November 19

“Yeah, Jeannie?”
“Is Rob gonna come live with us?” she asked. “I mean, ’cause you’re a dad alone, and his mom is alone… We kinda thought…?”
Phillip smiled. “No, sweetie,” he said. “Mrs. MacKenzie and I aren’t dating. Besides, I’m already spoken for, you know that.”
“Y-yeah,” she said. “But…”
“But nothing,” he said, laughing. “All right, let’s go in and get dinner ready, huh?”
“Okay,” she said, smiling. “Love you, Phillip.”
“Love you too, Jeannie. Always.”

The kids were just tucked into bed when Phillip’s cell phone rang. He flipped it open; the number was familiar to him. “Yeah, hi,” he said. “I was just going to call you.”
“I know,” came the voice on the other end. He heard her smile alter the shape of her mouth, just enough. “Rough day?”
“No, not really,” he said. “The kids are worried about my love life now.” He flopped down onto the couch in the back room. “They thought I was dating Mirielle.”
“Cheating on me, now, are you?” she giggled.
“You’d know if I was,” he said, grinning. “Anyway, not to change the topic, but how was your day?”
“Oh, you know the most of it already,” she sighed. “You really helped me out today. I appreciate that.”

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