Marshall watched across the room as his daughter spoke with Saki. She talked to him for a few hours every day after school. Valerie said that it was just a crush, but Marshall couldn't help but feel that it was something more.
His baby girl just seemed so sad now.
"Dad, please! I love him. Can't he come stay with us? We can try it, just for a semester."
Emma ran to the phone to call Saki.
Marshall shook the young man's hand. "You're welcome. I know my daughter cares for you a great deal. We'll be watching you."
Marshall cleared his throat and the teens stepped away from each other.
The phone rang. "I'll go get that," Valerie said as she got up. "Oh Edwin! How are you, son?" Valerie said excitedly. "You want to come home for dinner when? Oh let me check my calendar." Glancing back at Emma, she mouthed. "It's Edwin!" Then hurried to the desk in the other room.
"Which friends," Valerie demanded.
"Just a few."
"Why can't you tell me?"
"Mom, come on, you're being ridiculous. I'm an adult now!"
Crossing her arms, Valerie said, "Then you should be able to tell me who you'll be staying with."
Edwin clenched his teeth. "Travis, Mary & Nicole."
Valerie snorted. "Those three? They'll do nothing but bring you down."
Zane cleared his throat & tried to think of a tactful way of saying all four of them deserved each other. "Mom, really, Edwin's a big boy. He can pick his own friends." Even if they're all a bunch of immoral playboys. Thank God he had Willow!
"But, Zane..." Valerie started to say.
Valerie got up to hug her son goodbye. "Go see your Father before you go. He's out puttering in the garage."
Edwin's lips quirked into a smile. "I know, Mom. I love you, too," he said as he gave her a hug, as well.
Marshall patted her hand. "Edwin will make the right decisions. Have faith in him."
"I'm less worried about him, and more worried about those friends he associates with!"