It's Saturday evening and Ember was home alone because Syren took Erwyn to see an animated movie. Syren does that because she really wants to see the movie, but thinks having a child with her will keep her from looking like a crazy adult seeing a children's show for her own benefit. Ember thought she'd be alone until Cyann told her she was stopping by to keep her company. Cyann has recently arrived and the two have been chatting about the kids. Let's join the conversation.
Ember (laughing): Yes, you said it and you were right. Erwyn looks forward to seeing her. She has fun and she seems to be learning a lot. I've had Elaina come some afternoons to be here with Erwyn to help with homework when I need to concentrate on work. It's been great because now I can truly relax most evenings. I've been good with putting a schedule together ahead of time.
Cyann: Have you been able to get to more meetings too?
Ember: Well, the other evening I went to an event Syren had helped a client business plan. It was pretty nice. A place called Reds'.
Cyann: I haven't heard of it, but then again, when you don't get out much, what do you really know?
Ember: True. Maybe the next time they have an event where the public can go or Syren invites me, you can come too.
Ember (still laughing): If I had known it was so important to you, I would have taken photos. I will do my best to explain.
Cyann: Sounds good. Did you make any good contacts?
Ember: No, but I did chat with some people. You never know who knows someone else.
Cyann: That's right! Well you got out, even if it wasn't for a personal social event.
Ember (smiling): Well, I saw Parker there. He came with his roommate, Jun, who he recently moved in with.
Cyann: That's nice. (Noticing a look on Ember's face, like she wants to say something.) What? What is that look about?
Ember: Wellll...Parker asked me out on a date.
Cyann takes a minute to replay what Ember has just said to be sure she heard correctly, then she responds.
Ember: He did. I was surprised. Really taken off guard. I even asked him if he was serious or just joking.
Ember: He was serious. He said he really wants to get to know me better and he's very attracted to me.
Cyann: Wow! You are beautiful and smart and just a great person. How could he not be? But he doesn't seem like he's very excitable, so how could anyone even tell what he's thinking?...Oh, well. So what did you say?
Ember: After realizing he was serious, I did think about Marlin. I know she liked him and things didn't work out for her with him. I would hate to hurt her, but I also know he wasn't over the moon with her either and that had nothing to do with me.
Cyann: Yeah, I know she had an instant crush from the moment they met at my party. But apparently the feeling wasn't mutual. But you're right, that has nothing to do with you. If Parker's interested and you're feeling him, then I say you go for it. Please tell me you will at least go out on one date and see.
Ember just smiles at Cyann for a minute to torture her.
Cyann: Girl, do not keep me waiting. What the heck did you say?
Ember (laughing): I said 'yes.'
Cyann (loudly): Yes! Yes! What do you think of him...I mean initially? Are you attracted?
Ember: Actually, I am. He's very attractive and has this quiet, calmness, mature, focused thing about him, which I like. He's kind of smooth and cool, for lack of a better way to describe him, and it's like he doesn't even know it. I mean, I never thought starting anything with him was on the table, so to speak, but he's made it clear it is, so I'm willing to see if there could be something there.
Cyann (grinning): Maybe. Just maybe. Yes!
Ember (joking): Tell me how you really feel.
Ember: George. George was okay and maybe he would have had a chance, but smoking was a dealbreaker for me.
Cyann: Mmm...and you've been playing Old Maid since.
Ember: Gee, thanks.
Cyann: Hey, if I can't be honest with you, we can't be friends. I love you and I want to see you happy. Not that you aren't happy now, but I know you deserve to have a man in your life who can add to your happiness. Anyway, where are you going? I'm volunteering to watch Erwyn. She can spend the night.
Ember: Thank you, but I can have Elaina watch her.
Cyann: Nope. I'm watching her. Besides, it will save you money and you'll have to pick her from my house, which means I can hold her hostage until I get the scoop on how things went.
Cyann: Yep. I can hardly wait. Just tell me when.
Ember: Okay. Thank you. We're going to set it up. I should be hearing from him soon and I'll let you know.
Cyann: Cool. I just had a thought. I can stop by and pick Erwyn up, see what you're wearing and then you don't have to be rushed.
Ember: Okay. Okay. We'll work it out. Don't tell anyone. It's just one date and I don't want to get people all worked up and flapping their gums.
Cyann: My lips are sealed.
May the joy of dolly play be with you. ~ Jaye