She would find true love, she was young yet. She just wondered where all the available guys were, she thought as she dug into her ice cream.
"It can be a little hectic sometimes," she apologized.
Skylar smiled. "I know how kids are!" he assured her.
Lisa glanced at Skylar, hoping that he wasn't put off by the music blaring or the yelling kids.
But, he actually just walked over to the piano and began showing off a tune he knew.
Lisa sighed. Maybe this would be okay, after all!
Lisa laughed. "Oh Lord, I thought you were going to run screaming from the room when you first walked in. I know I almost did..."
Skylar stepped closer to her and began to flirt. "I would never run screaming from any room you were in..."
"Wow!" Lisa thought as she watched him walk away.
Skylar came over all the time after that. She was taken aback when shortly after they began dating, he dropped to one knee to propose. At first, she told him she had to think about it. It was so sudden. And she had to think about her siblings, right?
Except, Lisa thought sadly, Natalie and Mason were growing up. Soon they would go off to college and Lisa would be alone. But... if she married Skylar...
"I was worried you'd say no," Skylar admitted.
Lisa threw herself into his arms. "I couldn't have said no! I love you too much!"
Mason wobbled as he stood. "I don't feel good... She just kept spinning me and spinning me," Mason cried. "And that's the last thing I remember..."
Lisa hugged Mason tight. "Let's get you in and cleaned up. Who did this to you?" she asked, looking around.
Mason's hand crept to his forehead. "I... I... I don't remember..."
Skylar woke up when he heard the wind banging a door open and closed. Running out in his bathrobe, he noticed several items missing... they'd been robbed!
"No!" Mason snapped as he pulled his hand away.
Skylar frowned. "I'm sorry. I didn't mean to bug you," he said.
"Whatever. Tell Lisa I went to the mall."
Skylar sighed. He was trying really hard to get to know the kids, but they always seemed annoyed with him. Especially when he changed professions and became an entertainer.
Natalie had sneered that being a clown wasn't technically an entertainer and Mason had said clowns were creepy. Lisa said they just needed time to adjust, but that soon they would love him as much as she did.
But, Skylar was determined to figure out a way to connect with his in-laws. He poured through Chicken Soup for Teens, trying to find a way to relate to them.
"Whatever, Skylar. Find another mirror..."
Natalie shrugged. "I don't know. He's just such a dork. I don't know what you see in him!"
Lisa's mouth dropped open. "Natalie Mae Steele! I cannot believe you! That's an awful thing to say about anyone!"
Natalie mulishly pouted. "But he's bald, Lisa!"
Lisa had heard enough. "Go to your room and stay there! You're grounded! He is a kind, caring, loving man who has been doing everything in his power to be your friend. I am so disappointed in you."
Natalie made a face and then ran to her room, slamming the door.
Lisa sat back in her chair and worried about Natalie's future if that's how her sister saw the world. She felt like a failure. Rubbing her belly, she hoped she would be able to do better for this little one.