Caleb thumbed his chin, "Hm," he said. "Has it exhibited any unusual characteristics?" he asked.
Maritza shook her head. "Nope, just a run-of-the-mill, ordinary blue gecko!" she replied. "To tell the truth, I was hoping for something a little bit more exotic and usual!"
Caleb laughed along with her. "Ah, the bane of the scientist. Always searching and reaching for something unexplainable!" he commiserated.
"Come on... come on..." he said, leaning over and rocking forward, as though that would make him go faster.
Bernie flashed her a smile. "One more round," he promised.
Maritza blushed prettily and shyly smiled back at him. "Well, then I should tell you that I accepted your offer because I was interested in you and wanted to get to know you better, too!"
This was not her idea of a good time...
She snuggled Mittens against her chest as she smiled widely. She felt like she was floating on cloud nine! "Come on, let's go to the park," she said. "I bet you need to get out and stretch your legs!"
Maritza sighed as she watched Mittens creep around the park. She tried to keep a close eye on him to keep him from harming any of the small wildlife.
Maritza blinked, wondering if her eyes were deceiving her. Did a hunky fireman just run out of nowhere to introduce himself to her, plain-Jane Maritza?
"I... uh... hi!" she squeaked.
Glancing down, Maritza blushed furiously because the cover showing a couple kissing amorously was blatantly obvious.
Daryl smiled at her and winked, leaning forward to tell her, "My mom reads those books. I've gotta admit that my friends and I grabbed one to read one day." He wiggled his eyebrows, "It definitely made an impression on us!"
Oh double drat! she thought when he was out of sight. She'd really blown that. She hadn't even gotten his phone number!
Haley glanced up with concern from the floor when she heard the tone in Maritza's voice. She'd been in the middle of teaching Jason a nursery rhyme, but that could wait. "What's the matter?" she asked, getting up.
Maritza's face fell and she threw her hands up in the air with frustration. "I blew it, Haley!" she said right before she started to cry.
This isn't going to be good, she thought. Bernie had been glaring at her all night as she was trying to work. She turned back to face him, "What do you want, Bernie?" she asked.
Rachel glanced down. He was wrong about her, she told herself.
Rachel wiped at a tear that had gathered. "I broke up with Bernie.."
"Awww..." her friends said.
Rachel laughed, "That's not even the worst part! I broke up with Bernie and then after work he said all these mean things! He said I was good-time-Rachel..." Haley and Maritza winced as she continued on indignantly, "And he said that I was high-maintenance! And he said I wasn't a good mother!"
Haley wrapped her arms around Rachel and gave her a hug. "I'm sorry, Rach. He wasn't right for you."
"That's the thing!" Rachel said through her tears. "How am I supposed to find the right guy and why do I keep picking the wrong ones?"
Maritza rested her head on her knees and closed her eyes as Haley struggled to come up with an answer.