Why did I have a kid? It was the stupidest thing I ever did, even though it is also the most wonderful. Stan woke me up at five this morning, so I woke up Andy to deal with him. It's too late for me to go back to sleep now, so I walk across the lawn to steal some coffee from Jules. Oddly, there's a light on in the kitchen. Jules doesn't come down until eight, and it's not even seven yet. Maybe she had another one of her boy toys over last night and wanted to get rid of him early. I open the door and find her new friend/coworker Laurie in the kitchen. I guess she had the same idea as I did. I think she's wearing the same clothes as she did when she left to go out last night. She must have spent the night at some stranger's house again.
"Have another crazy night yesterday, Jellybean, or did you just forget to change your clothes? Look, you're even only wearing one sock. What happened to you?"
"Aw, that's so sweet of you to notice. I guess you could say I had a bit of an adventure."
"Spent the night at another random guy's place?"
"I'm not so sure how random he was, but we had fun."
We both sit down to drink our coffee. At seven, Jules comes down, exactly an hour earlier than usual. I look up, surprised. She always comes down at eight, never early, unless she needs to get her date out of the house, but I didn't see anyone leave her house, and I've been awake since five.
"Jules, you're early today."
"No, I'm not. It's 8 o'clock, exactly."
"Jules, did you forget to set the clocks back last night?"
"Crap, I thought that was next week. Well, now that we have an extra hour, I need to talk to Laurie about something."
Jules looks at me, expecting me to leave, but that's not going to happen. I've had my coffee, so I can't fall asleep, and no way am I spending an extra hour in a house that contains Andy and a crying baby.
"Fine, Ellie, you can stay, but just be quiet."
"I hope this isn't going to take a whole hour," Laurie says smartly.
"Laurie, I want you to stop teasing Travis. I think he had another dream about you last night."
"Aw, that's so sweet."
"No! It's NOT sweet. I woke up to him screaming your name this morning, and then he made a high pitched yelling sound. It's really disturbing, and, no, it's not cute."
"I can't help it, I'm a flirt, and he's such a cute kid."
"No argument there. Just tone it down a bit, okay? He's young and vulnerable, and I don't need him falling in love with you and getting his heart broken. It'll really mess up his relationships with women in the future."
I can't help myself. "You don't need to worry about that. I'm sure your smothering and hovering will do that."
Before Jules can respond, Travis walks down the stairs. He comes in the kitchen and drops a sock in her wine glass. "Mom, please stop leaving your socks in the hall. This was right outside my door, and I almost tripped on it."
As Jules takes the sock upstairs and Travis goes to get ready for school, I notice that Laurie is starting to blush, and it all clicks.
"Jellybean, that was your sock, wasn't it? Travis was the guy you were with last night, wasn't he?"
"Please don't tell Jules about it, she'd kill me. Please, Ellie."
"I have to tell her about it, she's my best friend. It would be like lying to her."
"Ellie, didn't you say that friendship was about having so much dirt on the other person that they could never tell your secrets?"
"Well, what could be a juicier secret than this?"
"Jules would probably kill you, so I guess it'll do."
"We've never been that close, really only friends through Jules. Maybe this will actually bring us closer together."
"I guess so, I've been keeping you at arm's length until I had some good dirt on you, and now I have some great dirt."
"Yeah, this will be fun."
"Not as much fun as you seem to have had last night. Tell me all about it, and don't leave out a single detail."