Jason hadn't even looked at a clock. "Early," he told her.
Cheri smiled, preening under his admiring gaze. "What are you doing up so early?" she asked him.
"Couldn't sleep anymore. I'm so excited for today!" he told her. "We...."
Their whispered conversation was abruptly interrupted by a loud voice calling from the other room. "DADA! DADA! DADA!" Lacie called.
Jason paused and sighed heavily. He was trying to wait until Lacie calmed down before going to her.
BAM! He heard her hit her head against the wall.
Wasn't working out too hot, so far. "Dammit!" he swore under his breath, jumping out of bed and racing to the spare bedroom to let his daughters out of their cribs.
"Come on, Moudy! We've gotta go!" Liz called from the front porch.
Moudy rolled his eyes. "I'm not ready yet!" he called back. "I've still gotta get ready!"
"HURRY! It's LOVE Day!" she shot back, exasperated.
Liz smiled. "Not at all. Glad you could make it!" she said. Between staying over at his girlfriend's house & his long-hours practicing ball, she rarely saw Jason anymore. It was nice that they could get together on the holiday.
"...we should totally get pictures!" Liz announced, turning to Moudy and smiling widely. "Don't you think so, sweetie?!"
"Yeah, sure, that sounds great!" Moudy said, determined to shake off his bad mood.
Cheri lowered her eyes coyly and shook her head with a playful pout. "Not since this morning!"
Dragging his hand over his heart in mock affront, he shook his head. "We can't have that!" he announced. "I love you, Cheri Chigote!"
Cheri's heart melted. "I love you, too, Jason Black-Wolff!"
Hard seeing you last month. Want to discuss custody, he read. "Like hell," he mumbled sourly under his breath. Quickly he texted back, Talk to my lawyer. She'd find that she couldn't push him around like she did when they were young & in love. Bet she just wanted another cash payout.
He turned back to Cheri. "Maybe it's time to head home," he said regretfully, his playful mood evaporated.
"Sure, I'll go find Liz and Moudy," Cheri said, reaching out to touch his arm. "Everything okay?"
Jason tucked his phone away and nodded tersely. "Yeah. I'm good," he attempted to reassure her. No need wrecking her day with his baby mama drama.
"See you inside!" Cheri called, glancing over her shoulder and frowning. She could tell something was bugging him, but couldn't tell what it was.
She jumped, turning to see Moudy right behind her. "Wh... what?" she asked nervously, wondering if he'd seen her scowling.
Moudy nodded towards the picture of Liz and Jason. "They knew each other before I did. In fact, Jason hooked us up." He studied the picture. "You know, in college I swore she broke up with me because of Jason. But, they never dated, so that blew that theory," he awkwardly laughed. "They've always just been friends," he added, as though he needed to reiterate the fact.
"Oh yeah, of course!" Cheri said, discomfited by the conversation. Did Moudy think that Jason and Liz were...
"DADA! Play with me!" Lacie demanded, wrapping her arms around Jason's neck.
Cheri smiled. She was just being silly! "I'm going to go slip upstairs and get ready for tonight!" she said, blowing Jason a kiss and breezing towards the staircase, studiously avoiding looking at that picture. There was going to be a new picture there soon!
The bottle slipped from her fingers and fell to the ground.
"I'm so sorry Jason!" she told him, grabbing a towel and mopping the floor up.
Jason chuckled. Liz was proudly more upset about his girls learning bad language than he was. "I can't believe you just said that!" he teased. "What are you teaching my daughter?" he asked, playfully indignant.
Liz shot him a finger gesture, making him laugh all the harder.
"I'm gonna go upstairs and start getting ready, too. Caitlin should be here," he checked the clock on the wall. "In about 2 hours."
Liz tossed the towel towards the sink. "Great. I'll head up with you," she said. "Last one down's a rotten egg!" she teased.
Jason smirked. That was one of the things he loved about Liz. She didn't take forever to get ready like most girls. She didn't primp and curl eyelashes and whatever else girls did to get ready to go somewhere!
"Almost," Cheri said.
"Dang, looking good Liz!" Jason whistled low when he saw her dress. It was easy to forget that Liz had a smoking hot body! He checked her out. Moudy was a lucky man!
Liz smoothed her dress and rolled her eyes at Jason. "The dress is for Moudy, not you," she teased. "You guys almost ready?"
Jason shrugged. "I don't think so. She said she wasn't feeling well. Maybe we ate something at the festival that upset her stomach."
Moudy came down the stairs, straightening his tie. He wasn't used to being so dressed up. He glanced up and saw Liz and Jason. "Where's Cheri?" he asked.
"Not feeling well," Liz informed him. "It's just you and me tonight, baby!"
Liz chortled. "Yes, sir!"
Moudy chuckled, whispering in her ear, "That doesn't leave much off the list, does it?" He grinned when she looked up into his eyes and smiled. It was going to be a great night!
"You go first," she told him, gesturing for him to continue.
Jason stepped a little closer, gazing into her eyes. "I got you something. I was going to give it to you at the theater, but since we're not going out..."
Cheri grimaced. "Sorry," she mumbled apologetically.
"No, no, it's fine!" he assured her.
The doorbell rang.
Jason grimaced. "I'm sorry, I meant to call you before we left. Cheri and I stayed home, so we'll be able to watch the kids."
Caitlin frowned. "But, I came all the way over here," she told him.
"I know, I'm sorry Caity."
She looked so woeful that Jason pulled out his wallet. "How about I pay you $20 anyways? How does that sound?"
"Awesome, Uncle Jason!" she said cheerfully, quickly grabbing the bill he offered. "Call me anytime!"
Cheri answered from the stairs. "Almost there," she replied nervously.
Cheri glanced at him apprehensively, then glanced back at the television.
"What is it?" Jason asked. "Female troubles?"
She shook her head.