Chapter 19: Last Minute Warnings

We arrived just as my mother was pouring over the contents of the fridge looking for something to prepare for dinner. As we all sat down to dinner, and I sat to get some food into Lily, my mother proceeded to fill us in on all of the gossip at her work place, including the gory details of how two co-workers were caught having sex in the janitors closet.

I prayed Lily would easily forget this conversation, and blushed light pink as I glanced up at Isaac whom I was sure was feigning interest as much as I was.

He was eating much slower than he usually did, also. I had witnessed him eat with such speed that rivaled those at an eating contest, which I assumed was a habit of growing up with six siblings. I found the quality endearing in him, but understood why he was slowing to match the pace of the other diners at the table.

I caught his gaze just as he was looking up at me, and he smiled politely at me. I felt my cheeks warm and my heart beat slightly faster at the familiar crooked smile I was receiving.

Luckily my mother was missing these small exchanges of sentimental frivolity, and I was content for that.

Our exchanges were much more private that way.

“Mommy!” Lily drew my attention back to her, and Isaac returned to his dinner as I spooned some more food into her mouth.

I managed to divide my attention between her, my dinner and Isaac. I was hungry, but I was also looking for further cues from him that made me love him more.

The way he shifted the well-defined curls on his forehead made me melt more than usual tonight.

As I reached for the salt shaker for my own food, Isaac was instinctively passing it to me. His hand closed slightly over mine, and I couldn’t hide another smile creeping onto my lips. Every move he seemed to be making tonight merely reminded me how much I loved him.

“You know,” My mother said, running out of things to say. “It’s Friday night. Why don’t you two go out and do something?”

“Oh, I don’t know…” I began slowly.

“I think it’s a great idea, Elaine.” Isaac smiled, and immediately appeased my mother. “You could use a night off.” He said to me.

“I was going to give Lily a bath.” I began.

“I can do it.” My mother agreed. “Isaac is right. You could use a break to go out and do normal things that people your age do.”

I felt myself blush again and looked to Isaac. “Maybe we could do something low key?”

“Sure.” He nodded. “We could go see a movie or something.”

“That would be perfect.” I smiled, and in my lapse of attention to Lily, managed to accidentally smear sauce on her face. “Oh, sorry honey!” I murmured and reached for the towel I had left handy.

“Here,” Isaac had already picked up the towel and proceeded to wipe at Lily’s face. Where I usually had to struggle, he made it look easy by making a face at her and causing her to burst into snorts and giggles.

I couldn’t hide my own smile.

“Why don’t you kids go now?” My mother offered. “I can clean up here. I’ll handle everything.”

“Are you sure?” I asked. I scraped the remainder of food from Lily’s bowl and spooned it into her mouth. Isaac was already standing and putting my empty plate and his in the sink.

“I’m positive, go!”

I glanced down at my plain white t-shirt and faded jeans with a hole in the knee. “I should change first.”

“I think you’ll be fine.” Isaac smiled and crossed the kitchen again, to kiss my forehead softly.

I suddenly no longer cared about anything and smiled like an idiot.

I bent and kissed Lily softly on her cheek and hugged her loosely. “I’ll see you in the morning, okay honey? Be good for Nana.” I instructed.

I straightened and turned to my mother. “Her pajamas are in the top right drawer of the dresser in her room. Her shampoo is under the sink along with a bucket of rubber-duckies and water safe toys. Don’t forget to use the baby soap; the yellow bottle, not the white one because the white one gives her a rash.” I instructed. “Don’t take your eyes off her for a second when she’s in the tub, not even to answer the phone. And don’t let the water go deeper than her belly button.”

My mother rolled her eyes like a spoiled teenager. “You know I have done this before. I raised you didn’t I?”

I sighed. “Just watch her. And make sure she doesn’t go to bed with a doll, or she’ll never sleep. There’s a bear in her crib that she likes to sleep with, so don’t take it out.”


Isaac already had his shoes on, and was waiting patiently for me to finish my instructions. I thought carefully but couldn’t remember anything I had forgotten. I couldn’t think of anything, so I kissed Lily again, thanked my mother and followed Isaac out to his car.

I sighed heavily, once we were pulling from the driveway. “You probably think I’m a whack job or something…”

“What do you mean?” His brow creased in confusion.

“Being so over protective of Lily and everything…” I murmured.

“Actually,” He grinned. “I think it’s kind of adorable.”

My eyes were wide in shock. “Really?”

“Yeah, it shows how much you love her, and how important she is to you. It’s the way it should be.” He reached across the front seat and took my hand, holding it tightly in my lap.

I laughed. “I do probably take it to extremes though. I guess I don’t really get out much…”

He smiled softly and after a minute or two of silence he asked. “Do you know what movie you want to see?”

I sighed. “I don’t even know what’s playing. I can’t keep up with that stuff anymore; I spend most of my time watching cartoons. If it doesn’t have the teletubies in it, I’m lost.”

Isaac laughed musically. “Alright, how about something else then? Why don’t we stop by the video store and rent a few movies and take them back to my place? We can still be alone then.”

This plan sounded much more perfect than the last. “That sounds perfect. Maybe we can even get a bottle of wine?”

“Sure.” He nodded.