"Do you want me to talk to them honey?" he asked, concerned. "If you really want to work outside of the house, I can arrange it!"
Dana sighed and stroked his cheek. "No, I love that you would do that for me, but perhaps it's best. I've raised our kids so well, I just thought I might help make a difference. But, the public school system was so different from what I was used to!"
Joshua cringed when he heard a car come speeding down the road with the radio blaring. Wheels screeched as it pulled into their drive and kids boisterously toppled out.
"Speaking of our kids..." Dana sighed.
Regan stretched. "That felt good." she sighed as she fluttered her lashes.
"Is everything alright?" Dana asked, wondering what was going on.
"We found your daughter, Ruby, out past curfew."
Ruby shrugged as she looked down at her hands.
"Well! Speak up!" Dana pushed. "This isn't like you!"
"With who? A boy?"
Ruby made a face. "Yeah..."
"Oh, jumping jellybeans!" Dana exclaimed in anger. "A boy! Do you know what sort of things could happen!? You could get pregnant."
Ruby snickered. "I'm pretty sure that wasn't a possibility! You have to have sex to get pregnant, Mom!"
Dana glared. "Don't be smart with me, young lady! I'm perfectly aware of how one gets pregnant. You are grounded! No boys!"
Ruby frowned. "Moooom! It wasn't like that! It wasn't a date! It was just a bunch of friends getting together!"
Dana pointed inside. "Go! Now! To bed!"
"Nothing, Rachel, go back to bed."
Rachel sat up. "No really, where are you going?"
Ruby sighed, "Out."
"Are you going out to get a baby!" Ruby asked.
Ruby laughed. "No! Where did you hear that?!"
"Mom said that you were sneaking out at night and you were going to get a baby."
Ruby rolled her eyes. "God! I'm just going out with some friends! Don't tell, okay?"
Rachel rolled over in her bed and smiled. "I can't wait until I can go out with friends!"
Patrick started the engine and pulled away from the curb. "I almost left without you! I didn't want your Mom catching me out her. She scares me!"
Ruby laughed. "It's not my Mom you should be scared of - it's my Dad!"