It's Sunday afternoon (the day after Parker's and Ember's first date) and Grayson is sitting in the living room playing his video game. Brooklyn is with him while Erwyn and Brenna are playing in Brenna's room. Cyann has run out to pick up something on sale before the sale is over. Ember is on her way over to pick up Erwyn.
Brooklyn is talking, but it's baby babble.
It is Ember. Grayson invites her to come into the living room and let's her know Brooklyn is there waiting. Ember heads to the living room followed by Grayson. Grayson can see Brooklyn is still where he left her. Ember can see the game up on the television.
Grayson: I know she's dressed and most likely ready to go when you are. But, as you can see from the missing car, Cyann ran out to the store. She should be back any minute and I'm under strict orders not to let you leave.
Ember (laughing): Of course you are. I wouldn't want to get you in any trouble., so I guess I'll have to wait. We don't want you to feel the wrath of Cyann, now would we?
Grayson: Hey, I'm not 'fraida her.
Ember (smirking) : Really? You sure about that?
Grayson (grinning): Yeah, I'm the man 'round here. But, hey, there's no need to tell her, let's just let her live in her delusion that she runs things. It makes her happy.
Ember: Sure, sure. We wouldn't want to make her live in reality, now would we?
Grayson just laughs. He asks Ember to have a seat, but on her way, she puts down her purse and gets on the floor to pick up Brooklyn.
Ember: It's about last night.
Grayson (smiling): Oh! Well, I don't know what you did last night, but it looks like you're in for some questioning then.
Ember (grinning): I'll say, but I'm prepared. I knew it was coming. By the way, the pajamas are cute.
They hear the front door open and after a few seconds in walks Cyann.
Ember: I told you when I'd be here this morning and you risked missing me?
Cyann: I know, but I had to go grab this while it was on sale. It's a Christmas present and I had to get it before stock ran out.
Grayson: Not a big deal, I would have been okay.
Cyann: What did you say?
Grayson: I said, "I'm glad I will be okay." You know since Ember was nice enough to stay.
Ember and Cyann laugh.
Cyann: I'm going to go put this away, I'll be right back and we can talk.
Grayson: I guess I'll retire to my room for a while. It was good seeing you.
Ember: I'm sorry you're not able to finish your game.
Grayson: It's okay. It was cheating anyway. Besides, I know how it is when you ladies need to talk. It's time to just get out of the way. Besides, I get to store these times up to use for when I need the room for the guys and I to watch a game. It's living room takeover credit.
Ember (smiling): I like that term. Good way to think of it.
Cyann returns as Grayson is leaving. She stops him to thank him.
Grayson: No problem, Sweetheart. Do your thing. I'll be in the room.
Grayson heads to the bedroom while Cyann sits down.
Ember: I'm sorry, are you sure that's your entire list of questions? I wouldn't want you to forget anything.
Cyann: For now that list will work. I'm sure I'll have some follow up questions, but that's enough to get us started. So what happened?
Cyann: Okay, I guess that will suffice.
Ember: I had a great time. Parker was a gentleman, as usual. You know, we've had conversations before, but our conversation last night was different. He was definitely more talkative and I could tell he was truly interested in sharing and listening.
Ember: Yes. We went to Artaste, a really nice restaurant with great service, delicious food and nice artwork. Girl, I have to figure out how they make their gelatin with these flavored mandarins. I would definitely eat there again. Anyway, I enjoyed every minute of it.
Cyann: Oooooo! I love it. What else?
Ember (spotting Erwyn and Brenna entering the room): Hi, Girls.
Erwyn: Hi, Mommy.
Brenna: Hi, Auntie Em.
Ember: Soon, Honey, but you have a little while longer. I'm catching up with Aunt Cyan for a little while. Do you have your things together?
Erwyn: Yes. All my stuff is in my bag. Does that mean I can play some more?
Ember: Sure, Honey. I'll come get you when it's time to go.
Cyann: Yes. You both have school tomorrow. Maybe we can have her stay for a few days over the holiday when school is closed. That will give Auntie Em some time to do some things she wants to do, like shop or other fun things. (Cyann looks up a Ember and winks.)
Ember just smiles and shakes her head.
Cyann: You and Erwyn don't have much more time to play today, so you should probably go back to finish playing while we talk. Okay?
Brenna: Okay. It's grown up mommy talk, right? We'll go play.
On their way out of the room, Brenna stops to let Erwyn know she knows why they can't stay in the room.
Erwyn: What's that?
Brenna: You know, like what to buy us for Christmas or new furniture or if we've been good all day. I think sometimes they talk about tv shows too.
Erwyn: Oh. I think my mom talks about her work too sometimes.
Brenna: Yeah! When I'm a mom, I'm going to talk about that stuff too.
Cyann (laughing to herself): Okay, Girls. (pretending she doesn't hear) I don't know what you're talking about, but your time to play is limited, so you'd better get going.
Erwyn and Brenna leave to go play.
Ember: Well, I was telling you how great a time I had.
Cyann: I know. So what else happened?
Ember: Now I need you to remain calm when I tell you this.
Ember: When we were about to leave the restaurant, Parker kissed me. He really surprised me!
Cyann lets out a scream of joy.
Cyann: Now I'm surprised. Parker is a gentleman, but he's also smooth, huh?
Brooklyn starts crying.
Cyann (handing Ember the bottle sitting on the table): She's probably thirsty.
Ember (smiling while remember): Yes, he can. He absolutely can. You know, I haven't felt like that in a very long time. After...well, I didn't think I'd never date again, but I guess I never expected to feel so, well, excited about someone again.
Cyann: I understand that and I'm glad you feel excited. Remember, he's not a replacement, but he can be a fresh new chapter. Do you see what I'm saying?
Cyann: Good, just roll with it.
After having drank for a little while, Brooklyn starts whimpering and reaching for Cyann, so Cyann gets up to take her.
Ember: Yep, we're going to go out again. We're going to start talking and just see where we go. No rush.
Cyann: Yeah, no rush, but at some point, you'll need to figure out expectations on both your parts. But you have time.
Ember: Yes, we do have time, but I do think once we figure out if we want to keep seeing each other, we'll talk about it.
Ember: Well, she won't know anything until quite some time from now and only if we even get to a point of wanting to get serious.
Cyann: Good. That's best. I'm excited, but I'll keep my cool. Gray doesn't even know. It's just between us until you say it's okay to discuss. But you do know that Gray could find out, right?
Cyann: Craig and Parker come over to watch games sometimes. Parker's the quiet type, so I don't know if he'll even say anything any time soon. But he's still a guy hanging out with guys, so you never know.
Ember: If he says something, I can't stop him. But I will be honest with him about not wanting Erwyn to know anything. We've crossed paths before while out and about, so I will need him to not make it obvious that something is going on if we see each pass each other and she's with me.
Cyann: I'm sure he'll respect your wishes.
Cyann: I am sooooo happy! This was the highlight of my week. I'm glad you went out and had a good time. I won't drive you crazy with update requests. I'll just be cool, like an ice cube.
Ember: Yeah, sure. That works, but let's see how long that ice keeps from melting.
Avery's pregnancy has me on a kick (yes, I'm easily side tracked by the next big idea) to make maternity clothes and baby items. That means working on designing the items and testing patterns. So I made the Boppy pillow for Brooklyn just to include in the scene and test the pattern. I may adjust the pattern just a little, but I am happy with the fit both for the baby and around mom's waist.
Here is Brooklyn with a better shot. It supports her well.
We hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving! ~ Jaye