Stories are complex as we writers know. I’ll move Starting Over to where Emily and Patrick have decided to marry. First they must gather their children together for a family dinner to tell the good news.
Pat poured on the charm as he shook hands with Tom and Jake and introduced himself to Meg and Julie.
“Mom you look beautiful,” Meg said as she shook hands with Pat; “looks like you two are doing well.”
A cool greeting from daughter Meg, thought Emily.
“We are,” Pat said, his arm around their mother; you and your Mom look alike, no denying where you come from so come on in, make yourselves at home, I mean sorry, this is the home you grew up in.”
Tom, in his deep manly voice said, “That’s okay, Pat, I can see Mom’s pleased to be with you.”
“The grill is just about ready so I’ll get the steaks on,” Emily said.
“If it’s alright with you, I’ll tend to the meat,” Tom grinned as he exchanged smiles with his sister because they knew from years of experience Mom was dangerous with the grill.
Choruses of “I’ll make the salad”, and I’ll set the table,” and the kids took over the kitchen.
“What’s going on, Emily? do they always take over?”
“Yes dear, it’s nothing hostile, more like friendly fire because my reputation as a chef was ruined years ago so let them work while we relax.”
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