Neurotic Obsession: Chase & Yvonne struggle with differing expectations for their family-life.
"Yvonne! What are you doing?" Chase snapped, jogging down the stairs. "How can you just sit there?"
Yvonne looked over her shoulder - the scowl on Chase's face registering at the same moment as Eva's wailing from the other room.
As he laid her back down to sleep, he raked his hand through his hair. Something has to give.
Yvonne grimaced as she finished reading an email. "Just a minute, Chase. Just let me finish this! I'm almost done!" she said impatiently.
He glanced up when he heard her announce, "Done!"
Chase shrugged her arms off, too annoyed.
"Oh come on, don't be mad, sugar!" She pouted. "We have big plans for today!"
Yvonne crossed her arms and frowned. "Only an hour this morning! That's hardly all day!"
It was Chase's turn to lift a brow. "And I still don't understand why we can't go over to Bethany's for Leisure Day instead of your work party. You spend enough time working!" he argued.
"Sugar, that's my job! It's a demanding job with networking and parties. You know that before you married me!" she snapped. Realizing if they continued fighting they'd never make it to the party, Yvonne took a deep breath and she smiled at her husband. "Come on, the party's at the beach. It'll be fun! Maybe we can drop by Bethany's on the way home!" This time when Yvonne wrapped her arms around his neck, he didn't fight it.
Chase sighed. Maybe she was right and it would be fun. The babysitter was due to arrive soon and then they'd go to the beach and enjoy the afternoon together. "Can you just promise not to disappear again. I never know anyone at these things..."
"Of course, sugar," Yvonne said absently as she kissed his cheek. She was already in planning mode.
Gino stood up grinning. "Yvonne! Meet my girlfriend Jaqueline!" he said as he rose.
Jacqueline smiled loftily.
"Excuse a moment, Jaq," Gino said, kissing Jaqueline's cheek. "We're going to talk business now." Yvonne watched Gino's girlfriend saunter away before turning to her latest catch.
"And money will talk when you sign with us. I've already given you the best package you're going to get from anyone. I'm willing to bet if you look at the fine print they're not giving you the deal you think they are," Yvonne said confidently.
Gino muttered that he'd have to look it over again.
When he saw Gino step away, he headed over to his star agent to congratulate her.
Yvonne winked. "He'll be putty in my hands in no time, sugar," she promised with that southern drawl.
Yvonne grinned back and playfully lowered her sunglasses, admiring his chiseled chest for a moment. "I'm sure it's something you're quite familiar with, as well, sugar," she said teasingly.
Felix abruptly realized how the conversation had started to spiral towards personal. A man in his position had to be careful to avoid crossing any boundaries, even in a relaxed atmosphere like this. He nodded and gruffly congratulated her once more, then turned on his heel. Plenty of other women to flirt with that weren't under him...
An image of Yvonne under him flashed before his eyes and he winced. Poor choice of wording... that's all, he assured himself.
Chase glanced up painfully. "Are you ready to leave yet?" he asked as he stood up. Yvonne had dropped him the minute they'd hit the pavilion, even though she'd promised not to, and he hadn't seen her for hours as she chatted with her clients and co-workers. He'd finally grown bored and wondered over to sit in the shade and watch the ocean.
Too bad Chase hadn't enjoyed himself! He looked as petulant as a 5-year old boy who had his candy taken away. Chuckling, she leaned forward and nipped his earlobe and purred, "I had a wonderful day and I think we should head home so I can show you how very, very thankful I am!"
Chase grinned. Perhaps the day hadn't been a total waste after all...