Mommy Dearest - Ocean’s 8
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1. How it all began
It’s been a year and a half since Debbie Ocean, and the other seven, robbed the Met Gala. During this time, more or less happened in their lives. Some of them had big changes, the others almost none. But the biggest thing that happened was the wedding of Debbie Ocean and her partner in crime Lou Miller.
Before and during the time of Claude Becker and Debbie’s relationship, Lou and Debbie had some nights together. However, both agreed that they only wanted friendship, although both felt something for the other.
Debbie and Lou, however, never admitted it. Whenever someone asked if they were in a romantic relationship, they both denied it, saying they were just very good friends, best friends.
About 20 years ago they both met, a year later they were partners in crime and inseparable. Both got along well with each other from the beginning.
In the beginning, they both loved each other, as friends love each other. Both did not know at that time that it was more than just friendly love.
13 years later, when Debbie met her then-boyfriend Claude Becker, the two criminals drifted apart. Debbie didn’t do as much with Lou anymore. Both saw each other only less often. Their daily meetings became weekly, then monthly.
Debbie and Lou lived together in Lou’s loft until Debbie moved in with Claude. Their heists were also no longer together, but with Claude. At that time, Lou also opened her current club and started watering down her Vodka.
Lou stopped robbing to focus more on her club. In contrast to Lou, Debbie robbed more and more casinos, bars and clubs.
The Ocean woman planned her robberies, also no longer by herself, but with Claude. She trusted her former boyfriend blindly. However, this was her undoing, which then also sent her to prison for five years.
After these five years, when Debbie got out of prison, she had planned an ingenious heist. This should not only go down in history, but also be the revenge on her ex boyfriend Claude. The robbery was pulled off by eight strong woman
These women were Debbie, of course, she had devised the whole plan. Five years in prison is a long time, there she could think about many things.
Debbie has changed over the years, she is less careless, and more conscientious. She is no longer as selfish, and thinks more about her fellow man.
Now she is a 45 year old woman, with the same long brown hair and brown eyes. She is still a little shorter than Lou.
Debbie knows she had hurt her partner and best friend very much. She knows she shouldn’t have shut Lou out like that. She is almost embarrassed that she favoured Claude over Lou. She didn’t even love him as much as she loved Lou.
The Blonde was also involved in the heist. The brunette was happy that Lou forgave her and that they were a team again.
Lou couldn’t stay mad at Debbie. She thought the years in jail were punishment enough. Besides, she missed Debbie a lot, but she didn’t want to admit that at the time.
She has also changed a bit, becoming more down to earth over the years. Externally, she was still the same, shoulder-length blonde hair with her fringed bangs and bright blue eyes.
Besides Lou and Debbie, the other women were Tammy, 9ball, Constance, Amita, Daphne and Rose.
Tammy is a suburban mother, she has in her garage, a kind of warehouse where she sells stolen goods. She, Debbie and Lou already knew each other. At first, Tammy didn’t want to participate because she now has children and is married. But she then changed her mind.
9ball is the best hacker on the East Coast. Her job was to get the women in and out of the Met Gala without being seen.
Constance is a pickpocket, she was found by Debbie and Lou on the streets of New York City, trying to steal people’s valuables. She is the youngest of the group, being only 23.
Amita is actually a jeweler, she knows diamonds, rubies and sapphires very well. Her job was to costume a fake necklace, which they could replace with the real one.
Daphne was a total surprise to the others, as she only really got to know the whole team at the end. She was the hidden eighth member. Daphne wore the necklace around her neck at the gala, which was then stolen by Constance.
Rose was a designer, when Debbie and Lou found her, her business was practically at an end. But she recovered and designed the Met Gala outfits for them.
These eight robbed the necklace and some other jewellery, with an approximate total value of 240 million dollars, of which thus each got about 30 million dollars.
Since the day of Debbie’s liberation, until today, Debbie and Lou have been official lovers. They also got married a year ago, which makes them a criminal couple. The group sometimes pokes fun at them when they call them Bonnie and Clyde.
The wedding was nothing big, and not very elaborate, in fact there were only the two brides, the registrar and the other six present. But their honeymoon was beautiful, they flew to Italy for 2 weeks.
Today is the day after their first wedding anniversary. It’s a rainy Monday evening in New York City. All eight women are sitting in Debbie and Lou’s loft, enjoying time together.
But what almost no one knows is that 17 years ago, Lou had to make a difficult decision. Exactly 17 years ago Lou gave birth to a girl. She got pregnant during a drunken one night stand.
Actually she’s not interested in a men, because she simply prefers women, but at that moment she was just too drunk. She didn’t even know the name of the man, she can’t remember anything. The only thing she knows is that she woke up naked next to a blond guy, she quickly made a run for it.
8 weeks later she found out she was pregnant. She told Debbie of course. They both then racked their brains as to what to do now. Lou didn’t want to abort her baby, and she couldn’t keep it either. Therefore, she came to the decision to give it up for adoption.
9 months later, when she was visiting Australia, she went into labor. Debbie was not present at the birth because she stayed in the United States. After she gave birth to the baby girl, she was allowed to hold her for a few minutes.
Lou named the baby, Juliana. She just thought the name was so beautiful, and it also fit the baby. Lou also gave her a middle name, Deborah, as a gift to her friend. Since Debbie had been supporting Lou for the last 9 months. Although the overprotective Debbie got on her nerves at bit, and she couldn’t hear the sentences ‘Do you need an extra pillow’ or ‘Have you taken your vitamins yet’ anymore.
The only people who know about Juliana are Lou, Debbie, 9ball and Danny, Debbie’s older brother.
Lou can’t stop thinking about her. She thinks about her daughter every single day. She wonders to this day, if it was really the best thing she could do for Juliana. The blonde wonders to this day what happened to her baby.
Lou was here with Debbie, both sitting isolated from the other six at the kitchen table. She couldn’t suppress thoughts of her daughter, what she might be doing, where she was, and whether she was celebrating her birthday.
Lou sipped her drink, “You know, exactly 17 years ago I gave her away, today is her seventeenth birthday”, she said in a soft voice.
Debbie nodded slightly, "I know."
"I've been wondering since that day, what if I had kept her? What would her life be like? With me? You, me and her, we'd be a family. I wonder if it was the right decision...She was still so small and petite, but so beautiful. And yet I couldn't keep her, I wasn't ready to be a mother. I had nothing to offer her, she deserved better. Hell, she deserved better than me. She was so pure and innocent, she looked at me with those big blue eyes, she had my eyes. Debbie, if only you could have seen her, she was so little," Lou looked up. to stifle her tears. But in the process, a single one ran down her cheek.
As I said, Debbie knew Lou had a daughter at 26. She was there for Lou the last couple of years.
Debbie was not present at the birth, however, she held and comforted Lou when she came back to New York without a baby. She comforted her every year on the same day, even when she met Claude, Debbie took time for Lou, on that special day. She regrets not being able to comfort her best friend and partner, in prison. That was the hardest thing for her, knowing her partner is alone in the world, with no one to hold on to.
She was also there for Debbie when they both found out, with the help of 9ball, that Lou's daughter had been missing for about 3 years. This was a real shock to both of them. To this day, neither knows if Juliana is still alive and well. Debbie comforted Lou when they both heard about the news.
This was a year ago just before the wedding, Lou wanted to know what happened to her child, where she lived and if she was adopted. That's why they asked 9ball for help, she was supposed to track down the girl by her name, date of birth and place of birth. They found out that Juliana was adopted by a French businessman and his wife in London.
But besides this information, they also found out that the girl was missing since her fourteenth birthday.
Debbie held Lou that night as she sobbed over her daughter. She couldn't bear to see her usually strong partner, fall into a hundred pieces.
From the thoughts of her missing daughter, Lou had to pull herself together even more, she didn't want to start crying now.
"Hey, hey, it's okay. You couldn't do anything about it Lou, you just wanted the best for her, it was the best", Debbie reassured her, taking Lou's face in both hands, "Lou, look at me!", she brushed the tears away with her thumbs, and looked deep into her eyes, making sure Lou heard every word clearly.
"You heard what 9ball said, her adoptive parents are rich, the best search parties and private agents are looking for her. They will find her soon enough. She wouldn't want you to blame yourself for her disappearance. She'll turn up soon," Debbie smiled and gave her wife an encouraging look. Lou smiled back slightly and nodded her head up and down, "Okay, thanks. I really needed that," she said, laughing lightly.
Debbie laughed lightly too, mumbled a soft, "You're welcome," and wrapped Lou in her arms.
"Hey yo, lovebirds, stop feeling each other up in here and come on over. We want to get this movie started," 9Ball's voice sounded from the living room.
This was followed with, "Shh, 9Ball give them a break," a light slap from Tammy and 9Ball's quiet grumble, "Ouch, chill, chill, no need to get violent."
Lou and Debbie looked into each other's eyes briefly at that moment, and then laughed lightly at their two friends.
Both women went into the living room together to watch 'Catch me if you canˋ, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, with the other six.
It was about shortly after 7:00 p.m., and they were almost through with the movie when there was a knock at the door.