Seiko and Trillian have come to meet with Ember about the possibility of Seiko joining Ember's roster of models. Seiko has been so excited about the possibility and she and Trillian did a lot of research online before attending the meeting. They have asked several questions and now the meeting is about to wrap up shortly.
Ember is trying to close the deal.
Ember: So we've talked about shoots, expectations on both sides, yours and mine. I know I can get you booked. With some hard work, I know I can help you be seen worldwide.
Seiko: I like that you want to have a family atmosphere. My brother, who had to be talked out of coming with me today, would like hearing that.
Trillian: Mmm. Yes, he would.
Ember: I mean what I say and I will be honest with you. I want you in one of these frames behind me and I will do what I have to keep you there.
Seiko: Do you think my parents and Shin will be okay with this?
Trillian: You let me worry about Shin. You are almost eighteen, so your parents will no longer be able to tell you what to do. It's your life. Is this what you want?
Seiko: Yes! Yes! It's so exciting and I really think I can do it.
Trillian: Okay, then. Let's do this!
Ember: That's wonderful! It sounds like Seiko can use your support and I am most grateful for it.
Seiko: I'm so happy I have her for a sister. She's so supportive.
Ember: I agree. You are very fortunate. So, I'll get some paperwork together and we'll need to get some shot of you so I can have them for clients. You'll also need them for your portfolio.
Seiko: That will be nice. I'm looking forward to getting to know you all and getting started.
Ember pulls out the contract she uses for talent and gives it to Seiko so she can take it with her, read it over and sign. Trillian and Seiko head home and Ember heads upstairs to check on Erwyn. She is expecting her sisters, Henna and Syren. Henna asked to meet with them both and because she had a meeting, Ember suggested they meet a her house.
Henna arrives first and Ember invites her to sit in the living room and chat while they wait for Syren.
Henna: I'm sorry, but you'll have to wait for Syren. I don't want to hear that I was unfair and didn't wait for her.
Ember: Are getting married? Maybe you're pregnant?
Henna: Maybe you've lost your mind? No! Neither. Just wait, Syren should be here soon.
Henna was right, Syren rang the bell and Ember went to get the door. They head to the living room.
Henna (laughing): So dramatic. You look very nice, by the way. I love that top.
Syren: Thank you. I am looking pretty good, huh?
Henna: Yes, you are.
Ember (getting impatient): Okay, Henna, we are ready for the meeting subject now.
Ember: No, is she okay?
Henna: Yes, perfectly fine. She told me last night that she's going home. So I thought we'd give her a nice send off, a little party. I really was surprised she stayed so long.
Syren: I'll bet you're happy to be getting your privacy back.
Henna: I love Mom very much, but, yes, I want my privacy back. It's been four months. I just thought she'd stay until maybe the end of January. But she couldn't seem to tear herself away.
Ember: You know, Dad set her up pretty well with his life insurance and planning. She's the reason Evan increased his life insurance so much. I know they had a conversation about Dad's planning and what Mom was able to have when he died. It drove Evan into action and he had no idea he would leave us so soon.
Syren: Yes, that was really cool of Mommy.
Henna: Well she keeps doing all the food shopping and trying to slip me money for bills. She's doing okay financially.
Henna can see Ember about to go into her thoughts about Evan again, which she seems to do when she mentions him, so she changes the subject.
Syren: Hmmm.....What about Select Spaces?
Henna: It's okay, but I think we really need more space. I know it's just family and not a million of us, but we may want to spread out.
Ember: I'm sure we can come up with something pretty quickly.
Syren: I'll check around. It's mostly likely us, the aunt and uncle and cousins, right?
Henna: Yes. I don't know if she has hung out with any old friends or not. I'm usually gone long hours and I miss her some days or just head to bed. So conversations can be brief. We're like roommates.
Henna: I think I'll live.
Syren: We don't want you go fall apart now, do we?
Henna shakes Syren's hand off.
Henna: Whatever, Little Girl.
Syren: Yeah, right. You forget, I still work for a company. Unlike you two, I don't own one. I count my pennies.
Henna: Girl, please. You count your pennies so you can buy the next new outfit, handbag and shoes. All of which are not a bargain.
Syren: As if you don't always have to look tight. I see you always trying to be on point. We must be counting those same pennies.
Henna: Of course, we can. We're just having fun.
Syren: One of us is just jealous that the other rocks some really hot items. That's all. Just fun.
Ember: Syren, find some places. Henna, tell us what dates you have in mind. You also get to let everyone know. I'll follow up with the place Syren finds and make the arrangements. If there is a deposit, I'll give it and we'll tally up when we need to. Is everyone okay with that plan?
Henna and Syren: Yes!
Ember: Good. I have a child to feed. So I'm going to make dinner. Are you staying for dinner?
Syren: I am.
Henna: Yes. But I'm heading up to see how my niece is going while you start.
Syren: I'll have a cocktail and keep you company in the kitchen.
Ember: Okay. Let's get moving.
Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye