I forgot to mention in the previous chapter that the family now has a dog. It's a female Golden Retriever they named Sunshine but they all call her Sunny. She's not fully grown yet but she's a very smart and friendly dog. The whole family loves her.
Emily and Ashling just stand there and watch their parents making out. They don't say anything at first but then Ashling is the first one to say something.
"Mummy and Daddy sittin' in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G, first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby-"
But before Ashling can finish Emily puts her hand over Ashling's mouth. Niles and Daphne pull out of the kiss and give surprised looks to their daughters. Emily stands there with a nervous grin on her face while her hand is still clamped over Ashling's mouth.
Ashling pulls Emily's hand off her mouth and starts to giggle.
"Sorry about that, I didn't want to interrupt but Ashling wouldn't keep her big mouth shut."
Ashling looks over at her sister.
"I don't have a big mouth, Emily!"
Niles breaks it up before he blows up into a huge fight.
"Okay girls, go put your gifts on the table with the others." he explains.
The girls quickly obey as they put their presents on the gift table.
Daphne goes to the kitchen to get the drinks for the party as Niles answers the door. Roz finally arrives with Alice.
Niles lets them in and as soon as they spot David, they head right for him.
"Happy Birthday, David!' they both yell.
David smiles as he gives them both hugs and tells them where to put the presents that they brought. Roz eventually joins Daphne in the kitchen and helps her with the drinks.
Alice runs into Emily at the gift table as they strike up a conversation and before long more people start showing up until there is a living room full of people.
Eventually it's time for David to open his presents and he loves all of them, he's especially excited about the concert tickets from his parents. Emily got him a DVD of his favorite movie, Ashling got him some new drawing pens, Roz got him a couple of video games, and Alice got him a gift certificate for his favorite store at the mall. Michelle is going to treat him to dinner before they go to the concert later.
A short time later...
The party finally comes to an end and everyone had a great time. As people start to leave, David goes to him room to get ready for the concert. Jordan, Emily and Ashling are all going to the movies together so Niles and Daphne can spend the evening alone together.
Emily was initially upset that Ashling was tagging along with she and Jordan but finally accepted it. Jordan's dad is coming by to take them to the movies and will be bringing them home later.. Niles and Daphne can't stop grinning at each other because they are so anxious for their evening alone, they can't wait for it to start. It's been so long since they've been alone together.
It's finally time for the kids to leave. Ashlling goes to check on Sunny before leaving, to make sure she has enough food and water. Sunny is everyone's dog, but Ashling is the one that takes the most care of her.
After Ashling checks on Sunny, she and Emily leave with Jordan. David comes out of his room, wearing completely different jeans and shirt and his new shoes. He's wearing cologne and his hair is nicely combed. He spots Michelle sitting on the couch waiting for him as he approaches her.
Michelle looks up and sees David and smiles; she stands up and looks him up and down.
"My don't you look nice, David."
"Thank you Michelle and I must say you are looking especially beautiful yourself this evening."
Michelle laughs as she punches David in the arm.
"You really know how to flatter a girl don't you?"
David just gets a look of complete innocence on his face as he shrugs his shoulders.
Daphne interrupts them.
"Are you two ready to go to the concert?'
David looks at his mother.
"Yes we're ready, mum," he says as he extends his elbow for Michelle to take.
"Shall we go, milady?" David asks; pretending to be sophisticated.
Michelle just shakes her head and rolls her eyes as she grabs David's elbow.
Niles and Daphne both laugh as they watch them walk to the door.
Daphne wants to get a picture of them before they leave so she grabs the camera off the table. She has them strike a few poses in front of the door; until finally they are free to leave.
As they are leaving, Daphne tosses a bunch of different instructions to David as he and Michelle are walking to his car.
"Please drive carefully", "Don't talk to strangers," "Be responsible", etc. All the usual things a mother tells her teenager who's going off alone for the first time.
Before long Daphne and Niles see David's car stop at the stop sign at the end of the street and turn the corner until it's out of sight. Niles takes Daphne by the arm as he pulls her inside. She closes the door behind her and leans against it. She and Niles give each other mischievous smiles as they realize they're finally alone.
To be continued...