Like a proud grandmother she introduced each child. When she came to the youngest, Romeo, he hide behind Mrs. B.'s skirt. When he was pushed forward to meet Alex, she noticed his lip tremble.
What a handsome young man you are. " Alex smiled at him. Romeo smiled
a little but went back being sad, clutching his grandmothers leg.
Stephanie didn't seem to like that Alex was going to take care of them,
and Alex knew that this was not going to be as easy as she had thought.
B. looked back to the lawyer and they began to walk out of the room,
Romeo was still clutching her skirt. Alex looked at the remaining
children. Stephanie had her father's features but you could see her
mother in her stance. Jessie was more into his Game Boy than his new
sitter. Jake was looking at a book he had picked up off the coffee
table. Well, this isn't going to be easy, she thought.
I know you really didn't want a new person in your life right now, but
let's see if we can make it work." She gave them her best new job
voice. The kid's just gave her a funny look. Mrs. B. chose that time
to come back into the room.
"Alex dear, why not get Stephanie
to help you unload your car." To this Stephanie gave her Grandmother a
pained look. Alex could hear the wheels turning in her mind; she wasn't
going to help anyone move anything into her parent house.
okay I only brought a few things; I didn't know how long I was going to
stay." Alex thought she heard a small voice saying....'not long at all!'
"I only brought a suitcase and my Wii.: That seemed to get Jessie and Jake's attention.
"Wii? We have one of those." Jake said and Alex smiled.
might, but I have high score on all my games, so I'm not sure I want
to go back to being low man." Alex smiled and started to the door with
Jake and Jessie following, asking her what games she had.
watched them leave and turned to Stephanie sitting on the sofa. She
went over and sat beside her sad faced granddaughter.
"I know this isn't how you thought life would be, but give her a chance." She said laying her hand on her shoulder.
down at her folded hands Stephanie shrugged, "I don't need a baby
sitter." she looked up at her grandmother with a determined look in her
eyes, "The boys do, but I know when Mom gets settled she'll send for
Mrs. B pulled her in her arms. "Honey, I don't know what
she's going to do. That's between your mom and your dad. Try and make
Alex feel at home....," she heard Stephanie take a deep breath, "...
even if it's for a short time. She only brought one suitcase." That
brought a small smile to Stephanie's face.