She heard Curtis pacing on the other end. "Well you have to be careful. It might be too much for a little girl, like yourself."
"Please! I can handle it!"
"Oh yeah... I like it a little hot!"
Jenny waited for a response, but there was none. "Curtis?" she asked.
"Let me come over Jenny. I need to see you again."
Need slammed into Jenny. "Come over. Now. I'll tell Ryder we're working on a recipe."
"Working on what recipe?" came a voice from behind her.
Jenny gasped as she spun around. "Mom!"
Natalie frowned at Jenny. "What's going on?"
"Nothing, Mom. I'm working on recipes with Curtis, that's all."
Natalie slowly shook her head, "If your Father were alive..." She sighed as she walked away. Her daughter was a grown woman and fully capable of minding her own affairs. Ha! she thought, with some irony. Jenny could certainly handle her own affairs.
Jenny let Curtis in and made small talk with Quinn about the restaurant. Finally, Curtis asked pointedly if she'd found that recipe she'd been telling him about.
"What recipe?" she asked, clueless.
Pointedly, Curtis nudged his head towards the room, "You know? The spicy lobster recipe. I think you said you put it in the closet."
"OH! That recipe! Yeah, it's in the closet. Come here, I'll show it to you!" Hands sweating, Jenny led Curtis into their room while Quinn merely flipped through the channels.
Nervously, Jenny glanced back to see if he was watching them, but he mostly looked bored.
Jenny ran her hands through his hair. "I think about you all the time, too!"
Afterwards, with quick kisses and lingering touches, Jenny kissed him goodbye and heard him announce to Quinn that he was going to make some spicy lobster thermidor for dinner tonight thanks to his wife. Quinn just grunted. Jenny held her breath after Curtis left, but Quinn didn't come in.
God, she thought, sneaking around was so hard!
Jenny mumbled something about lobster, then turned around and started kissing him.
Quinn felt his heart sing. She'd forgiven him! FINALLY!
Jenny waited a moment, then called out, "Mom, I'm coming in."
Tears sprang to Jenny's eyes when she saw that Mom had passed away. "Be happy with Dad," Jenny told her sadly.
Jenny wrung her hands together. "Are you sure? I mean... you had said you didn't want anymore kids?"
Quinn kissed the top of her head. "I can't wait! This time it's going to be different!"
"Mom's having a baby! You're going to be a big brother!" Quinn told him excitedly.
"That's awesome!" Quincy cried as he ran forward to hug Jenny. "I can't wait!" he told her.
Jenny looked into their smiling faces and felt a heavy weight lift off of her. Maybe this would be okay, after all.
But finally, it was time to deliver!
Jenny smiled as she adjusted her chef's hat. "Don't complain, Dear. What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger."
Krista's nose wrinkled, "Will you at least change his diaper before you go to work?" she asked.
Jenny hesitated a moment. "I really have to go. You've changed them before! You'll be fine!"