Devon grinned. "Thanks, bro! Just wait until you see her!"
Devon knocked Chase with his elbow. "Come on! Let me take you to the nursery to see Nadine! You wouldn't believe how she's growing!"
Devon grinned as he reached out to stroke his daughter's hair. "Yeah, but she looks like her mom! She's an angel!"
Chase laid his little niece back in her crib. "You did well," he said to Devon with a slight smile.
"Want to toast to my success?" Devon grinned.
"I don't drink," Chase started to say when Devon cut him off with a grin.
"I know! I know! I was teasing, bro! Come on, let's go see Dad." Devon's teasing manner abruptly fled. "He hasn't been the same since Tracy passed," he quietly confided. "Cornelia and I are worried about him. That's why we moved back home."
"I hadn't realized..." Chase said softly. He'd been so wrapped up with his own troubles, he never even guessed that his father was struggling.
"Hey, don't feel bad! You know how Dad is, he hides his pain with a smile!" Devon elbowed his brother again. "Let's go!"
"In any case, it's good to have you back in Sunset Valley," Chase said, following his brother from the nursery.
"Well, what's this for?" Ace asked with a laugh, heartily thumping Chase on his back.
Chase flashed a wane smile. "She's been tired and worn-out lately. She actually took some time off this pregnancy."
Ace's eyebrows shot up. "She took a vacation?" he asked with surprise.
"Yeah, but all she does it putter around the house in sweats, dabbling with paint & watching tv." Chase rubbed the back of his neck. "I'm worried about her."
Ace's brow furrowed. "She hasn't said what's wrong?"
"That's the thing! She won't talk to me about it! She just says she's fine.."
Ace opened his mouth to ask another question when they interrupted by Eva running up.
Chase nodded, worried about how much Eva might have heard. "Sure, let's say our goodbyes and go home to check on mom."
She was devastated that Felix had stolen her contract out from under her. Devastated that she was losing her edge. Devastated that he received a promotion that should have been hers...
..but above all... she was devastated that he was gone...
And she was pretty sure pregnant women weren't supposed to mourn the loss of their business rivals...
Lord, she needed to let this go...
"They sure do, sweet pea. Green, just like you asked for!" Chase said as he followed after her. As they approached the door, he cautioned her, "Remember, quiet! Mom might be sleeping..."
Eva nodded her understanding. Mom had been really cranky lately and she did not want to make her mad!
Yvonne made a face. Chase was walking on eggshells around her and it drove her crazy! She sighed. "I'm okay, Chase. I'm not going off the deep-end," she tried to assure him.
"Oh, I know," he said, looking as though that was in doubt.
Yvonne pulled away, feeling embarrassed. "I know. Everything's fine," she said lamely.