Parker: Well, the weather waits for no one, so you just have to get it done. And it's not a problem.
Ember: Well, I appreciate it. So here's the source of my trouble. I'll take your coat and hang it up.
Parker: Okay. Thanks.
Ember takes Parker's coat while he opens up the freezer to see what he feels.
Parker (laughs): I believe you. Can you describe again what happens?
Ember: Sometimes it's working fine, like now and others I find things melting or defrosting. I don't know how old it is because it came with the townhouse when I bought it.
Ember: Okay. Let me know if you need me to do anything.
Parker: Thanks. I can get it out.
Parker pulls out the refrigerator and gets to work checking things out.
Ember: So are you on a new job yet for Henna?
Parker: Yes, I'm working on a couple of quotes to get back to her, but I still have a couple of other quick contracts of my own. My bank account will be looking good soon. I'm thinking about whether I want to go with an LLC or just get an alias and set up an official business.
Ember: That's a good idea. There's a lot to do to build your business. It took me months of research, making contacts and updating my business plan to get it where I want it.
Ember: Yes, Henna has a certain clientele and they all come with the big bucks.
Parker: Let me see. I have it figured out. This should be an easy fix. I just need to adjust a couple of things and you should be in business.
Ember's house phone rings so she excuses herself to go get it. It's Syren asking about her date. Ember doesn't want to be rude and make Parker feel deserted, so she returns while talking.
Parker: Don't worry about me, I'm just wrapping this up.
Ember: Okay. Feel free to interrupt if you need to.
Ember looks at Parker and shakes her head.
Ember: Sisters are always acting like mothers. My real mother is not so intrusive.
Ember: Well, at least I don't have to run out and get one right away. I am so glad you offered to look.
Ember: Okay. Can I offer you something to drink? It's the least I can do for your trouble.
Parker: Sure. I am a little thirsty. Thank you.
Ember: Okay. Please have a seat and I will grab you something.
Parker has a seat and Ember looks in the refrigerator to rattle off selections. Parker takes a bottle of juice and Ember grabs bottled water for herself. Then she has a seat.
Parker: It sounds like you just went on a first date.
Ember: Yes, I did.
Parker: My sister is trying to convince me to go on a date. She's not terribly pushy, but she keeps throwing hints.
Ember: Is it she wants you to find someone to date or she has someone in mind?
Ember: It's a small world, isn't it? Marlin is a sweetheart. What's your hesitation? Do you find her attractive?
Parker: I think she's attractive. I just wanted to get some things together before working on a relationship.
Ember: While I can see how Marlin is a relationship type of woman, I think you can just tell her you are taking things real slow and not to have major expectations. That's the realization I came to which made me decide I could date again.
Ember: I know Marlin can sometimes come across as very forward, but she's really not like that all the time.
Parker: Yes, she throws quite a few hints. I have noticed, I just wasn't sure how I should respond, so I was cordial.
Ember: It won't hurt to try just a little and then if you aren't interested, just tell her. Don't leave her hanging.
Parker: I wouldn't do that. I think you're right. I can just take it easy. At the very least, my sister will be satisfied.
Parker stands up.
Ember: I'm glad I could give you some valuable advice. Now I don't have to feel like I got something for free. It was an even exchange. My professional services for yours.
They both laugh.
Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye