Avery (from the room): Oh! Okay. We'll be right out.
Craig (replying to Avery): Don't take too long. He has some place to be.
Parker: Thanks, Craig. Do you two have plans?
Craig: We're going to relax and order a movie after Aviana is asleep. We have some dessert to enjoy. with it. Oh, and I did get Avery something special, so she's pretty happy. She's been a little tired and didn't really want to go anywhere.
Parker: I understand.
Craig: Have a seat and we'll chat.
Parker: Thanks, but I'm just going to say 'hi' and then get going. I just meant for this to be a quick stop.
Craig: Okay. Well, I'm going to take the load off. I had a long day at work.
Craig sits down and almost immediately after he does, Avery and Aviana emerge from Aviana's room.
Parker: Hi, Sweetheart. It's been a while since I've seen you. How are you?
Avery: Hi, Parker. I'm glad you stopped by. You seem so busy lately.
Parker: Well, with work and everything, I have been busy. But I didn't forget about Valentine's Day. I just wanted to drop off these cards. Aviana's has a little something extra.
Aviana: Yes. I like pwesents.
Craig: I know you do.
Avery: Thank you. So, I understand work keeping you busy, it's the 'everything' I'm curious about.
Parker: I do have some friends, Avery. Don't forget, I have a roommate and he has an active social life. So he invites me to do things.
Avery: Well, that's nice.
Aviana goes to Parker to pick her up and he does. Avery asks him to spare a few more minutes. Parker obliges her and carries Aviana over to the chair where he sits down and places her on his lap.
Avery (raising her right arm): Isn't it lovely? It has a ruby in it. I love it!
Craig: You deserve it too.
Aviana: Daddy said is 'cause Mommy has a big bewy for him.
Parker: Is that so?
Aviana: Mommy eats a wot now. I guess you get stuff for eating a wot.
Everyone laughs, including Aviana, although she doesn't know that the adults are laughing for another reason.
Parker: Okay. I get it. Well Aviana, you'll have to tell me more about Mommy's belly the next time I see you.
Craig: So, Parker. Do you have plans this evening?
Avery: Yes, do you?
Parker: Yes, I do. As a matter of fact, I'll need to get going. I don't want to be late.
Avery: So, is it a social thing with Jun or something else?
Parker (laughing): It's not a social thing with Jun.
Avery: Uhuh. So what or should I say who is the something else?
Avery: There's no harm in asking. It is Valentine's Day, so I'm assuming this might be the same Christmas shopping helper. Perhaps.
Parker (smiling and blushing): You've got me there. But I'm not quite ready to talk about it yet.
Parker: We'll see. I promise you I'll tell you if and when there is something to tell. Is that alright?
Avery (frowning): I guess so. I hope there does become something to tell.
Craig: Avery, leave the man alone. There's no need in your getting excited about something until you need to.
Avery: I guess, but I can hope, can't I?
Parker: Yes, you can. Well, I really shouldn't keep my Christmas shopping helper waiting. So I'll be taking my leave now.
Parker kisses Aviana goodbye, sets her on the sofa and then stands up to leave. After he passes Craig and Avery, they both stand up. Craig is going to walk him to the door and Avery gives Parker a kiss and a hug. Then she decides to say something else before letting him go.
Parker: Thank you.
Avery: And I hope she knows and appreciates how special you are. And I hope things work out. I can get back in shape in plenty of time to wear a bridesmaid dress.
Craig: Ave, let the man get to where he needs to go. Then we can get to where we need to go. Don't forget we have plans too.
Parker: It's okay, Craig. I know Avery just wants me to be happy.
Avery: That's right.
Parker: I promise if there's anything to tell, I will tell when the time is right. Enjoy your evening and good night.
Craig walks Parker to the door and Avery sits next to Aviana to spend more time with her before she's off to bed.
Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye