Helen hedged, "Nothing. Just some stuff around here."
Arthur was floored. "Look, if you don't want to move in with me, just tell me. Don't act like that!"
"Look! I messed up this semester & have to finish a few classes. I didn't want to tell you because I feel stupid!"
Arthur sighed. "Is that all? You scared me! I thought you'd changed your mind about me!"
"Never! I can't wait to see you again!"
"Well hurry up & pass those classes!"
"Yeah, come on over and bring a few friends!" she said after Dad went to sleep.
"Did you see her hair? It looks so stupid!" Meadow said in a whisper.
Violet looked over and checked on her out...
"Edwin, can I talk to you in my room real quick?" Violet asked.
Edwin shrugged and said, "Sure." Before he turned away, he winked at Chloe. Violet fumed.
"What was what?"
"Come on! You were flirting with her!"
Edwin crossed his arms, "Quit being so jealous, Violet! You're making stuff up! Things are good."
Edwin grabbed her hands and swung them back and forth. "Sure they are. As long as you don't flip out."
"Wait," Violet wondered, all of a sudden feeling sick to her stomach. "He didn't say that he wasn't flirting with her, did he?"
"Oh God, it's so good to see you!" Arthur said as he pulled her into his arms. "Waiting has been hell!"
"Tell me about it! You weren't the one stuck finishing up their senior year with those crazy freshmen!"
It made it hard that Alyssa was best friends with Helen and came over all the time.
"I know where she is. I just came out to talk to you."
Alan shoved his hands in his coat pockets. "I think we've said everything we need to say, Alyssa. Let's just let it go."
Alyssa reached out to grab his arm, "I just don't understand..." She trailed off when she saw Regan walking down the street.
Alan saw Regan was shocked that Alyssa was there. She glanced between the two of them and he felt guilty for even standing within 5 feet of Alyssa.
Alyssa just cross her arms and sniffed, "Well, I guess it's perfectly clear." Head held high, she stormed back inside.
Regan glanced at the door and asked, "Is there anything I should know about?"
"No," he said shaking his head. "She just comes over all the time to hang out with Helen. You don't have anything to worry about, believe me!" Man, just his luck, he thought. It'd taken him forever to convince Regan to drop her studies for the weekend and come visit him and then she catches Alyssa talking to him!
"Oh, you know. Crazy sex-starved idiots running around pretending to care about school."
Alan cleared his throat. "Oh yeah? Is there anything I should know about?"
Regan looked at him quizzically. "No? What?"
"Nothing," Alan said with a small smiled. "Ummm... actually... there is something I wanted to say... I mean ask.."
Regan gazed at the ring and seemed to consider the possibilities. Alan was definitely sweating it! "I mean, no rush or anything!" he added.
Finally Regan seemed to reach a decision. "Yes, of course. I think that will be a good plan. As long as we wait to have children until we're more established."
Alan sighed with relief. "Of course!" At this point, he'd agree to anything!
"Hey Alan," she said brightly.
Alan glared and went inside.
"Oh come! You're still not upset I slept with your friend, are you?"
"Which one?" Alan asked sarcastically. "I think you slept with all of them!"
Sabrina shrugged, "Get more friends then."
Alan shoved his hands in his pockets. "I will! And I won't introduce them to you!" Still glaring, he turned on his heel and stormed inside, slamming the door.
Sabrina hugged him. "Hey, big brother! He'll get over it," she said nodding towards the door.
Arthur considered his sister. "Maybe it would also help if you apologized. And quit sleeping around?"
"Well you're going to slip into that father role quite well, aren't you?" Sabrina asked glibly.
"I certainly hope so. Helen's pregnant!"
"ARTHUR! Come quick, something's wrong with Dad!" Alan called from the door.
"I'm sorry, Alan. I didn't mean to make things hard for you."
Alan glanced over at her and nodded. "I know. You just have think of other people, you know?"
Sabrina sighed and nodded.
Arthur looked pensive. "Anyone think we should call Lily? Let her know about Dad?"
"No way!" Sabrina and Alan responded quickly.
"It was her choice to leave him. To leave us! She can read it in the paper!" Sabrina added hotly.
What else could go wrong? Arthur thought as he ran to the room with his siblings close behind him.
"He's perfect," he told Helen in awe as he kissed her softly on the lips. "Absolutely perfect."