“Okay, okay, just let me finish this dish, then we’ll go talk to her,” said Cristian.
“Thank you,” said Kenya. “It’s important that she feels welcome here. She’s going to be carrying our great-grandchildren after all.”
“I know it’s important,” said Cristian, “I just don’t understand why we have to be so formal about it.”
Kenya took a sip of her juice and replied, “no, we won’t be formal, we don’t wanna scare the girl. We’ll just go in a have a chat while she’s settling into the office–I mean her room.”
“Sounds like a plan.”
“I’m glad to hear you’re comfortable in this room. You’d think in an apartment this large, we’d be able to set you up with a full bedroom, not squeezing into the office,” said Kenya. “What are you working on?”
“Just sending an e-mail to my sister to let her know I’m doing well, and I appreciate that, Mrs. Ralston,” said Jessie, “but I’m just fine. I think you all are doing the right thing by already setting up the nursery in the third bedroom. I’m quite comfortable.”
“See? She’s quite comfortable,” said Cristian.
“Yes, I see,” said Kenya. To Jessie, she said, “we just wanted to come in for a quick chat. We’ll get out of your hair now. Cristian keeps the fridge stocked with food, so help yourself. We each have to head to work in a bit, so we’ll see you later.”
Kenya and Cristian went back to the kitchen, and Jessie wrapped up her e-mail. She kept glancing out the window at the city below. She longed to go explore, but wasn’t sure she should since she just arrived to the Ralston-Kibo apartment that morning. She wandered around the large apartment until she found Akira in his bedroom.
“Hey Akira,” said Jessie, “I don’t want to bother you while you’re working, but I just wanted to let you know I’m all settled into my room. I’m going to get out int he city and explore a bit.”
“No worries,” said Akira,” I’m just practicing coding. We want you to feel comfortable and at home while you’re staying here. You don’t have to report in if you’re going to leave. We have your number if we need to reach you. Your time is your own until our insemination appointment tomorrow. Have fun!”
Jessie headed out, and Akira finished up his coding practice for the day. He went to the living room and found Gavin on the couch. Akira and Gavin were excited to have a moment to themselves to discuss the last couple of days.
“I can’t believe this is happening so fast,” said Gavin, “can you?”
“Of course I can,” said Akira. “When it’s meant to happen, things just flow. And speaking of things flowing, I kept in touch with Aurora–I mean Rory. We’ve e-mailed back and forth three times today. You won’t believe this, but she’s moving to San Myshuno! She wants to work on her Simlish while she’s in nursing school. She said once she moves into her apartment, she’ll invite us all over for a visit.”
“That’s amazing! I was joking that you were gonna take her to brunch, but now I guess you really will,” laughed Gavin. “And now I feel good that we didn’t pick her to be the surrogate. Open adoption or not, I’d much rather have her around as our friend than with all the complications we’d have if she was our baby mama.”
“Funny,” said Akira. “Well, how about this? How about we spend the rest of the day just you and me? Let’s go bowling, or to the movies, or swimming? Something that will be really hard to do once we have infants and toddlers running around.”
“Or we could spend the day in bed,” said Gavin. “I can think of lots of things there we can do that get more difficult once we have infants and toddlers.”
“Hmm, I like your idea even better,” said Akira.