Jason hadn't really told them why he was coming to visit out-of-the-blue, but he did say he was bringing his girlfriend. Whatever got him to visit his Mom was fine by him! Haley lived for his visits!
Jason smiled and gave his Mom a one-armed hug. "I missed you, too, Mom," he told her.
Cheri returned her smile. "I'm Cheri, nice to meet you," she said.
"Let's get these girls settled in!" Haley announced. "I'll take Macy and show you where your room is!" Cheri passed Macy into Haley's arms and followed after everyone else.
Cheri sank down on the couch, left alone in the living room. She sighed and leaned her head back, her stomach flipping with nerves. So far so good....
Jason swiveled his gaze back to his anxious Mom. "Seriously, Mom. The place looks great. Thanks!"
Jason scrubbed the back of his neck. "These aren't going to work for them for long!" he commented.
Haley worried her bottom lip. "I have some old sleeping bags in the garage if we need them," she told him. It'll be fine!"
Haley crossed her hands on her lap nervously, clutching her fingers.
Johnny reached out and patted her hands. "Why you don't go ahead and tell us, son," he counseled.
Jason nodded again. "Yeah, Mom. I know it's kinda rushed, but I love her..."
"You are?!" Jason asked with surprise. He thought his Mom was going to kill him for making another baby out of wedlock. She'd forgiven him for not marrying Ashley because she said she'd never liked her, but she'd told him to think with his brain the next time. "We're hoping to get married before the baby comes!"
Cheri was surprised when Jason's Mom gave her a joyful hug. But, oh plumbbob, she was relieved. She'd been so worried his Mom was going to yell at her or accuse her of being a gold-digger...
"Yes, sir," Jason agreed. "We're both really excited!"
Jason shook his head. "No way. Seriously. If any boys give you any trouble, you let me know!" he said sternly.
Kimi rolled her eyes. "Yeah, you and Dad both!" she grumbled under her breath. Sometimes it was hard having such protective men in the family!
"Over there, a new building is going up," Johnny pointed to the construction. "The city sure has changed since you were here last!"
Jason pressed his face against the glass window. "That's for sure!" he agreed, still in awe of the towering buildings and the fast-paced set to life here in the city.
Jason nodded. It was like being in another world!
Lacie walked by with her nose in the air. "Who cares about a stupid turtle anyways?" she hissed in a quite voice, not wanting any adults to hear.
She realized she had an audience when she heard Macy begin to cry.
Lacie immediately dropped her hands, shoving them behind her back. The butterfly floated to the ground.
Macy tearfully watched the butterfly fall. "It's dead!" she accused.
Johnny eyed his granddaughter sternly. "What you did was wrong," he told her. "You should always take care of things smaller and weaker than you are."
Johnny eyed his granddaughter with a critical eye. In his years on the force, he had developed a gut-feeling when it came to sniffing out lies. He'd seen the flash of anger cross Lacie's face before she'd gazed up at him like an angel. He knew from a wealth of experience that the sweet, little angel was lying through her teeth.
That girl was going to be trouble, he thought with a sinking premonition.
Macy tried really hard to remember if she'd ever had fish before. "I'm not sure if I'm gonna like it Grandma because I can't remember if I've ever eaten it!" she admitted ruefully.
Lacy shot her sister a mean face. "I know that I'm not going to like fish!" she announced. "Fish are smelly!"
Macy shook her head. "But you don't know if you like it until you've tried it," she argued.
"Sorry!" she said. "I feel like I'm already waddling!" she attempted to joke.