|That new boy... ( at the McKaine house)
||[Jul. 15th, 2006|03:54 pm]
The Green Room
"You've been spending an awful lot of time with that new boy lately," Mrs. McKaine remarked. She sat at the table shucking corn for the barbecue they were going to have that afternoon.
"He's a nice boy, Momma," Kayla replied. She was cubing the steak for the kabobs.
"Lucky! All the boys I know are jerks," Maggie said, sighing wistfully as she collected the steak cubes from Kayla and dropped them into the marinade where they'd stew until it was time for cooking.
The boys were outside preparing the backyard and the grill, so it was the perfect time for girl talk in the kitchen.
"Just as long as his intentions are good," Mrs McKaine said. She was proud of how her daughters were growing up, but she worried about them here in Grace Grove. Things were different out here than they were in Kansas.
"Of course they are! You've spoke with him a time or two, you know he's a good boy..." Kayla stopped cutting steak and looked her mother directly in the eyes. "Momma, I know you want the best for us kids, but we're growing up. I'm 19 now... I gotta do what I think is right."
"Like Gil," Maggie said with a giggle.
"Hush up," Kayla chided, picking up a corn husk and flicking it at her sister.
"Missed me," Maggie laughed as she ducked out of the way. In retaliation, she began to sing "Kayla and Gil, sitting in a tree F-u-c-..."
"Maggie! That's quite enough," Mrs McKaine scolded. "Sometimes it's hard to tell you girls are growing up at all."
"Sorry momma," they said in unison.
"That's better. Now, Kayla... I'm sure Gil IS a nice boy, but we haven't had much opportunity to get to talk with him. And if you're going to go stay with him tonight at the practice place--"
"You're SLEEPING OVER with GIL?!" Maggie gasped. "Oh my god! You're letting her sleep over with GIL and I couldn't go on that camping trip with Mary Ellen and Brandy?"
"That's an entirely different matter," Mrs McKaine said, shaking her head. "Kayla's older than you are - she's an adult now, so we can't tell her what to do."
"That's not fair!" Maggie said, stomping her feet. "I'm almost nearly an adult too! If she gets to sleep over with her BOYFRIEND, I should get to go camping with my friends!"
"He's not my--well, okay he is my--- but we're not-- I mean, we're not doing the naughty kind of sleeping over. We're just watching the place," Kayla said.
"I'll bet!" Maggie wasn't convinced.
Mrs. McKaine sighed. Raising children was far from easy sometimes. "Girls, quit your fighting. Kayla, why don't you call Gill on up and invite him over for the barbecue? I'm sure your father and your brothers would like to get a chance to talk to him, too..."
Kayla sighed. "Yes, Momma."
She wasn't sure whether this was a good thing, or a bad one. It might be nice for Gil to meet her family, but she didn't want them to give him the third degree, either. She wasn't sure whether he had work today, but she was pretty sure he might be at Drake's hanging out. If not, she'd dial Matthew and Barry's number and have one of them go down and fetch Gil from the downstairs at their place. Resigning herself to fate, she picked up the phone and dialed.