Eva stood in front of her mirror, practicing her speech for the informal city council meeting she had scheduled for Monday morning. She wanted everything to be perfect! She was going to put forth a new proposal for a new community center!
Glancing at his watch, he hopped up. The morning had gotten away from him! Their guests would arrive soon...
"Not another word, young man," Tomas threatened gruffly. "I've had it up to here with you! You're lucky Mr. Wolff is a friend of the family or you could've wound up in a lot more trouble!"
Johnny grumbled under his breath. Ever since Haley's dad had called his mom and dad, he'd been getting reamed from both sides. Usually he could depend on his mom to take his side. But this time she was just as pissed as his dad was. And his folks never agreed on anything!
"Good to see you, too!" Tomas gave his old friend a bear hug. "That's for sure! Sonja and I have gotten busy raising three girls!" With a side-long glance at Johnny, he added, "And this one!" Tomas nudged his son.
Nathaniel nodded. "I appreciate the apology, Johnny. But, you made a big mess. Your Dad and I agreed that you'd clean up the mess you made and spend the afternoon doing odd chores around the house to make up for it." He glanced back towards the porch when he heard the front door close. "But, I think someone else deserves an apology, too..."
All eyes turned towards the porch where Haley was hovering.
Johnny hung his head and shuffled his feet, mumbling sorry again.
"You can only do your best," Nathaniel said. "I'll drop him off at your place when he's done working on the yard."
"Thanks for being so understand, Nathaniel," Tomas said. "Call me if he spouts off at the mouth at all!"
Haley crossed her arms, "He's such a jerk!"
Nathaniel sighed, "Well, he's going to be here this afternoon. Find something else to do."
Johnny nodded, embarrassed. He'd almost rather have Mr. Wolff shouting and yelling at him than acting all sympathetic.
"Good, now I promised you a lift home. I'm proud of you, you know," he added.
"What?! Why?!" Johnny wheezed out in surprise. All anyone had ever been telling him lately was how awful he was being.
"It takes a lot of courage to own up to a mistake," Haley's dad told him.
Johnny shrugged, his cheeks flushing with embarrassment. "Yeah, well, my Dad made me," he said off-handedly, trying to act like the compliment hadn't meant the world to him.
Haley beamed. "You think so?"
Eva smiled in response. "I know so."
"And you are going to have so much fun!" Eva assured her. "You know, I went to the dance with a group of my friends, too!"
"Really?!" Haley asked. "You didn't go with Daddy?"
"Aunt Farrah?! Haley gasped, "Why?!"
Eva laughed at the look on her daughter's face, "The point is, just because you go to a dance with someone doesn't mean you'll spend the rest of your life with them. And just because you don't have someone hanging on your arm at the dance doesn't meant you'll meet someone special! Go! Have fun and enjoy being with your friends!"
"Cool, wanna play cars?!" she asked.
"Awesome!" Ian said, plopping down to the ground and dumping out the bucket of cars. "This one is mine," he announced, pulling his favorite car out of the pile. "But you can pick any other one!"
"Sure!" Cecelie said excitedly. She'd never seen a scary movie before!
"Yeah, it's real dumb," Ian said half-heartedly. Don't open the door, don't open the...
A knock sounded on the door.
AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! came a high-pitched scream.
Ian jumped in his seat, his heart racing quickly.
He heard his Dad running down the stairs. "Is everything okay? What's wrong? Who screamed?" Quickly, he turned the TV off so his Dad didn't know they'd been watching the horror flick.
Cecelie looked incredibly embarrassed. "There was a knock on the door," she answered lamely.
Nathaniel breathed out a sigh of relief. "Guys, it was the pizza delivery," he said looking at them incredoulously. "There's nothing to scream about!"
"AAAAAAAHHHHHH!" Cecelie screamed again, turning to glare at Ian as he swiped a piece of pizza.