Dialing his number, she waited until his voice came on the line. "Hi Fletcher, it's me, Charity!"
"Hi, Ronan," she greeted him. "Thanks for coming!"
"Yeah, no problem," he said, glancing around the room. "I don't really know anyone, though. Maybe I should go...."
Lindsay placed her hand over Chance's. "Calm down, honey. Charity? Can you tell us what's wrong?"
Charity fidgeted with her napkin. "There's nothing really wrong. I just don't need to go! It's not like I'm going to be someone big & important like Chasity. It'd be a waste of money!"
Chance pulled his hand free from Lindsay's grip. "You don't need to worry about the money! I have funds set aside!"
Charity attempted to smile. "I know you, Daddy. But, I'm sorry, I just don't want to go. I'll be okay!" she said brightly.
Chance started to say more, but Lindsay shook her head. "It's her decision, Chance. No matter how much we might want her to go or make her decision. She's the one that's going to have to live with her decision." Turning towards Charity, she said, "You do understand that, don't you? You'll never get to be an artist or natural scientist."
"I know, Mom." Putting her napkin on the table, Charity excused herself. "I'm feeling a little tired. I'm going to go lay down."
Chance watched his little girl grow up and fought the urge to hold her and protect her from the world. She thought that missing college wasn't a big deal, but to him - it was! She'd never be able to make up that time again!
(Charity wanted to call Fletcher every day this Round, but when she scoped the room, she thought that Douglas was the hottest guy in the room. I wonder who she'll choose!)
Fletcher pulled her closer for a kiss. "That would be wonderful. But..." he paused.
Charity held her breath, worried he didn't feel the same.
Charity's heart soared. He loved her! He wanted to marry her! Excitement pumped through her body.
"I love you, too. So, if you want... I mean... I'm okay if you stay the night. I want you to."
Fletcher stroked her cheek. "Are you sure?"
Eagerly, Charity nodded.
So she started dating other people...
Chantel rolled her eyes. "No, that's long over! I'm dating Joe now!"
"What ever happened to Ronan?" Charity asked. "I thought you really liked him."
"I do! I thought I might've loved him! But, he's always so busy. And I can't just call him up whenever I want to! I don't want to sit by the phone waiting to see if he'll call me up. I want to have fun!"
Charity sighed. "Maybe it would be best if you had fun by yourself, though."
Chantel rolled her eyes. "Just because you're all gooey with Fletcher doesn't mean I have to be gooey with Ronan!"
Charity laughed. "That just sounded gross, Chantel!"
Chantel giggled. "I know, right!"