"So now that you're done with the filming what are you going to do?" Mick Murphy asked. Mick was trying to get picked up in any bit part, especially now that his new girlfriend, Michelle Gardiner, had wound up pregnant. Nathaniel vaguely remembered Michelle was the red-head that used to run around with Farrah and Joan.
"That's it for me!" he said. "I was just doing this for my Dad. But, I dunno... I thought I'd keep my mind open..."
Mick ran his hand through his hair and blew out an agitated breath. "Man! You're so lucky! You're Melvin Wolff's son! Of course they're going to give you more work! It's actors like me that have a hard time making a break!"
"Sugar, this is Farrah," she said quickly. "I've run into a little snag," she said in a low voice. In the background, he heard a lot of noise and commotion.
"What?" he asked. "We need to film an exclusive interview with a local celebrity, but my cameraman quit at the last minute, can you believe it? He said I was difficult to work with!" Her voice began to rise in volume the more agitated she became. "You've been playing with that camera of yours. Can you come over and help me out?"
Nathaniel's mouth dropped open. "Farrah, I don't think that the video camera is the same as..."
"Oh, just come out and keep the damn camera steady. It's not rocket science!" she snapped. As though she belatedly realized that she got more flies with sugar, she softened her voice, "I really need your help. For old time sake?"
Nathaniel hedged, but grudgingly agreed. "I'll come right over."
Tomas shrugged, "No, I talked to him when he was on the way to the studio."
"Hmm, thanks anyway. Make yourself at home!"
She smiled over at Artie. "Thanks for coming Artie!"
Then glancing back at the door as it open, she grinned widely. "No!"
"Laura! Look how you've grown!" Eva said brightly, stroking her hair. "And your hair! It's so gorgeous!" She looked over at her sister-in-law inquisitively. "Where are the boys?"
Shamika let out a frustrated breath. "They're at home with a babysitter! I swear! Nobody ever warns you about the mischief boys will get up to!"
"Oh that's a shame. It would've been nice to see them again!"
"Thanks, you really pulled through for us," Farrah said as they walked up the driveway. "Who knows? Maybe you have a future in filming," she cracked.
"Yeah, maybe," Nathaniel responded non-committally. He was just ready to wash his hands of Gibbons Star Search. A bunch of parasites!
Nathaniel grunted and made sure to keep his gaze averted as he trailed up the stairs behind her.
"Now that daddy's here! It's time to get the party started!" Eva called out, heading into the nursery to get Haley.
Nathaniel took his chance to greet everyone, giving his brother Cliff a quick hug in greeting. "How've you been man?" he asked.
Seth's campaign advisers had done major damage control when Joan Alto had threatened to release pictures of his and Farrah's affair. In response, Farrah had put Joan back in touch with the highschool teen-throb, Jason Calhoun, who as luck would have it was recently single after breaking up with his girlfriend Michelle Gardiner because she'd found out she was pregnant and the father was not Jason. Eva didn't think it was a coincidence that the father was one Mick Murphy, the starving actor chomping at the bit to get any type of role.
Seth and Farrah together were worse than Felix and Yvonne any day of the week!
Eva grinned as she hugged her brother goodbye, "I wouldn't miss it for the world!" she assured him.