After sleeping in some the next morning after the party. Laura heads downstairs to make some coffee and call her sister.
Since Michelle moved back home she has been living at her parents house. She is sitting in her parents living room already primping for her date with Benjamin. He sent her a text late last night and they made plans to go out.
Michelle grabs her phone and sees that her sister is the caller.
*Michelle* "Hey Laura! What's up?"
*Laura* "Well, I wanted to know why you gave Benjamin your number? You left right afterwards and I didn't get a chance to talk to you about it then. You remember what I told you he did to Penelope, right? I just don't get why your interested in him. He is a complete jerk!"
*Michelle* " Yeah, I remember you telling me about it. It always seemed to me that she let herself get hurt. Look, I just want to have a good time and Ben is that kind of guy. I am not looking for a serious relationship right now. We are just going out for some fun...."
*Laura* " Michelle you need to be careful. He...he is just not the kind of guy you should be dating...."
*Michelle* "Oh my god Laura! You are seriously not gonna do this to me right now...are you? Who I date and hangout with is my choice. I cannot believe you! You're one to talk ,Laura. Didn't you sleep with Luke after your first date with him?!"
*Laura* " Um, No! You need to get your facts straight. Yes, I did SLEEP with him but we didn't have sex. We stayed up nearly all night talking then fell asleep together."
*Michelle* " Well.... I don't think you should be lecturing me. I have been on dates with other guys like Ben before. Look, I will be careful. I am always careful. Listen I gotta go. I am going out with Ben tonight. "
*Laura* "Wow! he doesn't waste time does he."
*Michelle* "Bye Laura! I'm done talking about this."
[Michelle hangs up and puts the phone down. Krystal walks into the living room and sees that her baby girl is upset.]
*Krystal* "Were you just on the phone with your sister? You look upset what happened sweetie?"
*Michelle* "Laura called to lecture me about giving my phone number to Benjamin and going out with him tonight. I know she doesn't like him but she hardly knows him. I mean look at her she moved in with Luke after knowing him for 6 months! I just wish she wouldn't tell me what to do when she is doing her own crazy stuff."
*Krystal* " Well, sweetie no one is perfect. Your sister loves you and is just being overprotective after what happened to her friend Penelope. She just doesn't want to see you get hurt and I don't either. I have heard a little bit about this Benjamin fellow and I do feel you need to be cautious with this guy. I think that is all that your sister wants too. I know dating is different than when I was young woman but I still think you can never be too careful. "
*Michelle* " Your right Mom...and I promise I will be careful. I just want to go out and have some fun. I don't see myself falling for Benjamin. I'm not ready for a serious relationship."
*Krystal* " Well, I'm not gonna lecture you anymore either. I know your a responsible young woman and I love you no matter what."
Laura sits with her head in her hands and thinks back though the conversation she has just had with her sister. She wishes now she had handled the phone call differently. But it was too late now. Maybe she underestimated her sister and shouldn't have jumped to conclusions.
[Laura talking to herself]
"Oh,well I guess it could have been worse. She is not gonna wanna talk to me for awhile after I lectured her on her love life" [she sighs]
Luke comes down the stairs in a sleepy stupor and a headache to go with it.
*Luke* " I'm guessing the phone call to your sister didn't go as you planned?"
*Laura* " Yeah, she was not happy I told her she shouldn't be
going out with Benjamin. I screwed up. I talked to her like she was some hormonal teenager who needed to be lectured."
*Luke* " I told you... you worry too much. You said yourself you haven't been that close to your sister for the past 3 years. I am sure she has had her heart broke by some guy at least once since she has been at college."
*Laura* " Your right...I haven't been close to her since she went to college. We have both been so busy with our own lives.... We used to be close. I guess that is why I was trying to hard to tell her what to do."
*Luke* " You gonna eat this?"
*Laura* [sighing] "No I'm not that hungry. I'll eat something at the restaurant. I gotta go to work."
*Luke* " I thought you were off today? So... no breakfast uh? [rubbing his head as he speaks] I was hoping for some of your homemade waffles to cure my killer hangover."
*Laura* " Sorry honey I got an email and they need me today at the restaurant today. You'll have to make your own breakfast this morning. I am already running late."
[she kisses him and heads up stairs to get ready]
*Luke* [looking at the danish on the plate in front of him] " Damn! Well, I guess you'll have to do. [he grabs it a takes a bite] "Mmmm....not to bad for store bought."