It left him available for the true love of his life!
Cheri smiled. "Wish I could be there!" she said, a little sadly. She'd been released from the cheer team during her pregnancy leave. The board had said it was due to "budget cuts", but she was fairly certain it was because a new mother wasn't "sexy." And she also knew for a fact that her position had been filled already.
Maybe she would take up moonlighting as a bartender, she thought with a huff.
Liz nearly choked. "What?!" she asked with surprise.
"I mean, like, do you want to stay here? In Sunset Valley?" he asked. "My mom's been hinting that she'd love it if we would come visit her in Bridgeport, maybe even stay."
Liz took a deep breath. "I hear you," she told him carefully. "I promise to think about it, okay?"
Moudy smiled. "That's all I ask." He stood up. "Well, I'm gonna go for my morning hike. Wanna go?"
Moudy chuckled as he headed for the door. "See you in a few hours!"
She would not rely on the silly thing to help her make a decision, she thought. It was ridiculous!
But, unbidden, her hands reached for the orb and lifted it up, shaking it roughly. She stared at the window as the answer was revealed: I sure wouldn't, but that's just me.
She sighed as she placed it back on the nightstand. "That doesn't mean anything!" she assured herself uncertainly. "Not at all..."
Macy scrambled for the remote. "Hey! I was watching that!" she complained.
"Come on, let's play outside!" her sister demanded, jumping up and heading towards the door. "We can play on the new see-saw!"
Macy hesitated. She didn't want to play with Lacie, but she did want to play on the see-saw...
Reluctantly, she followed after her sister, hoping that Lacie wouldn't try to pick a fight today.
She heard Macy crying for her as little footsteps thundered on the stairs.
"I'm up here!" she called out.
Macy was eager to attend, but Lacie fussed until Cheri put her foot down.
"Yeah!" Macy said, nearly skipping.
"What about you, Lacie?" Cheri asked, smiling at her.
Cheri sighed. She was fast friends with Macy, but couldn't seem to make any headway with Lacie. It was clear the eldest twin was distrustful of her. It was going to make everything much more complicated...
"Yeah, I think I found a few good pieces. I can't wait to try a new wood stain on the chair I found!" he told her.
She was probably eager to hear the good news, he thought. "We won!" he told her excitedly. "12-2! We stomped them!"
Jason shook out of his befuddled state.
"RIVERVIEW!" Jason gasped with shock. "The Badgers? Why the hell would you want to go there?"
Cheri pursed her lips. "Sunset Valley isn't taking me back. They've replaced me!"
Jason's mind raced. "Angela? She's not your replacement! They told me you'd be cleared for next season!"
Cheri shook her head. "You know that's not how it's going to play out. They're not going to just ask Angela to leave," she told him.
Jason shook his head. "No, they told me..."
"Jason! This is what they do. I lost my spot on the cheer team. They're not going to nicely ask Angela to leave nicely next year. That's ridiculous."
Jason puffed up. "What are they going to do? Fire me?" he scoffed skeptically. "I'm the MVP!"
Cheri patted his hand. "I just want to cheer," she told him sadly.