Moudy chuckled. "I didn't draw on myself. It's a tattoo."
Jackson leaned his head on his dad's shoulder. "I drew on the wall," he admitted. "Mommy was mad!"
Moudy sighed. He'd told Liz not to let Jackson get into the street art kit she kept in the bedroom.
Jackson bounced up in down. "A surprise? For me?! What it is? What it is?!"
Moudy chuckled as he headed down the stairs. "You have to wait..."
Moudy smiled. "It's your new room!" he revealed. "Mom and I have been working on it. You're a big boy now and needed your very own big boy room!"
She slept on, purring a little in her sleep. He chuckled. She was probably worn out. They'd fallen into bed last night when she came over and hadn't left the bed since. He groaned at the memory. And the things they had done...
Of course, going without sex for three months probably had something to do with it. He'd primed and ready to go from the second she texted him that she was on her way...
She came awake with a groan, smiling wickedly at him.
She laughed huskily.
He reached over and pushed her hair out of her face, stroking her cheek. She reached up and pressed her hand against his, closing her eyes.
Jason squeezed her fingers. "I missed you more!" he told her. "How long can you stay?"
Cheri sighed and closed her eyes. "Only for Leisure Day. We have a cheering tournament scheduled next week and I need to prepare."
Jason groaned, rolling away from her and flinging his arm over his eyes. "This sucks!" he said, seething with frustration.
Cheri sighed, rolling over and turning the light on and she pushed herself to a sitting position.
Jason felt like a heel, but he wanted to say "yes." He wanted to tell his wife to come back home where she belonged. He wanted to say that she was missing all the best years with Natalee and that even Lacie and Macy missed her.
But he didn't say any of that. He remained stubbornly mute.
Cheri tensed. "So your career is more important than mine?" she asked with frustration.
Jason scowled. "I didn't say that. I..."
Jason tugged her into his arms. "That's easily fixed," he teased her, untucking her blouse from her sexy red skirt.
Cheri slapped at his hand with a smile on her face. "Behave! The girls are probably waiting for us!"
He grumbled about needing an intercom system while Cheri went outside to check the playground.
"GIRLS!" he bellowed up the stairs. "LAAAACIE! MAAAACY!"
Lacie pushed past her, sprinting out of the room first. "Don't tattle!" she said sternly as she passed.
Cheri shook her head. "What? Are you having a mid-life crisis?" she teased.
Jason chuckled, stroking the dashboard.
Macy froze and looked down at her sister on the floor, then back up at her grandpa. She really didn't want to take her little sister. She cried a whole lot. "Okay, Grandpa," she said hesitantly, reaching down to hook her arms under Natalee's arms.
"Grandpa asked me to bring her," Macy said with a shrug. She was just doing what she'd been told.
Lacie rolled her eyes, tossing her hair over her shoulder. "Macy is such a suck-up!" she told Jeremy. "She gets along better with Natalee because she's such a baby!"
Macy frowned when her sister and "cousin" began laughing at her. She was used to her sister teasing and being mean, but she wasn't used to her doing it in front of people.
"SEE?!" Lacie snickered behind her.
Jeremy let out a surprised chuckle.
Giovani shook Jason's hand. "Nice to meet you. I've heard a lot about you," he said. Since arriving in Sunset Valley, Rio had regaled Giovani with story after story about growing up with Jason. It made him a little jealous, as he'd always wished he'd had a brother growing up.
It took a moment for Giovani to realize that Tia Rachel must be his mother, Racquel. It was strange to think that his mamma had lived an entire life here in Sunset Valley that she rarely ever mentioned. "She sends her love," Giovani lied.
She walked past Cheri and Nadine, who were busy chatting about the children. She was glad Cheri could come back for a visit. She knew it took a hard toll on Jason to be without her. He'd always invested himself heavily in his relationship, much like her old friend Rachel. She'd spent many a sleepless night worrying about him.
"Doing good! Going on a trip with some girl friends to Isla Paradiso soon, though! That should be fun!"
"Hey, you'll have to let Tia Maritza know!" Jason told her.
Shayla shrugged shyly. "Maybe," she said indecisively. "I didn't really know her, you know?"
Jason shook his head. "She helped practically raise you!" he said with surprise.
"I don't really remember," she said hesitantly. She knew her mom's friends Haley and Maritza had helped take care of her when she was a toddler, but she had so very few memories from that time. Most of her memories were of her dad and stepmom, and of course the custody battle. She'd had nightmares for years afterwards that her mom was going to take her away when she left the country.
"You guys go ahead," Kimi said when Macy offered her a turn.
"I'm going to work on my tan," cousin Caitlin said. They wandered off together, leaving the three kids to play alone.
Jason turned and waved to his step-dad. "See you soon!"