"You don't anything about it," he grunted, his eyebrows slamming down low as he glared.
"I know. But I can also see how much you miss her. Isn't that worth at least worth a conversation?"
"Eva," Chase cautioned against further discussion.
Chase closed his eyes and hugged Eva back. His little girl was all grown up! "I know, Eva. And I am! It's your big day!" he said, calling up his enthusiasm. "Your graduation!"
"Can I drive?" Eva asked eagerly.
Chase tossed her the keys. "Now that you're an adult you can!"
Eva pushed down a little too hard on the gas and the car lurched forward. She glanced over at her Dad guiltily. "Sorry."
Chase took a deep breath. "No, it's okay. Just try to gently ease down on the pedal..."
Eva tried again and the car shot forward again.
We made it, Chase thought as Eva attempted to parallel park outside the City Hall.
They ran up the steps to meet all the family that had come out to see Eva graduate.
"Break a leg, kiddo!" Devon called out as he waved.
Surprising that her sister Farrah made it out. She absently wondered how much Yvonne had needed to threaten her sister to get her to come. Farrah hated doing anything that didn't revolve around her! Kind of like her mother, Eva thought snarkily.
"Well that's me!" Eva said brightly. "It's time!"
"No! Go have fun!" Chase said, shooing her away.
Amelia grabbed his hand and shot a smile back at Eva. "Come on, Arturo. Let's check the reservations."
"Sure it was!" Nick smirked, hooking his thumbs under his vest. "You couldn't keep your hands off of this!"
"Oh right!" Eva said with a laugh, as she elbowed Nick playfully.
Amelia leaned back with a satisfied smile on her face. "So, you two... when do you think you might tie the knot?"
Amelia tittered uncomfortably. "Uh oh, I hope I didn't bring up a sensitive topic."
Chase's mouth dropped. Those sneaky boys. "Umm..."
Sandra sighed. "I didn't think so. I'm sorry to bother you..." she said, turning to leave.
"Wait. I guess... come in..."
Sandra pressed her advantage, stepping forward and running her hands in Chase's hair. "I never cheated on you," she promised him, looking straight into his eyes. She launched into an explanation. "It's not even like that between Benito and I! He just needed a ride to his gig and I caved. Nothing happened. Nothing would ever happen! That ship has sailed." She paused. "I love you."
Chase closed his eyes. He believed her, but was it enough?
"Chase? Please... let's make this work..."
Chase put his hands on her hips and took a breath. He'd tried so hard to make things work with Yvonne and in the end, she'd cheated on him and left. He was terrified that would happen again...
"So, that was interesting," Nick said awkwardly.
"So, you don't see us getting married?" he asked.
Eva hesitated. "No, not right now," she said guiltily. She really liked Nick, but he didn't make her pulse skitter, it'd always been a comfortable sort of relationship. She'd never considered them really serious. "Oh Nick! We get along so well together, but don't you think if we loved each other, there should be something more?!"
"I don't know!" she said, waving her hands. "Some spark when we touch or something!"
Nick opened and closed his mouth. "Yeah, sure, you're right. Besides, we're way too young to get married. I've got plenty of field to play!" he said with a smirk.
Nick playfully chucked her under the chin. "You know it!"
"No, I'm fine," Eva said, reaching up to pat his arm. "Call me later, okay?"
"Yeah, sure," Nick said before trotting away.
She glanced over at felt her pulse skitter and her heart start beating rapidly.
"Yeah, you too," she said. "You look really nice." Oh Lord! she thought to herself. Could you be anymore obvious?!
"Wait..." she said nervously. With Nick, she'd always felt safe and content. But this was different! Nathaniel dredged up too many feelings and emotions that she'd never felt before. It made her feel wild and out of control. She didn't like it!
Nick watched her go and fought the urge to chase after her. She'd looked so beautiful in the moonlight, he'd lost himself in the moment and kissed her.
Sandra eagerly nodded her head. "All of it. Yes. Absolutely!"
Eva heard Sandra giggle and heard clothes rustling as they made themselves presentable. "I can come back later," Eva said, reaching for the door.
"No! Wait! There's something I needed to talk to you about," Chase said, calling his daughter back.