Before we join them in the living room, it may be helpful to know how they are related. Aunt Tandra is married to Uncle Kelvin, Ember's (and Henna's and Syren's) mother's brother. Aunt Tandra is Brazilian and speaks Portuguese and English, so she does have an accent. She can also be very straightforward.
Tandra and Kelvin Brennan have three children - Windsor, Quinn and Drexel. All three children are not married yet. Quinn has a young daughter, Tylyn, with her off and on boyfriend, Tyquan Edwards.
Now that you have a little background (yes, just a little since you'll have to watch the story lines unfold), we can go to the living room and see what's going on.
Ember: You guys look great. I'm so glad you were able to come visit. I wanted to visit you, but I've been pretty busy. But as soon as I get some things in order, I'll be over to see each of you.
Quinn: That's okay. We're not going any where. Besides, I think we all get busy.
Aunt Tandra: Oh, Minha Querida, you are trying to do big things. And, you have a daughter to raise alone. You are fine.
Ember: So, what's in the pan? I'm hoping it's something I love.
Quinn: It sure is. It's the corn and shrimp dish you love. Mom wouldn't come without making it.Aunt Tandra: No, of course not. Ever since you were a little girl, you were the first to run to the table when I made it. So, of course I will make it for you.
Ember: Well, let me take that from you and put it in the kitchen. Thank you! Have a seat and get comfortable. We need to catch up.
Quinn: Okay. Here you go. (hands the dish to Ember)
Ember: Do you want anything to drink?
Aunt Tandra: No, not right now. Thank you.
Quinn: Not for me either. Thanks.
Ember heads to the kitchen to put the casserole in the refrigerator. Tandra and Quinn have a seat on the sofa.
Tandra: Look at that beautiful artwork. She has such good taste. I should steal those right off her wall. She can replace them.
Quinn (laughing): Sure, Mom. Just tuck them in under your skirt and see if she notices.
Tandra: Aye. I am her favorite aunt. She won't care.
Quinn: Uhuh. Let's see how that goes.
Ember walks back in the room.
Ember: So what have you been up to? How's Uncle Kelvin and where is Tylyn? Erwyn will be disappointed she didn't get to see her.
Tandra: Well I am disappointed I don't see Erwyn. Where is Little Ember?
Ember: I told her you are here. She's upstairs playing and she has to finish up a scene, according to her.
Quinn (smiling): Oh, well, we wouldn't want to interrupt that. At least you came back before my mother stole all the artwork off your wall.
Ember: Oh, really? Well, I'll trade you for that gorgeous purse.
Ember sits down.
Ember (laughing, she knows her aunt): I'm in the house, so I don't think I have to worry about that right now. I'm comfortable in this. I save the dressing up for the week.
Quinn: Mom, for heavens sake, leave her alone. Not everyone is worried about having a man.
Quinn (to Ember): To answer your questions, Dad is fine.
Tandra: Yes, he is fine. Still enjoying my sexiness too.
Quinn (ignoring her mother's last statement): Tylyn is with her father and uncle today. She wanted to go to the zoo. He enjoys time with her and she just adores her daddy, so I had to let her go.
Tandra: Yes, well, he is a good father. Now if he could just settle down to be a husband.
Quinn: Here we go again. Mom, you know we're together in a relationship.
Tandra: Ah. This week, yes. Next week, no. Time to break up...again.
Tandra: Well, you cannot make up your mind if you want to be with him or not and he could do better. Back and forth, back and forth. Aye!
Quinn: You said you wouldn't keep bringing that up. Besides, we are visiting Ember and she doesn't want to hear this.
Tandra: I said not in front of Tylyn. Ember knows about marriage. She didn't settle. You don't want to hear my thoughts, you should make a change.
Ember (embarrassed for her cousin): I am pretty sure I hear Erwyn coming down the stairs.
Quinn (mumbling under her breath): Saved by the child.
Erwyn: Hi. Where's Tylyn?
Tandra: Tylyn? Don't you see Aunt Tandra here? Come give me a big kiss.
Ember: Yes, Erwyn. Give Aunt Tandra and Cousin Quinn a kiss and a hug. Then you can ask questions.
Tandra: Você é tão doce. Eu te amo.
Erwyn doesn't understand the first thing Aunt Tandra said, but she has heard the second enough to be able to respond in kind.
Erwyn: Te amo.
Quinn: You are getting so big.
Ember: Not right now. I'm busy. Maybe some day, when I'm ready. Right now my business and Erwyn are keeping me busy. I have time.
Tandra: You say that now, then you blink and poof, the time is gone. Don't wait for some day, Minha Querida. Some day can be tomorrow.
Ember knows it's easier to just raise one objection with Aunt Tandra. Continuing to state her case is always useless once Aunt Tandra has decided she is right.
Ember: Yes, I guess it could be.
Quinn: Oh, Honey. I'm so sorry. She is with her father today. We'll have to make arrangements to either come visit again or you can come visit us.
Tandra: Yes, you can stay over and your mother can go out and have some fun. Meet some people.
Quinn: That would be nice. You can come over and stay the night. Tylyn would be thrilled. Would you like that?
Ember: Excuse me?
Erwyn: I mean, yes, thank you.
Quinn (laughing): Honey, my mom always corrected me too.
Erwyn walks over to her mother. She is disappointed she has no one to play with like she expected.
Erwyn: Can I go back to my room now, please?
Ember: Sure you can. I'll call you down soon for a snack, unless you're hungry now.
Erwyn: No, I'm not. I'm going to my room now. Okay?
Erwyn heads back upstairs and the ladies keep talking to catch up.
Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye