"Uh, yeah," he told her.
"Uh, the floor," Jason told her.
"Jason! I told you that I'm not washing them if you don't put them in the basket!" she lectured. How hard was it to put the dirty clothes in the basket?!
She'd been so grossed out the first time he made it, that she'd thrown up in the kitchen. But, Johnny said that it was just because of her morning sickness. Now that was gross.
He thought it was kinda weird that Mom and Johnny were having another kid at their age, but whatever. He'd seen the ultrasound pictures and didn't know what everyone was making a fuss over. She looked like a bean...
And since she was always queasy, Mom had made him swear that he wouldn't make his smoothie around her again.
Now for his big plans!
Her husband spoiled her.
Jason glanced around the store with a frown. Nothing was really jumping out at him. "Do you got anything less than..." he pulled out his wallet and checked to see how much money he had. "$72?" he finished hopefully.
This time the clerk laughed. "Sure. Right up the kiddie aisle," the guy said, jerking his thumb over to point towards a stand behind Jason.
"MARI!" she exclaimed when Maritza answered the phone. "How are you doing?! Do you have time to talk?"
"Haley!" Maritza gasped with delight. "I have a little time before I have to go! Oh! It's so good to hear from you! So? How is married life?" she teased, adding, "I got all the pictures you sent!"
Haley laughed. "I'd hardly call it a ceremony. It was very low-key. You know how I hate crowds!"
Haley laughed. "Send me pictures! I'll still sketch them for you!" she told her long-time friend. "Go! Enjoy your festival!"
"I will! Oh! Be sure to send me pictures when little Miss Kimi makes her appearance!" Maritza said hurriedly. "We love you and miss you!"
She hung up, tucked her phone in her jean pockets and lifted Madeline from her crib. "Are you ready to go to the festival?" she cooed. "We're going to have so much fun!"
Maritza grinned at him. "I was talking to Haley! She says she'll still do my sketches!"
"That's wonderful!" Charles cheered. "I'm so proud of you for going after your dreams again! Our little menagerie of critters seems to be growing every day!"
Maritza reached for Charles hand. She was so glad that she took the chance to follow Charles to Isla Paradiso! She couldn't imagine how happy she would be here! She was happily married, with a beautiful daughter, a wonder father for her children, and Charles actively encouraged her interest in cataloging the local fauna. She was so blessed!
"It's too hot," DJ complained, swatting at a stray mosquito. "I hate it here. How much longer do you have to volunteer at El Hospital?"
Maritza and Charles shared a glance. Well, Darryl was certainly a teenager now...
Vita was already hesitating. "I would love to," she said. "But, it's a party my daddy is throwing. I don't get to pick the guests. You know how it is!"
"Jason..." Vita said, trailing off. She nervously tucked her hair behind her ear. She'd just started explaining why she couldn't invite him, but Jason wasn't listening.
"Holy crap! You got the necklace! I can't believe your Dad got it for you!" he told her, ogling her necklace and the cleavage that it rested against.
"Daddy didn't," she said, reaching up to finger the diamond.
Jason cocked his head, confused. Who'd got it for her, then...
"Don't be naive, Jason!" Vita sighed heavily. "I'm an Alto and you're a..." she waved her hand dismissively. "A Black-Wolff! Do you expect me to go live in your ramshackle of a home?" She laughed nastily. "Grow up! Nadine might be perfectly happy playing house in her little cottage, but that is not for me!"
"Wait? Are you breaking up with me?" he asked, shaking his head once, as though to clear it.
"God, you can be so dense sometimes, Jason!" she grumbled. "Yes! I'm breaking up with you!"
Jason's lips tightened with anger. He fought the urge to cry in front of her. Rio had tried to warn him that she was a selfish bitch, but he wouldn't hear it.
Vita glanced down at the hastily wrapped present and made a face. "Jason, what do you want me to do with this?" she asked, looking at the gift as though it was a viper. "Jason!"
He was already running down the sidewalk to get away from her.
Rolling her eyes, she handed the present to her butler once she was back inside. "Just throw it away," she ordered him flippantly, turning back to her bedroom to finish preparing for her party. Her new boyfriend was coming tonight and she wanted to look good.
"Come in," Rio said, leading Jason inside.
Jason threw his hands up in the air. "I don't even know! I thought we were good!" he said miserably. "I mean, she'd stopped wanting to do it, but I thought it was just that time of the month cause she kept pushing me away!"
Rio winced. "Ouch."
Jason put his head in his hands. "What am I going to do? I love her!"
Jason sighed and lifted his head up to look at Rio. "Can I stay here tonight? I don't want to go home."
Johnny growled as they began kissing, making out like teenagers on the couch.
"Mmph!" Haley grunted when Johnny's fingers got caught in her hair.
Johnny looked up, untangling his fingers from her hair. "Sorry," he said, smoothing her long, straight hair down. "Better?" he asked, leaning forward again to kiss her.
They stood up. "I think..." she started to say.
Johnny had been a police officer for almost twenty years, undercover for nearly 5. He'd faced down creeps, crooks and some real tough sons-of-bitches in his time on the force. He'd needed nerves of steel to do his job.
But seeing his wife double-over in pain during labor was absolutely the most terrifying thing he'd ever been through! And he was unashamed to say that he lost his shit. "Christ! The hospital! We've got to get you to the hospital! Quick! Get the bag!"
"WHAT?!" Rio yelped, visibly shaken. "Yeah. Yeah. Sure! We'll be right there!"