Haley sighed and flung her blankets off.
Her mom was busy on the phone, which suited her just find because she was tired! Whose idea was it to make school so early in the morning anyway?!
"Okay, great. Yes, see you soon," Eva said as she ended her call. Turning to her daughter, she smiled brightly, bouncing Ian on her hip. "Good morning, honey. How'd you sleep?"
"I can take you on my way to work..." Eva pressed.
"Mom! It's only a few blocks away! I can ride! I promise! I'm a big girl now!"
"Bye mom!" Haley called over her shoulder.
"And don't forget you have the ballet after-school program! I put your leotard in your backpack for you!" she called out.
As the door slammed shut, she heard her mom calling out, "...and LEARN!"
Eva checked her watch. "Where is the babysitter?" she wondered aloud. She needed to get to work. Now that Veronica's son had started school, she wasn't staying at home any longer. After weighing the pros and cons, Nathaniel and Eva had decided to use an in-home sitter.
"Yeah. Ian and I are going to have a great day, aren't we?" she asked, making faces at Ian that made him laugh and reach for her nose.
"And you have my cell phone?" she asked.
"Don't worry about a thing. I've been a nanny for three years now! Ian is in good hands!"
"Oh, I know!" Eva assured the girl. Had she looked so young when they'd interviewed her, Eva wondered. Stacy looked like she was still in high school. She nibbled her lip and she tried to remember how old Stacy's resume had said she was... Nineteen! she remembered.
Stacy smiled reassuringly. "Feel free to call if you want to check in on him!"
Eva managed to snap out of it. "Of course! He's my second! I thought it would've been easier to go back to work!" she laughed, somewhat self-consciously. "If you can't get me on my cell, feel free to call my office. The number's on the fridge."
"Most definitely. If we need you, we'll call, won't we Ian?" Stacy asked, patiently waiting for Eva to quit having a break-down and walk out the front door.
Eva took a deep breath. "Have a wonderful day!" and then headed to work.
Penelope Landgraab had teased her when she hadn't been able to get the steps quite right.
Even Miss Leil had sighed a little when she'd fumbled the tippie-toe move and knocked over all the girls in the line.
Stacy smiled. "Not yet. She called me to ask if I could stay late."
Haley blew out her breath and sighed.
"Come on, I'll get you some dinner!" Stacy said brightly. "Then we can work on your homework!"
Something was wrong...
He was gone.