It's around 7:00 PM, a little late for dinner, but with Parker and Ember's schedules, they try to make it work so they can spend time with each other as much as possible. Erwyn has school tomorrow, but Eliana is with her and she'll make sure Erwyn is bathed and ready for bed in a timely manner. Ember loves having Eliana as her sitter. She makes sure Erwyn does her homework, makes learning fun for her and she ensures Erwyn adheres to any guidelines and rules Ember had set for her.
Ember and Parker are enjoying their food and chatting.
Parker: So I told him the stronger wood would last longer. I know it was an upcharge, but it's worth it. Besides, this is a project in the millions, there no need to skimp.
Ember: You really know your stuff, Honey. I love that about you.
Parker (smiling): Thank you. So how is work so far this week for you
Ember: Well, the girls are getting booked so well, they don't even need their part-time jobs anymore. Things this week have been great. My venture with LeeMa Designs is taking off. Leera is working on some Spring and Summer fashions which will be a big hit, I'm sure. It's great working with a new and hot designer. If she continues to like the models I provide, she'll use us when she's really big time. That makes us more popular and brings in more money.
Ember: As a matter of fact, at Avery's shower, I met a beautiful and tall young lady, Sani. Her mother works with Avery. I planted the seed to see if she may be interested in modeling. She has such an exotic look, I think she'd be great. I'm going to set up a little meet and greet with her and my other young ladies. I think they can sell better than I can. It's one thing for me to tell her she'd be great, but they are living it. They can be honest about what they enjoy or don't enjoy.
Parker: I like that. I should use that when I'm looking for new crew members.
Ember: It may just work.
Meanwhile, at the Hamilton residence, Avery is watching TV and feeling a little anxious and a little pain.
Feeling a little pressure on her bladder, Avery relieves herself in the bathroom and then checks on Aviana who is playing in her room.
Aviana brings a toy with her to the living room so she can keep her mother company.
Aviana: Mommy, you look sick. Are you okay?
Avery (laughing): Yes, I'm fine, Sweetheart. The baby is just restless, I think. I don't know. Let's watch something until your bed time, okay?
Aviana: Okay, Mommy.
They find something to watch until Aviana's bed time.
Syren: Well, lookie here. It's still a small world. I hope you don't get all sentimental and stuff. Remember, he's moved on.
Henna: Please. It's been a while. It's over and after that last time of seeing him, I know I'm done.
Maurice: Hi, Ladies. It's good to see you.
Syren: Hi, Maurice.
Henna: Hi, Maurice. How are you?
Maurice: I'm doing well. Thank you.
Syren: Umm... you and your lady. How are you?
Maurice (curious about Syren's question): We're doing good, thank you. Well, I had better start mingling. I heard this is a good night for that. Enjoy yourselves.
Syren: We will. You too.
Parker: It's okay. No need to rush things. Let's give her some more time to see that we're doing okay. I don't want her to feel uncomfortable.
Ember: I don't know how you do it, but you are such a gentleman and so patient.
Parker: If it's meant to be, it will be and just get better. I know that. I love you and I love Erwyn. I have time as long as we are still together, that's what's important to me.
They continue talking and eating. Over an hour passes as they take their time and enjoy each other's company. Meanwhile, back at the Hamilton residence.
Aviana: We're cawwing, Daddy?
Avery: Yes. It's time for bed, but I think we'll wait a few minutes. You'll need to leave the house with me. I'm going to have to put some clothes on you.
Aviana: Awe we goin' fow a wide?
Avery: Yes. I'm going to call Daddy now, but you can keep watching TV while I get us ready. Okay?
Avery: Sweetheart, I think it's time for our new arrival. I'm in labor, so I need you to call me back and then get here, please. The contractions are about 5 minutes apart.
Ember: No, go ahead and answer it. It's okay. I could be important.
Parker: Hello.... Really?...Okay...He hasn't called?....I'll be right there. Keep calling him...I'll be right over, don't worry.
Parker (smiling): The baby is coming, I have to go take Avery to the hospital. Craig hasn't answered his phone and Aviana is with Avery too.
Ember (surprised): Okay. Okay. No problem. I'll go with you.
Parker: Do you need to go home to Erwyn? I can drop you off first.
Ember: No, you don't have to do that. I'll call Eliana and ask her to stay a little longer. She can sleep over, I think. Besides, who is going to take care of Aviana?
Parker: I don't know, but I can take her with me after Craig gets there.
Ember: We can talk and figure it out in the car. Let's get going.
Parker pulls out more than enough money to pay the bill and leaves the cash on the table. He and Ember rush out of the restaurant to pick Avery up.
Woo hoo! It looks like the baby is finally arriving. I can't wait to find out if they are having a girl or a boy.
Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye