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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ember knocks and then walks in.
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.
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.
Ember (smiling): Age before beauty.
Fatima (smirking): I think you mean age and beauty first.
Ember: Yes, that's it. After you.
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.
Parker: I'm sorry. I didn't know someone was about to walk out.
Fatima: That's okay.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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