Her eye caught something dark trudging up the stairs. Turning, she saw Blaine walking towards her, dressed in his suit and looking sheepish and uncomfortable.
“May I escort you to dinner?”
Feeling her face grow hot, she broke eye contact and nodded. “That would be lovely, thank you.”
“Pop’s already at the table and says if we don’t hurry, he’s going to eat all the ham.”
“He’d better not!” Mara interjected. “I worked hard on that ham!”
“Easy,” Blaine’s grip on her elbow tightened as he guided her down the stairs and through the living room. “I set him as far away as possible, but we both know what happens when that man sees food.”
They shared an easy laugh and entered the kitchen. As predicted, David was using the end of the broom to try to pull the ham closer.
“Caught red-handed!” Mara announced.
“I was just…” David looked at the broom in his hand. “Sweeping.”
“You were sweeping the table? With the wrong side of the broom?” Blaine accused.
“Yes.” David chuckled heartily.
The Parting Gift by Rachel Van Dyken and Leah Sanders