He threw another dart, even harder at the board, watching it clatter to the floor. If she didn't want to be friends, then fine they wouldn't be friends! He had tons of friends besides her!
Ian tossed the dart and sighed when it hit sideways and fell to the floor. Only then did he answer his mom, snapping, "No! I have basketball practice tonight!"
"Oh, I didn't see that in the family calendar," she said, glancing down at her phone. "Ian, you have to make sure you enter your activities in the calendar so that we can plan things!" Even though her schedule was so packed with work and traveling, she tried to make sure she had good, quality time with her family. It was important to her!
"What?! Can't I do anything right?!" he yelled, grabbing his backpack and storming out of the house.
That didn't go very well, Eva thought as she watched him go. She would need to speak with Nathaniel to see if he knew what was bothering Ian.
Likely promise, she thought, watching him run off to school.
Eva looked the dress over carefully. "No, dear, I don't see any."
Haley sighed with relief. "Thank goodness! I want to look my best today! The Keaton Art Foundation is having a talent show tonight at the art museum. They're going to pick one of us to receive the chance to put together an exhibit!"
"Oh, that sounds so exciting!" Eva said, thrilled for her daughter. "I know you'll do well. That's today?" she asked, checking the calendar.
Haley smiled apologetically, "Sorry, Mom! I forgot to put it on the calendar!" Haley grabbed her bag and started to run out the room.
As an afterthought, Eva called out to her daughter, "Do you know what's wrong with your brother?" she asked.
"What isn't wrong?" she quipped, hurrying down the stairs.
"Looks like it's just you and me tonight," she said.
Eva threw her hands up in the air. "Not you, too!" she said with exasperation. "Doesn't anyone other than me use the family calendar?!"
Eva smiled at her husband's enthusiasm. "Let's go!"
"Sure," Ellis agreed readily. "Aren't you meeting with Keely tonight?"
Ian shook his head, "Nah, she had to go do something with her family tonight. We're getting together tomorrow night." Ian waggled his eye-brows.
Ellis shoved his shoulder. "God! You're so lucky! Has she let you go all the way yet?" he asked.
Ellis glanced backwards and rolled his eyes. "Why do you even bother with her when you have Keely?!"
Ian frowned. "It's not like that. She's my friend!"
Ellis laughed, shoving at Ian's shoulder. "Sure! Better hope Keely doesn't find out!"
She was so nervous, she was sure her paintbrush was shaking!
"Miss Black-Wolff, I must say that I am very impressed with your technique," Ms. Keaton finally said. "On behalf of the Keaton Art Foundation, we would like to offer you this original artwork of my late father's and work with you to set up an exhibit!"
"Happy birthday to you, too," she said as she linked their fingers together.
Eva leaned over and rested her head on his shoulder. "You did good, babe."