Eva laughed. "Good authority?!" she scoffed, "Probably Tomas!"
Nathaniel grinned. "What can I say? He's amazingly well-read!"
"Mmm-hmmmm..." Eva said skeptically. "Right."
Nathaniel nuzzled her ear. "Maybe all this honeymoon sex has paid off."
Nathaniel propped himself up on his elbow and gazed into her eyes. "Yeah, Tomas was talking smack the other day and asked if I was ready to start popping out kids. And you know, maybe..." Nathaniel moved his hand to stroke her belly.
A look of concern crossed Nathaniel's face. "What's wrong?"
She took another shallow breath. "We're not ready for kids!"
"Why not?" he asked
"It's not the right time! Don't you know how important it is to plan these things?! Everything has to be perfect!" she argued. Her own unhappy childhood swept before her eyes.
"Perfect?! There's no such thing as a perfect time! We love each other and our kids, so everything will work out okay!" Nathaniel argued.
"A three-year schedule?" Nathaniel echoed, dumb-founded.
Nathaniel laid there and sulked. He hadn't realized it was such a big deal to her that he wasn't working! He had his inheritance money! It wasn't like he wasn't contributing or relying on her to support him! And just because he didn't work didn't mean he wasn't responsible! Hell, he'd practically helped raise his niece while he was staying with Cliff!
The longer he laid there, the more he stewed. Angrily, he threw the covers off and stalked to the dresser to change into his sweats. He had some steam to blow off...
Eva kissed his cheek softly. "We'll talk about it tonight, okay?"
"Yeah, okay," Nathaniel replied.
"Yeah, no problem, what's up?" Nathaniel asked, glancing around the studio parking lot.
"This way, I have something I want to talk to you about..."
Cliff laughed. "Yeah! He looked so silly!"
Sensing his cue, Felix grinned widely at the Wolff boys. "Thanks for meeting me here today, boys. Let's cut straight to the chase. I want to do a documentary on your father's life."
"What kind of documentary?" Nathaniel asked.
Felix smiled. "Good question, step into my office!"
"And think of the history - the legacy - that we'd be passing down to our kids! They'll be able to connect with their grandpa in a way that just wouldn't be possible!" Cliff continued to argue.
Nathaniel waffled even more. Eva might be upset he was working with Felix, but he'd have a steady job and be able to show her he was responsible and ready for parenthood!
Nathaniel paused, "Know what?"
"About my promotion, silly!" she said, pausing, "Isn't that what this is for?"
Nathaniel grinned, "No, I have some pretty exciting news myself!"
"Oh, Nathaniel! I didn't mean it like that! I wasn't trying to put the blame on you!" Eva said worriedly.
"It's okay! You were right!"
"I was?" Eva asked with confusion. "So, you're okay waiting three-to-five years until we start our family?"
Nathaniel's jaw dropped, "Three-to-five years?!"
Eva squirmed, "Or sooner..."
Nathaniel shook his head. "No, actually, I wanted to tell you that I got a job today!"
"So what is it? Tell me all about it!" Eva said excitedly.
Nathaniel fed off of Eva's excitement, forgetting to be cautious. "Well, Cliff called me up and I met with him at the studio with Felix..."
Nathaniel stalled and squirmed in his seat. "Yes," he said slowly, adding hurriedly. "BUT! He wanted to do a documentary about my father and needed Cliff and I to do some monologue, telling about what it was like to live with Dad."
"I know, Eva. I was worried that might be the case. But, I just think it'll be a good thing. I don't have to sign with him or anything... don't worry..."
Eva smiled sadly. "Oh, they'll want you to sign. That's what they live for..." She looked up at him. "Are you ready to go?" she asked tiredly.
"Yeah, I'm done," Nathaniel said, dejected that the evening hadn't gone like he'd imagined.