Windsor and Syren have asked Quinn to meet them at Color Burst for dinner. They just want to make sure she's okay and give her a chance to both be out of the house and to talk. Although she was hesitant at first, Quinn agreed to join them.
Windsor and Syren are already seated and Windsor is checking to be sure Quinn is still coming since she's a little late.
Syren: Tell her we're about to if she doesn't get in here soon. I'm thirsty and hungry.
Windsor: Syren says she's hungry so get in here soon. I don't want her mistaking me for a Twinkie.
Syren (laughing): Very funny. Besides, you look more like a cupcake to me.
At the next table, Shin and Trillian happen to be spending some alone time. Since Seiko is still living with them, they are able to take advantage of having a free baby sitter, who is very happy to spend time with her nieces. She also doesn't mind because Shin and Trillian are taking care of her until money starts coming in from modeling.
Trillian: That's because we haven't. And, yes, it's great being alone. I feel like we let romance go sometimes. I'm tired after taking care of the girls all day, you're tired from working. We just have a routine. Some days I barely even feel sexy.
Shin: You'll always be sexy to me, but I know I need to try harder to let you know that.
Trillian: Well, I need to try harder too with letting you know you're still sexy to me.
Windsor: Well, we know she will always have to deal with Tyquan due to him being Tylyn's father, but if she is serious about moving on and not letting him hurt her again, she can call us when she's feeling week. And she is stronger than she thinks and deserves more than Tyquan offers her.
Syren: Way more! I know she can get a slew of men who would take good care of her and Tylyn.
Windsor (smiling): She only needs one, but later. She needs some time alone to figure some things out.
Syren: Well, we'll be here to help her. Besides...
Windsor (interrupting): She's here.
Quinn walks to the table.
Syren: Well, we're going to do our best to help you get your energy back. No, alcohol tonight either. We're having a clear-headed conversation.
Quinn (smiling): Wow! I must be in for something serious. You're not having a drink?
Windsor (laughing): That was a dead giveaway, huh?
Syren: You guys need to stop exaggerating. I only drink socially. Have a seat, Quinn.
Quinn sits down just as the waitress walks over to get their drink order. They give it to her and she leaves to get the drinks.
Windsor: We love you. We're not here to beat you up about anything. We just want you to know we're here for you and we want to help you get back to being yourself. Tylyn needs you to be 100%.
Quinn: I know. I took a leave of absence from work, fortunately Mom and Dad have been helping me, but I can't continue to be a burden. I'm working on pulling myself together.
Syren: Good. What can we do to help you?
Trillian: You're right. We should plan for when they're gone. Maybe even have a separate 'when we are alone' fund, beyond the retirement plan you contribute to at work. Do we want to travel, invest in a camper, own a second home? I'm feeling a little excited about the possibilities.
Trillian: I don't know. Maybe a second home someplace that's always warm.
Shin: We have a little time, but we'll come up with a plan. In the meantime, I think we should sit closer together. Let me move closer.
Shin moves his chair closer to Trillian. The waitress drops off their beer and they tell her they haven't thought about what to eat yet, so they need a little time to think about it.
Trillian: A what?
Shin: A mother I'd like to love.
Trillian (laughing): Funny. I like that. And how would you like to love me?
Shin: Let me see. What is that expression about how many ways?
Trillian: Let me count the ways.
Shin: Yes, that. Let me count the ways. I'm not sure if I can count that high, but I can start with a few.
Trillian: I can count with you, Honey. I'm up for the challenge.
At the other table, the waitress has brought the drinks the ladies ordered and taken the food order.
Quinn: Well, I've stopped communicating with Tyquan right now. He has to speak with Mom or Dad to see Tyquan. They're angry with him, but they would never hurt Tylyn by keeping her from her father. I just need some space. He keeps trying to talk to me, but I'm not ready and I really don't want to. I'm not even sure what I'd say.
Windsor: You're doing the right thing. As long as Tyquan sees Tylyn and someone is communicating with him about her, he doesn't need anything else.
Quinn: He's a good father, I just wish he could be a good man.
Quinn: My therapist said something similar.
Windsor: You have a therapist? When did you get one?
Quinn: I just started seeing her. I've seen her twice already. Dad talked me into it. He said that maybe it would help me, especially since she's a stranger and can see things objectively. I like her. She doesn't sugar coat anything and I think I need that.
Quinn: Relationships, self-esteem building, and anything that helps you be better at making decisions that don't let you lose yourself in a relationship.
Shin: I think we should think about being out somewhere else. Somewhere where we can do what we want and not worry about the girls hearing us.
Trillian: What do you have in mind?
Windsor: No, not at all.
Shin: I'm thinking we treat ourselves to a luxury hotel room tonight. Hopefully one with a huge tub. What do you think?
Trillian: I think we need to pay the waitress and get out of here...now!
Shin catches the waitress' attention to get the check so he can pay it.
Syren: Good for you. I like this place too.
Windsor: Anytime you have a need to get out, we can make plans.
Quinn: Okay. Thanks.
The waitress arrives with the food and sets it on the table. She brought silverware, but forgot napkins and went to get them.
Windsor: Me too. This looks delicious.
Trillian: I'm thinking I'll let loose and be really naughty tonight.
Shin: Then I'll have to spank you.
Well, it looks like the evening is turning out pretty good for everyone, maybe even better for a couple. :-)
Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye