I am going to be posting some of my favorite lines from each character over the next few days. I would love to know what your favorites are as well.
So as I begin to wind down to writing the final few chapters of the series, I have a question. Is there anything you want to know that I haven’t addressed? Characters you wonder about? Storylines you feel needed more? Anything?
I’d love to hear your thoughts…
This is one of my favorite scenes with the men and their kids. I hope you are having a great Father’s day!
“I need a break, or a beer, or a beer and a break,” Jack said as he ran his hand through his hair and frowned. What the hell was in his hair?
“Wasn’t Mike coming over?” Tommy asked Bill. “He’s the only one who can quiet Tessa.”
“What? What does that mean? When did he quiet her?” Jack rocked his baby daughter and prayed she would settle down. She hadn’t let him put her down all morning.
Bill walked in with Josie in one arm and Bee in the other, David toddling after them.
“He said he was coming after he visited his mom,” Bill flinched as Josie grabbed his chest and he hoped she didn’t remove a nipple. Damn her grip.
“Where is Tramp?” Tommy asked as he carried Naomi. “Tramp?” he looked around.
“Tramp!” David screamed and Bee joined him, causing Bill to wince again.
“He’s probably hiding from Bee,” Jack said as he shifted Tessa to his other arm.
“Whatever,” Tommy muttered. “If he’s eating anything he shouldn’t, we’ll know soon enough.”
Bill put both girls down and David sat with them. Tommy put Naomi down and she began to cry so he picked her back up.
“Someone stinks,” Bill said. He looked around and sniffed.
“It’s not mine,” Jack said as he sniffed Tessa.
“I’m good here,” Tommy sniffed Naomi.
Bill looked at the three on the floor and sighed when he saw David had obviously leaked through his diaper.
“Didn’t you actually close his diaper when you changed him?” Bill picked his son up and glared at Tommy.
“No, I thought it would be fun to have him shit all over my house,” Tommy said.
“Shit! Shit!” Bee yelled and David giggled.
“Shit! Shit!” David yelled with her.
The doorbell rang and Tommy went to get it. He came back a minute later with Mike.
“Thank God,” Bill said.
Mike wrinkled his nose when he walked in.
“Someone stinks, we know,” Jack said.
“Shit!” David said.
Bill picked up his son and Bee screamed.
“Here,” Jack handed Tessa to Mike. “She won’t stop crying, but I need a break.” He walked to Bee as she tried to run after Bill and David.
Mike took the little girl and smiled at her. She immediately settled down and smiled. He looked at Jack who was stunned.
“What?” Mike asked.
“I can’t take it,” Jack sighed.
“Incoming!” Bill called out and a naked David streaked through the room.
“Seriously?” Jack said as he shielded Bee.
Tommy put Naomi down and saw Tramp finally run into the room in time to throw up something, he couldn’t tell what.
“Nice,” he said as he went to clean it up before Josie played with it.
Mike laughed at the scene around him. He hoped Jade was having a good time. He couldn’t wait to see her again.
“If I knew what he ate, then I would have a better idea why it was blue,” Tommy said as he tried to clean the brand new carpet where Tramp had puked.
“Well it says that different stains require different cleaning supplies,” Bill said as he searched on the Internet for carpet cleaning solutions.
“I think it’s ink. It looks like ink. Did he eat a pen?”
Tommy sighed. Brittany was going to kill him. The carpet wasn’t three months old.
“I told you I don’t know. He isn’t talking,” he glared at the pooch who wagged his little tail. Tommy began to wipe the stain and he was horrified as it smeared all over. “Who buys white carpet? What the hell were we thinking?” he muttered to himself.
“I need some help in here!” Jack yelled from the other room.
Bill walked in and saw Jack with Josie and Naomi on one side of the room and David and Bee on the other.
“What’s going on?”
“What’s going on is that my daughter is a bully. She attacks anyone who comes near David and she won’t stop staring at his crotch. She is a mean girl like from the movie. She is going to be a pack leader and make all of the other girls cry. She’s going to be pregnant by 13 and in jail at 14. She must be stopped!”
Mike walked into the room with a sleeping Tessa and handed her to Jack.
“Take your daughter and go sit with her. I’ll handle this.”
Jack shook his head and mumbled to himself as he walked out.
Mike sat down on the floor and looked at Bill.
“I got this, you should help Tommy.”
Bill smiled at him and left.
“Alright, so what seems to be the problem?”
“Bee luv David,” Sabrina grinned and crawled to Mike.
“David luv Bee,” David giggled.
“Mimi Red lov yoo!” Naomi yelled and crawled over.
“Mama?” Josie asked in a small voice.
“Okay, so now that we’ve heard from everyone, let’s have a discussion,” Mike walked to the corner of the room and picked up Brittany’s guitar. He walked back to the kids and sat down on the floor with them. They all sat next to each other and watched him as he began to play.
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Bill left work a little early and picked David up from school. He wanted to go shopping and have a nice dinner ready for Julie and Josie. They had gone to the grocery store and were now putting everything away.
Well, he was, David was playing with Hope.
“David? Can you help daddy make dinner?”
“Mommy makes dinner,” he said and Bill blushed.
“Why do you think that?”
“Because mommy is a girl, like Bee.”
“Fabulous parenting,” Bill muttered to himself.
“You know, girls can do a lot of things that boys can do,” he said as he put the vegetables in the fridge.
David watched him and waited for more information.
“Okay, for instance, girls can play with trucks. Josie likes to play with cars and trucks.”
“Bee loves dolls.”
“Right, but Bee likes to read books, like you.”
“Josie and Tessa are beautiful, too.”
“David, that isn’t nice to say. You don’t think your sister or Tessa are beautiful?”
“Is Naomi beautiful?”
Bill was floored.
“Why do you think Bee is beautiful?”
David looked at him and Bill swore he was looking in a mirror.
“Because Bee say I look hamsom. Josie and Tessa neber say that. Naomi neber talks.”
Bill grinned at his reasoning, but he hated how his son picked up on Naomi’s issues.
Bill sat down and smiled.
“Why did you bring Josie home?”
“Well, because she is our family and we love her. Don’t you love your sister?”
“Why do we have elbows?”
Bill smiled and opened a bottle of water.
“Because if we didn’t, how would we throw a ball?”
David pretended to think about that.
“Why does mommy poop and pee out of her butt?”
Bill almost choked on his water.
“She sit down to pee and we stand. Why?”
“Maybe you should ask mommy that one,” he said. Nice one, William.
“David? Can you carry the grapes to the table?”
David smiled and took them. He walked a little and dropped them.
“Shit!” he said.
Bill held back his laughter and looked at him.
“David? That’s a very bad word. Where did you learn that?”
“Henry said it at school. He dropped someting and said Shit! I drop someting and say Shit!”
Bill rubbed his forehead and looked at his son.
“Can you not say that again? It’s a mean word and I don’t want you to be mean.”
“Okay. Is Henry mean?”
Where was Julie? Why the hell did his almost 4 year old have so many questions?
“No, Henry just didn’t know better. Maybe we can tell him to say something else?”
“Okay, good. Now let’s go watch a cartoon together.”
“Okay. I love you, daddy!” David beamed at him and reached for his hand.
Bill took his hand and felt himself become choked up.
“I love you, too, son.”
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Stephanie moved to sit at the desk with Jack. She saw the picture of Julie and smiled.
“What’s going on?”
“I was just thinking about something.”
Tommy sat in the kitchen while he waited for Julie to get home from school. Jack was getting dressed and they were going to the studio for a family portrait.
He straightened his tie and looked at the image on the wall of the family just a few years ago. His parents looked so happy and he and Julie were as far away from each other as possible.
Maybe this was stupid. Maybe he was trying too hard?
“You okay?” Jack asked as he walked into the kitchen and grabbed a bottle of water.
“Yeah. I just wonder if this is a bad idea?”
“Why would it be a bad idea? I think you’re right. We talked last night and I agree with you. I think it will be great.”
They both jumped when the front door slammed and Julie came in. She looked at them in the kitchen and sighed.
“What did I do wrong?”
Tommy raised his eyebrows.
“Who said you did anything wrong?”
She scratched her head and shrugged.
“You’re both all dressed up like you have an important meeting. The only thing you would do together dressed like that would be about me, so what happened?”
Jack sat down and smiled.
“Jules, don’t you remember? We have an appointment with the photographer for this afternoon.”
She was quiet and then looked at Tommy.
“Oh, well no thank you,” she got up and went into the family room.
Tommy looked crushed and Jack walked after her. Tommy reluctantly followed.
“It’s not really something to respond to in that way. You need to go get changed so we can go,” Jack said.
Julie looked at him and picked up he bag.
“I have homework, sorry,” she said.
Tommy sat next to her and looked at his hands.
“I would really like for you to come and do this, okay?”
She looked at him and her eyes filled with tears.
“It won’t make them any less dead.”
He sighed and nodded.
“I know. That wasn’t my plan,” he said and stood up. “It’s fine. I’ll cancel.”
Jack watched him walk out and he sat down next to Julie.
“There was no reason for you to do that. He never asks anything like this and it is important to him.”
Julie wiped her eyes and crossed her arms, not saying anything.
“He wasn’t doing this to replace your parents. He was trying to keep you from losing more.”
“I don’t understand what you mean.”
Jack sat back and sighed.
“You’re 14. He wants you to grow up and have pictures and memories. He doesn’t want to replace your parents, but he doesn’t want you to grow up and not have the things you would have had with them. It’s not about making it like they are still here; it’s more about giving you pictures to commemorate your life, our lives, as it is now. Years from now, he’s hoping you will look back and know you were loved. He wanted you to have pictures, Jules, memories.”
Tommy walked in and looked at them.
“I can’t cancel without losing the deposit, so I guess I’ll just eat that. I’m going out for a drive.”
Julie looked at him and shook her head.
“No, give me a minute to get ready and I would like to go and have our picture taken.”
Tommy was surprised.
“Because I’m a teenage girl and I’m allowed to have mood swings, so let it be,” she said and ran upstairs.
Jack grinned at him and shrugged.
“Just go with it.”
Stephanie wiped her eyes as she listened to the story.
“So how come I’ve never seen this picture? You just have Julie’s picture from that time.”
“We had the picture of the three of us framed and put on the wall in the house. It was there for a while, maybe six months and something really bad happened.”
Stephanie wasn’t sure where this was going.
“Did someone take it?”
“I wish,” he sighed. “I hit a drought. Tommy and I both did, but with him, it wasn’t that big of a deal. For me, it was tragic.”
“A drought? A sex drought?” Stephanie asked and he looked at Bee.
“Shh, she doesn’t need to hear this.”
“You have got to be kidding me,” she laughed. “But how does the picture fit into your ‘drought’?”
He blushed and shrugged.
“Julie actually figured it out after one of her friends pointed it out.”
“She was 14 and knew about your um, exploits?”
“No, of course not,” he said. “I mean, she knew when I brought women over, but not about the drought of 2002.”
Stephanie tried really hard not to laugh.
“You named it?”
He looked her dead in the eye.
“It was profound.”
She nodded and bit her lip to stop from giggling.
“Anyway, Julie came home one day and told us her friends were talking about us. I thought they were talking about my looks, because you know, I’m me.”
He rolled his eyes.
“You can laugh.”
She shook her head.
“Never. I will never laugh about the great drought of 2002.”
He looked at her and flashed his dimples.
“Very nice. And it wasn’t the great drought, just the drought.”
“Sorry,” she laughed and then coughed to mask it
“Anyway, apparently, because of the picture, everyone thought Tommy and I were a couple. The way we were posed made it look like we were Julie’s parents and the stupid photographer had me put my hand on Tommy’s shoulder and it looked very suspicious. When we brought women home, they saw the picture and ended things.”
“And you didn’t think about that?”
“Well no,” he sighed. “I mean we never thought about it because it wasn’t true and we were just trying to give Julie a nice memory.”
“And you did,” Stephanie smiled.
“Well, the drought ended when the picture came down and it never came up again.”
Stephanie was quiet and he rolled his eyes.
“Fine, let it out. Go ahead and laugh.”
She looked at him and walked over to kiss his cheek.
“That story might just start another drought.”
He looked horrified.
“What? Why? What did I do?”
“There’s nothing that gets a wife going like hearing about all the sex her husband used to have before he met her,” she said and walked to the couch.
“But I was just telling you a story from long ago. I love you and don’t want a drought, please,” he said and moved to her.
She giggled and looked at him and he crossed his arms.
“Oh Jack this is the best story ever,” she said and broke out in a fit of laughter. “I’m sorry, but I’ll never understand how you and Tommy didn’t realize what a handsome couple you made. How could people not assume you were together?”
“Well, looking at me, it’s clear that anyone would want a piece of this,” he said and sat down next to Bee. “But I’m out of Tommy’s league, really.”
She rolled her eyes and he grinned.
“You know, some women actually like to think they’re the prettiest in the relationship.”
Jack pulled her onto his lap and held her as she pouted.
“You are by far the prettiest in our marriage. In fact, you bring things to the table that no woman has ever brought before.”
“The stomach for your arrogance?”
“Maybe, but I was thinking about the ability to make me feel lucky to be alive. You make me happy to be in this world and I look forward to each and every moment with you. You’re brilliant and sexy and beautiful and tolerant. You are the most amazing mother and doctor and I adore the way you work with chocolate,” he wiggled his eyebrows and she laughed.
“You’re pretty beautiful yourself,” she said.
“Well yeah,” he said and they both laughed as they kissed.
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