that's why I can't part with Rosebud".

"Here Louie, let me see if I can add little more life to her".

Chico opened the hood and fiddled with the engine.

"Mail Call , Mail Call !" Mable came into the garage.

"Here Ed', she said as she handed him his mail.

"Thanks Mable " He said as he tore them up and threw them up in the air.

"You know Ed, you should really open up your mail. You'll never know what you'll find in there". Mable said with her arms folded.

"All I find are letters saying I owe! I owe! "

"Here, Chico, you have mail also. One looks important. It's a telegram".

"Thanks," Chico said, "Hey it's a letter from my Cousin Pepe! He's performing in Vegas! He wants me to be there with him."

"Vegas?! How can you go during the busy season?" Ed said

"Busy season? We haven't been busy in weeks. " Chico said.

"Vegas, I love Vegas! Thats a sinful city though. When do I pack?" said Louie.

"You know something Louie you've given me a great idea. Why dont we all go to Vegas? I can see Pepe and you can give

Rose Bud one last hurrah!" said Chico.

"Hey that's a wonderful idea! " said Louie.

"Let's hustle Ed. First I've got to call Reverend Bemis and tell him his Scooter is ready." Chico said.

Chico quickly dialed his number.

"Reverend Bemis your scooter is ready. Could you please come over and pick it up?" Chico said, eagerly waiting for his response.

"Why Chico my son, what seems to be the hurry? Reverend Bemis asked.

" Well Reverend Bemis, My Cousin Pepe is performing in Vegas. He has invited me to come see him." Chico said.

"Vegas?!? That dreadful sinful town with gamblers, hookers, and drunkards? I'd better come along to make sure you stay out of trouble Chico."

Chapter 2

Very early the next morning everyone met with their bags at Eds garage.

"Gee, Ed, I hope ole Rosebud can make the trip. I hope she'll enjoy the trip as much as I will."

Reverend Bemis patted Louie on the shoulder.

" Louie, may God grant Rosebud her special trip to Los Vegas. Amen!" Reverend Bemis prayed.

" Amen!" They all shouted.

"Now let's get a rollin' Rosebud!" Louie shouted as he pulled out of the garage.

"Here guys, I packed us a lunch for the trip." Chico passed out the sandwiches to everyone.

" What do you have to drink Chico? Reverend Bemis asked.

"Here Rev, here is some juice I cooked last night." Chico said.

Ed turned his head to Chico.

"Oh no, Chico, not that stuff?"

"Yeah, Ed," Chico said.

"Reverend Bemis that stuff has a kick to it!" Ed said

"Ah Ed, nothing is too strong for me." Reverend Bemis said.

"Here then Rev, get a load of this." Ed passed him the bottle.

Reverend Bemis took a swig from the bottle.

"Ooof! This stuff should be outlawed!" Reverend Bemis said as he took another swig from the bottle. "Oooof!"

"There's no alcohol in it Rev," said Chico.

"It doesn't need any!" said Reverend Bemis.

"Hey gimme some of that Chico," Louie shouted.

"Hey this is pretty good! Not enough Tabasco sauce though."

Reverend Bemis shook his head as he looked Louie.

"No wonder youre so fiery all the time Louie!" Ed said.

Night approached, as the lights from Vegas became brighter.

"Ah, the city that never sleeps".

Chico raised his arms and stretched them out the window.

"Hey look there's Pepe's Hotel."

Chico said and pointed in its direction.

"The Sands Hotel and Casino. Well what'll you know," Ed said happily.

As Louie pulled rosebud to the front entrance, they all got out of the car. "So, this is the famous Sands hotel. Hello!" Chico said.

"Just lead me to the bar!" Ed said.

They all checked in and entered their room.

"Ah how nice a fruit basket! Theres a note for Chico," said Chico.

The note said, "To Chico, hope to meet all of you soon. Signed Pepe Fernando".

"Ah that was nice of Pepe to send us the fruit basket. I will call him and tell him we received it," Chico said.

Louie went to the basket and grabbed a handful of fruit. He started to eat them.

"Louie stop eating all the fruit!" Ed said.

"But Im hungry Ed!" Louie said.

Chico dialed the hotel operator.

"Pepe Fernando's room please. This Chico Rodriguez."

"Hello?" Pepe said

"Pepe? This is Chico."

"Hey bee! Glad you made it!" Pepe said.

"Thanks for inviting us Pepe," Chico said.

"Ah Chico, it's nice to have family around," Pepe said.

"Have you settled in yet?" Pepe asked.

"Yes, in fact we are getting ready to hit the casino."

"Wonderful, have a great time then," Pepe said.

Later everyone left for the casino.

"Ah, the Black Jack tables, the poker tables. The roulette. Where do I begin!" Ed said.

Chico spotted a pretty lady walking past them.

"I'll begin over here!" Chico said.

Chico started to follow her.

"Mera mami linda oyeee!" Chico shouted as he blew kisses at her.

"Well, at least we'll know where Chico will be for a while," Ed said.

Ed and Louie sat at the black jack table. Played a few, lost a few. Chico came over and sat next to them.

"Have you guys seen Reverend Bemis lately?" Chico said.

"No Chico, I havent." Louie said.

"Nope, nada " Ed said as he watched the table.

" Well hello gentlemen," Reverend Bemis came from behind them.

"Surprised to see you here, Rev." Chico said.

"Just checking up on you three. Making sure youre out of the Devils path."

"Sorry Reverend Bemis I took a wrong turn past the lobby." Ed said as Louie hid his face in shame.

"Well, I'll leave you three alone." Reverend Bemis left their table.

As Reverend Bemis headed out the casino he stepped on a poker chip.

"Hmm, a lost poker chip. What is this supposed to tell me...I'll turn it in and donate it to the Church back home."

As Reverend Bemis headed towards the cashier he spotted a roulette table.

"Hmm, what's going on here?" Reverend Bemis said as he looked on at the action going on at the table.

"Place your bets!" said the attendant at the table.

Reverend Bemis tossed his chip in the air. "Should I, or shouldn't I? Sands side yes, other side no".

Reverend Bemis tossed the coin in the air and watched it as it fell to the floor.

"Sands!" Yelled Reverend Bemis as he raised his hands in the air.


He gratefully headed for the table and placed his bet.

"I'd like to put this chip on black 16" Reverend Bemis said.

"Are you sure?" said the attendant. Reverend Bemis did not realize he had found an expensive chip.

"Yes, on black 16 " Reverend Bemis said.

The attendant dropped the ball and the wheel spun and spun.

"Oh boy!" Reverend Bemis said as he rubbed his hands together.

"Black 16! " The attendant shouted.

"Praise God!" yelled Reverend Bemis. "The Lord is good."

Reverend Bemis gratefully excepted his winning chips.

"I'd like to place another bet on black 16 again please". Said Reverend Bemis. He then waited for the wheel to stop spinning. "Hallelujah! I did it again! The Lord is good!" Reverend Bemis was gleaming with joy.

Meanwhile Ed, Louie and Chico were playing poker. They received their cards. Each enjoying a cigar.

"Hey Waitress! Gimme a bourbon, " Ed said.

"Whatcha got Louie?" Ed said.

"I'm not gonna tell you Ed!" Louie shouted.

"Gimme another card!" each of them yelled.

"Hey! Hey! I won!" Chico got up from his chair and did a little dance.

"Holy Smokey Robinson! It's a miracle!" Chico gleamed from the win. Then He gawked at a passing lady. * Smooch* "Come here to daddy sweetheart!" Chico said.

"Ah Chico, sit down and play some more," Louie said.

"You know I've been kinda worried about Reverend Bemis? I hope he's not bored to death." Ed said.

A loud thunderous applause was heard at the other side of the casino.

"Hey, let's see what all the commotion is all about?" They said to one another.

They came closer to the crowd.

"Reverend Bemis... I thought you didn't gamble?" Ed, Louie and Chico said.

Reverend Bemis folded his arms over the pile of winnings trying to hide the evidence.

"Sorry Ed, Chico, Louie, I found a chip and this were it lead me. I just couldn't stop playing!"

"We forgive you Rev" Ed said as he nudged him. "Now gimme some of those chips."

Chapter 3

Later in the evening the house phone rang.

"Paging Chico Rodriguez, Chico Rodriguez."

Chico ran to the phone.

"Chico, can you come up to the room? I need to talk to you".

"Sure thing Pepe! I'll be right there."

Chico knocked on Pepe's door.

"Wow Pepe! Youre living the big time!" Chico said. Chico couldn't get over the size of Pepe's suite.

"Thanks Chico, It's been along road to the top. I finally made it to Vegas! Could you hang with me for a while, It's been lonely at the top you know without any family," Pepe said

"Sure thing Pepe, we can have a lot of fun together here in Las Vegas." Chico hugged Pepe.

"What do you think of the mucho bonitas, Chico?" Pepe said with a grin.

"Theyre wall to wall, Pepe! Girls everywhere, night and day!" Chico said.

"That's great Chico!" Pepe said.

" Hey, listen Pepe, I better go find Ed and Louie. Theyre probably worried sick about me," Chico said.

"Ok Chico, I'll call you later after the show," Pepe said.

"You got it!" Chico said as he left to go find Ed.

Later Pepe, Ed, Louie and Chico met together to have brunch. Chico was anxious to finish his meal so he can go to the casino.

"Sorry I'm rushing. I might have a date with a cute little black jack dealer. I wanna deal her the right card," Chico said with a wink.

"Ok Chico you go chase after that bonita for me. In fact give her my number," Pepe said jokingly.

"Ah Pepe it's nice to see you and Chico and laughing again, especially after you were hitting on Liz," Ed said.

"Yeah, Chico and I got over that a while ago. Is Liz still going to nursing school?" Pepe asked.

"Yeah, as far as we know," Ed said.

"Um... Ed, Louie, I have a favor to ask of you. As well as Reverend Bemis," Pepe said desperately.

"What is it?" Ed said.

"What seems to be the trouble?" Louie asked.

"There seems to be trouble with the books. I keep getting calls regarding money I'm supposed to be paying that I was never aware of," Pepe said nervously.

"How long has this been going on Pepe?" Louie asked.

"About a couple of months," Pepe said secretly.

"Hello everyone! Sorry I'm late," Reverend Bemis said.

"Hey no problem Reverend Bemis, glad you could make it. By the way, how much did you win this morning?" Pepe smiled as he kidded with the Reverend.

"I'm going straight to hell!" said Reverend Bemis as he gave a shocked look and covered his face in embarrassment.

"Don't worry Rev, I won't tell," said Pepe.

"Well, anyway as I was saying, I need to find a way to prove that the money is missing," Pepe said.

"Did you hire any new people lately Pepe?" Ed asked.

"Just two fellas, said that they were good accountants," said Pepe.

" Why don't the three of us do some investigating?" Reverend Bemis said.

"Yeah! It will be just like Sherlock Holmes ". Ed said

"Please don't tell Chico right now. He's having a great time here, I don't want to ruin his vacation," Pepe said.

"Your secret is safe with us Pepe," they all said to one another as the raise the glasses and clanked them together.

Chapter 4

Chico was at the tables.

"Say Momma how about you and I get together and have our own little poker party and later catch a Vegas Show ". The girl agreed and the both went for a walk.

Ed, Louie and Reverend Bemis looked for the thugs that screwed Pepe over.

"You know Ed, how are we gonna find two thugs in a place like this? This place is probably crawling with them," Louie said.

"Just think about the old movies Louie. Look for two guys wearing hideous looking striped suits". Ed said.

"Hey, what's happening over there?" Reverend Bemis shouted. "Looks like a bunch of hideous looking thugs to me," Reverend Bemis said.

Ed, Louie, and Reverend Bemis approached the group of men.

"Are you here for the show?" A cigar smoking Mexican asked.

"Show? What show?" Ed questioned.

"What? What are you talking about?" Louie said

"Follow me," said the Mexican.

"Where are we going?" Louie asked.

"I don't know, I was told to follow him," Ed said.

"Here! The three of you take this bag and change!" said the Mexican.

"What's in here?" They all said one after another.

"No more talking! Hurry up and change," said the Mexican, "or you'll be late!"

Mean while Chico and his date got a close table for the show.

Chico called the waiter. "Hey waiter! We'll have a couple shots of tequila please!"

"You know, the best way to drink tequila is to lick a little salt, drink a little

Tequila, suck on a lemon, lick a little salt, drink a little tequila, suck on a lemon.

Between the licking and the sucking of the salt and the lemon, I'm surprised I get to drink much or any tequila!" Chico said with a laugh.

"Ah, this sounds like an interesting show. Something about the flying Elvis's," said Chico has he hugged his date.

"I've never heard of them Chico," said his date.

"Me either, the critics say it's funny though. We'll soon find out". Chico told his date.

The announcement came over the PA system.

"And Now Ladies and Gentlemen, the Sands Hotel and Casino proudly present the Flying Elviss!"

"Hey look, a whole bunch of Elvis 's singing Good Luck Charm while they're swinging back and forth on bungie cords! They look like theyre flying." Chico's date said.

"Hey Chico!" Chico heard from a distance. "Get me down! Get me down!"

Chico kept hearing voices, but didnt realize where they were coming from.

One flew over by Chico. "Help! Get me down!"

"That's a funny looking Elvis," Chicos date said.

"Yeah theyre hilarious! " Said Chico.

"Wait a minute! Cheese and crackers! It's Ed, Louie, and coming far behind is Reverend Bemis!" Chico screamed.

"Are you guys outta your mind? What's up with that?" Chico screamed.

"Where on the look out for your Cousin Pepe!" Ed said.

" Can't talk now, I'll explain later".

Shortly after the flying Elvis's left the stage.

An announcer came to the stage.

"Ladies and Gentlemen, The Sand hotel and Casino Proudly present Pepe Fernando!"

Pepe started the show off with Light My Fire. The crowd went wild.

"That's my cousin over there on the stage," Chico sat tall and pointed to Pepe.

"Pepe Fernando is your cousin?" his date asked.

Suddenly she hugged Chico and became more romantic.

"Hello!" Chico said with eagerness.

As the show continued, Louie and Reverend Bemis showed up at Chico's table. Ed came up from behind Chico.

"Ed, whats up with you, Louie and Reverend Bemis?" Chico became curious.

"Why were you all dressed up like Elvis and swinging from a bungie cord?" Chico asked.

"Pepe has had some financial trouble a few thugs as he called them," Ed said.

"Really? He never told me!" Chico said.

"Chico, Pepe didn't want to ruin your vacation. He was too happy to have you with him, he didn't want to spoil it for you. Anyhow it's all taken care of," Ed said over the hustle and bustle of the crowd.

"Pepe did ask me to have you see him again before you go back home ". Ed said.

"Ok Ed, thanks. I'll see him after the show". Chico said.

Later in the evening the house lights went on. Chico found his way back stage.

"I'm looking for Pepe Fernando's dressing room," Chico asked the guard.

"Who may I say is seeing him?" The guard said.

"My name is Chico Rodriguez Y Sanchez

"Hold on one sec". Said the guard.

"Right this way please, Mr. Rodriguez," said the guard.

The guard lead Chico to Pepe's dressing room.

"Pepe! , What a fabulous show !" Chico said.

"Chico, I'm so glad you could make it back". Pepe said.

"Tell me something Pepe, whats happening with your accountants?" Chico looked concerned.

"I noticed things weren't going well Chico when I was receiving money and getting calls regarding bills not being paid. I had Ed, Louie, and the Reverend check it out for me," Pepe said.

"Man, I would do anything for you Pepe. Were blood remember?" Chico said.

"Yes, Chico, please forgive me." Pepe hugged him.

"All is forgiven, brother," Chico said.

"Now lets find us some mucho bonitas!" Pepe said.

"You got it!" Chico said.

Chapter 5

Chico had decided to hit the tables very early in the morning together.

Chico couldn't stop thinking of Pepe's troubles. "If only I could help him out with some money," Chico thought as he quietly got dressed.

Chico dug into his pockets. "Hmm, what I have left couldn't put a dent in Pepe's troubles," Chico said quietly.

Chico snuck out the hotel room and headed for the Casino.

Chico got near the bar and saw someone sitting there.

"Pepe? Mighty early to be drinking isn't it !?! " Chico asked with concern.

"Yeah, maybe I should get together with Ed," said Pepe.

Chico and Pepe both laughed as Chico clanked Pepe's drink.

"Chico I've been here all night. I haven't been to sleep," said Pepe.

"Hey Pepe, things will get better now that those two guys are out of your business?" Chico tried to reassure Pepe.

"Yeah, but I'm also missing my family. Touring is rough Chico. Especially without any loved ones around," Pepe said.

"Are there anyone in your group that you can get to know closer?" Chico asked.

"Yes, but after my last experience with the accountants, I'm afraid I'll be swindled out of more money," Pepe said as he took a drink.

"I'd love to help you out Pepe, but I don't know how," Chico tried to reassure Pepe.

"Chico there is a way you can help me out," Pepe said as held Chicos arm.

"Please hang with me till the tour is over Chico," Pepe said.

"You want me to be with you through out the rest of the tour?!" Chico looked surprised.

"Listen Chico, think it over the next few days and let me know," said Pepe. "I could really use some family." Pepe called his aid and went back to his hotel room.

Chico left the bar then walk to the casino. Chico headed for the black jack tables.

"Place your bets!" said the attendant.

Chico placed a few chips on the table.

Chico received his cards.

"Hit me! " said Chico.

"Hit me again!" Chico said.

"Damn! I went over! " Chico was disappointed.

Coming from behind was Ed.

"Hi Chico," said Ed.

"Hi Ed," Chico said, depressed.

"Care if I join you? " Ed said.

"Sure, Ed." Chico pulled over a seat for Ed.

Ed gave Chico a cigar.

"Care for a smoke?" Ed said as he lit it up.

"Sure, Ed." Chico leaned over to Ed to light up his cigar.

"Hey Louie, nice to see you. Come sit over here." Ed motioned to Louie and passed him a cigar.

"You guys looked pretty funky in those Elvis suits," said Chico.

"Why thanks Chico! I kept mine for a souvenir," Louie said.

"Come on, come on. Gimme a good card," Ed said.

"Outta sight!" said Louie as he received his cards.

"Looking Good!" Chico said.

"Hey! Hey! " Said Louie as he won the draw. "It's about time something good happen to us folk!" Louie said with a big smile.

They waited patiently for the next hand.

Ed tapped the table.

Chico kissed his Sister Quadulpe pendant, then he kissed his St. Christopher.

"Oh that's right St. Christopher got laid off. I'll save him for later." Then

Chico kissed his Silver Star, then his Star of David. " Hey, you know. You can never be too sure!"

The cards were dealt.

Chico picked one up.

An Ace!

"Wow," thought Chico.

Louie received his cards. "Geesh, this isn't gonna be good," Louie said as he shook his head back and forth.

Ed looked at his. "Hmm . . . a possibility."

Then they received their next cards.

Chico lifted his card very slowly looking at the corner. His heart pounded.

"Holy Mother of God!" Chico whispered.

"Am I dreaming?" He lifted the card over. It was a 10.

Chico, with his eyes wide open, couldn't believe what he saw.

"I won! Thank you Quadlupe! " Chico said as he raised his drink in the air.

"How would you like your winnings sir?" asked the attendant.

"Hey, just gimme them in big bags sweet heart!" Chico said.

"This will help Pepe a great deal!" Chico thought.

"Can I have this made to Pepe Fernando?" Chico said.

"Yes, sir. Right this way," said the attendant.

The attendant escorted Chico to the cashier and had the check issued to Pepe.

"Could someone please deliver this check to Pepe Fernando's room. Please keep this a secret," said Chico.

"Sure thing Mr. Rodriguez," said the cashier.

Chapter 6

Chico knocked on Pepe's door.

"Come in," Pepe said.

"Pepe, it's me Chico."

Chico walked in as he heard a girls voice.

"Liz?" Chico looked surprised.

"Chico?" Liz ran to Chico and greeted him

"It's so nice to see you again. Thanks for helping Pepe out," Chico said.

"Hey Chico, no trouble at all," Liz said.

" I've missed you, you know," Liz said has she tickled Chicos tummy.

"Pepe has offered me a few days off. So I came by to visit when I heard you were in town," said Liz.

"That was nice of Pepe," Chico said as he hugged Liz.

" Hey how about some Black Jack! I feel lucky Chico," said Liz.

"You and me both, sister!" Chico said with a grin.

Chico and Liz headed for the casino.

"Hey about playing some craps," Chico said.

"Ok Chico, lead the way!" Liz followed Chico where they found a not so busy table.

"Here Liz, ladies first!" Chico said.

"Ok baby roll me a seven! ... Ah nuts!" said Liz.

"I guess I'm not having any good luck here Chico," Liz said as she laid her head on Chico's shoulder.

"Here Liz, youre throwing them all wrong. Gotta use the wrist more. Here, let me show you," Chico said.

Chico went behind Liz. Held her hand and they threw the dice together.

"Hey Chico, that's pretty good!" smiled Liz.

"See Liz, I knew you could do it!" Chico held her from behind again. Chico helped her throw the dice some more. This time he turned to her afterwards and kissed her.

"M'm, m'm, Chico let's keep the dice hot and not us ok?" Liz said

"Sorry Liz, seeing you again got me all excited, just had to express myself," Chico said.

"Well, you did a very good job of it, Chico," Liz smiled.

Chico turned to Liz and kissed her again.

"Liz, are you and Pepe... involved in any way?" Chico awaited her answer.

"No Chico, strictly business," Liz said.

"Well, I don't want to come between you and Pepe," Liz said.

"You mean like how you were doing with me and the gambling?" Chico smiled.

"Wanna go hit the crap tables, Liz? " Chico said.

"Sure Chico just give me a few minutes so I can let Pepe know where I am".

Liz dialed the front desk and left a message for Pepe.

"Ok Chico let's get rollin" Said Liz.

"Ah rollin' you think your gonna have some hot dice tonight? Huh." Chico said with a smirk.

"I'm gonna win big Chico. I can feel it!" Liz cupped her hands expecting big winnings.

Chico and Liz headed towards the casino when they spotted Pepe.

"Hey, hey Pepe!" Chico shouted.

"Hello Pepe," Liz followed.

"Care to join us at the casino?" Liz asked.

"Why Liz, I'd love to join you! " said Pepe.

Chico and Liz escorted Pepe on each arm to the casino.

"Ah, what shall we play first?" Pepe said.

"I vote for the craps table!" Liz said.

"I second that mama!" Chico said.

"Sounds like a wonderful idea to me," Pepe said.

They all gathered at the table.

Chico shook the dice and kissed them.

"Come on honey baby bring me luck!

"Hey, hey alright!" Chico cheered.

Liz followed, shook her dice and threw them.

"Ah so close Chico. Maybe next time," Liz said.

"Here let me try! " Pepe said. Pepe threw the dice.

"Hey, hey, way to go Pepe! " Chico said.

"Did I win?" Pepe said.

"Your sure did ". Chico and Liz said together.

"Are you my prize, Liz? " Pepe said.

"Ah Pepe, stop kidding around," Liz patted him on the shoulder.

"Liz has brought us good luck Pepe," Chico said.

"Yes, she's quite a good luck charm. Something I'd like to hang on to," Pepe said.

"You and me both cuz' " Chico said.

"I'll understand Chico if you are thinking of getting serious with her. She's a sweet girl. You know I tried to make a move on her when I visited you last. She slapped me silly," Pepe said.

"Yes, Pepe I remember very well," Chico said.

"Don't ever argue with a women like that Chico. She's feisty!" Pepe said.

"Thanks for the warning Pepe!" Chico and Pepe both laughed.

Pepe and a companion left for the bar.

Chico gave the dice to Liz.

"Here Liz, you roll the dice". Chico said.

"Ok, Chico." Liz got a hold of the dice. Chico was behind Liz with his arms around her.

"You know Chico with you being so close to me, people are gonna think were married or something," Liz said jokingly.

"Well you know, Liz, we've known each other for quite sometime. Heck, were almost family with you helping Pepe," Chico said.

"How about we... make it official?" Chico looked in Liz's eyes.

"You mean...me, Mrs. Chico Rodriguez?" Liz had a curious look on her face.

"Sure Liz, why not?" Chico smiled.

"How do you think Pepe will take it?" Liz said.

"I'm sure Pepe will be thrilled," Chico said.

"Well Chico, this is a bet we both have won. Let's do it!" Liz tossed the dice in the air and it landed on the table.

Chico and Liz took off to find everyone. They found Ed and Louie at the bar.

"Hey Ed, Louie, We are getting married ! Please help us find Reverend Bemis."

"Hey that's great Chico and Liz! Let's go find the Rev!" said Louie.

They all searched the hotel and found Reverend Bemis in the chapel.

"Reverend Bemis?" Chico and Liz approached him.

"Yes, my children?" Reverend Bemis said.

"We, Liz and I, have decided to get married here in the chapel. Would you do the honor of officiating the ceremony?" Chico said.

"Would I!?! Why I would be delighted!" Reverend Bemis said with a big smile.

"Great Rev, we let you know more on the details of the wedding. First we have to go find Pepe. " Liz and Chico hugged Reverend Bemis.

Liz and Chico called Pepe from the front desk.

"Pepe, Liz and I would like to ask you a special favor from you. If we may?" Chico said.

"Yes, anything Chico"

" Would you mind if you could sing a song at our wedding?" Chico said.

"Wedding? Well that's great news Chico! Pepe said.

"We are planning on getting married tomorrow in the Hotel Chapel," Chico said.

"Yes Chico, that will be my gift to you and Liz," Pepe said happily.

Chico and Liz said good night to everyone and waited patiently for tomorrow.

Chapter 7

Liz woke up early. She was singing. "I'm going to the Chapel and were gonna get married."

Louie, Chico, and Reverend Bemis were asleep in the next room. Ed was tossing and turning.

"What is that awful noise I keep hearing?" Ed said tiredly.

Ed nudged Chico.

"Chico, Chico, do you hear that?" Ed said.

"Hear what Ed?" Chico turned over.

"That awful noise?!" Ed said.

Chico got up and stuck his ear closer to the wall.

"Ah, that's Liz singing! That's so sweet." Chico swayed back and forth to the beat of the song Liz sang.

"I think Ill go get the wax out of my ears," Ed said as he got up.

Chico rose out of bed thinking about Liz and getting married.

"Ah, It's gonna be a day I'll never forget!" Chico said as he stretched his arms.

"Getting married to mi amore Liz in Vegas and having Pepe here with us." Chico smiled as he looked out the hotel window.

Chico called Liz at her hotel room.

"Ah, mi amante bourica," Chico said softly.

"Chico?" Liz said.

"Yes Liz, who were you expecting? Pepe? " Chico asked.

"No Chico, I've been singing and I'm so happy. I was just in my own little world. Pepe means nothing to me," Liz explained.

"Whew that's a relief!" Chico said.

"Pepe tells me often that he's afraid to approach you thinking youre gonna slap him silly. Like you did when you first met," Chico said.

"Well he knows better now, Chico, I've got him under control," Liz laughed.

"Wow Chico, I'm so excited! Soon I'll be Mrs. Chico Rodriguez. Well Chico, until then, I must not see you till the wedding. Bad luck you know!" Liz said.

"Yes, yes, mi linda, I'll be waiting ". Chico said anxiously.

Later in the day Liz got her outfit she was going to wear and headed for the Chapel. Her arms were fully loaded. Liz could barely make it down the hallway.

"Boy, this is a lot of stuff to wear just to get married. I hope I never have to do this again. I'm so nervous!" Liz said

Chico along with Ed, Louie and Reverend Bemis went in a different direction to the Chapel. "Do you have everything?" Chico asked nervously.

"Yeah Chico, we got our bag you gave us with the change of clothes in it," Ed said.

"What's in here anyway. Can we see it? " Louie asked.

"No, No, don't open it now, you'll ruin the surprise!" Chico said frantically.

"Ok, ok!" each of them said.

They arrived at the chapel dressing room.

"Ok, you can open your bags now," Chico said anxiously.

Louie opened his bag. "You've got to be kidding Chico!"

Ed opened his bag. " I think I'm having a flash back.... I need a drink!"

Reverend Bemis opened his bag and peeked inside. "Oh Lord! This must be your punishment for my gambling!"

They all changed and headed for the Chapel.

Liz waited patiently for her cue to come in.

Ed, Louie, and Chico, wearing sequined outfits, walked in as the sound of the organ started to play.

"Oh my god!" Liz said as she walked down the aisle. She walked slowly so her headpiece wouldnt fall.

"You guys make great looking Elvis's. " Liz couldn't keep from laughing.

Reverend Bemis, whose back was turned to everyone, turned around on cue and said,

"Ladies and Gentlemen, The Sands Hotel and Casino proudly welcomes Chico and Liz as they present themselves to the King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley!"

Chico and Liz looked at each others costumes then looked at Ed, louie, and Reverend Bemis.

"Funky looking outfits," Chico said to Ed.

"Loooking Goood! " Chico said to Reverend Bemis.

"Thank you, We got ours at a discount from the Flying Elvis'," Reverend Bemis said.

"It looks good on you, Rev," he said with a wink and a nudge.

Reverend Bemis got ready to perform the ceremony.

"Do you, Chico Rodriguez Y Sanchez, take Liz Garcia to be your lawfully wedded wife? If so respond with I do."

Chico turned to Liz.

"You got it Momma! " Chico said with an Elvis tone.

"Do you, Liz Garcia, take Chico Rodriguez Y Sanchez to be your lawfully wedded husband? " Reverend Bemis said.

Liz turned to Chico. Liz, chewing on bubble gum, blew a big bubble and popped it.

"Ditto!" said Liz.

Ladies and Gentlemen, now for some special music. Pepe Fernando has prepared something special for the bride and groom."

Ed walked Pepe over by Liz and Chico.

"Chico and Liz before I begin the song, there's something I have to get off my chest," Pepe said.

"Oh no!" Chico thought. "He's gonna try to call off the wedding!"

Chico panicked as he fussed with his jump suit.

"Chico and Liz have been great friends and family to me. I hope that they have a love that will last forever," Pepe smiled.

Pepe began to sing his own version of Love Me Tender.

Chico leaned over to Liz

"For a minute there I thought he was going to call off the wedding," Chico whispered.

"You and me both Chico," Liz whispered.

Liz and Chico exchanged vows.

"By the power vested in me, by the state of Nevada, and the Chapel of Elvis Presley, I now pronounce you The King and Queen of Rock and Roll!" Reverend Bemis shouted with glee!

"Chico, I mean Elvis you may now kiss the bride!" Reverend Bemis raised his hands in praise.

Chico leaned over to Liz and gave her a long slow kiss.

"Ahem, ahem " Reverend Bemis said as patted Chico's arm.

"Show's over Chico, Liz.

Chico and Liz released from their kissing and gleamed from happiness.

"I love you," Chico and Liz said to each other.

"Thank you, Reverend Bemis," said Chico.

"Ah Chico, its a pleasure to perform such a sweet wedding such as this. Although I never thought I'd be dressed as Elvis though," Reverend Bemis said as he tugged on his belt.

"Well Rev that makes two of us," Chico said as he shook his hand. "I think if Pepe were able to see this, he would of been cracking up throughout his song". Chico said.

"Chico, Liz, I want to congratulate you on your wedding. You two look so happy together," Ed said as he hugged both of them.

"Yeah, Chico, you've made me so happy I could cry right now. You know I don't like to make a scene," Louie said.

Pepe called Chico and Liz over.

"I hope you two have a wonderful life together." Pepe shook Chico's hand and then hugged Liz.

Pepe wouldn't let go of Liz.

" I'm sorry Liz, I wish our time together would of meant something more then just business. You know I adored you," Pepe whispered.

Liz was trying to release from Pepe.

"Pepe, all things happen for a reason. Ours wasn't meant to be. You'll always be in my heart, Youre very special," Liz said.

Liz gave Pepe a kiss on the cheek, then Pepe released her.

"Is everything ok, Liz?" Chico asked.

"Yes, Chico, everything is fine. Pepe and I have an understanding," Liz reassured Chico.

Chico and Liz headed for the Bridal Suite.

"Ah, mi amore." Chico lifted Liz up and carried her through the door.

"Ah, I can't believe it Chico! Me, Mrs. Chico Rodriguez."

"Believe it Mama! " Chico approached her, kissed her and started to caress her.

"Mi amante brouica," Liz whispered in his ear.

Chico kissed her all over, lightly running his fingers down her spine. Liz gasped as Chico pleasured her.

Liz rubbed her hands all over Chico. Liz began to pleasure Chico as they lay on the bed. Chico began to squeal and squirm as he felt the heat of the moment.

"Mera mami linda oyeee!" Chico said to Liz. Liz went up to Chico and kissed him.

As they finished making love they hugged and kissed each other then fell asleep in each others arms.

Chapter 8

A knock came upon Chico and Liz's door.

"Who can that be so early in the morning?" they both said tiredly.

Chico and Liz threw on a robe and headed for the door.

"Good morning newlyweds!" said Louie.

"Say, how are the two love birds this morning?" Ed said.

"It's 5:00 am," Chico yawned.

"Why, you should have had time to sleep," Ed said.

"Say, whose up to go to the casino?" Reverend Bemis said as he rubbed his hands together.

"Hey Reverend Bemis how long has it been since you've been to confession?" Chico asked.

"Why Chico I went this morning. Why do you ask my son?" Reverend Bemis asked.

"I'm worried about you and your gambling Rev. I just don't want nothing bad to happen to you," Chico gripped his shoulder.

"You mean a lot to Liz and I " Chico said.

"Well thank you Chico, if anything were to go wrong which in this case it hasn't, I would have asked Ed If I could move into the van till things got better," Reverend Bemis reassured Chico.

"What? The van?" Ed said.

"Not to worry Ed. It won't happen," Reverend Bemis said.

Later Liz and Chico met Pepe for Brunch.

"Ah Liz, Chico, how was your first night together?" Pepe asked.

"Beautiful, Pepe!" Liz smiled at Chico.

"It was dyn-o-mite!" smiled Chico.

"Hey, I'll be right back, I'm gonna check out the buffet." Chico got up and left.

"So Liz? Did you think of me as you made love to Chico?" Pepe said.

"Pepe, how can you ask a question like that?" Liz blushed.

"No reason, I just thought you were reliving old times. You know, me making love to you". Pepe said as he held her hand.

"Shh, Chico will hear," Liz tried to quiet Pepe.

"Chico and I had a beautiful moment together Pepe," Liz whispered.

"Anything like ours?" Pepe asked.

Chico walked over to their table.

"Anything like what? " Chico said.

"Chico, when Liz and I were touring we had a thing going on," Pepe said.

"Its all in the past Chico. Pepe means nothing to me anymore," Liz whispered in Chico's ear.

"Pepe, what you did with Liz on tour is history. Liz and I are in love in the present and in the future," Chico said.

"Thank you, cuz," Pepe said.

"No thank you Pepe, Liz is a part of the family now. Liz and I will be together even when we grow old and gray," Chico said as he smiled at Liz.

"Just imagine me old and gray, Chico," Liz said.

"Hello!" Chico hugged her.

"Another thing I wanted to bring up, Chico, is having all of you come and attend my last night here in Vegas. It will be a nice evening with everyone together," Pepe smiled.

"Please get a hold of Ed, Louie and the rev for me ok?" Pepe said.

"Oh Pepe, we will all enjoy your last show here. We will be looking forward to it," Liz said.

Chapter 9

Ed's phone rang.

"Hello, Chico! How nice to hear from you. Are you and Liz still married?" Ed said jokingly.

"Yes Ed," Chico sounded nervous.

"Pepe has invited us to his last show here at the hotel. Could you inform Louie and Reverend Bemis that they are to come too?" Chico said.

"Sure Chico, anything special happening that night?" Ed said.

"I'm sorry Ed it's a surprise. Only Pepe and I know. Liz doesn't have a clue either," Chico said secretly.

"Ok Chico, we will be in suspense till the show starts," Ed said as he hung up the phone.

Later that evening, Chico and Liz came to the hotel room.

"Ready to go?" Chico and Liz said

"Wow you guys look great ! All dressed up". Louie said.

"Why thank you, Louie " Liz said. "You look mighty fine yourself." Liz got a hold of Louies jacket.

Everyone gathered and headed towards the theater where Pepe was to perform.

"Wow! These are great seats," Louie said.

"Yes, I got them from Pepe," Chico said nervously.

"What's the matter Chico? You seem nervous," Ed said.

"Oh nothing Ed. Nothing at all," Chico said.

The house lights went down and the announcer presented Pepe.

"Ladies and Gentlemen, The Sands Hotel and Casino Proudly Welcome ... PEPE FERNANDO!"

The audience went wild.

Pepe began to sing. The audience began to scream and cheer.

Pepe looked over to Chico's table.

"Ladies and Gentlemen I just want to say it is an honor to perform for you tonight here at the Sands," Pepe said.

Pepe motioned Chico over.

"Ladies and Gentlemen, it gives me a special privilege to introduce to you someone I love dearly," Pepe smiled.

"Chico Rodriguez, ladies and gentlemen." Pepe stood back from the spotlight.

Chico got up from his chair and headed for the stage.

Chico did a little comedy and sang his own version of Light My Fire. He dazzled the crowd as he then sang Marvin Gayes Lets Get It On.

"Oh my!" Liz said. "That was beautiful." Liz was about to cry.

"Ladies and gentlemen," as Chico headed for Liz, "I just want to say how much I love my newly wedded wife. Liz Garcia Rodriguez, ladies and gentleman." Chico went to Liz as the spotlight followed him. "I love you," he whispered in her ear.

The crowd loved him as he finished his act. As Chico left he hugged Pepe. " They loved me out there!" Chico said to Pepe.

"Yes, Chico I always thought you were funny. I wanted you to have the spot light as a thank you for all you've done for me here." Pepe hugged Chico. "I also have something to ask of you Chico if you wouldn't mind." Pepe whispered in his ear.

Chico left and met with Ed, Louie, Liz and Reverend Bemis.

"Hey, that was great! I didn't know you could sing like that," Ed said.

"That was terrific Chico!" Louie and Reverend Bemis said.

"Ah my song bird, I love that Marvin Gaye song, Chico. Thank you." Liz kissed him.

"Good night everyone, see you all bright and early in the morning." Chico and Liz hugged everyone and went to the room.

Chapter 10

The morning came.

Everyone got up, packed their bags to head back home.

"You know Chico, it was a fabulous trip," Liz said.

"I never thought we'd get married here and be with your Cousin Pepe," Liz said.

"Yes Liz, I had a great time here," Chico said.

Chico hugged Liz for a long time

"Liz, I love you so much it hurts," Chico said.

Chico kept hugging her I wouldn't let her go.

"Chico, is there something wrong?" Liz asked.

Chico sat Liz down on the bed

"Liz, I just cant get the words out with that I have here in my heart. Please hold me," Chico said.

Liz leaned over to Chico. They held each other, slowly caressing. Chico kissed Liz.

Chico couldn't keep it in any longer.

"Oh God, Liz, I have been invited by Pepe and their management to open up Pepe's act for the rest of Pepe's tour. Imagine me doing stand up for Pepe!" Chico said.

"What? Don't tell me your gonna sing too? Yeah, Chico, you were good, but you weren't Lou Rawls or somebody like that!" Liz came apart from Chico.

"Does this mean your not coming back home with the rest of us? What about me?" Liz became disappointed.

"Liz, I have been thinking about this since Pepe offered me the job," Chico said. "I told him I'd think about it".

"Liz, it was a thrill being on stage doing standup comedy. I know the singing has got to go."

Liz turned her back on Chico.

"I've always enjoyed making people laugh but my most priority is you Liz!" Chico tried to comfort her.

"Mera mami linda oyee!" Chico held out his hand.

Liz stayed where she was.

"Please Chico, I love you. Don't try to sweet talk me."

"What can I do to make you come back to me Chico " Liz begged.

Liz leaned over to Chico and passionately kissed him.

"I need you Chico". Liz was shaking from his scent and her desire for him. "Please don't leave me."

Chico caressed her as he kissed her.

"Ah, mi amore," Chico whispered.

Still in his mind he thought about Pepe's offer of doing stand up comedy.

"Are you ok, Chico? You seem distant." Liz looked in his eyes.

"I'm sorry Liz. I love you, but I had a great feeling come over me while I was on stage. It really felt good," Chico said.

"Are you changing your mind Chico? Are you going to travel with Pepe?" Liz cried. "I don't want to lose you."

Chico continued to hug Liz.

"Liz, if it means that much to you I will tell Pepe that I have decided to decline his offer. I'm sure he'll understand." Chico kissed Liz.

"Please don't be mad at me, Chico. I just didn't want anything bad happening to you, to us". Liz said.

"Well Liz, that's why I was hoping you'd be happy so you and I could be together. I understand now Liz and accept your feelings," Chico said.

Chico kissed Liz. "Thank you mi amor."

A knock came upon the door.

Liz opened the door.

"Hey Liz, Chico, all set to go?" Louie said.

Ed and Reverend Bemis were behind Louie.

"Yes Louie! All set" Chico said as he got their bags.

"Rosebud is already for her trip back. She's all warmed up," Louie said.

They all left the room and headed for the front desk.

Chico went to the hotel phone in the lobby and called Pepe's room.

"Pepe?" Chico said.

"Yes, Chico," said Pepe.

"Thank you for a wonderful time. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves," Chico said.

"Ah Chico, It was a pleasure spending time with everyone. I hope I didn't cause you any trouble with Liz and the gang," Pepe said.

"Ah Pepe, I'm sure it was a little hectic and crazy but deep down we had fun," Chico said.

"Well Pepe, I must be going, everyone is getting anxious to get home," Chico said.

" Ok. Chico, adios amigo!" Pepe hung up the phone.

Chico headed for Louies car.

"Ok everyone, we all set? " Louie said.

"Ok here," Ed said.

"Me too," Liz yawned

"I wanna go back to the casino. We got a little more time don't we? " Reverend Bemis asked.

"Rev!" everyone shouted.

"Ok, Ok, I'm ready. Geesh, what a man has to do to try to earn an extra buck!" Reverend Bemis said.

As Louie pulled out of the hotel entrance, Chico put his hands over the back of his head and leaned back. Chico thought about his vacation.

"Ah, it was a wonderful time," he thought. "Too bad it had to end so soon."

Chico thought about Pepe, then he turned to Liz.

"Thank you for making this the best time of my life."

Chico kissed her as they made there way back home.