He heard Liz's soft tread on the stairs.
One of the first things she saw were the pretty chairs that Moudy refinished for her, with alittle of Jason's help. He even recovered the little chair pillows in bright, funky colors. She loved them!
"Mmm," she mumbled sleepily.
She nodded. She'd said she'd go for a morning hike with him, but she hadn't promised to enjoy it!
Liz glanced back over at him, finally feeling more awake. "Yeah, I'm fine," she said, surprised to find it was true. "You know, it's actually kinda nice," she admitted.
Moudy grinned. "I love the morning! Everything's so still and quiet!"
"Alittle help please?" he called out, surprised that Liz or Moudy wasn't rushing to his aid. Usually Liz was either way ahead of him or slightly behind him in caring for the girls!
Man, his teammates would laugh their butts off if they knew their VIP was doing diaper duty!
She heard Moudy scoff as he set the old Cowpoke Stove to the side. "It's not illegal," he said. "It's reusing & recycling! I bet I could get this working again!" He glanced behind him. "Hey, can you head back home and ask Jason if we can borrow his truck?"
"Aw, come on, Liz! I bet I can make a profit if I fix it and sell it!" Moudy told her. "Come on, I think I saw a relatively new dryer, too." He fidgeted from foot to foot. "Think of the landfills!"
Ew. She was never sitting on that new chair again! She didn't care if it'd been refurbished or not! She thought he'd picked it up at the consignment store!
They backed up to the back porch and unloaded the broken appliances on the back porch.
Feeling the need to work out, he did a quick workout, really pushing himself.
August cheered, "WOOO! GO TEAM!" while his sister Jade pumped her fists.
Coach Powers raised his voice above the din, calling out, "Let's eat some cake and then get to practice!"
Moudy fretted over the mess and started cleaning the kitchen.
"It's okay, Moudy. It can always wait until the morning!" she told him when she realized how stressed he was getting.
Moudy shook his head. "No, it's not okay! It'll be harder to clean in the morning. We should just spend a little time now and get it finished!"
"Then, stop stressing!" she told him grumpily. Maybe waking up before 6 in the morning caused the brain to short-circuit.
Moudy slapped the sponge down on the sink. "I'm not stressing! I'm just cleaning!"
"Fine! Whatever," she mumbled, going back to her book.
(AN- Oh man! How cute are they?! I think it's HILARIOUS that they both aged up in their football-team jumpers. Perfect for Jason's girls!)
She nodded with a flirtatious smile on her face. "Thanks for inviting me to the birthday party," she added. "I had a lot of fun!"
"Yeah? I was worried everyone would be bored to death!"
Jason stepped closer, caught in the spell she was weaving. "I really enjoyed talking to you, too," he told her in a lower voice. He thought back to Mickey stepping in. "But, I don't want to step on anyone's toes," he added.
Cheri tilted her head, questioning his statement. "What do you mean?"
"Well, if you and Mickey have a thing going..." he said in explanation, trailing off.
Cheri shook her head quickly. "No, Mickey and I are way over," she said, waving her hand dismissively. "That ship has sailed!"
"Yeah?" Jason asked, feeling pretty hopeful about something between him and Cheri.
Cheri nodded. "Yeah."
"So can I take you out on a date tomorrow night after practice?" he asked.
"Yeah," she said again.
Moudy turned around with surprise. "What is it? What's wrong?" he asked, taking a step closer.
"Negative. Negative. Negative," she repeated with her eyes closed.
After the 5-minute timer dinged, she opened her eyes and checked the pregnancy wand, feeling her heart sink.
(AN - OH MY GOSH! They did not try for a baby! I didn't realize they could get pregnant without trying for a baby! There is a chance I misclicked when they woohooed last (since I don't have risky woohoo), but DOH! Liz was not supposed to have Moudy's baby! Her uterus was supposed to be waiting for Jason! This generation is hijacking the story! Lol.)