THE DAVIS HOME - LIVING ROOM
that's wonderful!" Edwina Blake exclaimed as she held the telephone
receiver up to her ear. "I'm glad that the summer semester is going
so well. Do you think you'll be able to make it for a visit during the
"Dad's coming?" Lorraine Davis
asked as she looked up from the needle point that she'd been working on.
think so," Edwina mouthed silently to her daughter as she continued to
listen to what her husband was saying on the other end of the line.
"Oh, Anton, that's great! I miss you so much. Yes, Lorraine
misses you, too. You just have to come and see the
baby. I know,
"Mom, ask him about Grace."
Lorraine set her needle point aside and rose from the sofa so that she could
walk over to her mother. "Is she doing okay? Is she having any
"Honey, Lorraine wants to know
about...." Edwina paused and listened carefully. "Well,
that's good, isn't it? So, she's not having any problems?
"Ask him about...."
"What about her classes?
Good. Good. I was a little afraid that she wouldn't be able to stay
caught up by leaving so late in the semester. Well, of course, it's going
to be difficult, but she's a very determined and stubborn young lady.
What? Oh, all right, dear. Yes, I'll talk to you later. I love
"Mom, what did he say?" Lorraine
asked as Edwina hung up the phone. "How's Grace doing?"
"Your father said she's doing
fine." Edwina took her daughter's hand and led her back over to the
sofa. "She's enrolled in classes at Rosehill College. He said
that it's a good thing that he's such good friends with Dean Sterling or he
wouldn't have been able to get the work that she'd done so far last semester to
transfer, but she's still right on track."
"And what about...?"
"Honey, she's fine," Edwina
reassured. "A little frightened, I'm sure, but she's going to be fine."
sweetheart, I'm sorry I'm late," Douglas Davis spoke up as he came hurrying
through the front door. "I just got so tied up at the office that I lost
track of time and...." He paused and lifted an eyebrow as he sniffed
the air. "Don't tell me you held dinner for me. You know that
if I get tied up and I'm late that you're supposed to just...."
"This family eats at the same
time," Lorraine said firmly. "I just hope that chicken isn't as
tough as shoe leather by now."
"You should've gone ahead without
me." Douglas draped his jacket over the back of his chair and yanked
off his tie. He hated wearing those things.
"Darling, next time you're gonna be
late, call and let me know." Lorraine again rose from the sofa and
walked over to pick up her husband's discarded jacket and tie so that she could
hang them on the coat tree by the front door.
"I'm sorry, I thought that I would've
been done before now. It's just that I had all of these contracts to
review and I'm still straightening out the organizational mess that Chamberlain
left behind and I haven't had a secretary that stays around longer than a week
since Annabelle died."
"I'm going to go check on dinner,"
Edwina spoke up and quickly excused herself from the room.
we've barely been able to spend any time together as a family." She
bit her lip nervously. "You know I think the world of Mr.
but he's working you far too hard. Maybe you should just ease into your
new position and...."
"Honey, the publishing world can't just
come to a grinding halt just because I got promoted and need time to get
accustomed to my new responsibilities." He walked over to the bar and
poured himself a bourbon and water in an effort to unwind. "I've got
to jump in there with both feet and figure out what I'm doing while keeping the
office running as smoothly as possible all at the same time. Besides, you
knew that this promotion would involve some long hours when I accepted it."
"I know, but..."
"This is going to be good for this
family," Douglas smiled and then quickly downed the rest of his drink
before walking over to her and taking her into his arms. "This
promotion is going to allow me to take care of this family the way it needs to
be taken care of." He paused and looked down into Lorraine's eyes and
smiled. "But, from now on, I'll be sure to call and let you know when
I'm running late and I promise you that I'll never miss a meal with this
"Oh, Douglas," she sighed and
hugged him tightly.
"Now, you go help you mother finish
getting things set up for dinner and I'll be in in a moment." He
walked back over to the bar and fixed himself another drink. "You'll
see. Once the kinks in this promotion are ironed out, things are going to
be better than ever for all of us."