And the kids loved his fruit pancakes! Today he tried grapes!
Greyson eyed the grape peel on the top of one of his pancakes and pulled it out with a look of horror. "Ew! Gross!" he snickered, flinging the mushed-up grape on his plate.
Farrah pushed the plate away. "When's mama coming home?" she asked mulishly.
Chase clenched his teeth. "We've talked about this Farrah. She's not coming home. She and Felix are getting married..."
"But it's been months! Why won't you let me go see her?" Farrah interrupted, mad at her dad for keeping her away from her mama.
Chase rubbed at his throbbing temple, desperate to stop the ache. "It sounds like she's not quite ready for company yet..." he said lamely. The truth was that Yvonne hadn't asked to see the kids since she left and he was fairly certain that wasn't going to change anytime soon.
"Whatever, I bet you haven't even asked her," she said angrily.
Eva took a big forkful of her pancake and hurriedly took a bite. She forced a smile to her face and loudly announced, "This is delicious, Dad! Come on guys, try the pancake!"
Farrah rolled her eyes and slouched down in her chair with her arms crossed. She didn't want to eat the stupid pancake, she thought, glaring at Eva.
Eva nodded and grinned at her little brother. "Sure, we'll have a great time!"
Chase grabbed his keys. "Okay, call me if you need me."
With a smile she got out of the taxi. Man, this was a real cute place. And right on the beach! It was going to be awesome spending the summers with mama!
Yvonne's mouth dropped open when she saw Farrah. "How did you get here?" she asked.
"I took a taxi," Farrah said. "Aren't you happy to see me?" Mama wasn't as happy to see her as she'd thought she'd be...
Yvonne delicately cleared her throat. "That's enough about your father," she said tightly. "I'm surprised you came all the way over here!"
"Well he wasn't letting me come see you! I told him that he probably didn't even ask if you wanted to see us! He can't keep you from us, you know!" she said indignantly.
Yvonne sighed. "I've been very busy lately. Felix and I thought it might be easier if we waited awhile before having you over..."
"But why? I'll like Felix! I promise!"
"I know, but a lot has changed. Felix and I are married now... and we're... well... you're going to have a little brother or sister..." Yvonne confessed. "...And we're talking about moving back to the city..."
"I thought that you would at least wait before completely replacing us!" Farrah ground out. She turned and ran from the house as fast as she could.
She was married... she was going to have a baby... she was leaving...
Farrah burst into tears.
Jason Calhoun raced down to the beach, ready to jump in some waves. He ran past the cute girl in the sand and he did a double take.
Farrah glanced up, rubbing at her eyes. "Do I know you?" she asked snidely.
"Yeah, math class. I sit behind you."
Farrah glanced up at him, vaguely recognizing him. He was a new kid. He was pretty cute, though. "Wanna talk about it?" he asked.
Farrah shrugged. "My parents got divorced," she said indifferently.
Farrah turned to look at him again. "That sucks," she said.
They sat in silence for a little bit when Jason elbowed her. "Hey, I'm starving. Wanna go get some dinner?"
Farrah started to say no, but her stomach rumbled at that moment. "Yeah, I guess I do," she said with a little laugh.
As she hung up, Greyson made kissing noises. "Ooo.. Eva and Artie sitting in a tree! K-I-S-S..."
"Right, well it's bedtime anyways."
Where was that girl?!
"Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that my mom's at a friend's house. You're cool with that, right?" Jason asked as he unlocked the front door.
Astonished, he opened the door wide. "Yvonne?" he asked, unable to mask his surprise.
"Have you heard from Farrah? I've been trying to call her all day, but she's not answering..." she said worriedly.
"Farrah?" Chase asked dumbly. "Yeah, she should be upstairs, why?"
Yvonne gave him an odd look. "She came to see me today. I think I might've given her some bad news..."
Chase raised his eyebrows, silently taking in her maternity dress and the new sparkling ring on her finger. "Apparently..." he said hollowly.