Noah was talking with one of the clothing designers about the type of Harley clothing that felt most comfortable to him. Sharlee was talking with one of the makeup artists about how her family was doing. The makeup artist had a baby the year before.
Noah kissed her and then went back to his conversation with the designer. They were trying to determine what styles should be showcased in his franchise.
Gene joined them not long after and then Noah helped her up and to the limo. Sharlee was very glad when it was over, and she could just relax and enjoy the remaining months till Skylar was born. She and Noah had finally decided to name their baby girl Skylar. Noah had already started calling her Sky as his special nickname for her.
Noah stopped by the hospital to see Joy and then he went to Sarge’s office for his session. He was dreading it because they had started discussing his volatile relationship with his mother. Noah felt like it was a waste of time because he no longer had any desire to have a relationship with her, but Sarge felt that it was necessary. After his session, Noah returned to the house and told Sharlee about what he and Sarge had discussed.
“No. Why should I? She doesn’t care about me, and I’m not taking a chance on her hurting you or Skylar in any way. Besides, I don’t think she’d care!”
Sharlee didn’t have an answer.
Neither of them could think of much to say over dinner. Even through dessert their conversation felt very awkward and forced.
“Let’s just do it ,Shawn!”
“Come on inside. I got my copy of “Animal Fair” in the mail today. There’s a great article about Appaloosas in it! Have you decided which Vet program you’re going into after you graduate? We really gotta start back talking more!”
Shawn went inside with her. Their relationship was back like it should be again! After his “date” with Faye, Shawn went out with other girls. He still didn’t trust his own judgement, and so he usually asked Faye and Cara what they thought of a girl before he went out with them. He hoped to eventually regain his confidence.
Kaylee crept quietly through the window of her bedroom. She stealthily closed and locked it. Her father had told her that if she was late coming home again, he’d ground her. She’d been late the past weekend and he’d grounded her this week.
However, she had not wanted to miss that party tonight. Terrance had been expecting her, and she wasn’t about to let him down! Pam had her eye on Terrance too. So far, Terrance had been ignoring Pam, but Kaylee didn’t want to give Pam a chance to get her hooks into him.
Her plan had worked perfectly! She stood for a few moments reliving the night. Then she looked around her room. She desperately needed to take the time to redecorate it. She quickly changed into her nightgown and climbed into bed. A couple of days passed.
She grabbed her backpack and stormed out of the house.
Leslie saw his expression. “I’ll talk with her after we get back from your sister’s place.”
“I’m staying with you and your folks for the next couple of days. My aunt Stacey just had her appendix taken out, and my parents are going to see her. I told them that I didn’t want to miss school, and so I’m staying with you!”
Cara frowned. “What’s the real reason why you didn’t want to go?”
“There’s another party tonight, and I know Terrance is going to ask me to be exclusive.”
“Then I’ll wait till he does. You don’t understand, Cara. All the guys know that my Dad is a captain with the Santa Fe PD. They’re afraid to ask me out. Terrance wasn’t afraid. He really likes me, and I like him too!”
“If he’s not afraid, then why do you sneak around to see him?”
Cara just didn’t get it. She really didn’t see what made Kay so into Terrance. Terrance was arrogant and acted like he was doing Kay a favor by dating her.
“I need you to do something for me.”
“I want you to go with me to the party tonight.”
“Why do you need me to go with you?”
“Your Mom is staying at the hospital with Joy tonight, but your Dad is going to be home. If I tell him I’m going to a party tonight, you know he’ll say no because it’s a school night. If you tell him that you want to go, he’ll be so happy that you’re going out instead of staying home with your head buried inside a photography journal.”
Kaylee told her, and Cara wrinkled her nose. “I suppose there won’t be any parents or chaperones since it’s at Bobby’s house?”
“I don’t know, but that doesn’t matter. Sometimes you’re such a dork, Cara!”
“If being a dork means that I have a mind of my own, then yeah, call me a dork!”
This time Kaylee rolled her eyes.
“Hey Noah! See you later. We’re going to a party.”
They left the house quickly without giving Noah a chance to ask any questions.
“What’s so funny?”
“Don’t worry about it, Babe. They are both smart girls, and I doubt that they’ll get into any serious trouble.”
“Thanks. I actually got it cut this way to bug my Mom, but it backfired on me.”
They laughed. The last time they’d been together, Kent had asked Cara to start going out with him . He’d been so sweet and told her that he thought she was amazing. She’d said that she would think about it. She usually only went out in groups, but she really did like Kent a lot. She knew he wasn’t the type of guy to pressure her into being something that she wasn’t. She could be herself with him. Also they had a lot in common. He was into art just as much as she loved photography.
“Kent, if you still want to start dating, I’d like that too!”
“Aren’t you glad you came?”
Cara thought about telling her about Kent, but decided to wait until after the party. Just in case things didn’t go the way Kaylee wanted them to go with Terrance.
“How is your patient, Dad?”
“He’s alright. He won’t need surgery. I just called to remind you that it’s a school night, and you and Kaylee need to be home by 11:00.”
“11:00! The party will still be going strong by then!”
“You nasty skank! You’ve gotta be a derp to hump my man right in front of me! I don’t play that!”
Terrance grabbed Kaylee and tried to hold her back, and Cara grabbed Pam. Pam’s friend, Dedi, didn’t like Cara holding onto Pam and started pulling on Cara. Cara’s friend jumped in when Pam and Dedi were both fighting Cara!
When it was just the girls fighting, Kent stayed out of it; but when one of the guys grabbed hold of Cara, Kent slugged him. Before long it became a big fight involving most of the people at the party. Terrance still kept hold of Kaylee keeping her out of the fighting.
Someone called the police! Bobby and his girlfriend quickly got rid of the alcohol before the police arrived. He’d tried to stop the fighting, but no one was listening to him! His girlfriend kept him from getting into the fight himself.
“Hey guys it’s time to take your baths and then I’ll read you a story.”
“You can stay up for another half hour and then it’s bath time!”
“Yay! Thanks Sharlee.”
“I’ll call you after I get there.”
Kent’s father had already come for him. He’d been very upset with Kent just like Cara knew that Dale would be with her and Kaylee.
Cara rolled her eyes and thought to herself that she just did not get what Kaylee saw in Terrance. If Terrance hadn’t wanted Pam to twerk, he could have stopped her himself. However, he did seem to have made a final choice now between Kaylee and Pam. It was Kay that he’d stuck with during the fight.
“We didn’t expect anything like this to happen, Dad.”
“I’m sure you didn’t, but that’s why you both know that you are not to attend any parties that are not properly chaperoned. You are both grounded for the next seven days!”
They knew better than to complain. They were just relieved that grounding was their only punishment!