Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Episode 35 - Mistaken

Artie peeked into his dad's office. "Did Miss Jolene leave already?"

Lawrence nodded. "You just missed her."

"Aw, man. I wanted to see what she thought of my costume. I guess I'll have to show her later." Artie lingered in his dad's office. There was something else on his mind that he wanted to talk about, but he wasn't sure if it was a topic he should bring up. "Hey, dad. Since we have a minute, just you and me, can we talk?"

"Of course," Lawrence replied. He turned to his son, giving him his full attention. "What's on your mind?"

"I was just thinking about something. . ." Artie stammered a moment, looking down at his hands as he tried to come up with the right way to broach the topic. "I was just thinking, Mom's been gone a long time and it would be okay if, you know, you wanted to start dating again or anything like that."

Lawrence exhaled sharply. He was so taken aback by that remark that for a moment he was without words. When Artie looked up at him, he could see the sincerity in his son's eyes and knew he had to respond in a way that showed he was taking this man-to-man talk just as seriously. "Do you think I should?"

"Only if you want to," Artie said with a shrug.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Episode 34 - Masks

"I can't wait for Halloween," Maura said happily as she, Judith, and Natalie shopped together at the local mall's costume shop. "I wonder what I should be this year. Oh! Do you think Jeremy and I should coordinate our costumes?"

Judith and Natalie exchanged a look. Maura was usually enthusiastic about life, but since her 'date' with Jeremy she was more over-the-top than usual.

"I don't think you should worry about that," Judith said, but her words seemed to fall on deaf ears as Maura browsed the clothing racks. "I thought your 'date' with Jeremy was only supposed to be a one time thing."

"Why would you think that?" Maura asked as she looked up. It didn't occur to her that Judith would actually have an answer to that question, so she didn't wait for one. Instead, with a faraway look in her eyes, she continued with her own thoughts. "I know Jeremy was trying to work up just the right way to ask me out again when we were interrupted."

"Are you really sure that's what he was trying to do?" Judith asked pointedly.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Episode 33 - Uninvited Guests

"Hi, I'm home," Cassandra announced cheerfully as she walked into the house and through the living room. She found Blaine seated at the computer working on one of his projects.

"How was your shopping trip?" he asked.

"Good! I found some things for Brooke's party that I think she is really going to like." She paused to give Blaine a kiss before heading upstairs. "I'm going to put these things away before she comes in."

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Episode 32 - A Date

"Hey, Vince, guess what?" Judith called out as she approached the senior in the school hallway. He had been lost in his own thoughts and jumped, startled at her voice. "Your artwork was chosen for display in the main hallway. Congrats."

"Oh? Uh, yeah. I saw that. Thanks," he replied.

Judith frowned, noticing that he was clearly distracted. "Everything okay?"

"Oh, yeah, yeah," he said dismissively. "I just have a lot on my mind. No big deal."

Friday, August 25, 2017

Episode 31 - Trusted

Blaine was settled behind a desk in an unoccupied office at the law firm sorting through computer files when he sensed someone just outside the open office door. He looked up from the computer screen to see Reese peeking in through the doorway.

"Hey," he smiled warmly at her. "I thought everyone had gone home for the night."

"I had a late meeting," she explained. "I just wanted to stop by on my way out and see how you were doing."

"Good," he said hesitantly. He nodded toward the door. Taking the hint, Reese closed it behind her. "In case anyone else is still around."

"Good idea," she said as she pulled up a chair to the desk. "How's it coming along?"