Mr. Davies sighed. "Miss Black, take it up the appropriate channels. There's a proposal process that doesn't entail stalking me outside the office."
"Oh no! I didn't mean.. that is... I'm sorry..." Eva stuttered, words tumbling out in a rush.
"I'll see you in the office. Please be on time," Mr. Davies said as he continued on.
Amelia scoffed, "Article?" she asked, pressing him to reveal the truth.
Artie sighed. "Okay, okay. It's not really an article and more of an obituary," he admitted slowly. "But I've been working on this expose on deforestation and I think my boss'll really be interested in it when I'm done!"
"Oh, Artie! That's great! I'm so proud of you!" Eva said, patting his arm. "Congratulations!"
Carissa smiled and hung on Nick's arm. "It's my fault! I had Nick drop by my work to pick up my pager!"
"She's a doctor!" Nick said proudly.
"Oh, Nick, stop it. You're embarrassing me!" she said.
"Why don't we just push two tables together?" Arturo suggested. "That way we can all sit together."
"Sounds good," Nick said as he reached over to drag a table over.
Eva wound up sitting with Amelia and Artie, feeling like a 5th wheel...
Eva shrugged, "We talk every now and again," she said elusively.
Amelia made a clucking noise. "Oh, I'm sorry. I didn't realize."
"Realize what?" Eva asked with confusion.
"Well, obviously he wasn't that interested," she said.
Eva was started to get offended. "Why are you even worrying about my love life?" she demanded.
Eva's mouth dropped in shock. Really? Amelia was worried about her and Arturo?! She opened her mouth to assure Amelia that she thought of Artie as a brother, when he came back out.
"Sure, honey," Amelia called back to him. Meeting Eva's eye again, she whispered. "Hands. To. Yourself!" then hooked arms with Arturo and walked away.
Eva sighed, brushing her hair back from her face. "I know. I'm sorry. I should've called first..." she said, turning to go.
"Just ignore anything those two might say," Nathaniel told her nervously. "They're not to believed."
Eva laughed. "It's nice to meet you," she said politely, feeling guilty for descending on the family without any notice.
"You must be Eva, he talks about you all the time," Nathaniel's brother, Clifford Wolff, said with a grin.
"Shut up!" Nathaniel said, turning to glare at his brother.
"I've got Laura!" Nathaniel said anxiously. "Call me when you know something!"
Eva laughed. "I feel like I'm in the way!"
"No! You can help me put Laura to bed and then we'll have some time to ourselves. You don't mind being my babysitting date, do you?"
"Sounds fun," Eva said.
"Good!" Nathaniel said as he picked up Laura again and headed towards the bedroom. "Come on!"
Nathaniel smiled. "Yeah, well, it's kind of important when you live with kids!"
Eva nodded. "That's for sure!"
"Oh, yeah!" Eva laughed. "I used to take care of my sister and brother when they were little. Greyson was just a baby when I started watching him all the time."
Nathaniel paused. "How's Farrah doing?"
Eva shrugged. "Don't know. She's in the city with Yvonne and her husband."
Nathaniel winced. "Ouch, so not close to them?" he asked as he laid Laura in her crib. "Night, night, Laura," he said, stroking her cheek.
Eva felt her stomach flip as she watched the tender moment. What a wonderful father Nathaniel would make...
"Oh, okay," she said, thinking that he didn't want to wake the sleeping child.
"Good, it's way too tempting to be alone with you in a room with a bed," he muttered, following her outside.
Eva felt her cheeks flush.
"It sure is," Nathaniel said, looking straight at her.
"Just say it," Nathaniel said.
Nathaniel laughed softly. "You are perfect! You're sweet, intelligent and I love your hair!" he said reaching up to slide his fingers through her hair. "You're beautiful and you don't even know it!"
As he'd been talking Nathaniel had slowly leaned closer and closer until finally he was kissing her.
When Nathaniel finally pulled away slightly to gaze at her, he asked, "Can I see you again?"
Eva nodded as she rested her head on his chest.