Eva waved her hands in front of her face. "That's easy for you to say! You're going to look great! I'm going to look like I'm carrying a basketball around in the front of my dress!" she cried, tearing up.
Nathaniel pulled out of the driveway. "You look beautiful!" he assured her again.
Nathaniel sighed. "Yeah, as ready as I can be." He was really not looking forward to this campaign fundraiser.
"Come in! Come in!" he said, shaking her hand and then leading her inside.
Seth Davies grinned, "I've heard a lot about you, young man!" He paused, wrapping his arm around Joan Alto's waist. "I believe you've met my fiance? I hear you dated back in high school! What a coincidence!"
Joan smiled smugly at Nathaniel as nodded in her direction. "Joan, nice to see you again."
The group glanced towards the front door.
It soon became apparent that her presence was superfluous.
"So that must've been awkward," he whispered.
Eva huffed. "Tell me about it! I have to remind myself that I love her because she's my sister!"
"Artie! Look at her! She's practically drooling on my boss!" Eva said with frustration.
Nathaniel nodded. "That's nice, Joan. I'm glad you're happy with him."
But Joan just talked right over him. "Don't get me wrong, I regret the way we ended. But,there was just something so sexy about Jason! You're not still all hung up over that, are you?"
Nathaniel shook his head, "No, of course not..."
"...Because you know I thought we were really good together, while we lasted you know. To be honest, Seth doesn't kiss like you..." she leaned in and admitted with a small laugh. "But, small price to pay, right?!"
"...of course I was horrified when Jason abandoned me for that ditzy red-head! Honestly! What did he see in her?!" Joan continued on, not even noticing she was pretty much talking to herself.
Eva raised her eyebrows, indicating her surprised that she'd caught him alone in a corner with his beautiful, non-pregnant, ex-girlfriend.
Nathaniel shot back an exasperated look that relieved her mind at once.
Joan examined her fingernail polish. "Oh yeah. I don't think we ever met in school. You hung out with the nerds right?"
Eva held in her laugh. "Something like that," she said.
"Well," Joan said, clearly addressing only Nathaniel, "It was lovely seeing you again. We should totally do lunch or something sometime!"
Nathaniel nodded. "Of course, or something..." he trailed off as Joan interrupted to announce she had to mingle with her guests.
"Let's get out of here," she said quietly. "We can blame it on my pregnancy..."
Eva rested her hand lightly over her belly bump. "Let's head to the hospital."
"The hospital?" Nathaniel asked, jerking the car to the left as his head swiveled towards her. "What?"
Eva took a deep breath, trying to remain calm. "I've been having contractions most of the day. It's time..."
Eva glared. "If you don't get that camera out of my face..." she warned through gritted teeth. "You are not recording in the delivery room!"
Back at home in the newly decorated nursery, Nathaniel pulled his girls into his arms as he kissed Eva's temple. "She's beautiful, isn't she?" he asked in a hushed voice filled with wonder.
"She's so beautiful. Haley Black-Wolff, I promise your life is going to be perfect! I'll see to it!" Eva said softly as she basked in her husband's loving embrace.
They were going to be such a happy family!