Calling her into his office, he told her that she would be his shadow for the next little while as he groomed her to take over the helm.
"I won't disappoint you, Sir," she'd said immediately afterwards.
"Good. I expect you at my home after work to go over the project briefings. You can get my address from my secretary. Good day," Max dismissed Sonja and then browsed through his emails.
But for now, Natalie was a toddler that seemed to enjoy getting into mischief. "No, no, Natalie. That's yucky. Yucky," Alice emphasized. "Oh no, you flushed the toilet paper in the toilet again." Alice moaned when the water started cresting over the edge. That meant another trip out for the plumber. That made the 3rd time this week! Yuck!
The only thing Natalie liked more than flushing the toilet seemed to be Sakey. Alice generally found Natalie close to Sakey, playing with her.
Natalie cried softly into her hands. "I'm going to miss her."
"Maybe we can get a new puppy," Lisa suggested, hopeful.
Alice sighed again. "Guys, I don't think your Dad is ready for another puppy. He loved Sakey very much and it's been very hard on him these past few days," Alice explained. "Besides, I just don't think I have the energy to run around after a puppy. Your little brother is due soon, you know!"
"Me run!" Mason laughed.
"No, you go to bed," Lisa said as she wiggled her finger on Mason's belly, tickling him. Mason laughed like crazy.
"I love the sound of the children's laughter," he said happily. "It's music to my ears!"
Alice leaned her cheek against Max's hand. "I love you so much Max."