July 11, 2014

Eva: Week Twenty-One, Day Three

Perfectionist To-Do List: Attend Toddler Story-time at Library, Bake Cake, Wrap Present

Eli headed down to the local library for toddler story-time.  With two kids, it was definitely a handful!  She smiled and waved when she saw a few of her mom-friends.
She grabbed a book and sat down next to Haley as they looked through the book together.  Little Ian didn't care to sit still for any length of time and had crawled off practically the moment she put him down.  That was how it went these days!  Haley walked one way & Ian crawled the other!
"Story-time!" the volunteer called out cheerfully, holding up a book.  "Today we're going to read about a little frog and all the new friends he meets!"
The children, young and old, hurried over and sat facing the girl as she began reading.

 ***

Meanwhile...
"Hey cool! So you got a part in the movie?!" Mick asked, slicking his hair back.  

Nathaniel crossed his arms. "Whether I want it or not!"  The contract that Felix had given him had locked him into 3-movie deals, of the studio's desire.  If he chose to renege, then he was subject to a $10,000 fine.  Since he didn't have that kind of cash lying around... he was just going to have to get through these three contracts.  He tried looking on the bright side, at least it would put them in a better financial position...
"Yeah right! Like you don't want to be leading man!" Mick laughed, thinking that Nathaniel had to be kidding. "Who'd you have to f@#&?"

Nathaniel opened his mouth to trash talk Farrah, but stopped because the director and the leading lady had just walked in.
"Alright guys, thanks for coming to this pow-wow.  I'm Kiki Towers, the director.  I assume everyone is up to speed."

Everyone nodded. 

"Great, any questions?" she asked.

Nathaniel shook his head.  It was an action-adventure flick that focused heavily on fight scenes and, car chases and explosions. 

"Great! Well, first reading will be a week from now. Be sure to have your lines memorized. I'll be pissed if you delay my movie!"  Dismissed, the actors started to get up to leave.
 "Mick, can I see you a moment, please?" Kiki asked.

"Yeah! Sure thing!" Mick replied eagerly.

Kiki waited until Belinda and Nathaniel had left the room. 
 "God, I though they'd never leave!" she said as she threw herself into his arms.

 ***

 "Come on, it's not that bad?" Eva said as she made the drinks.  "Just think, my husband, a heart throb!"

Nathaniel didn't really want to laugh about it.  "It's not funny, Eva," he said sourly.  "Look, I don't want to talk about it."
Eva sighed as she poured the drinks.  "I know, I'm sorry Nathaniel.  Let's just have a good time tonight, okay?"  Today was Haley's birthday and they'd invited their families over to celebrate.

Right on cue, the doorbell rang.
 "Daddy!" Eva smiled when Chase knocked on the door.  "I'm glad you guys could make it! We were just setting up!"  He was followed in by her stepmom, Sandra, her brother Greyson and his very pregnant wife, Izzie.
"You look ready!" Eva said with a smile when she saw Izzie's rounded belly.

Izzie clutched her stomach. "Being labor in the summer sucks!" she said grumpily.  "Seriously! I am never having sex in the fall again!"
Eva called everyone over for the cake.  "Happy birthday to you..." everyone started singing in unison.
Haley leaned over and blew as hard as she could, spraying part of the cake with spittle.  "I did it!" she said excitedly, clapping her hands when she managed to blow out all five candles.

"Yes you did! And that piece is going to be yours!" Eva teased, poking her daughter on the nose.
 Eva eagerly reached for her piece of cake.  It looked delicious!
Nathaniel pulled out the video recorder, "Happy birthday, Haley," he said as he zoomed in.
Haley looked up, mortified to be caught with her face practically buried in the slice of cake.  "DAD!" she shouted, mortified.

The adults laughed as Haley tried to wipe the frosting off her face as she glared at her Dad.

 ***

 "So do I get my very own bed?" Haley asked after most of the guests had left.

"Not only that, you get your very own room!" Nathaniel told his daughter.  "I'll get it set up for you."

"Alright!" Haley cheered excitedly.  "I can't wait to put my new doll in the room!"
 Nathaniel headed up to the attic...
...and looked around the space.  The room was packed with stuff that generations had put aside.  He started gathering up the pieces to the twin bed when his attention was grabbed by something in the corner.

Oh cool! he thought excitedly, a treadmill!  He was going to have to find somewhere to set that up!

Eva: Week Twenty-One, Day Two

Perfectionist To-Do List: Research New Daycares, Attend Screening

"Hi, Eva," Veronica said when Eva came to drop off Haley and Ian.  "Hi Miss Eva!" she said, grinning at the little girl.  "Come on in!"
Eva sighed as the kids took off to play.  "You're a life-saver Veronica!"

Veronica looked down at the kids.  "Well, I've enjoyed watching them. You know Johnny starts kindergarten soon, though.   I'm going to try to get back into the business field with my free time. I'm not going to be able to watch Ian full-time."

"I'm so happy for you! We'll figure out what to do when the time comes!" Eva said. "I have to run, the work of a Local Representative is never done!"  Looking at her babies, she blew kisses, "Have a good day! Mommy will see you later!"

***
Veronica sat down with Johnny and started practicing his alphabet.  She wanted to make sure he was ready for kindergarten. 
 The younger children wandered over to the toys and began playing.  Ian was new to discovering all sorts of things - like when he hit the pretty wooden toy with a stick, it made a little sound.
 He hit it harder and grinned.  Looking at his sister, he hit her in the back of the head with the stick.
Haley started wailing and ran over to find Miss Veronica.  "He hit me!" she complained grumpily, rubbing the back of her head. 

 ***

"Thanks for watching the kids," Nathaniel told Veronica after a studio meeting.  "Sorry I can't stay to chat. I gotta run!"

 ***

"Are you ready?" he asked excitedly.

Eva smiled.  "I sure am. Babysitter's on her way over. Let me go get ready!"

 ***

"Cliff!" Nathaniel called out, greeting his brother and his family.
"Look at these kids! They're growing like weeds! What are you feeding them?" he asked as he kissed his sister-in-law's cheek in greeting.
"Come on, let's see the movie screening!" Cliff said. 

"I can't wait," Nathaniel said excitedly.

 ***

The guests took their seats, ready to view the documentary.
The lights went out and the screening began with a bang...
"What the..." Nathaniel said with growing horror as he watched the film progress.

***

Afterwards...
"What were you thinking?!" Nathaniel confronted Farrah angrily. 
"Plans changed!" she snapped back. 

"You can't do that! I was told it was going to be a tasteful documentary about my Dad's rise to fame.  They turned it into a expose that makes him look like a sex addict!"

Farrah shrugged. "It's well-documented Melvin Wolff had affairs.  What? Are you worried Eva's going to start worrying about you?" she asked snidely.
"Unbelievable!" he vented, throwing his hands up in the air before turning back to her.  "This film is never going to see the light of day!" he threatened. 
Again Farrah just shrugged, "Sorry, honey, you have zero creative control! You're just the help!"  

Nathaniel wheeled back in surprise.  "Just the..." he sputtered in outrage.  "I signed a contract saying..."

Farrah interrupted, smirking, "...that you have waive any and all decisions to the producers.  Oh, and, you agreed to perform in three other pictures if the studio wants you."

"Three?" he echoed, "I shouldn't have trusted you."

"No, you should've read the contract.  First rule of business - make sure you know what you're signing," she taunted before walking away. 

Nathaniel heard the muffled steps of her heels as she strolled from the room and felt his stomach pitch.  He had to read that contract!

Eva: Week Twenty-One, Day One

Perfectionist To-Do List:  Attend Funeral,  Plan birthday party?

Nathaniel was worried about Eva.  She'd taken her mother's death pretty hard.  "Are you okay, babe?" he asked, reaching across the table and squeezing her hand.
"I'm okay," she said with a small smile.  "I'm just not looking forward to today..."

 ***

Nathaniel glanced towards Eva as she stared absently out the car window.  "We don't have to go, you know?  Just say the word."

Eva turned to face him, rubbing his shoulder.  "No, I'm okay. I need to do this." 

 ***

Eva stopped and took a deep breath for fortitude.  She willed her feet to move towards the gathering, but her feet seemed stuck to the ground.  She felt like a fraud attending Yvonne's funeral...
...especially in the face of other's grieving.
"Eva! You came!" Greyson said, pulling his older sister into his arms for a hug.  "I'm glad you made it," he confessed.   Greyson was just a baby when Yvonne left, so he hadn't been subject to their mother's mercurial moods.
"Eva," Farrah said, whirling around with tears in her eyes.   Eva braced herself.
"Farrah, you promised there would be no drama," her fiance, Mayor Seth Davies, said, reaching out to put his arm around Eva's waist.  "We're in public," he said in low-tone, ever mindful of appearances.
Farrah jerked out of Seth's hold and jabbed her finger at her sister.  "What are you even doing here?" she snapped.  "You didn't even care!"

"She was still my mother!" Eva said, offended.
"Farrah! Please!" Greyson began, trying to step in between the sisters.
Seth pasted on a smile and chuckled as if he didn't have a care in the world.  "Ladies," he said quietly, "People are watching..."

Intervention didn't seem like it would be successful as the sisters seemed to be on the verge of a throw-down.

...And then... just like that... it was over...
"Farrah, stop it," a young man said lightly, stepping forward and reaching out for Eva's hand.  "I'm Bryan Gibbons... your half-brother.""
Eva stared at the young man - the spitting image of Felix.  She knew that her mother and Felix had a child, but she'd always envisioned him as a child still... if she thought of him at all...
Farrah made a sound of disgust and turned around, facing the newly dug grave.

Eva felt speechless.  "I..." she trailed off, trying to rally her thoughts, "It's nice to meet you finally," she told him.
Eva stepped over and stood next to Farrah, staring at her mother's grave. 
"I'm so sorry," Eva said quietly to her sister before taking her leave.

 ***

Back at home, Nathaniel grabbed Eva's hands.  "Go get changed," he said.  "I have an idea!" 

 ***

"Where are we going?" Eva asked, rocking Ian in her arms.

Nathaniel grinned cockily.  "I thought we could all use a change of scenery!"
Eva followed after him.

***

Eva felt her tension and sadness melting away.  It was hard to stay melancholy in the sunshine out in the fresh park air.  She smiled as she watched her husband playing around with Haley.    They settled down for a family picnic.
After eating, Nathaniel was trying to teach Haley to talk.  Eva sank down to the grass with him, smiling as her little boy rolled over and tried to get in a kneeling position to crawl.  "Look Nathaniel! Ian's about to crawl!"
As night fell, they'd watched as Ian began crawling and chasing after Haley.  "You're such a big boy!" Eva said, hoisting Ian in the air.
Nathaniel was so thankful to see the smile on Eva's face again. 
He pulled her into his arms for a kiss.

"My mommy!" Haley said, glaring at her younger brother, Ian, and wrapping her arms around her Mommy's legs.