Julie knitted her eyebrows together as Grayson made his way over to her blue Volvo. She noticed the slight limp and her eyes flashed to his knee. Julie decided to not say anything, it wasn’t her place to comment. “I will try to get you as plastered as you may want!” She laughed and got in after him and put on her seatbelt. She turned to face Grayson as she started up the car. “So intense rehab huh? That must be fun…” She smiled at him as she backed out in to the road again.
When Grayson mentioned college Julie felt a knot in her stomach tighten. “I don’t really know… yet.” She cleared her throat. Julie had put of thinking about it, firstly she hadn’t heard back from the schools she had applied for, secondly she did not have a college fund to speak of. She had some savings but not nearly as much as she would need for college, and she was a bit iffy about taking student loans. Julie stifled a laugh with a snort when Grayson mentioned marriage to one of the Donovans. “Well that is always an option!” She giggled. “But I have not had the privilege to meet any of them personally, though I guess that Casey kid is worth skipping work for.”
Soon they were driving in to the small driveway of the cottage. Julie stepped out of the car and skipped up the stairs to the front door and unlocked it. “Step in to my office” She said and gestured in through the open door. She stepped in after him and took of her cardigan “Make yourself at home, you’ve been here before” She said and turned towards him and smiled as she walked backwards and opened her bedroom door. Making sure he couldn’t see in side. It was far too messy for Graysons eyes. Well inside she sighed and looked around for the things she would need. Julie rummaged through her cabinet to find a white blouse. She scurried in to the small bathroom to change in to her work outfit for the night, the white shirt blouse with a black A-line skirt and black tights. She had unbuttoned the blouse so she showed a bit of cleavage. She took one look in the mirror, was it to much? No, if I’m keeping all the tips she pulled in I will do my best to pull in as much as possible. She thought with a determined nod. As she did this she caught sight of one of the polaroids that was stuck in to the mirror frame. It was a picture taken many summers ago, on it was two children age about 6 years. Little Julie kissing little Graysons cheek and him looking disgusted. Julie let out a small laugh, she grabbed the picture and walked out of her room. “You’ll never guess what I found!” She said and walked over to him and showed the picture.
“Hey! I don’t lurk… I hover” Ralph said with a grin at his sister as he walked over to her backpack to retrieve her gifts for him. “Yeah I’ve heard those ballet dancers can be quite stern and when it’s all in Russian…” He trailed of as he rummaged through the mass of things packed in to his sisters backpack. “Tights, tights, dance shoes, legwarmers, a corset of the label “Persephone” here we go” He mumbled as he fished out the folder of pictures and the purple velvet bag containing the lens. Ralph carefully opened the folder to find 2 exquisite photos of the Bolshoi ballet company. “Wow… Iss these are incredible!” He enthused as he set the folder down on the table. Ralph now turned his attention to the velvet bag, pulling the top open carefully he peered down at the content. His eyes widened with glee as he took out the wide lens that he had searched for to fit his old Leica camera. “Seriously sis… you are the best!” He said and hugged her. When Issa commented about his love life he shot her a warning stare, she knew how he felt about Liz and loved to tease him for it. He laughed it off nervously. But it got worse as Lizzie came over to straighten his scarf and patted him on the cheek, he could feel his face burning and quickly turned to grab his new lens.
Ralph swung his camera around from where it had hung on his back and took of the lens that was currently connected to it and attached the new one. He turned a few dials on it so the settings would match and held it up to his face. “Well get together!” He said to Issa and Lizzie. He proceeded to take a picture of the two girls as his other sisters entered the room. “Great, one group photo before we leave!” He said and smiled with his face covered by his camera, he always got so excited when he got something new for his camera. After some more pictures Ralph lowered his camera and let it hang from his neck. “Well yes Anna is right we should probably get a move on. I can drive us if you are too tired Iss.” He offered as he started to walk towards the front door.