Madison rolled her eyes as she watched Jackie go ga-ga over the new boy. Didn't she know she was going to ruin her reputation?!
Jackie swatted her hand away. "Shut up Madison! He is not! His name is Melvin and he's amazing! Age doesn't matter!"
Madison shrugged, but made fishie noises as she walked away.
Aunt Ericka walked over and patted her shoulder. "Don't listen to her. If you're happy with him, then that's all that matters."
"Thanks Aunt Ericka," Jackie said, unconvinced.
Ericka watched Jackie walk to her room and felt bad for the girl. It was hard finding someone.. or something... and feeling like nobody understood.
Glancing at her watch, she started. "Oh God! I'm late! Bye guys!" she called as she grabbed her purse and headed out the door.
She couldn't wait to get home & tell the family!
"You should have seen her, Ericka! She went in that cave with no fear to save those lost hikers! They're putting her face all over the papers tomorrow!" Ericka's sister-in-law, Ellen, enthused. "What a wonderful, brave doggie we have!" Ellen rubbed Lola's belly.
Smokey hung his head and wandered off.
Ericka cocked her head and wondered if dogs understood more than they gave them credit for.
Snorting, he woke up with a start and looked around. In the front, he saw Madison playing fetch with Lola. With a loud whine, Smokey laid back down in front of his house with his head on his paw.
He was a famous show dog. He had pedigree! He shouldn't feel inferior!
But he did...
"Hey, Dad," Jesse said distractedly. "I.. um... I came home for the weekend!"
Brett sighed. It seemed like his son was just as flaky when it came to girls as ever!
Jesse glanced over at his cousin yakking away on the phone. "Is she always like this?" he asked his Mom & Dad.
Brett smiled. "Don't act like you didn't sit on that same phone chatting to the girls for hours on end."
Jesse blushed and pushed around the potatoes on his plate as he glanced back over at his cousin. "Yeah, well. I didn't talk THAT much!"
Ericka laughed and patted his hand. "Of course not, dear."
"It makes him look like a Bandit!" she told the agent when she called him.
A couple nearby didn't even glance down...