Saturday, April 30, 2016

Henna's Visitors

Fatima is visiting with Henna while she waits for Ember to arrive and pick her up.  She needs to get her hair done at the salon and Ember has offered to take her since she took her rental car back.

Fatima:  Are you sure the salon you are recommending will do a good job?  I rarely go, but I want my hair to look good for this shin dig y'all are throwing for me.
Henna:  The hairdresser has a good reputation. I've seen her work.
Fatima:  Have you used her?
Henna:  No.  I just keep my hair in its curly state which only requires washing and conditioning.  But I know a few people who have been used her.  Ask some questions about what she'll do first and then you can decide if you want her to touch your hair or not.
Fatima:  Okay.  I can do that.

In the reception area, Ember has arrived.

Ember:  Hi, Carly!  Long time no see. How are you?
Carly:  Oh my goodness!  It's so good to see you!
Ember:  It's good to see you too.  Well, don't just sit there.  Where's my hug?

Carly happily gets up from her chair to give Ember a hug. They haven't seen each other since before Christmas.

Carly:  You have to stop by more often.  I know you're busy, but it's always great to see you.
Ember:  Well, I have to be careful.  I may need an assistant one day and I don't want Henna to think I'm trying to snatch you up.
Carly (laughing):  Me leave Henna?  Never.

Carly:  Henna is waiting for you.  Your mother is in the office with her.  Henna may not admit it, but I'm sure she'll miss having her around when she's gone.  I hear your mother cooks pretty often and it's delicious.
Ember (smiling):  She'll miss Mommy, but she'll be happy to have her place back to herself.  And, yes, she'll miss having her own personal chef around.
Carly:  I'd miss that too.
Ember:  Me too.  Well, let me pop in here. 
Carly:  Okay.

Ember knocks and then walks in.

Ember:  Hey!  I'm here. 
Henna:  Hey, Em.  Come on in.
Ember:  While I'm here, I need to talk to you about the party plans.  I have a few things I need to wrap up.
Henna:  Okay.  I know we're using a caterer, but you know Aunt Tandra offered to bring something.  She says that it wouldn't be a party without a fabulous dish from her.
Fatima:  Tandra is something else, but you've gotta love her.
Ember:  She is funny.  I'll call her.

Ember:  I'll have a seat and we'll chat.
Henna:  What time is Mom's appointment?
Ember:  Not for another two and a half hours.  We're just going to grab something to eat first.  I'm going to drop her off and then go get Erwyn at the after school program.
Fatima:  We can grab something quick and light, so if you need a lot of time to talk, don't rush.

The phone rings and Carly answers her.  She pages Henna on the intercom.

Carly:  Henna, please excuse me.  This is an important call about the McDougal Estate and the furniture order.
Henna:  Okay.  I'll pick it up.  Thank you.
Fatima: Do you need us to wait outside?
Henna:  Yes, please.  I just need to handle this and then I'll be with you.

Fatima and Ember head to the door.
Ember (smiling):  Age before beauty.
Fatima (smirking):  I think you mean age and beauty first.
Ember:  Yes, that's it.  After you.

Fatima:  I saw a little place down the street where I want to check out some antique items.  Do you want to come with me for a minute?
Ember:  No, I'll wait for Henna while you go look.  Carly, does Henna have any appointments any time soon.
Carly:  No, she doesn't.  I think you can take your time.  It's just unforeseen things pop up during the day.
Ember:  I'll have a seat and chat with Carly.

Fatima heads to the door, but before she can open it, it opens and in walks Parker startling her.

Fatima:  Oh!
Parker:  I'm sorry.  I didn't know someone was about to walk out. 
Fatima:  That's okay.

Parker (having a moment of recognition):  Hello.  How are you?
Fatima (knowing she has met Parker before): Hello.  I know you, don't I?
Parker:  Yes, we've met before.  You're Henna's mother, right?
Fatima:  Yes.  And, I apologize.  What's your name again?
Parker: It's Parker.  It's nice to see you again.
Fatima:  Oh, yes.  You do contract work for Henna.  While I recognize the face, I do recognize the name more.

Ember:  Parker is also very helpful.  He fixed my refrigerator.
Fatima:  What a gentleman!  Henna loves his contracting work.  She's always talking about how pleased she and her clients are with it.
Parker (blushing):  Thank you.

Fatima: Well, I'm off to the store for a few minutes.
Parker:  I'll get the door for you. 
Fatima:  Thank you.  You are definitely a gentleman.  (Thinks for a second.) I think you should come to the small going away party my girls are hosting for me. 
Parker:  Oh. Thank you, but I couldn't impose.
Fatima:  Honey, it's not imposing if you're invited.  And I don't extend invitations if I don't mean to.  Ember will be sitting here, she can tell you when and where.  Or you can tell Henna I invited you and she'll give you the information.  In either case, I hope you can make it.
Parker:  Thank you.  I will come if I can make it.

Parker opens the door for Fatima and she heads off. 

Carly:  Parker, Henna is on the phone and Ember is waiting to speak with her.  Do you have time to wait?
Parker:  Yes.  I came unannounced, so I can wait.

Parker has a seat.

Ember:  So Parker, what have you been up to lately? Did you go out with Marlin? 
Parker:  Yes, I did.  It was a pleasant evening.  She's a nice person.
Ember:  Mmm...Nice.  Still not sure if there's a love connection?
Parker: We'll see.  She just invited me out. I think it's because I've been very busy and haven't invited her out again.
Ember:  Do you want to go out with her again?

Parker:  Yes, I'm willing to give it a chance to get to know her better.  I'm still not in a rush, but I think we'll have a good time.
Ember:  Good for you.  As long as you let her know if you decide it's not going anywhere, things will be fine.
Parker:  I will.  She has hinted several times that she is looking for a husband.  That's probably another reason I am moving slowly. 
Ember:  Well, take your time. On another note, business seems to be thriving.  Did you make a decision about incorporating?

Parker:  I went with LLC for now. I can always change later.  I've been working on building a pool of skilled laborers.  Things are really getting better.
Ember:  Henna is smart.  She can keep you in business for a long time.
Parker:  I'm looking forward to it.  I do like working with one company.  Right now I don't want to have to find contracts elsewhere.  So this is a good set up.

Henna wraps up her call and then heads to the reception area.

Henna:  Hi, Parker. I wasn't expecting you.  Is everything okay?
Parker:  Yes, everything is fine.  I have a few things to go over with you about a couple of sites.  I could have called, but I thought an in person discussion would be better.  Would you mind?
Henna:  Absolutely not.  I just need to speak with my sister for a few minutes and then we can meet.  Is that okay?
Parker:  Yes, of course.  Thank you.
Henna:  Thank you, Parker.  Ember, where's Mom?
Ember:  She went to the store.  I know where to find her after we're done.
Henna: Okay, let's finish our conversation.

Ember stands up to go into the office.

Ember:  It was nice chatting with you, Parker.  Hopefully we'll see you at the party. 
Parker:  It was nice speaking with you as well.  I still need the information. 
Ember:  You sure do.  I'll grab a piece of paper from Henna and give it to you before I leave.
Parker:  Alright.  Thank you.

Ember goes in to speak with Henna and Parker has a seat to wait for his turn. 

Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye

Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Twins and Their Ladies - A Night Out

Tyson and Isis are meeting Tyquan, Tyson's twin brother, and Quinn, his on and off again girlfriend with whom he has a daughter, for dinner at Color Burst.  Tyson hasn't seen Tyquan much since he got engaged and Isis barely knows Quinn.  Isis and Quinn have seen each other a few times during a few family events, but they don't know each other well.  With the impending wedding, Isis is hoping to get to know Quinn better since, although not legally, they will be related due to Tyson's niece, Tylyn.

Isis:  I wonder if I should involve Quinn in wedding events since Tyquan will be in the wedding.  Plus, I don't have anyone little girls small enough to be a flower girl, so I'm hoping your niece can be the flower girl.  What do you think?
Tyson:  That's a nice idea.  Tylyn would probably love that.  She's kind of a diva.  I think she gets it from her grandmother.
Isis:  Really?  Which grandmother?
Tyson:  Quinn's mother.  I don't see her often, but when I have, she's been quite a ball of fire.  She's gorgeous and she knows it. If you met her, you'd know what I mean.
Isis (laughing): Well, she sounds pretty fun if she's a ball of fire.

Quinn and Tyquan walk up to the table.

Tyquan:  Fancy meeting you here.  Mind if we join you?
Isis: Hi!  I think we can make some room.
Quinn:  Hi!  It's nice to see you.
Tyson:  Hey.  We've been waiting.  The waitress has been circling trying to get us to order.  We haven't even asked for drinks yet.  I'm about to be parched.

Tyquan:  Okay, Bro.  We do need to get the drinking started.
Quinn:  We're sorry we held you up.  I was trying to get my hair just right.
Tyson:  It's beautiful, just like you, Quinn.
Isis:  It really is.  I'm going to have to try that style. 
Quinn (grinning):  Thank you both.

Tyquan and Quinn sit down and start talking.

Quinn (to Isis):  So I hear you're getting married.  That is so exciting!  Tyson is a great guy.  I'm sure he'll be a wonderful husband.  You're so lucky.
Isis:  Well, thank you!  I think he's a keeper.  I thought we were doing well in our relationship and I know a part of me was hoping he would think we could have a life together, but I was really surprised when he popped the question.  Terribly happy, but definitely surprised.
Quinn:  Where did he propose?  Was it a huge set up?
Isis:  It was perfect.  We were watching a movie together and had just finished eating. I was barely paying him any attention because the movie had me so enthralled.  
Quinn:  Interesting way, but as long as it worked.
Isis:  It certainly did.
Quinn:  May I see the ring, please?

Isis:  You sure can.

Isis lifts her hand for Quinn and Quinn holds it to take a good look.

Quinn:  Oh my!  What a rock!  It's beautiful. 
Isis: Thank you.  Tyson did well.  He has good taste.

Quinn turns to Tyquan.

Quinn:  Honey, have you seen the beautiful ring Tyson gave Isis.  Please take note that I like it.
Tyquan:  That is a nice ring.  I'll keep it in mind should I ever need one.
Quinn:  You don't think you'll be needing one any time soon?
Tyquan:  Nope.  My pennies are going to some more pressing things.

Hearing Tyquan's response and not thinking it was kind of Tyquan, Tyson changes the subject.

Tyson:  So Isis and I were thinking that Tylyn would be the perfect flower girl in our wedding.  Can we get you on board with that?
Quinn:  That is fine with me.  I think she'd enjoy it.  Just let me know what we need to do.
Isis:  Great!  She's so adorable.  I'll let you know when we're ready to go dress shopping.

Tyson:  Quan, you have to be in the wedding.
Tyquan:  Will I be the best man?
Tyson:  I love you, but I do have a best friend who will be the best man.  But I'd like you to be an usher.

The waitress returns and asks again for orders.  They haven't really looked at the menu yet, so they ask to hold off on food, but they do order drinks.  The waitress doesn't take long to return and they chat about Tyquan being in the wedding until she does.

Isis:  Now that the groom slash best man thing is settled, to keep it even, I think it would be nice for you to be the bridesmaid with Tyquan, Quinn.  Then your whole family will be part of the wedding.
Quinn:  Are you sure you don't owe that place to a girlfriend of yours?  I'm flattered, but I also know that a bridesmaid role is for good friends.
Isis:  It's also for family, which is what we will be.  I know we don't know each other well, but I think this could help us to get to know each other.
Quinn:  I'd like that.  But please be sure to check your list before I say yes.  We can still get to know each other better.  I just want to be sure I don't take someone else's place of honor.

Isis: I'm sure.  Also, maybe you can also show me the ropes since you've known this family much longer than me.  It could help to get more tips and information.
Quinn (laughing):  I'm not sure what more I know, but feel free to pick my brain.  I'll help however I can.  But for fair trade, I'd like to know how you managed to get ring out of Tyson and all I managed to get from his brother is a child.

Hearing that gets Tyson's attention.

Tyson: That's a good question.  Quan, you have a beautiful woman and child.  When are you going to make your family official?
Tyquan:  Man, I'm not trying to hear that right now.  It's cool you are ready to settled down and all that, but I'm just not there.
Tyson: Why not?  You guys have been together...
Quinn interjects:  Back and forth...
Tyson:  Okay,b ack and forth, but around each other mostly in a relationship for a long time.  It's time to settle down.
Tyquan:  I have to keep my options open and be sure I'm doing the right thing.  Once you're locked down, it takes a lot to walk away.

Quinn (getting aggravated):  Wait.  Are you saying you're feeling like you'd be locked down with me?
Tyquan:  I'm saying I love you, but I need to be sure marrying you is right for me.  You know I've needed to be a free spirit.
Quinn:  A free spirit?  But you love me and you love Tylyn and you're not ready to be with us?
Tyquan:  Hey, nothing is keeping me from my daughter.  That's my baby girl.  But that's different.  I'm talking about keeping my options open. 

Quinn:  I cannot believe we are back to this again.  When we got back together, you said I was important you.  You said you needed to be with me.  Now the story has changed again?
Tyquan:  Not changed.  I told you I love you.  Why do you keep pushing me? 
Quinn:  Seriously, why do I keep doing this, this is crazy.  I think I have a headache.

Isis (to Tyson):  This is about to get out of hand
Tyson:  I know. I don't know why he keeps doing this.  He's so inconsiderate and she doesn't deserve it.
Isis: I'm going to get up and ask her to go to the restroom with me.  I think we need to separate them before this gets worse.
Tyson:  Good idea.  I need to speak with my brother...alone.

Isis stands up.

Isis:  I'm going to the restroom.  Quinn, would you mind going with me?  You know, that girls powder their noses together thing?
Quinn (pausing for a minute and sounding flustered):  I..I guess so.  Okay.
Isis:  Good.  Let's go and let these gentlemen talk for a minute.

Quinn stands up and starts to walk.  Tyson also stands up.

Isis:  Are you okay?
Quinn (fighting back tears):  Mmmhmm...I'll be fine.  Let's just go.
Tyquan (seeing the look on Tyson's face):  What now?  Don't look at me like I just lost you a million bucks.
Tyson: I'll let you know, as soon as the ladies leave.
Isis:  We'll give you a few extra minutes.  Take your time.

The ladies walk away and Tyson sits back down.

Tyson:  Sometimes I wonder how in the world we are even related, let alone twins.  We are nothing alike.  I respect women.  What do you call yourself doing?
Tyquan:  I respect women. 
Tyson: While they count, Mom and Grandmom and other relatives don't exactly count in this situation.  And you know exactly what I mean. Quinn is a good woman and you are treating her like dirt.  It's like we weren't even raised by the same people.
Tyquan:  I'm grown.  I can do what I want.

Tyson:  So you think being grown gives you carte blanche to be disrespectful?  Especially to a woman who has stood by you when most would have and should have left you?  You are really a disappointment.  Some days I wish we didn't look alike so I wouldn't have to be associated with your sad behavior. 
Tyquan:  You don't understand.  It's cool you want to settle down with Isis.  That's what you want to do.  I like open options.
Tyson:  Open Options?  You mean the opportunity to sleep with anyone who comes around and you believe that not being married is a technicality that allows you to do that?

Tyquan:  It IS a big technicality that allows me to do that.  I'm not married, I'm not committed.  What do you want from me?  Quinn should know this is who I am.
Tyson:  Yes, she should know you're a liar when you tell her you love her.  That's not how you treat someone you love. 
Tyquan:  I do love her and you're over stepping your bounds, Bro.

Tyson:  Overstepping my bounds?  You are lucky I'm not overstepping this table and knocking you upside your head.  You really need to pull yourself together and realize what you're doing.  You are going to push Quinn too far away from you and when you realize what you're missing, you won't get her back. 
Tyquan:  Man, she loves me.  She's not going anywhere. 
Tyson: You be the fool who keeps believing that.

Isis comes walking back to the table, alone. She walks up to Tyson to explain what happened.

Isis:  Quinn is not doing well.  She wants to go home.  Do you mind if I take your car and drive her home?  Maybe Tyquan can drive you home and I'll meet you there?
Tyson:  Okay, Honey.  I can do that.  Is she crying?
Isis:  Yes, she's very upset.  I may sit and let her talk for a while, but I will call you when I'm on my way.  I'll just stay at your place tonight if it's okay.
Tyson:  It's always okay. You know that.  I'll walk you and Quinn to the car.
Isis:  Okay, Sweetheart.  I love you.
Tyson:  I love you too.

Isis has a set of keys to Tyson's car and apartment.  So she doesn't need to ask for them.  Before she leaves, she feels compelled to say something to Tyquan.

Isis:  You know, Quan.  Part of me really wants to rip you a new one.  But instead, I'm just going to say this.  What you said and how you are treating Quinn are very hurtful and I don't understand how you can sit here and do that as if it doesn't matter.  I can't even understand how you and Tyson are related.
Tyson (mumbling under his breath):  Me neither.
Isis:  I hope you can see what you are doing to her and, honestly, I hope she's upset enough to leave you alone for good.  You're still going to be my brother-in-law and therefore still family.  But I hope that one day you wake up and see how wrong you are.  Now, have a good night.
Tyquan:  Listen, Isis.  I didn't mean to...
Isis:  I don't really care.  Have a good night.

Isis turns to walk away and Tyson follows her.  He gives Quinn a hug and tells her he'll check on her the next day.  Isis drives Quinn home and Tyson gets a ride from Tyquan.  So ends the evening.

Side note: I don't know if you noticed, but Tyquan has flocked hair.  I needed to do something to make these twins look a little different.  Tyquan's hair may even 'grow' some.  Yes!  I added yet another new skill. 

Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye

Monday, April 18, 2016

Cyann and the Sick Duo

Brooklyn is not feeling well.  She has a low fever and is miserable.  Cyann is doing her best to make her feel better.  She has given her baby medicine to control the fever and she just needs for the misery to pass. 

Brooklyn is whimpering and making a few noises.

Cyann:  It's okay, Baby.  You'll be fine.  Shhhh...Just try to sleep.  Mommy has you.
Brenna walks in with an idea.

Brenna:  Mommy, I know what will make Brookie feel better.  She loves the rabbit I got for Christmas.  Every time she sees it, she smiles and tries to get it.
Cyann:  That's so sweet of you, but you don't like that she wants to eat it when she can get her hands on it.
Brenna:  I know, but she's sick, so she can have it if it will make her feel better.  Then you can wash it later.
Cyann:  Awww!  I sure would. But I think maybe we'll hold off on giving it to her until later.  She really just wants to be held right now.  Thank you.

Brenna climbs up on the other chair to ask her mother questions about when Brooklyn will feel better.  As she's talking, Grayson walks in.

Grayson:  Cy, where is the cold and flu medicine?  I thought you left it in the room, but I don't see it.
Cyann:  That's because you took the last of it.  I'll have to run out and get you some more.
Grayson:  Are you going to go now?  I really need it.  These symptoms are killing me.
Cyann:  Maybe you should try drinking some more juice and having a cup of soup until I can get to the store.  I promise you won't die before then.

Grayson:  My head's really killing me, I feel like I'm dying and I need you to take my temperature.  I'm certain I'm burning up.
Cyann:  Take some ibuprofen, it will bring the fever down. Look in the bathroom cabinet.  I'm sure there's some in there.  I just bought a new bottle a couple of weeks ago.
Grayson (moaning):  Mmmm....I know I called out of work today, but I should let them know I won't be there tomorrow either.
Cyann:  Okay. 
Grayson: I wish I could be where Brooklyn is right now.  Nice and cozy and being taken care of.
Cyann:  Awww, Poor Baby.  I only have one lap to give and the most helpless gets it.  Maybe later when she's settled down I can give you more attention and take care of you.

Grayson moans again and then he starts to head to the bathroom to find the ibuprofen and then lie down.

Brenna:  Daddy.
Grayson:  Yes, Baby?
Brenna:  I can take care of you. 
Grayson:  Thank you, Sweetheart!  But I don't want to get you sick too.  So maybe it's best you don't get to close. 
Brenna (sounding disappointed):  Well, I hope Mommy can get you the medicine before you die.

Grayson and Cyann laugh. 

Grayson:  I'm sure Mommy won't let me get that bad.  I'm not that close to death yet. Don't you worry about it. I will live a while longer.
Cyann:  Yes, Daddy is exaggerating. He's not really dying.  He just wants more sympathy from Mommy.
Brenna:  Oh! Okay.  Good.

Grayson leaves and after a few minutes, the doorbell rings. 

Cyann:  Sorry, but you'll have to sit here for a minute.  I'll be right back.
Brenna:  I'll watch her, Mommy.
Cyann:  I know you will.  You're so helpful.

Brooklyn starts to cry, but after making a face and some noise, she changes her mind and just dozes off.  Cyann goes to the door and sees Ember, so she let's her and Erwyn in.  Cyann explains that there is illness in the house, asks Ember to go to the living room and then goes to get a bottle of juice for Brooklyn to see if she can convince her to drink something.  Ember and Erwyn go to the living room.

Erwyn:  Hi, Brenna.
Ember:  Hi, Brenna.
Brenna:  Hi!  Brookie's sick today and so is my daddy.  But I'm not sick and neither is Mommy. 
Ember:  Yes, so I've heard. Well, it's good you can both take care of your sister and your father.
Erwyn:  Can we play?
Brenna:  Sure.  Auntie Em, can you please watch Brookie.  I told Mommy I would, but she'll be okay if you watch her 'cause you're older.
Ember (laughing):  I sure can.  You two go ahead and play.  But Erwyn, we're not staying too long.
Erwyn:  Okay.

The girls head to Brenna's room, chatting along the way.

Ember touches Brooklyn's head to see how she reacts.  Brooklyn just opens her eyes a little, moans, then closes her eyes.

Ember:  Poor baby.  I know you wish you could be the busy bee you are. I hate seeing you like this.

Cyann returns with a bottle in her hand, picks up Brooklyn and tries to offer it to her, but Brooklyn's not interested.

Ember:  She looks so miserable, Cy.  How bad is her fever?
Cyann:  It's been between 99 and 101.  The doctor recommended some medicine and she's been getting it, so it drops for a while. It's getting the medicine back in her that takes a while.  But I have to go to the pharmacy to get more medicine for Grayson, the other baby, and I'll see if I can get the form that goes in rectally like they give at the hospital.
Ember:  Good.  That should make it easier.  I can go to the pharmacy for you if you'd like.
Cyann:  Thanks, but I want to grab a couple of other things while I'm out, including more soup for Gray.  So what brings you by?

Ember:  Well, I wanted to tell you that your encouragement with hanging in there while I'm trying to find more models really worked.  I have another model and she's gorgeous.  There's some additional work I have to do on her behalf because she's not a citizen, but I think it will be worth it.
Cyann:  Cool.  How did you find her?
Ember:  Honestly, Erwyn found her.  We were at the Flavor CafĂ© and Erwyn seemed to be amazed by her.  I wasn't even paying attention to anything going on around me.  But Erwyn kept mentioning her looks and that finally made me look up. 
Cyann:  A little business woman in the making, huh?
Ember:  I sure hope so.

Ember:  You know, I have been working so hard and worrying so much about the business taking off, I have barely had a chance to do a few additional things, like find one photographer to help with portfolios.  New models don't have them and I want to work something out where no one, especially me, has to pay an arm and a leg for shots.  But I also don't want some run of the mill cheap shoddy work either.

Cyann:  You may not have remember, but my friend, Avery, is a photographer.  She does wonderful work.  If she won't take those types of shots, she may be able to recommend someone who can.  I'll give her a call tomorrow, since my hands are pretty full today.
Ember:  That would be wonderfulThanks!
Cyann:  I'm sure it will all work out.  Congratulations on the new model.  I'd love to see them all one day. Plus, I'm glad you are feeling better.  You were frustrated the last time you talked about needing more models.

Ember:  Girl!  I sure was.  But you know what I have going for me? You and my family all working hard to lift me up.  Moving back here has been so uplifting for me.  I can see Erwyn is benefitting too.  With all her aunts to dote on her, her grandmother visiting so long and spoiling her.  And she has her new best friend, Brenna.  I can see Erwyn being a little influenced by Brenna's outgoing personality.  Erwyn is slowly coming out of that shell when it comes to other people.

Cyann:  I'm so glad to hear that. We're glad you're here. I did miss you for years, now my phone bill is much cheaper.  Gray is loving that. Speaking of coming out, I need to be getting out.

Ember:  Of course.  I didn't want to stay long, but I did want to tell you about my new model.  Thank you so much for your support.  Not just with me doing my thing, but with Erwyn.
Cyann:  Umm..Honorary sister over here.  No need to thank me.  We're family.  That's what we do.
Ember: That's why I love ya.

Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye