"It wasn't so bad, Lisa! The lady was nice!" Natalie insisted.
Lisa bit back tears and hugged Natalie tight. "Well, it's time for you to scoot to school, young lady. And it's time for me to go to work!"
Natalie smiled. "Maybe I'll see you there!" she said excitedly.
"Remember, I said that just because I'm working at your school doesn't mean we'll see each other a lot. You still have to mind your teacher, okay?"
Lisa stretch after putting the kids to bed and was torn between cleaning, going for a jog or just going straight to bed. She'd just decided to tidy up when someone knocked at the door.
"Brandi!" Lisa exclaimed as she opened the door. "It's so good to see you! You look beautiful!"
"I just wanted to stop in and see how you were doing! I heard you got your brother and sister back! I'm so happy for you. I know that was really killing you at college."
Lisa smiled. They'd had so much fun at school together... Lisa, Brandi and... Walter...
Seeing Lisa's smile drop, Brandi hurried on, "And I just wanted to see if you'd heard about Walter. You know, that he got married..."
Lisa nodded. "Yes, I heard. He invited me."
Brandi's mouth dropped open. "He invited you! Ugh! How thoughtless!"
"Well, I was the one that ended it, so I should've been okay with it, right?"
Brandi looked at Lisa knowingly. "And are you okay with it?"
"Doesn't matter, does it?" Lisa responded. "He's married and happy now..."
Brandi looked at her nail and shrugged, "I've never liked her. I don't think she's good for him."
"Brandi! That's a horrible thing to say!"
Brandi shrugged. "I'm just saying what I feel, that's all."
Lisa felt awkward. "Well, let's talk about something else... Tell me all about your new place..."
Talking about Walter seemed to open the floodgates for Lisa. She kept thinking about him all the time, wanting to invite him over, wanting to call him up at midnight when she couldn't sleep. It was driving her nuts! Finally, giving in to impulse, she called him up, convincing herself she was doing it because she'd heard Regina was pregnant, not because she wanted to hear the sound of his voice...
Because the years were flying right by and she'd never had the baby she'd dreamed about. She'd never gotten married, because really... no one affected her the way Walter had. But, he was married now.
"I hope you don't get in trouble," Lisa said gently after Regina was gone.
Walter shrugged. "It's not everyday a little girl as special as Natalie becomes a teenager," he said loudly. Then, softly he said, "She's just been like this during the pregnancy. It'll be better after the baby's born."
Lisa nodded, unable to say anything else.
Lisa gave Natalie a big hug and said, "Happy birthday!"