In this post: Mark Schmidt, Susan Schmidt, Amanda Schmidt, Lucy (?)
Mark sunk down as deep as he could into the hot bubbly bath. He wasn’t normally a bubbles type of guy but he knew before even getting out of bed that he would need it. Lucy had said that bubble baths always help her relax, prepared her for the day. Today would be difficult for him.
He sunk down further into the tub and rested his head against the back.
Mark decided to walk over to Just desserts and start with the easiest person on his list, his mother. The fresh spring air, the smell of the trees and blooming flowers reinforced the idea that moving back to Oasis Valley had been a great idea. The congestion and noise in Eaton made it hard to just simply enjoy nature.
Walking into Just Desserts he found Susan, his mother, standing over the kitchen sink, head down and shoulders slumped.
“Hey, mom.” He said.
He could tell that he startled her when she jumped a little before turning around. “Mark, surprised to see you here.”
“Yeah. Decided to stop by and see how things are.”
“I can tell. You look like you could use a rest, let’s have a seat.”
They sat and talked about everything and anything. The business, his job, the children. Then she turned the conversation to his relationship with Lucy.
She was digging, politely asking him about the status of their relationship.
“Lucy is moving in.” He stated simply.
“Ohhh… Moving in?” Susan sounded slightly disappointed.
“Hoping for more?”
“Not yet. Moving in seems to be the next logical step. After that…” Mark throw up his hands and shrugged his shoulders.
“You take your time. No hurries.” She smiled and patted his hands.
They stood and he prepared to leave.
“See you at the dinner next week, Mom.”
Telling his mother had been the easy part. He wondered if he should have left the bubble bath for later, closer to the dinner time. Cooking wasn’t doing anything to calm, it was making him even more nervous about telling Mindy about Lucy moving in. With all the things changing over at her mother house, he didn’t know how she would take him announcing that Lucy was moving in.
The smell of pork chops burning drew his attention back to task at hand.
The kitchen was way to small for the three of them to sit together. He took his customary seat in the living room allowing Lucy and Mindy talked at the table. He took the opportunity to listen to them. They seemed to get along. He was just hoping that the relationship that they had formed would be enough and that Mindy would not freak out when he delivered the news.
They were seated playing a heated game of SX3 when he blurted out “Lucy is moving in.”
Neither Lucy or Mindy stopped playing for a minute he thought he hadn’t spoken the word out loud.
“Okay.” Mindy said simply.
That had been much easier than he had expected.
- It seems that both Sharon and Mark decided it was time to move on with their lives and enter into serious relationships. I feared that they would never find someone who they were compatible with but they did.