*Michelle* "So....not even a hint?"
*Benjamin* "Well it might get cold enough that is might snow... And make sure you pack a carry on bag. We are flying to get there. The rest you'll find out on the way."
*Krystal* "Oh, Sweetie. Don't be embarrassed. It doesn't look like Benjamin was...."
*Michelle in a hushed voice* "Mom!!!!"
*Krystal* "You know your Father really likes Benjamin. Of course it has a lot do do with the fact they are in the same line of business. Look at them talking over there. They look very comfortable with each other..."
*Krystal continues* "So where is Benjamin taking you for your big weekend away?"
*Michelle* "I don't know he won't tell me. All he said was that is might snow and that we are flying to get there. I am thinking it's some ski resort or something. I will call you when we get there."
*Krystal* "Oh my! It sounds wonderfully romantic..."
*Michelle* "Ugh!! Mom..pleaseeee.."
*Krystal directs her sit down with her* "Oh stop it...listen Sweetie. I know talking about this with me is embarrassing for you but I was a young lady once too. I know it's not something you choose to think about. I just want you to know that if you ever need to talk to me you can...."
*Michelle* "I know....it's just easier to talk with Laura about these things."
*Krystal* "Okay.... but I'm still here if you need me. You and Benjamin remind me a lot of your Father and I. He was the handsome business man and I was so young and full of energy. My goodness how the time flies."
*Michelle* "Again Mom!! So not what I wanted to hear!"
*Krystal laughs* "I know, I know. But you know its true. You and Benjamin are almost the same age distance apart as your Father and I. Plus he works in the same line of business. Benjamin's father was your Father's main competitor for so many years."
*Krystal* "Okay, I'll stop. I am just happy to see my two girls happy. That's all...."
As everyone is settling in two more guests arrive. Roxie and Aric have finally made their way into Ma Cherie.
Benjamin waves hello to his best friend. Aric and Roxie walk over to the table where they are standing. Michelle and Krystal come over and join them also.
*Benjamin* "Scott, you remember my friend Aric. He and his wife own the bar Bull Tavern. He is also friends with Luke as well."
*Scott* "Yes, yes I remember. How are you doing? It is good to see you again."
*Aric* "Good, thank you. It's good to see you again as well. I can't wait to taste what Laura has prepared she is quite the cook."
*Scott* "I agree, Laura gets her cooking skills from her Mother."
*Krystal* "Oh, Honey,...Laura is a far better cook than me."
*Roxie* "Speaking of Laura and Luke where are they?"
*Michelle* "Oh, they are in the kitchen. They should be bringing out the turkey already..."
Everyone gets settled at a table while Michelle an Benjamin head into the kitchen to see what's up with the turkey. Michelle comes out to let everyone know that the turkey is ready and it is now time to eat.
Following Michelle Laura comes from the kitchen with Luke following behind her holding the the big heavy turkey. Michelle moves so they can take her place and she goes to stand next to Benjamin.
*Laura* "Time to dig in and eat. Looks like there might be some guest that arrive a little later but we can go ahead and get started. Dad, would you come help with carving the turkey?"
*Scott* "Sure thing, Sweetheart."
Luke sets the turkey down on the buffet table. While Laura and her Dad work at slicing it.
Everyone gets settled with a plate of food and enjoys their meal.
As everyone is finishing up their meal Luke decides to get up and make an announcement.
*Luke* "Laura and I have some news we would like to share with everyone here. On Monday I closed on the building that was for sale next to Bull Tavern."
*Aric* "That's great news! So I guess this means we are gonna be neighbor?"
*Luke* "Yeah, Laura and I plan on moving into the apartment above and my record shop will relocate there as well."
Aric and Roxie congratulate Luke on his new investment and are happy to hear they will be neighbors. Laura's Dad is smiling and pats his daughter on the shoulder. He whispers to her that he can bring a crew of guys to help them move. Krystal on the other hand hasn't said anything yet then....
*Krystal takes a sip of her wine* "So you ever plan on marrying my daughter Luke? Or you two just gonna shack up together for another two years?"
*Laura* "Mom! I can't believe you just said that!!"
*Krystal* "Honey, I am just looking out for you. I just don't understand why you two haven't even gotten engaged yet..."
*Luke puts his hand on her shoulder* "It's okay. Laura and I have talked many times about it. We just don't see the point in rushing it."
*Krystal* "Well....I just don't agree with that. I mean you have been living together for two years. How is that rushing it?"
*Laura* "Mom! I cannot believe you are bringing this up right now!" *Laura gets up from the table* "....I'm not feeling so great....excuse me."
Laura leaves the table and briskly walks to the restroom. Luke follows behind her. He is worried about her she looked as pale as a ghost. Roxie stops Luke as he follows behind Laura.
*Luke* "Oh, no it's fine. Just finish your meal. I make sure she is all right."
Luke follows Laura into the ladies restroom and sees her sitting slumped over on the toilet.
*Laura sniffles and wipes her face* "Yeah, yeah I'm okay. I just can't believe she just did that. Sometimes I swear she just likes to give me hard time."
*Luke* "She loves you, she just wants what is best for you that's all. At least your Mom cares about you. Mine was never a concerned Mother."
*Laura* "Well, she sure has a funny way of showing it...."
*Luke motions for her to come to him* "Come here....Listen I know she could have picked a better time and place to ask us but it's too late for that now."
*Luke continues* "Besides I guess I kinda fueled it when I announced that we were moving into another place."
*Laura* "Still...she always seems to give me a harder time. She is over the moon about Michelle dating Benjamin..... but when it comes to us she...she. Ugh! Sometimes I feel like I will never live up to her expectations."
*Luke* "So you want me to propose to you right now? Here in the restroom? Just to make your Mother happy?"
*Laura smiles a little* "No! No, I want you to do it when the time is right, when it feels right."
*Luke* "I'm sorry she upset you. If I could take it back I would. I have never seen your Mom react like that before....."
*Laura* "Now you know where Michelle gets her bluntness from but I seem to be the only one her brings that side out with my Mom."
*Luke pulls her in and holds her tight* "Babe, stop being so hard on yourself. What you need to do is get yourself together and get back out there. I know she is pressuring us but you just need to try and not let it get to you."
*Laura leans back and looks up at him* "You're right...."
*Luke* "You need to go out there and tell your Mom she is just gonna have to be patient and that pressuring us is not going to give her what she wants."
*Laura* "Ummmm.....I...don't know.....if I can do that."
*Luke looks at her very seriously* "I know it's hard but she needs to respect our decision."
*Laura* "Okay, okay....lets go tell her."
While Luke and Laura were talking in the restroom. Scott told his wife that she needed to be a littler easier on their daughter. Roxie was concerned about Laura and how she seemed so ill so fast. She discussed her thoughts about it with Aric. He just thought that maybe she is working too much.
*Krystal interrupts her* "Sweetie, listen I am sorry that I questioned you two the way I did. I just....well. I really just want my girls to be happy and I don't see what would make you more happy than getting married."
*Laura* "But...Mom...we are very happy. I know you don't exactly approve of how we are living right now but that is my choice to make. So can we please finish the evening without anymore confrontations?"
*Krystal* "Yes, Sweetie. I won't bring it up again...."
*Laura* "Okay...well lets get some dessert then!!"
*Scott* "Can you cut me a slice of that cherry pie, Darlin'"
*Laura* "Sure thing ,Dad."
Overall I would say Laura's first Thanksgiving dinner was a success. Even though she had to deal with her Mother's tough love and criticism she managed to get through it all. Everyone enjoyed themselves and had a good time. A few more guests arrived later into the evening and enjoyed good food with family and friends.
Next episode is Michelle and Benjamin's weekend away!!