Somehow Ambrose wasmanaging to continue workas a pianist while lookingafter her baby boy Julian.She had to abandon herbusiness arrangement withBernice after Frank flakedout on them, but she hadmanaged to find a stable,reliable gig at a restaurant.Playing ambient music whilepeople ate was hardlyfulfilling her potential, but itwas regular hours she couldplan babysitters around.
She was super excited whenJulian aged up into a toddler.Not only would he be moreinteresting than a baby, but thebabysitting fee would getreduced.
The magical experience of being amother wasn’t completely lost onAmbrose, but she would have been thefirst to admit she couldn’t be as dreamyor spontaneous as she once had. She’dfinally had a reason to pull her headdown out of the clouds. That wasn’t such a bad thing either. Bernice, watching her, felt Ambrose was a more rounded person now. She’d found focus in her life.
Bernice was changing too.She had grown up a lotsince marrying Gracie, andnow she was discoveringthat being a grown updidn’t mean not having aplayful side. She lovedhanging out with Julian.
Both women were discovering new sides tothemselves. Ambrose a sense of responsibilityand Bernice a fuzzy maternal instinct.
Hennrick was taking his daily20 minute walk around theperimeter of his gardenwhen he spotted Ambroseover the hedge.
He knew of the baby next door of course, he had cursed itswailing often enough. But seeing the boy happily playing with hismother… and the mother… Well he had never seen it beforereally but Ambrose struck him that day as beautiful.
He spent the evening musingabout his new feelings, evenphoned Warren to get someoutside perspective. By the nextday he was certain he wanted toinvolve himself in his neighbourslife.During his morning walk he calledher over when he spotted hergetting her post and introducedhimself.
James had heard all about Annette’s disastrousgathering from Megan, so wanted to cheer her upwith a visit to the park. He struggled with hisattraction to her when she asked him to dance…
And played horseshoesterribly, distracted by howbeautiful the younger teen was.
They spent the whole daytogether, and James walkedher home before the curfew.Not only was she beautiful,but she was so warm andfriendly, polite and… he wastotally smitten.
With a daring he didn’trealise he possessed hekissed her.