Mandy hugged Malcolm. "It's amazing, but what a sight for sore eyes you are!"
"Hey, I'd love to stay and chat, but I have to get to work. I'll see you tonight, okay?"
Mandy watched her little brother run off to catch his carpool. He was growing up so fast!
Mason stooped down to see if that was a beetle he saw. Distracted for a moment, he didn't reply. Finally, determining that it was actually a piece of bark from the mulch, he called out, "Oh, she's doing well. Has a 4.0. Making lots of friends."
"And no boyfriend!" Evelyn called out.
Malcolm rolled his eyes. He didn't know why she was so obsessed with getting her kids married off! It's not like she was a Family sim. When he'd brought Marion home for the second night in a row, she'd had lots of questions! He'd tried saying that they were just work friends, but she was persistent! He'd finally admitted that he liked her a lot.
Rex barked and spun around in circles.
"Good boy! Let's go get your leash!"
That night, though... Rex got off his leash and had run off to chase a squirrel or something through the bushes. Mason had called to Rex, but Rex hadn't returned. Mason spent an hour walking around in the cold, trying to find him.
Rex was gone.
"Wait up," she called.
"What are you doing?" Mason asked.
"Well, we're going for a walk, aren't we?" she asked.
Mason's heart fluttered. "You're going to come with me?"
"Of course, silly. This will be fun. Me. You. And nature!"
Mason knew she was going to hate every moment of it. But, she was doing it for him! Reaching over, he pulled her into a big hug. "I love you, Evelyn Potter Steele!"