What Ryder really wanted to do was reassure Skylar that everything would be okay but he didn’t dare try to whisper to her while her mother was here. He did not appreciate how she spoke to Skylar and he wished he could have gone into the kitchen with his girlfriend, but apparently that was not happening. Instead, he rubbed his palms across the top of his thighs, just to feel the smoothness of the fabric. This whole situation was incredibly awkward and Ryder still had no idea why Skylar wanted this to happen.
"Is it a mistake that she wanted to look nice for this little meetup? I apologize, I didn’t realize that was so terrible. I’ll make sure to tell Skylar that if we ever see you again, we can come in our pajamas." He glanced at her mother and smiled sarcastically. Maybe she would end up throwing them out, which wouldn’t be a bad thing in his mind. But Skylar may be upset with him if that happened, so he decided he would try to tone it down. If he could, anyway.
When she sat closer to him, Ryder immediately scooted away. That was awkward, but Skylar did warn him about her mother, so it was a bit expected. That didn’t mean Ryder liked it.
"Uh, my name is Ryder. I’m twenty. Going to be a junior. I’m from Florida and have a little sister." He really didn’t feel like saying much else. In fact, he wasn’t even sure what he was supposed to say. A part of him wanted to tell her that he would be marrying her daughter one day, but if he did, he would rather say that while Skylar was in the room. The boy felt awkward without her here and was wishing very hard for her return.
"The mistake she made attempting to look nice, it was attempting to look nice and being late in the process. Making excuses for her tardiness doesn’t do her any good.” Kathleen explained with a slight roll of her eyes, a hint of annoyance in her voice. The woman didn’t appreciate being spoken to with such sarcasm from anyone who wasn’t her ex-husband and occasionally, though very rarely her daughter. Though he didn’t have the manners and mind to bite his tongue when speaking to her the way Skylar did. Kathleen found it a bit interesting, though she’d never admit that out loud.
The red haired woman watched the boy as he spoke and narrowed her eyes for a moment. "You’re a junior… so what are you going to do when Skylar comes home and leaves you all alone in Florida after she graduates?" Kathleen asked him a slight smirk crossing her lips for a moment she definitely didn’t expect her California bred offspring to live in Florida, that just seemed ridiculous. “I’m assuming the two of you will go your separate ways. Such a shame because you quite the looker.” The woman stated.
"Actually mother, I wasn’t planning on coming back. so no, not going separate ways…" Skylar explained as she stepped into the room and sat the tray of drinks on the table before handing her mother her glass of wine, and made a point to sit on Ryder’s lap as she handed him a glass of water before kissing his cheek.
[scrunches her nose] Sorry. Don’t do it again, okay? [kisses her head] We missed you two.
Did you guys have fun with Grandma and Grandpa?
[Mady pokes the baby] Hey, hey, no, we don’t do that, Madolyn.
[looks at Mady] Babies are soft and delicate we don’t poke them.
[Tyler looks over] She’s little. That’s because she was just born, like when Mady came, remember?
Baby sleeping? [Madolyn looks at Skylar]
She’s awake her eyes are just tiny, tiny right now see. [moves her closer to so Mady could see]
[walks into the living room] See, Mady? [sets her on his lap] We came home with a new sister, like we said, remember? Her name is Elyse.
You guys are going to love her and when you’re older you’ll protect her and be the best older siblings ever.
You’re cute. [kisses Skylar and then Elyse, then opens the door] Hey guys! [scoops up Madolyn] Come in everyone.
Hey guys, thank you so much for taking them. [kisses Tyler’s cheek] Mommy missed you so much, but we brought you a brand new baby sister.
So am I, baby. [hears the doorbell] You ready?
In an hour I’m gonna be like ugh I wanted them back for what, but yes ready. [gets up and takes his hand as she holds Elyse] C’mon.
I could say the same about you.
If I didn’t have you no one else would put up with me. Of course I’m lucky.
Best wife ever award.
You’re very lucky to have me.
Can we at least try?
We can try.