Until he met April.
Then it all changed. All of a sudden he felt like a new man, with a bounce in his step! For the first time since losing he wife, he'd actually thought about falling in love & getting married again.
"I know, sweetie, we're all going to miss him," Junior said as he hugged his crying daughter.
Junior stroked her cheek. She'd always been so good to him. He couldn't imagine his life without Summer.
"Okay, I just wanted to make sure you were prepared. We'll be keeping Sasha and Itty. I know they're your favorites."
Sunny wiped a tear away. "What if they were all my favorites?" Sunny asked.
Summer smiled and pulled her daughter into her arms. "Then we would wind up having a lot of kittens around the house, wouldn't we?!"
"Hey, boss," her manager called out. "There's a lady here to see you," she said, pointing to Michelle Beckett.
"Thanks! I decided that I loved animals so much that it would probably make a wonderful career!"
Michelle sighed. "I've often thought the same thing! I just never seemed to have the capital to get it off the ground! But, anyways, I have a proposition for you. I know you have someone managing the store right now, but I can offer something that they can't!"
Summer was intrigued. "What's that?" she asked.
"I am excellent at training pets! And I have such a special bond with them. People could bring their pets here to be groomed & trained and while they're waiting, they can browse through the store!"
"Doing what?" Sunny asked.
"Well, helping make sales, maybe cleaning up around the place."
Sunny made a face. "Ew!"
Summer smiled. "I'm sure you'll love it!"
Sunny squished up her mouth. "Do I have to?"
"Of course!" Summer said. "Consider it part of your personal growth!"
Sunny went downstairs grumbling.
Summer counted to 10 to hold her patience. "Because I'm teaching you responsibility and family duty."
Sunny sighed heavily and trudged behind her mom. This was going to be totally bogus!
"You know, it wasn't that bad!" Sunny replied. "I got to play around alot. The customers were so nice! And everyone called me ma'am just cause I was the boss's daughter!"
Saying goodbye to her friends, Sunny decided to use the extra money she'd earned helping Mom out in the store...