Ember is in the bathroom getting the shower ready for Erwyn.
Ember: Erwyn! Come on! The water will be hot in a minute. I told you it's time to shower and get ready for bed.
Erwyn (from her room): I'm coming, Mommy.
Erwyn: Mom, can't I stay up a little longer? Pleeeaase??
Ember: You need to stay on a schedule, Honey. You know how you can sleep late if I let you. You need to be able to get up during the week and I don't want to ruin that on the weekend. Maybe for a couple of days when you have a long enough break from school, but not now.
Ember: The water is ready. Take your clothes off and hop in. I'll hand you the soap.
Erwyn undresses and gets in the shower.
Ember (to herself): I really need to wash my hair, but not until tomorrow. But I guess I'll get it ready by taking it out of this bun.
Ember gets out a comb and some hair dressing.
Erwyn (singing): I have to take a shower. I want to stay up late. My mom won't let me. Oh, what a sad day. And tomorrow is Saturday. But I will get up, I know I can. Even if I stay up...late.
Ember: Nice song and nice try. But it won't work, Honey.
Ember lets her hair out and massages her scalp.
Ember (to herself in the mirror, out loud): As usual, the curls are stretched out. I wish I could just wear them comfortably as a professional, but I don't want my big hair distracting anyone. Oh, well.
Erwyn: Mom, are you talking to yourself again.
Ember: I sure am. But I'd rather talk to you.
Ember starts combing her hair.
Ember: So we are having company tomorrow. That should be fun. Aunt Tandra and Cousin Quinn are coming over to visit. We haven't seen them in a while.
Erwyn: Is Tylyn coming too? I can show her my new room.
Ember: Maybe. That depends on whether she is visiting her father or not.
Ember gets tired of standing and decides to have a seat on the toilet (with the lid down).
Ember: That will be nice, if you show her your room. I like your room. Do you like it here, in this house?
Erwyn: It's nice, but it's not like where we lived before. Not like with Daddy.
Ember (sighs): I know, Honey. It's not the same, but you'll get to see your aunts more often and keep making new friends, right?
Erwyn: Yes, I guess so.
Ember: It takes time to have new memories and fun times, Honey. But they will come. You'll see.
Ember: Are you washing everything? Don't forget anything. We'll wash your hair this weekend. I just don't feel like it right now and that will just keep you up longer.
Erwyn: I got everything. I'm almost done.
Ember: Okay. Let me get your towel. I'll get the water. You can just leave the soap on the floor, as usual. I really need to add a lower soap dish.
Erwyn: So I can put the soap back myself?
Ember: Yes, that would be helpful.
Ember reaches into the shower to pick up the soap and turn the shower off. She gets a little wet and dries herself off with her own towel first.
Erwyn: Hey! I need a towel too.
Ember (laughing): I know, I know. Just let me get off this little bit of water.
Ember finishes getting most of the water off herself and then wraps Erwyn in her towel.
Erwyn: Can you read me a story too?
Ember: Just a short one. No stalling. You need rest and so do I.
They head to Erwyn's room where Ember dries her off, lotions her up and helps her put on her pajamas.
Ember: What short story would you like me to read?
Erwyn: One in this book. (Pointing to her book of fairytales)
Ember: Bring it on over.
Erwyn (looking at her doll): Good night, Tiana.
Ember: Good night, Tiana. You are most welcome to listen too while I read.
Erwyn: She said, "Okay."
Ember has Erwyn sit beside her while she reads a short story. After she's finished, she gets up and has Erwyn lie under the covers while she tucks her in.
Ember leans down to give Erwyn a kiss and a hug, which Erwyn happily accepts.
Ember: I love you so much. Never forget that.
Erwyn: I know, Mommy. I love you so much too.
Ember heads out to her own room.
Ember: I hope you and Tiana have a good night and sweet dreams.
Erwyn: We will! Good night, Mommy.
Ember: Good night, Honey.
Ember turns off the light and heads to her own room, hoping she has sweet dreams too.
Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye