Among the several guests invited is the attorney Avery supports as a paralegal, Brynlee Far (yes, she is related to Bo and Blaze).
Another guest is Sani Patel, the daughter of another attorney Avery supports.
Marlin: It sure is. Baby showers are so fun. Well, babies are fun. So cute and tiny. I know Craig and Avery are going to have such a cute baby.
Syren: They will. Just think, one day I'll get to throw you a shower.
Marlin (looking surprised): Syren, you hate when I talk about getting married and being a mother.
Syren: No, that's not true. I hate when you act like you're desperate to get married and be a mother. I want to see you have what you want, but not watch you act like every man you meet is a potential husband and father from the door. See the difference?
Marlin (smiling sheepishly): Yes. I see the difference.
Brynlee: I can understand that. We handle confidential information, so it's easier to not talk about it. I'm a family law attorney with clients who either need a separation or divorce or child custody cases.
Cyann: I'll be you're always busy.
Brynlee (frowning): Yes, I am. I love being an attorney and I'm good at winning cases, but I hate that people can be so negatively affected. But it does come with the job. I'm not sure you get used to it, but you do learn how to deal with it.
JUST OUTSIDE THE DOOR
Avery, Craig, and Avery's mother, Cora have arrived.
Craig: Yes, then I'll come get you. Save me some cake for dessert, please.
Avery: Of course, Honey. I can see the room is set up and lots of people are here already.
Cora: Yes, it looks nice. Thank you so much for inviting me. I'm looking forward to meeting your friends.
Craig: Well, let's get in there so I can get Grayson and Parker and we can get going.
Cora: Parker's here?
Avery (frowning): Mom, please leave him alone. It's my baby shower and I don't want to see my brother upset. Okay?
Cora: Uh. Okay.
Craig: And a grand entrance it will be. Maybe I should go warn everyone you're here so they can be ready.
Cora: No, you should walk in with her. I'll go in first.
Craig: Okay. That works. We'll give you a minute.
Cora goes inside so she can let everyone know Avery is about to enter. Everyone gets prepared and Cyann goes to the door to open it for Avery and Craig. They both walk in.
Avery: Thank you! Thank you so much! I'm so glad you could all make it today.
Craig: Yes, we appreciate your wanting to do this for us. It's very kind of you.
Avery: And we can't forget. We owe a special thanks to Cyann and Ember for being such good friends and forcing me to do this. I'm so happy to have you in my life.
Cyann: We're happy you cooperated.
Avery: Thank you! So, let's get this started.
Parker: Okay. Let me go say goodbye to Ember and I'll meet you outside.
Grayson: I'd better say goodbye to Cyann too or I'll never hear the end of it.
Both men head to each of their respective ladies to say goodbye.
Ember: Okay, Sweetheart. Thank you for helping out today.
Parker: I'm happy to do so.
Parker gives Ember a kiss. As they are kissing, they are noticed by two people who had no idea they are a couple.
Everyone is enjoying the shower.
Marlin: Me neither....So, Syren, I noticed that Parker kissed Ember when he left. What's going on with them?
Syren: They've been dating for a while. It seems serious.
Marlin: Really? It's been a long while? I didn't know. Why didn't you tell me? I can't believe he started dating her.
Syren (looking concerned): I didn't know I had to tell you, but it's not a secret either. So now you know.
Marlin: I can't believe it. He wasn't interested in me, but he's interested in Ember? Didn't she know we dated? That was inconsiderate, don't you think?
Syren closes her eyes for a moment and takes a deep breath. She wants to be composed with her response.
Marlin (shocked): Um. Uh. I...yes.
Syren: You have been doing so well with the help you've gotten. I thought we were beyond that. Besides, you have a man who is very much into being with you. I thought you were enjoying being with him. Am I wrong?
Marlin: I love being with Brett. He is wonderful.
Marlin: No, I'm not. I want to be with Brett.
Syren: Then why do you even care who Parker is with? You have a man who is good to you and you are stuck on worrying about a man who barely gave you the time of day. Not because he's rude, but because he just didn't want to be with you. It happens.
Marlin: I know. And I don't want to be with Parker over Brett. I'm falling in love with Brett.
Marlin: So I guess I just haven't let go of that rejection. That's all. I know that's all it is. It's why her and not me I guess. I know it sounds silly now that I say it.
Syren: It sure does. You talk about Brett all the time. He chose you. He. Chose. You. Let that fill your heart and keep you focused, not wondering why someone else didn't. And I don't want to have this conversation again. Okay?
Marlin: You're right. You're so right. Thank you. That's why you're my best friend. You know how to keep my craziness at bay.
Syren: Most days.
Avery: I promise I won't even look until we use the diapers. That way I will actually be surprised.
Cyann: Good idea. Okay, Momma. Waddle on over so we can get this started.
Avery: Hey, my waddling is almost over.
We'll have to come back for the last of the party. So far so good, despite Marlin's momentary relapse.
We need to wrap up this showers so this year's Christmas theme can get up and running and Avery can finally deliver that baby.
Thank you for stopping by. ~ Jaye