Chapter 2

Pulling up in front of her house she noticed her new neighbour standing in her front yard, 'What is he doing?' she thought to herself as she climbed out of her car and headed across the grass towards him.

"Oh hey. I am sorry about this," he said pointing to her window which was shattered, bits of broken glass still sitting in the frame and the rest in pieces on the ground.

"What happened?" she asked.

"The boys were playing baseball and Morgan hit a fly ball which went right into your living room. But don't worry I will fix your window and the boys will do some yard work or whatever you want to pay for it." Dante told her picking up a piece of wood to hammer it into place. "I'll just board it up until I can get the window for you."

"Thanks I appreciate that. And don't worry about it accident's happen," she said glancing across the street where the boy she assumed was Morgan was sitting on the front step.

"I still want the boys to work to pay off the window for you and I insist on fixing it. Also I would like to invite you to dinner tonight to apologize."

"Oh you don't have to do that."

"No I insist we have plenty of food."

"Ok well can I bring anything?" she asked as he placed the last board in place over the window.

"Nope just yourself," he said with a grin.

That night Lulu walked up the steps of Dante's house, knocking on the door she heard the padding of small feet before the door flew open. "Hi Lulu remember me," Molly said smiling up at her.

"Of course I do."

"Come in," she told her opening the door wider. "She's here!" she yelled causing Lulu to jump a little as she stepped inside. Dante walked in from the kitchen, "Here let me take your coat."

"Thank you for inviting me over," she said as she handed him her jacket.

"Like I said I think we owe you," he said leading her through the living room which was covered in toys and boxes. The place looked like a tornado had hit it, but they had just moved in so maybe it didn't normally look this way. "Lulu you've already met Molly. This is Morgan," he said pointing to the boy sitting on the floor watching tv. "This is Kristina," he said pointing to the the teenaged girl typing away on her laptop. "And this is Jocelyn," he said walking over and picking up the baby in the playpen.

Wow, four kids. He must have been busy he had to be what about twenty-nine or thirty so that would mean he was what fourteen when he had Kristina, she thought to herself as he led her into the kitchen.

"Would you like something to drink?" he asked opening the fridge.

"Sure what do you have?" she asked taking a seat at the counter.

"We have soda, iced tea, apple juice or water. Sorry I don't keep beer or or anything around the house."

"It's fine I'll have iced tea."

Lulu offered to help clean off the table which was covered in boxes and toys they had unpacked but hadn't put away yet. "Morgan can you set the table?" Dante asked as he stirred the pasta.

"Sure," he said as he pulled out paper plates from the cupboard.

"Were eating off the real plates tonight."

"But we always eat off the paper ones," the boy asked wondering why tonight was different.

"Well tonight we have a guest."

"We eat of paper plates when Olivia visits, why is tonight different."

"Not tonight get the real plates."

Once the food was on the table Dante called all the kids, "Why are we eating at the table?" Kristina asked as she walked into the kitchen.

"Just sit down and eat," Dante told them as Molly sat across from Lulu and began asking her questions.

"Where are you from?"

"I've lived here in Port Charles all my life," Lulu said to Molly who was staring at her intently.

"Do you have any brothers or sisters?"

"Yes I have three older brothers."

"That must have been hard on your dating life," Kristina mumbled from her spot next to her sister.

"Do you like kids?"

"Yes."

"Where do you work?"

"I work at Crimson it's..."

"The fashion magazine?" Kristina asked glancing up from her plate for the first time that night.

"Yes."

"That's so cool." she said before glancing back down at her plate.

"Why do you live by yourself? Do you have any pets? Do you have a boyfriend?" Molly asked continuing on with her questions.

"Um...I don't know I like living alone, no I don't have any pets and no I don't have a boyfriend at the moment," she answered.

"So's Dante," Molly said with a grin.

"Do you like Italian food because Dante loves Italian food."

"Molly that's enough, eat your dinner." Dante said trying to stop her line of questioning he knew what she was up to and it wasn't going to happen.

I wonder why she called him Dante just now, she thought to herself. Maybe he's just into being more like a friend to them than a father.

"Can we have ice cream sundaes for dessert?" Morgan asked as they put the dishes in the dishwasher.

"Yeah I guess," Dante answered as he cleaned up Jocelyn's hands and face with a washcloth.

"Should they be having that much sugar before bed?" Lulu asked watching as they pulled a carton of ice cream out of the fridge along with the chocolate syrup.

"Probably not," he said with a sigh.

"You can have one too," Molly told her as she dumped the syrup over her bowl of ice cream.

Once the kids had their bowls full there wasn't much ice cream left, "You can have it." Dante told her glancing into the container.

"We can share," she told him as she grabbed the spoon the kids were using. Lulu was puzzled by the evening events, didn't he know that giving kids this much sugar before bed was a bad idea. At this rate they would be up all night. But maybe he didn't care what they did, she thought to herself as she sat back down in her chair.

"I'm going to go put Jocelyn to bed, I'll be back in a minute." he told them as he lifted her out of the highchair. "Did you guys finish all your homework?" he asked the kids.

"Yeah we did," they all chorused as he left the room.

"Can I show you my room when were done eating?" Molly asked sitting down next to Lulu.

"Uh...yeah sure."

Lulu followed Molly down the hall, despite the mess in the rest of the house the girls room was perfect. Everything was in perfect order which seemed to fit her personality or what she knew about her so far. Looking around she noticed a picture on her night stand of a woman, which she assumed was her mother.

"Maybe we can have a sleepover at your house sometime?" Molly asked her as she plopped down on her bed.

"Maybe you should ask Dante first," Lulu told her.

"I'm sure he'll say it's alright."

"Yeah we'll still ask him to make sure, alright."

"Oh, alright."

After her conversation with Molly she headed back to the living room where Dante was waiting for her. "Was she questioning you some more?" he asked from his spot on the couch.

"No she was just showing me her room," Lulu told him as she sat down next to him.

"Sorry about earlier she loves to ask questions about everything. Sometimes I don't even know how to answer her."

"Well she did ask about a sleepover." Lulu admitted.

"A sleepover, you know you don't have to have her over. We can just tell her..."

"No don't be silly It's alright she can come over, it will be fun. I haven't had a sleepover in years we can do each others makeup and watch movies, eat junk food. What about Saturday night?"

"It's alright with me if it's alright with you. But I draw the line with pillow fights in panties or whatever it is you girls do," he joked.

"You hardly know us and your willing to give up your Saturday night for Molly, I'll give you one last way out."

"No I insist and Kristina can come over too."

"Alright I'm sure they would love that," he told her.

"What are you going to be doing on Saturday night?" she asked.

"I dunno maybe we'll have a boys night."

"Alright well I guess I'll see you on Saturday when the girls come over," Lulu said as she zipped up her coat before heading out the door.