He'd brought it home with him so that they could keep an eye on it.
"Kearney!" Marian Hooley said, giving him a hug in greeting. "How have you been?"
Kearney's smile crumpled. "I miss her every day," he said simply.
Marian hooked her arm through his and led him inside. "And you always will," she told him. "I find keeping busy helps me on the hardest days."
"Too much time has gone by! My Knotty is a young adult now! And Keely, she's on the verge of womanhood, too!" Marian was saying.
Kearney glanced at his friend Marian in surprise. "No! Keely's still young yet. She might be a teen, but she's still a child!"
Marian's eyes twinkled with mischief. "Och now, Kearney. You can't expect her to stay your little girl forever!"
Uncomfortable with the direction of the conversation, Kearney glanced away. His attention was caught by the small tv in front of him.
Marian smiled. "Oh, it's nice to have a man in the house again!"
"Kid! You're in the middle of the walkway!" Aiden O'Connell said tersely as he moved around her. "You're gonna get stepped on!"
"Sorry," Keely said shyly.
Tearley sighed and glanced away. Why did he always wind up looking silly when he was around her?
"I love you, too," he said, "More than life."
Keely blushed. "Keely," she corrected him.
"I'm Ali," he said, shaking her hand.
"Oh, I know!" she breathed, suddenly feeling her heart fluttering.
"Actually, I just got a new job here," she admitted.
"Right on!" Ali said. "My mom's been on me to get a job, too. But, I'm in the Athletics Club at school. You should come to one of our games."
Keely blushed. "Oh, maybe. If I can..." she told him. She always thought she would fall for someone's intelligence and kind personality, not a jock with muscles and mediocre intelligence. She flushed.
"Yeah, well, cool. I'll see you in math class!" he said, trotting into Tome Traders.
No pain, no gain, she told herself.
"It's open!" she heard someone call out from inside.
Hesitantly, she stepped inside and looked around. "Uh... is this where the party is?"
Corrine O'Reilly glanced up from the book she'd selected in surprise. "Oh! Who are you? I wasn't expecting you!"
Corrine sighed. "No, that was here. I was actually pretty bummed no one showed up!" she admitted sadly. "Guess I'm not as popular as I thought."
"Aw, come on. It happens to all of us at some point!" Violet told Corrine, trying to cheer her up.
Corrine looked Violet up and down skeptically. "I bet it never happens to you!"
Violet had to admit, it hadn't happened to her, but she wasn't going to say that outloud. "Well, I've crashed your party now! What do you want to do?!"
It was clear that she'd made a new friend.
Mandy looked around. "So what are we going to do now?"
Marigold followed Mandy's gaze. It was kind of boring here. "Oh! I know!" she said to her friend. "Let's play truth or dare! You go first! Truth or Dare!"
Laughing, Mandy eagerly announced, "TRUTH!"
Marigold pursed her lips, trying to think of a good question. "Who's your secret crush?" she finally asked.
Mandy gasped. "Omigosh! I can't tell you that!"
"You picked truth!" Marigold teased in a sing-song voice. "Come on! Just tell me!"
K- Be Friends with Marian
B- Marigold earns an A (canceled - she currently has a C & has no hope of ever earning an A), Daisy gets on Honor Roll (I don't know if he got this wish or if it disappeared because Daisy aged up)
M- Earn a raise (canceled)
V- Crash a party, Become Friends with someone
H- Go job, buy horseshoe court, Workout until exhausted, Improve Athletic skill
D- Opportunity - Get Part-Time job, Prepare meal, Hire a Maid
M- Spend $100 (music box), Friends with Mandy, Stay out after curfew
T- Meet someone new (Curt O'Reilly)
K- Opportunity - Get Part-Time job, Talk about new job
K- Workout 12 hours, Upgrade 10 objects, Have 5 friends
B- Tearley gets on Honor Roll, Holly gets married, See Tearley be a Genius
M- Violet gets married, Be Friends with Tearley, Daisy gets Married, Tearley ages up well
V- Perform a gig, Talk to Pete
H- Earn a raise, Play horseshoes, Become friends with someone
D- Improve cooking, Catch 10 kg fish, Garden, Go fishing before 6 am
M- BFF Mackenzie, Beat Breandan, Get a promotion, Earn a raise
T- Win 5 games, Hang out with Mackenzie, Improve Logic skill, Opportunity - catch a fish
K- Make Sleeping Elixir, Make Bladder Flow potion, Talk to Kearney
*AN - Aw, that was so sweet that Kearney wanted to hang out with Marian. She's another one that I've enjoyed hooking up with Kearney when I've played. We'll see if that goes anywhere.
Daisy grew up so pretty! And thank goodness she rolled the wish to hire a maid! Phew! This place is always a pig sty! Lol.
Violet crashed the lamest party ever! Lol. Nobody else was there! I've never crashed a party before, so I was curious how it worked.
Oh! And the green dragon has been named Puff. :)