Please be sure to read Fatima's Party parts 1 & 2 if you haven't already. Otherwise, it's like catching a movie in the middle - just a little lost.
Fatima: Yes, definitely. I'll miss all of you. I know I keep saying it, but I appreciate your letting me stay with you so long. I know it's been a little bit of a damper on your love life.
Henna: It's okay. I'm happy to get my own space back, but I'll still miss you. Besides, Maurice didn't mind. He actually thought it was the perfect chance to get himself added to the family permanently. If he thinks if he can get you on board, he'll have an ally.
Fatima: Now, you know I don't like to give you advice unless you ask for it. I certainly don't want to tell any of you who you should be with, as long as they treat you right. But, I do like him. Do you think you'd like to marry him?
Henna: I don't know. Not right now for sure.
Fatima: Well, you'll figure it out.
Erwyn: Yes, I am. My daddy told me I had to take care of her before he left us.
Kendrick: Well, that's good. I'm sure that makes them both happy. You have to remember that or your mother will be sad.
Erwyn: Like Tylyn's mommy? Tylyn said that she's sad and crying.
Kendrick: Well, Tylyn's mommy is very sad right now, but not for the same reason your mother would be sad if you weren't a being a good girl. She's just dealing with some things right now.
Erwyn: Will she be okay?
Kendrick: Yes, she will. You get sad sometimes, right?
Erwyn: Yes, sometimes.
Kendrick: Then you feel better and you're happy again, right?
Erwyn: Yes, them I very happy, especially when I can have fun. Cousin Quinn will be happy again too, right?
Kendrick: That's right. She will be. So you and Tylyn don't have to worry about it.
Ember (smiling): As much as I'm sure you work out, I doubt one bag of chips will even matter. Enjoy them. I, on the other hand do not work out, so I need this fruit salad.
Maurice: You are making a good, healthy choice. If you ever want some work out tips so you can enjoy some chips too, I can give you some.
Ember: I may need some of those tips. Not for me, but for my models. I know they look great right now, but you never know when they will need to get fit. Why not start now?
Maurice: Just let me know.
Tandra: Obrigado! You are so sweet. Maybe you could take a class and learn a language.
Marlin: I guess I could. My schedule changes a lot, but maybe I could get those tapes and books. I never thought of that.
Tandra: There, now you have an idea and you can have an accent like mine.
Windsor: Shh...I'll call you later. I don't need my mother to pipe in. It's a touchy subject.
Syren (whispering): Oh! The male is acting up again?
Syren: Then we need to talk about an intervention and soon.
Windsor: Uhuh. But later.
Syren: Hi, Parker. I know you know me and Marlin. This is my Aunt Tandra and her daughter, my cousin Windsor.
Parker: Hello. It's nice to meet you. You are both beautiful. You look like another cousin I met.
Tandra: Thank you. Yes, you probably met Quinn, my other daughter.
Parker: Yes, that's her name. Beautiful family.
Windsor and Tandra: Thank you.
Parker: Well, I am going to sit down and enjoy this food. I hope to get a chance to speak with you all again this evening.
Marlin just stares. She doesn't know what to do. In the meantime, at the other table, Ember is clearing off some plates.
Ember: I'm good. I'm glad you came. My mother takes her extending invitations very seriously. She doesn't invite people she doesn't like and she would have been disappointed if you couldn't make it.
Parker (smiling): I was already flattered she invited me, but that makes me feel even more so. Thank you. You're not leaving the table on my account are you? I hope I'm not interrupting.
Ember: No, I'm going to mingle some more. Besides, it will give you two men a chance to talk.
Maurice: Yes. I would like to get to know Parker better. Have a seat, Parker. (starts laughing) We'll commence with the men talk.
Ember: Cute, Maurice. On that note, I will exit stage left.
Marlin: Huh. I'm sorry. You want me?
Syren: Yes. Let's step across the room and chat for a minute.
Marlin: Right now?
Syren: Yes, let's talk right now, please. Come on.
They get up and walk across the room.
Marlin: Yes, I am. Sure.
Syren: Good. Are you okay? I see you seem to be unnerved by Parker being here.
Marlin: I know. I'm just surprised. Did you know he was coming?
Syren: No, I didn't. But if I did, I would have told you. Although I don't think that should have stopped you from coming. Remember, you only went out twice.
Marlin: I know. I know that. Maybe we should just leave.
Syren: That's not happening. I am not leaving and coming back. Now, you need to just keep it together and concentrate on the other people in the room. Can you do that?
Syren: And the staring has to stop. Okay?
Syren: Look at it this way, you should act like it doesn't bother you and he's the one who is missing out. Not in an arrogant way, but in a way that shows you are mature enough to know that someone else deserves you. Can you do that, please?
Marlin: I think I can do that. I'll try.
Syren: Okay. But if I see you going left field again, we are going to have another talk. I don't want to have to do that 'cause that will require even more fussing. Let's try not to go there.
Marlin: Okay. I'll be fine. Thanks.
Maurice: That what I keep telling my clients. It's about building the strength and the stamina. Some of them are just going for the high pounds. It doesn't work like that.
Drexel: Wow! That's a lot. Maybe I should start getting some training from one of you. I could use some more tone and bigger muscles. Ladies love that.
Maurice: Any time. Just let me know.
Tandra: He is going to be my new son. I am so happy.
Windsor: Mom, we are not engaged yet. Don't get too excited. But I am happy you like him so much.
Tandra: Sim! I do like him. He is a good man. Very good to you.
Fatima: Me too, Honey. Next time I visit, I expect to see you a little more. I know you have your girlfriends to keep up with, but your aunt won't be around forever.
Drexel: Don't talk like that. You'll be here for a long time. But I do get what you're saying. We barely get to see you, so I need to see you as much as I can when you're here.
Fatima: Yes, you should. Now, I think I'm going to make a little speech.
Maurice: Does she like me enough to want me for a son-in-law?
Henna (laughing): You just keep trying, don't you?
Maurice: I sure do and I sure will. I'm glad to be able to know your family. It makes me feel accepted and that's a big plus.
Henna: Ha. I guess it is. Oh the pressure and questions I'll get if we stop seeing each other. They'd get over it eventually, but I do think they will ask.
Windsor: Hey, don't forget, the night doesn't end here. So you will have me alone at some point this evening.
Cameron: I can't wait.
Everyone says yes, or claps, Drexel even whistles.
Fatima: I'm so happy you were all able to make it. I am sad to go, but I...(gets interrupted).
Cyann is late, but she has arrived.
Fatima: Aww! Sweetheart, I'm so happy to see you! You may be late, but you're here. Come give me my hug and then you can have a seat.
Cyann gives Fatima a hug and then sits down.
Fatima got what she wanted and as each person slowly left, she got her hugs and kisses until she, Henna and Maurice were the last to go. Her plane left the afternoon of the next day.
Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye