Of course, Cyann has known for a while that Ember is seeing Parker, so she was happy when Avery shared with her why she needed a sitter for Aviana. It was hard for Cyann not to tell, since she is good friends with both Avery and Ember. But she managed to keep her word to Ember about remaining quiet, not even hinting when Avery has mentioned being curious about who Parker is seeing. Cyann will also be relieved she doesn't have to keep that secret any longer since she's so happy for Ember.
Parker has not arrived with Ember yet, so while they wait Craig and Avery are chatting. The server has already brought over the sweet raisin bread they are known for serving.
Avery: I'm so anxious. Isn't this exciting? Finally we'll know who Parker is dating. I wonder what she'll be like. I wonder how they met. I hope I like her. No, I don't have to wonder. If Parker likes her, I will. I mean, as long as I can tell she's not out to use him or anything, I should. I guess we'll see. I so hope she's a good person. I mean, my brother really likes her or he wouldn't be introducing her, I guess. I don't know. What do you think, Craig?
Craig (smiling, amused at his wife's excitement): I think that Parker is old enough to know what he wants and make his own decisions. Older than you, as a matter of fact. So you have to respect his decisions.
Avery: I know, but I, well, I just remember the last time he was in love. She turned out to be not so great. I mean she was nice, but it didn't work out and she broke his heart.
Craig: My heart was broken before too, Ave. But then I met you. And even if you ever break my heart in the future, it will all have been worth it. So let him enjoy being happy with whomever for however long.
Avery (beaming lovingly at Craig): You know I wouldn't break your heart, but that is so sweet of you, Honey.
Avery: This bread looks so delicious.
Craig: Don't wait. Go ahead and have some.
Avery (reaching for the bread): I sure will. I hear it's really good. Do you want some, Honey?
Craig: No, thank you. I'm saving room for dessert. (pauses) I think I'll order some champagne to toast meeting this woman.
Avery: Good idea. Maybe one day you can bring up this toast while making another one at Parker's wedding.
Craig: Ave, while that may be a possibility, don't get your hopes up until they have time to figure it out. Besides, you have more immediate things to concentrate on, like our new addition. We don't have anything for the baby yet. We need to get a crib and stuff.
Avery: I know. We do need to do that. Do you mind if I go with Cyann to the store to look around without you?
Avery: Of course. So, I was thinking...
Avery is looking toward the door as she speaks and sees Parker. Seeing her staring, Craig turns to look too. They are both very surprised and momentarily speechless as Parker approaches the table with Ember. As they arrive at the table, Craig stands up. Both he and Avery have surprised looks on their face.
Avery: Hi, Ember.
Craig: Hi, Ember. Now this is a surprise! A pleasant one, but still a surprise. Wow!
Avery: Wow is certainly an understatement. You two hid this one well.
Ember: Hi! I'm sorry about the big surprise, but we had reasons to wait to tell you.
Craig: Well, all that matters is you two are together and looking happy, I might add. Please have a seat and Avery's inquisition can begin.
Ember (laughing): I'm sure she has lots of questions. I understand.
Parker helps Ember to her seat then walks over to Avery to give her a kiss on the cheek. He and Craig then take their seats.
Craig: Ave, take a breath and let them answer for a minute. Then you can ask more questions.
Avery (sheepishly): You're right.
Parker: I had been attracted to Ember for a while and finally got up the nerve to ask her if I could get to know her. I was fortunate, and I'm still happy, that she said yes.
Avery: What about Erwyn? This has to be a big change for her. Does she know?
Ember: Yes, I spoke with her about it and she's fine with it. We haven't quite all started building that part of the relationship yet.
Ember (gazing at Parker lovingly): Well, I think she will understand that as long we make it clear through both our actions. But we have time.
Parker: Yes, we have time. No rush, I'm not going anywhere.
As Avery feels her cheeks hurting from smiling so much as she watches Parker and Ember looking at each other, a thought hits her.
Ember (giggling): I know. I didn't think I should say anything if Parker didn't tell you. You're his sister and I respect that. I respect it the same way he works with my sister, Henna, yet never said a thing. He left it up to me. I owed him that in return.
Avery: Oh! I see.
Craig: Besides, wouldn't you have rather heard it from Parker? You know you would have just been chomping at the bit to say something to him. If Ember respected Parker's need to tell you in his own time, she did the right thing.
Avery: I know you're right. But I can't help but think I would have known sooner. Cyann was there, I guess she didn't know either.
Ember: Please don't hold it against Cyann, but she knew. She's been my best friend since we were kids. She knew before my sisters and mother. I know she's your friend too, but she was between a rock and a hard place.
Avery: She could have at least hinted so I could figure it out, but I get it.
Avery: I'm hungry too, although this bread is delicious. I need a little more.
Craig: We need to feed her and the alien she's carrying who seems to be dictating quite a lot.
Parker: Hey, that's my niece or nephew in there.
Ember (laughing): I have to agree though, babies do a lot of dictating. It's amazing something so small and new has all that power.
Avery: Right? It's crazy. (to Parker) When are you going to tell Dad?
Parker: I already called him. He knows.
Avery: It figures I'm the last to know.
The server returns and takes their food order. Craig also asks for champagne, a sweet blush, so they can toast. Avery asks for lemonade. They chat while the server gets puts the order in and gets the drinks. The server brings the drinks and even brings Avery's lemonade in the same type of glass as the champagne so she won't feel so different from the group.
Avery: We should toast to the stars aligning for a wedding one day. Oh, and future children. A toast to the future and my soon to be sister-in-law.
Ember's cheeks get hot, she blushes. Parker just smiles. Craig shakes his head because Avery can't help but push for what she wants.
Craig: That sounds like a nice toast, Honey. But, we can toast to a wedding on the wedding day, should it happen. Today, let's just pick something more immediately appropriate, shall we?
Parker: I'll toast to that!
Ember (laughing): I have to toast to that too.
Well, Avery finally knows. She seems to be happy, although she did call Ember out on not telling her.
By the way, I couldn't have empty glasses for the champagne, so it hit me to put hair gel in the glasses. That way I have the right color (blush), but with the possibility of spills with knocking over little things (full of liquid), there was less chance spillage if I knocked over any of these glasses. Fortunately, I didn't knock these glasses over and I'm not sure if you can see the 'champagne' since it's so light, but it worked like a charm. Now you know I'm going to have to try this with future drinks and adding color I may need.
Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye