“You’re early.”

“I came straight from work. Are you alright? You look…tired.”

“We were napping.”

“Did I wake you?”

“Hollering across the house? Yeah!”

“I’m sorry, I didn’t think…”

“No, you probably didn’t. At least not about anything other than yourself.”

“I’m sorry. I should have called.”

“Yes, you should have.”

“Daddy’s sorry he woke you up, Cash.”

“You can feed him. I’m going to read a bit.”

“Did you hear that, Buddy? Daddy gets to feed you! But between you and me, I think Mommy is still mad at Daddy. What are we going to do about that? Huh? I’m sure we’ll think of something. Won’t we?”

“So, what does Mommy say? Can Daddy stay the night?” Rhett asked after he set Cash down to crawl over to his new toy.

“No. I don’t think so.”

“So, still mad then.”

“I won’t lie. I am still cross.”

“I’m still the same person I was before, Penny. Nothing has changed.”

“I know. And that’s the problem. I’m not going to sit around and pine for you. Wait everyday for your call. You’re Cash’s Daddy, so you’re welcome here to visit him, but that’s it. No more sleeping over. No more woohoo experiments.”

“I see.” Rhett said, disappointed. “Is that final?”

“Yes it is…for now.”

Penny noticed Rhett’s little smirk. She knew he thought he’d be able to change her mind later. He might be right, but not tonight.

“Daddy’s gone to bed, so could you can stay and play with Cash for awhile while I take a bath.” 

“Of course. I was hoping I could also pick him up tomorrow. I have the day off. He can stay over too, to give you a break.”

“That will fine, but I’ll drop him off. And I’d like to see your place before I decide on the overnights. Alright?”