She rolled her eyes.
She couldn't believe he was treating her to a silent treatment!
Chase shook his head. "No, I wasn't mad at you. I just..." Chase searched for a way to explain how he felt to Yvonne. Helplessly he shrugged. He wasn't quite sure to tell her how he felt.
"CHASE!" she bellowed a little louder.
Still the baby cried.
Scowling at her reflection, she headed downstairs.
Yvonne stroked the little girl's forehead. "Such silky skin," she said. "Enjoy it now, sugar, because one day you'll be using moisturizers and cleansers for that smooth skin!"
Eva grinned up at her mother and smiled.
Chase walked in the nursery and saw Yvonne cuddling with Eva and grinned.
When she saw him, she frowned. "Where were you?" she demanded.
Chase walked up and wrapped his arms around his wife and daughter, resting his head against Yvonne's. "I went to get a few things for Eva's birthday party," he said with a voice thickened with emotion.
It was Gino. He was ready to sign.
She could tell Gino wasn't pleased to be put off a day, but ultimately agreed to wait.
Yvonne felt a pinch of apprehension twist her stomach as she hung up the phone. Chase had better pray that Gino still signed with her...
Chase smiled at his father. "Me? Look at you! You've gone gray!"
Ace grinned and self-consciously ran a hand through his thick gray hair. "At least I haven't gone bald, right?"
"Well, age has taken it's toll! All my fans seemed to have shifted to Devon. He's young, entertaining and fun-loving. He's booked solid!"
Chase was well aware of how it felt to be compared to Devon, having suffered from it all his life. When it came to popularity - Devon had always come out ahead! "I'm sorry to hear that," Chase replied. "That must be hard."
"Oh no! I'm happy for his success! But, I'm ready to retire anyway and spend more time with Tracy, too. We'll be house-sitting Cornelia's childhood home while they're away in the city."
Chase frowned. "You're welcome to move back in here. This is just as much your home..."
Ace grinned and hugged his son. "I know, son! We'll keep it in mind!"
Chase let it drop. It was time to cut the cake anyway.
The party had wound down. Chase's family went outside and were singing and playing their music. "Well, thanks for coming, sugar," Yvonne said as she walked Felix to the door.
Felix nodded. "Thanks for having me. Eva's a beautiful little girl."
Yvonne glanced down at her daughter, as though surprised to see her there. "Yes, she certainly is."
"Just like her mother..." Felix said.
Yvonne's gaze jerked back to Felix. There was something in his eyes, she thought with a fluttering in her stomach. Trying to lighten the mood, she playfully slapped at his shoulder. "Well that goes without saying" she teased.
Felix cleared his throat and looked away. "Yeah, well. See you at work tomorrow," he said, heading to his car.
Yvonne watched him go. She watched him from the window and pursed her lips. She was very good at reading body language and Felix's was screaming attraction.
She'd have to keep her eye on him...