"I just didn't feel like going to school today, Mom."
"Well, it doesn't matter! Get your butt to school!" Satisfied she'd put the Fear of Mother into him, Gloria turned to go get breakfast.
"I dunno. There's so many things to think about?"
Gloria hummed as she prepped dinner. "You could do something with food... like how fast it takes to go bad?"
"Can I help you?" she asked frostily.
"Hi, I'm Roberto Cameron," he introduced himself. "I own that new night club, Midnight Flow, maybe you've heard of it."
"Who hasn't heard of it," Gloria said.
Gloria was flattered. "Oh stop! Prestige!" she scoffed. "Go on," she said playfully.
"Prestige... Money... Hip... Cool... Sexiness..."
Gloria fanned herself. Well, Roberto certainly had a way with words!
"Great!" Roberto said, grabbing her hand and placing on his on it. "I'll look forward to hearing from you! I'd love to see more of you," he said with a wink.
Gloria saw him to the door, determined not to melt into a puddle. She already knew she was going to say yes. She just didn't want him to know how eager she was. Really she wanted to start as soon as possible!
Mitch crossed his arms, thoroughly put off by the way she was acting. "Why?" he asked coldly.
"Because I'm PREGNANT. AGAIN!" she yelled.
Mitch lit up. "You're pregnant?" he asked, happily, reaching out to touch her belly. "Don't touch me! I cannot believe you got me pregnant AGAIN!"
That probably didn't go well...
Now that her anger had disapated, Gloria just felt guilty and used. Sensing her discomfort, Roberto hiked up his jeans, awkwardly kissed her on the cheek and strolled out the bedroom door. "I'll have my office prep the paperwork for you. Can't wait to have you!"
"Aw, come on, don't be mad at me," Mitch said as he kissed her ear, exactly in the spot that tended to get her hot and bothered. "I can't stand it when you're mad at me!"
Gloria sighed. "I'm just not in the mood right now. I'm sorry." Adding, "I'm not mad at you."
"Ah, pregnancy hormones, huh? Want me to rub your feet?" Mitch asked lovingly.
When India had crawled in and asked for a bottle, Gloria used it as an excuse to slip out of the room to the spare room. She couldn't sleep in the same room as Mitch right now. It hurt her too much!
"Right, so we'll measure rate at which they go bad & then research bacteria rates."
An hour later, neither of them was smiling. "You can go Haley. I'll finish getting the data & then give it to you to make the chart, okay?
"Oh thank God!" Haley said. "Not that you're boring or anything, but this is like watching paint dry!"
Alexander laughed. "I know!"
Gloria just laughed. "Well, I think you shouldn't have been teasing her so much, then! Turn about is fair play!"