Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Chapter 17

The call to his parents went about the way he thought it would.  Dad just as easy going as always, mom like a terrier worrying a bone.  “How well do you know her and her family, is she after your money?  Don’t you think it’s too soon?” 

He bit his tongue till he thought it would fall out of his mouth, when his dad finally reigned his mom in. 

He called for a car to pick Colleen and the girls up, so she didn’t get lost.  Stephanie and Jesse would meet, him and the boys, at their grandparent’s house.   He and the boys would drive over later.

As Stephanie said, they would run the gauntlet early for him, and he would meet the driver, so they could get into the gated community.  He kept thinking, that he should warn Colleen about his mother, but he didn’t want to scare her off.  It had been six months since Dorothea has passed. Most of the men in his grief group, the one he had attended for two weeks, have moved on in a matter of weeks.  He was ready.  Why else would God have sent him into that bar in the Hamptons, if it wasn’t to meet Colleen?

He and Romeo sat down that morning over breakfast, not sure what was going to happen.

“Hey Ro, I wanted you to know, I invited Colleen and the two girls for lunch today.”  Jon buttered his toast, and watched his son for a reaction. 

Not even a lift of an eyebrow or a sound, came from his youngest son.

“Is that okay with you Ro?  You had fun at dinner yesterday with the twins, didn’t you?”  Jon another tactic.

“Yeah I guess,” Romeo mumbled around his cereal.

“You like Miss O’Sullivan, don’t you?”  Jon prodded his son. It was like pulling teeth to get his normal hyper son to talk this morning.

“Yeah.”  Romeo mumbled.

They sat there quiet and all of a sudden Romeo spoke.

“Pops can I ask you something?? Romeo looked up at Jon.

“You can ask me anything Ro, you know that don’t you?”  Jon pushed his plate and coffee cup away.

“I guess.”  Romeo pushed his mushy cereal bowl away.

“Do you miss momma?”  Romeo looked up very seriously.

“Sure Ro, I miss her.”  Jon reached across the table toward his son.  “We were together for so very long, you know this.”  He watched the emotions cross his youngest sons face. “Is this because I’m starting to date?”

“I guess, I Stephanie and Jesse said we need to let you date, and the more I thought about it, I thought you forgot momma.”  Romeo looked up them.

“Ro, I will always miss your momma.  She was my life.  We were together for more than half of my life.”  Jon spoke from his heart.

“But pops, she left us.  She stopped taking her medication, and she let it make her different.”  Romeo told Jon.
This was the time when he was gone for a few short dates. He had noticed when he was home, that Ro had gotten quieter and was never alone with his mom. 

Jon had some idea that Doro was pocketing her pills. Her idea was to tear down Jon. She would never go after her kids. It was always Jon, if he really loved her, he would stay home and be with the boys or take them with him.  He had noticed, that Romeo had changed so much.  He stayed more in his room.  He acted up at school, and both were not the Ro he had seen before Dorothea progressed in her illness.

“That was part of her illness Ro. It took over her thinking, she didn’t know what she was saying at times.”  Jon tried to explain to Romeo, what the doctor had told him, as her illness progressed.

“So, if she said something, it doesn’t mean it’s true.”  Romeo asked looking up very serious.

Jon was not expecting this question, he thought maybe she was rough with Romeo. He had such a happy inner spirit, but he knew that Romeo had changed so much in the past year.

“Ro, you know you can ask me anything.  I will always tell you the truth, no matter how hard it is.”  Jon was almost afraid of what he was going to ask.  He would talk to Jake and Jesse tomorrow at lunch to see what the hell they knew.

Romeo looked down at his mushy cereal, since his mother passed, he thought more and more about what she had screamed at him one day. Pops, was coming home late, last minute interview.  Jesse was at Notre Dame, Steph was in the city working fashion week, for uncle Mookie and Jake was at a football weekend.  So that left Romeo at home with a really pissed off mother.

“You, you called to tell her you were staying an extra day in London, she was so mad at you.” Romeo looked up and his eyes looked so like his mothers.  “I must not have done something right.  She started to yell at me, she threw her coffee cup at me and called me her worse mistake.  How long was she going to have to pay for her past sins?”  Romeo finally looked up at Jon, “I asked her what past sins, which wasn’t the right thing to say, she threw her plate at me.” 

The more Romeo talked the madder he got. If Dorothea wasn’t dead, he would’ve killed her again.

“She told me she could’ve ended it all, but this was Gods punishment, that she would have to see me every day.”  Romeo had finally said the words he had been thinking those early Saturday morning words, before his mother went to the hospital.  “She said I was not your son, that Uncle Mookie was my dad, didn’t I ever notice, I don’t look like Jesse or Stephanie or even Jake?” 

Jon sat there stunned.

“Are you my dad?” Ro finally asked, eyes on his dad, begging him to call his mom a liar.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Chapter 16

“I didn’t interrupt your girls night, did I?”  Jon picked up his wine glass and took a sip.  “How was the movie?”

“Half way through, they fell asleep.”  She laughed softly.  Climbing out of the bed, she pulled the door to not to wake the girls.  “Still trying to figure out where they had room for popcorn and soda, after the dinner they put away.”

“They’re kids, if the girls are anything like my three boys, they can eat all day, and still be hungry.”  He drained his glass and got up and headed to the kitchen. 

“I just hope they’re easy to get up and get to church.”  She climbed back into the bed.  “They had a blast today with your kids, it’s all they talked about on the way back.”

“Yeah, I know Jake enjoyed the girls being there, too.”  He put the glass into the sink and added water.  “Ro I’m not so sure, he’s a little shy at times.”  Jon remembers the one time Romeo wasn’t so shy, but that was before Dot got in such a bad way.

There was that silence that always happened. 

“So when are their parents picking them up?”  Jon wanted to see her tomorrow and thought about asking her to join him and his kids, at his parents, for lunch. 

“I have them till Monday after school.”  Colleen leaned back on the pillows and smiled, she was glad he called. 

“Well, my parents have a huge family lunch tomorrow. Dad’s working on some new sauces to sell, and he uses us to test it on.”  Jon laughed a little, as he left the kitchen and headed upstairs to his bedroom.  “You think you and the girls would like to come eat and be guinea pigs with the rest of us?”

“I can ask them when they get up, I can call you.” Colleen hoped they said yes. “I'll call you.” 

They hung up so she could get some sleep.

Jon was passing Jake's door when it opened.

“You asking Miss O’Sullivan to lunch tomorrow?”  He followed his dad into his room and climbed onto the side of the bed.

Jon walked into his closet to change, grabbing his sleep shorts off the floor.

“Yeah, is that okay with you?”  Jon headed to the in suite bathroom.  He wanted Jake to say ‘sure no problems Pops.’  But he knew that might be pushing it.

“She going to bring Leslie and her sister?”  Jake asked.

“Yeah, she has them all weekend.”  Jon told him, not holding his breath, but thinking that might make Jake’s decision for him.

“Yeah, I guess so.”  Jake mumbled.

Inside his head, he just jumped in the air and did a fist pump, like he did on stage.

“Does this mean you and Miss O’Sullivan and going to...date?”  Jake asked.

His inner jump just landed wrong and fell off the stage.

“I want to, if it’s okay with you and Roe.”  Jon never moved to the doorway after starting the shower to warm up.

“Steph and Jesse talked to Roe and me about you two dating. How we should let you, you know, start dating again.”  Jake inspected the toe of his shoe, not looking up to where his dad was standing.

“How do you feel about that?”  Jon wasn’t really sure he wanted to know the answer to that question. But he couldn’t take the words back now.

“I guess it’s okay, I like Miss O’Sullivan, she’s a neat teacher and she saved my as, I mean butt.”  Jake finally looked up to where his dad was standing. 

There went that stage jump again inside Jon.

“She did do that,” Jon said from the doorway.  “She’s going to ask the girls tomorrow when they get up, so I’ll know tomorrow if they’ll be coming to lunch.” 

Jake got up and headed to the bedroom door, as far as he was concerned, this talk was over with his dad.

“Okay dad, good night.”  Jake said as he left the room, closing the door.

Jon finally took a deep breath, that meant three of his kids were okay he was going to start dating.  That left Romeo, after he showered he would go and talk to him.  His inner stage jumper, held up for that final leap.  Jon smiled and hummed the whole time he showered.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Chapter 15 Another Raw Chapter

Jon had to smile, he knew that Colleen, was loving every minute of the girls being there.

“I was sneaking into bars, playing with any band that would let me sit in.”  Jon remembered many nights not getting home before he went to school. Many days, just changing clothes and a swish of mouth wash, and heading to school.  If it hadn’t been for Dorothea, he would never have graduated at all.

Colleen watched Jon’s smile slip off his face.  Whatever that memory brought up, seemed to close him off. She started to say something, when the kids came back to the table, all talking over each other.  Jon seemed to snap out of his damaging memory, till it was time to head home.

They had gotten to where the cars were parked, Jon walked Colleen and the girls and waited till they got in.  Colleen rolled the window down and Jon leaned in, and promised to call her later.  He had wanted to give her a kiss, but they were being overly watched.  He watched her drive off, then turned to his car, where the kids stood watching.

“What,” He rolled his eyes, “Get in the car.”  Shaking his head as he watched them laugh and pile in.

Back at Colleen house, she went to take a bath, while the girls made popcorn and picked out a movie.  Pizza, sodas and Italian ice and they still wanted popcorn, she sighed as the water flowed around her tired body.  Thinking back over dinner with Jon’s family, she could feel then watching her. They seemed to be taking notes on how she and Jon were getting along.  She wanted them to like her and maybe trust her.  It was all she thought about on the ride home, what did they think of her?  Did they think she was right for their dad?  Getting up out of the tub, all she thought was, call Jon.  The more she dried off, the more she heard the girls talking, so calling Jon was not going to happen tonight.

By the time Jon got back to the townhouse, the kids scattered and he made it to his office, the door had barely closed when someone knocked.  Taking a deep breath, rolling his eyes, which of his kids was daring to knock on his door.

“Dad?”  Stephanie asked.

Well that answered that question. He watched the door slowly open.

“Come on in Steph.”  Jon called to his daughter.

Stephanie was followed by Jesse, they settled into the club chairs, and looked at each other.

He watched them trying to see who would talk first.

“If you two are going to just give each other the stink eye, do you mind if I fix a glass of wine?”  Jon said as he got up and went to the wine fridge. 

“Stephanie wants to tell you something.”  Jesse finally said, much to his sister’s dismay.

“Thanks Jess,” Stephanie rolled her eyes.  “Pop’s we want to tell you, we like Colleen.”  Stephanie looked over at Jesse.

“Yeah, we give our approval, you know, if you want to see, you know date or something.”  Jesse kinda looked uncomfortable.

“Date or something hum?”  Jon tried not to laugh at his oldest two.  Granted, having them approve of Colleen and him seeing each other, made things a little easier for them.  Now if he could get the other two on board.

“Yeah, we think you’re ready to go out and have a life again.  You haven’t written anything since Uncle Mookie split.  Then Mom, well you’ve been doing great for us, and the brothers. It’s time to get back in the world, you know, live a little.”  Stephanie elaborated on what Jesse had said.

Jon thought about what she was saying.  Yeah, since Richie turned his back on Bon Jovi, and broke up the brotherhood, he hadn’t written anything.  He never even finished the song he started writing since he met Colleen.  The only one, of the remaining band members, that knew he had met someone was Lema.
Later as Jon sat in his office, strumming his guitar.  The words were right on the edge of his brain.  He had the first few lyrics, he just couldn’t get the next lyrics to pull together. He toyed with his phone, damn he wanted to just hear her voice.

Somewhere during the movie, both girls fell asleep on the sleeping bags on the floor.  Colleen got up and cleaned up the popcorn and the empty cups, turning off the movie, she went into her room.  Curling up in the big bed, she set her alarm, she had to make sure the girls got to church.  She sat the phone on the little bedside table, just then the light on her phone lit up. Who would be calling this late?  Looking at the Caller ID she smiled.

“Hi Jon.”

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Chapter 14 Raw unedited,please be nice.

The stands would be packed, but football at a private school, was a big thing.

Colleen dropped the girls off at the gym, then went and parked her car in the lot for the football stadium.  Some parents were already out tailgating, those were the parents of the players, and they had to get here early.  As always, some of them would be feeling no pain before halftime.

Colleen had drawn the adult concession stand.  She hated this stand, the parents that worked it, stood around and gossiped instead of working on serving the customers.

Bottles of wine were being opened to breath, hot dogs and hamburgers are on the grill.  The dads or male friends of the mothers were minding the grill, the wives or girlfriends of the fathers were supposed to be waiting on the people that came up to the concession stand.  Supposed to be, was the operable word for the day.

Colleen had started opening the wine to breath, by the last games stats they sold more Pinot than the red or chardonnay. She had asked several of the women to make sure they knew to check Id’s and no matter how much they say, it’s for my mom or dad. The answer was always no. They looked like it was too much to ask of them. How dare she think their students would lie, just to drink wine?

Next time she was going to take the students concession stand, it would be half the work.  The games had started and she had barely had time to breath.  The moms were still standing there talking, like a bunch of hens, trading gossip of the week.  Then the twittering got more excite, she looked up when she heard one of the mothers say Jon’s name.  Sure enough there he was, looking like he just go up and tossed on his clothes and slammed his ever present blue ball cap on his head.

Jon was laughing at something Jesse said, about the women falling all over themselves when he came into view.  Jon scanned the concession stand for Colleen, she had told him she would be at the parents stand, and then he saw her and smiled. 

Colleen smiled at Jon, but she wasn’t going to fight to get to the counter through the gushing women.  She poured his glass of Pinot, and waited to hear what, she assumed, were his older kids wanted.   

“Hello Jon, what can I get for you?”  The buxom blonde mother asked.

Jon had to dig deep into his memory, to think of her name.  Hell after Dorothea died, and it made the news he had so many of the mothers at Polly Prep hit on him.  The names all didn’t seem important, at the time.

“Hey Mrs. Greenburg, how is Michael doing at Rutgers.”  Jesse asked the blonde.

Saved by his son, thank God, they showed up to save his sorry ass.  Now he remembered Jane Greenburg, Michael had played Lacrosse with Jesse and dated Stephanie at one time.

“Hi Jane, Pinot for me and whatever those two want.”  Jon said looking at Colleen, taking in her Polly Prep shirt and her hair up in a simple ponytail.  Compared to the other women, she was a ten in a field of fives.

“He’ll be home for homecoming, I’ll tell him you two were here.”  Jane told Jesse.

Stephanie looked at her dad and thought better of trying for a glass of wine or a beer, so they would play it safe and order two cokes.

Colleen came up with the two cokes and the wine, being a barmaid came in handy.

“Here you go, Jon” Colleen handed the cup of wine to him and held out the cokes to the kids.

Jesse and Stephanie watched their dad looking at Colleen.  They nudged each other and moved away so their dad could have a minute with Colleen.

“Did you see the look he was giving her?”  Jesse said as he popped the top off his Coke.

“About the same look she was giving him.” Stephanie laughed. 

They headed back to their seats, without waiting on their dad to join them.

“The girls are excited about going out for pizza with Jake, I think Leslie has a little crush on him.”  Colleen said as they were finally left alone, even though some of the mothers stayed in hearing range, without appearing to listen to every word they said.

“Jake was playing it cool, but I think he was excited that the girls were joining us.”  Jon said as he leaned on the counter. 

They stood there chatting a few minutes, then half time came and the stand got busy. They planned on meeting in the parking lot after Jake got changed, then they would head to the pizza parlor.

The girls were really hyped, after the game, Colleen was blitzed.  If it hadn’t been the fact that it was dinner with Jon and his kids, she would’ve been tooling her bug back home.  They got at the pizza parlor about the same time, Jon had reserved a table for them in advance.  The owner met them at the door, and then ushered then to the back private room.

The Jesse and Stephanie made her feel at ease, once the pies had arrived at the table, it got quiet.

Jon watched how Colleen got along with his kids, even Jake seemed to have fun.  It didn’t hurt, Polly Prep had won their games. Once they were done eating, Jon broke out his wallet and sent all six of the kids to the game room.  This gave Colleen and Jon some alone time.

“I don’t know how those girls did it?  Colleen asked Jon as they sipped their wine.  “They were up giggling all night, I think they were on the phone all night and then got up and cheered this game.”  Colleen took another sip of her wine.  “Were we like that growing up?”

Saturday, August 19, 2017

(yes I am sure it is 13 LOL) So here is Chapter 13

Now I know it's been late in coming.  I am doing something that makes me very uncomfortable, I am posting an un edited.  So be kind and remember  never took the Composition (writing English) till I was in College.  Enjoy

Jon had breakfast ready and on the table, he didn’t want anything to go wrong today. He hadn’t told the boys that they would be joined with two of the cheerleader, just that Colleen was joining them.  Restrictions ended this morning and all Jake’s electronics sat at the end of the table. 

“Hey Dad?”  Jake called from upstairs. 

“Yeah Jake?”  Jon went to the bottom of the stairs.

“I can’t find my phone.”  Jake went to the top of the stairs.

That meant he was either going through his office or his bedroom.  When was that boy gonna learn to stay out of his office?

“It’s on the table, get your brother and get down here to eat, or coach is gonna have your ass for being late.  Or do you like to run laps?”  Jon asked as he headed back to the kitchen. 

He needed caffeine, he and Colleen talked into the wee hours of the morning.  The girls finally settled down on blow up’s in the living room and she knew they were asleep, before she called Jon.

The boys had finally come down for breakfast, when the door opened and Jesse walked in.

“Got enough for me?”  Jesse loved the shocked look on his dad’s face.  He and Stephanie decided to go to the game to meet Colleen.

“Box is on the counter, milk in the fridge, coffee in the pot.”  Jon said with a laugh.  “Coach know your home?”

Jesse grabbed a bowl and made him a bowl of cereal and grabbed a mug of coffee.  He was just about to answer his dad, when Stephanie came in the door.

Okay what’s going on, Jon thought.  Both his older two here on a Saturday?

“Got enough for me?” Stephanie laughed.

They all told her, ‘Box on the counter, milk in the fridge and coffee in the pot.’

When she joined the family at the table, Jon finally asked.

“Okay, what’s going on?”  He got up and filled his cup and started a new pot.

“I wanted to come see my little brother play his first starting game.”  Jesse said between bites of cereal.

“I wanted to see my family.” Stephanie smiled at her dad.

“This wouldn’t have to be a sad attempt to meet Colleen?”  Jon looked around the table at his family.

“No,” Both Jesse and Stephanie said in unison.

“Want to try it again?”  Jon gave them the stink eye.  “This is the fifth game of the season and,” He turned and looked at Stephanie, “You were just home last month.”

Jesse looked at Stephanie and both broke out laughing.

“Guess we’re busted pop’s,” Jesse laughed.

“Yeah, we wanted to meet Miss O’Sullivan.”  Stephanie finally admitted.  This was the woman that brought their dad back from the edge.

Jon didn’t know what to say to his oldest.  Should he warn Colleen that the whole Bongiovi troop was coming to dinner?

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Chapter 12 Oops my bad.

Jon about dropped the phone and spit out the swallow of wine he had just drank, did she say she was in the tub?

“Hey, you still here Jon?”  Colleen asked

“Yeah, I must’ve misunderstood you, did you say you were in the tub?” Jon coughed the wine that he choked on.

“Just me, Pandora and a bottle of wine,” she told him then laughed pausing a little for effect, then dropped the bomb. “In my old fashioned bathtub, with bubbles.”  She giggled.

“How much wine is still in the bottle?” Jon tried to get more comfortable in his desk chair.  Damn thinking about Colleen in a tub with bubbles had his mind whirling, and his body telling him it had been too long since he had been with a woman.

“Actually I’ve had about two or three glasses, but I’m not so far gone I can’t get out of this tub.”  She told him proudly.

Over the phone he hears the sound of water sloshing in the tub.

“Ta Da.”  Colleen laughed into the phone.

Jon laughed, this was a side of Colleen O’Sullivan he had never heard and he wished he could see it.

“Congratulations.”  Jon said as he sat his wine glass and phone on the desk and applauded. Picking back up the phone he heard her laughing

“Thank you, Thank you.”  Colleen laughed as she rinsed off the remaining bubbles.  “You weren’t too hard on Jake were you?”  She had put her phone on speaker and toweled off.

“Very good.”  He laughed along with her.  “He’s on restrictions, no electronics and house arrest until Saturday.”

“Hang on a second.”  She said as she put the phone on the tub tray. Stepping out of the tub, after she had stood up to prove she wasn’t drunk, she quickly toweled off and pulled on her old beat up bathrobe.

Jon didn’t even get a chance to tell he ok before he heard her, faintly in the background moving around.  She must be drying off, that image popped in his head and he had to down the last of his wine.  Damn I need to get laid, he thought.

“No bread and water?”  She laughed.

“Nope then we would all be on bread and water.”  He laughed with her.

She grabbed up the bottle off the floor and put it on her bath tray, then pulled the plug on the tub.

“How is he doing his homework with no computer?”  She knew, in today’s world, no one hand wrote their homework anymore, not at Poly Prep.

“He sits in my office with me so I can make sure he isn’t playing computer games or chatting with his friends.” Jon told Colleen.

“So, in other words, you’re both grounded.”  Colleen said as she exited the kitchen and headed to her bedroom.  Setting the phone down on the bedside table she pulled off her robe and pulled on her gown.

“Yeah I guess I am, I’ll just work on some new lyrics.” He thought about the punishment and didn’t really think about being punished himself. It would put him more into Jake’s life, even if it was just for four days.

“So you’re working on a new album that sounds interesting.”  Colleen said.  She knew from her googling the band, that things with Bon Jovi has really done a three sixty, in the last three years, since Richie had left the band.

“Yeah, Dave came over and we got one song almost done.”  Jon was proud that they had got one song under their belt, granted one song didn’t make an album.  Well maybe there was two songs just about done.  He was actually calling Phil Xenidis to work on the ballad, which might not work, he was not like Richie for sure, and no one would ever be like Richie.

“That’s great, your fans will be happy.”  Pulling out her lotion she started working on her arms, when she noticed how quiet the conversation got.  Maybe she was stepping into where she shouldn’t go, but she was being supportive.

“Yeah, I guess.”  He tried to sound happy, but after what the band went through after Richie’s departure on top of Dorothea killing herself, the past three years were hell.

“Hey, is Jake playing on Saturday?”  She changed the subject.

“Yeah, that was why I called you.”  Jon was wondering how to approach her going out for Pizza with the boys.  “We always go out for pizza after the game, I want to see, that is, would you like to join us?”  There he’d done it. This was harder than the other times he had asked her out. This time, the boys would be there.

Colleen was shocked.  He had almost asked her in the parking lot today, but had stopped.

“Pizza with your sons?”  Now she wished she hadn’t agreed to have two of the cheerleaders for the weekend.  Their parents were going to be out of town till Sunday, she was shocked that when they asked she said yes, she had no plans at the time.

“Yeah, we had a discussion tonight, By the way, Romeo hopes you’ll be his teacher next year.”  Jon told her with a laugh.

“So, they approved us dating?”  Colleen asked him.  When he said that Romeo hoped that she was his teacher next year, made her smile really big.

“Yes, even my older two also approve, so you have the full Bongiovi vote of approval.”  Jon told her proudly.  Even though they had been dating for two months, getting their approval, meant no more sneaking around for coffee dates.

“Would you mind two more at dinner?”  Colleen asked him.

Jon was taken back at the question.

“I didn’t know if we, well if we would go out this weekend.  So I sort of took on two of the Cheerleaders for the weekend.”  Colleen cringed.

Would she think that what happened after the meeting, did she think he didn’t want to see her again?  Granted it took Jake getting in trouble for her to call him.

“I’m sure the boys won’t mind you three ladies joining us.”  Jon smiled, Jake for one, might like the idea of the Football player and two cheerleaders at his table after the game.

 “So it’s our third official sanctioned date.” She smiled.  Maybe this won’t end the way the last one did.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Chapter 11

At the sound of Jake’s voice, Jon looked over at his sons shocked face.

 “It’s not like you two haven’t gone out before?” Jake asked still standing in the doorway.

“Yeah, we’re becoming friends, we’ve seen each other for coffee and a couple of dates, but I’d like to see her more.” Jon said, waiting on world war three to break out.  “But I want to make sure if it’s alright with you guys first.”

Jake looked at Romeo, it wasn’t like they hadn’t talked about their dad dating again. But he wanted to date my teacher, Jake thought. “You didn’t ask us before.”  Jake mumbled and looked down at his feet.

“Is she the lady you took to Uncle Southsides concert?”  Romeo asked. He remembered what Stephanie had said, it was time for his dad to start back dating, and Miss O’Sullivan was really pretty.

‘Yes she was Romie, we’ve gone out for coffee a few times, and we went out last week.”  Jon looked pointedly at Jake when he referenced the date to get him out of the house, so Jake could steal his song lyrics.

“Well I’m okay with it, I sort of hope I get her for English next year.” Romeo told his dad. 

That left Jake to give his opinion.  She was the reason he was on restrictions, well that wasn’t exactly the truth, he was the reason he was on restrictions. He did like Miss O’Sullivan, and his dad seemed different in the past few months since his mom had died.  He was happy.

“I guess it’s okay.”  Jake grudging gave his approval.  His friends would have a field day, his dad and Miss O’Sullivan, shoot me now.  Jake shrugged his shoulders and headed back to his room.

Jon was shocked it was that easy to get his dating approved by his youngest.  Better talk to the older two now, he thought.

Romeo, headed to his room and Jon closed the office door and pulled out his phone.

Colleen finished grading papers and looked at her class blog that the school made each teacher post.  If the parents had questions or students needed help, this was supposed to help.  It was just more work for the teacher, or so a lot of the older teachers thought.  After fielding homework questions, while she ate a sandwich and washed it down with a big glass of soda.  She needed the sugar, after not sleeping much the night before, worrying about how the meeting would go with Jon and Jake.

Shutting down the laptop, she was officially on her time. “Coll, you deserve to treat yourself to a big glass of wine or a bubble bath?” Colleen said out loud to the empty house.  Thinking back to her meeting with the Bongiovi men and the outcome.  She could see they were just like two peas in a pod. Not just only in the looks department.  Looking at the clock, it was earlier than she expected.  “You can to both Coll.” 

She laughed going to the kitchen for her bottle of wine.  Taking her bottle and glass into her bathroom.  Soon she had some tunes playing on her phone, beside the glass of wine on her bathtub caddy, with her bottle of wine, within refill distance on the floor.  Her brother had teased her when she had the glassed in shower stall removed and the claw foot tub put in.  But before moving into the private school, working in the public school sector, she needed this tub after each day of school.

She had loaded all of Bon Jovi’s albums on her iTunes, and putting it on shuffle, she never knew what tunes would come up.  Slipping down into the hot water and bubbles, she pulled the caddy close enough to reach her glass and slipped down with a deep sigh.

The water was cooling down when she got a call.  Drying her hands she reached for the phone, it was Jon calling.

“Hey.”  She smiled.

“Hey, you aren’t busy are you?”  Jon wished he had a glass of wine.  But after getting the go ahead from Jesse and Stephanie, he didn’t want to wait to call Colleen.  Then it hit him the music he heard in the background, she’s listening to Crush, he thought with a smile

“Nope just relaxing in the tub, with my iTunes and a glass of wine.”  Colleen laughed, why did she tell him she was in the tub?

“Jon, are you still there?”  Colleen asked.