“Thankyou for having me for dinner, Jennifer. Again.” Brooke smiled, laughing slightly.
“It’s always our pleasure, sweetheart. You’re like one of our family, too. What do you think about the theme of our recital this year?”
Brooke nearly choked on her food as Casper smirked at her from across the table.
“It’s a classic, Romeo and Juliet. One of my favourite shakespeare plays.” Brooke had always been a nerd for English literature, and this play was no exception. Her absolute favourite play, to be honest, but she wasn’t going to let Casper know that.
“Mine too.” Casper agreed, and Brooke found herself raising an eyebrow. She’d never known him to be into academics.
“Really. And why is that?” She queried.
“There’s nothing more exciting than forbidden love, Brooke.” He smirked, and Brooke found her stomach doing a small flip.
“And is that why you’re suddenly an actor, now, football boy?” Brooke grinned. She could feel Andy’s eyes glaring at her and felt guilty. But why? She’d done nothing wrong.
“And other reasons..”
“What the heck was all that?” Andy frowned, grabbing Brooke’s arm as she went to leave the house. Brooke had already said her goodbyes to the family but Andrina had followed her to the door.
“All the flirting. I thought you were the one person who cared more about me than..”
“Andy, what are you talking about?” Brooke sighed, taking her best friend’s hand and squeezing it. “I’m not interested in Casper.”
“But the way you looked at each other…I thought I saw it.” Suspiciously, Andy tucked a piece of hair behind her ear.
And Brooke had seen him too, looking at her. Like that. It was the first time she’d ever seen it, or she thought it was. Had she been looking at him too? Had she never realised that she…?
“There’s nothing to see, Andrina!” Brooke laughed. “I’m not one of Casper’s little follower girls, and I never will be.”
“And you’re sure?”
“Sure as sure can be, Jen. I have a lot of work to do this year. For school, I mean.” Brooke mumbled, non-convincingly. Jennifer wasn’t buying it.
“I have to say, this year’s show will be very different without our star lead. You’ll be missed, Brooke.”
Brooke felt sad to be dropping out of the run for Juliet. But it had to be done if she was going to try and stay away from Casper, and keep Andy happy.
“I know. I’ll still be in the show! I’d just rather not take a lead part, if that’s ok.”
“I can’t stop you focusing on your schoolwork, sweetheart. I just hate the idea of dealing with Minnie’s ego if she gets the part..”
Both teacher and student couldn’t help but giggle at the idea of Minnie demanding her own dressing room and groupies.
“I better get home, it’s my little sister’s birthday party and I couldn’t miss it for the world. Thanks, Jen.”
“Mommy, why are you crying?” Christina asked, confused. “Don’t be sad!”
“I just…I can’t believe you’re growing up so fast! My baby!” Addy sniffled, hugging her youngest daughter tight. Both Christy and Brooke were growing faster and faster every day, and she was so proud.
“I love you, Mom.” Christy hugged her mommy tight.
“I love you too. C’mon, lets blow out these candles, baby C!”
Everyone cheered and laughed and Grandpa Ben threw confetti.
“Oh, look at you, big girl!” Adelaide grinned, pulling Christina into a tight hug.
“It’s so great to see you, Dad.” Boogying in the living room with the other guys, Cameron turned and smiled at his own Dad.
“I’m proud of you, son. I know me and your mom aren’t around much these days…but we want to be! We’re going to be retiring, soon.”
Elena was surprised to see Molly, Kevin’s highschool sweetheart at the party. She looked like she felt quite awkward.
“Er, hi, Elena. Congratulations! On both the babies!” Molly laughed.
“Thanks, Molly. Welcome back to the family.” but if you break my little brother’s heart again, i will kill you!
“I’m so happy I have you back.” She sighed as Kevin returned to the kitchen.
“Me too. I’ll always love you, Molly.”