"Dad, why do girls take so long?" Ian asked impatiently. "We're going to be late for the fair!"
Nathaniel laughed. "If you want to live long, I wouldn't ever say that out loud again!"
Ian huffed out an impatient breath.
"Who was it?" Nathaniel asked as he started to put the car in reverse.
"Seth Davies! He and Farrah just had a little girl."
Nathaniel made a face, "Oh good God! That poor little girl!" He shuddered to imagine how spoiled a daughter of Farrah's would turn out!
"You do?" Nathaniel asked with surprise. "Where?"
"I thought you were beautiful!" Nathaniel said, putting his hand on her knee.
"Best plan ever! I couldn't wait to propose to you without my friends hanging around!"
"Maybe we should go through again, for old times sake," she suggested.
Eva covered her giggles with her hand. "Nathaniel! I'm Mayor now! I can't get caught sneaking around and making out like a teenager!"
"Who's going to know?" Nathaniel teased, pulling his wife into his arms.
Neither one saw the camera flash.
"Aw, mom. Come on! It's Spooky Day!" Ian protested. "Can't I stay up an extra 30 minutes?"
"I'll make you a deal. What if I read you a story tonight? And you promise to go straight to sleep."
"Good," Nathaniel breathed a sigh of relief. "So I don't need to have a talk with you about boys?"
"DADDY!" Haley gasped.
"Okay, okay! Just making sure!" he said, tickling her. "Ummm... one more thing..." Nathaniel added.
"What?" she asked with exasperation.
"Oh goodness," Eva sighed. "I'm not ready for this! They grow up so fast!"