"Are you happy now?" Archie smiled. They were out back in the swing bench. Things were winding down. Her grandparents had left for their hotel room and her other relatives were hoping to find a place to stay, somewhere near a water park.
"It was the surprise of all surprise parties." Emily couldn't help but smile. "Hopefully, Mom's not too mad."
"I kind of doubt it," Archie leaned in. "I think she's got a lot of catching up to do with her sister."
"Yeah, they're close. I don't know why they don't see each other more." Emily sighed while Archie brushed his finger down the back of her neck. Naturally, she was ready for a back rub. "I can't believe all the presents."
"To bad you weren't Jane." Archie laughed.
"That kid made out like a bandit." Emily relaxed.
"Yeah, but I bet she shares it with Lucy." Archie liked Jane's ways. He always felt he learned from her even if she were a little girl.
"Probably," Emily was quiet then. "I wish my Dad would have came."
"Well, its not your graduation yet."
"I know, but he's not coming," Emily said. "I know its all my fault that he left Mom, and he's not coming back."
"Come on, don't bring yourself down," Archie said putting his arm around her. "You don't know it was you. You have to stop thinking that."
"I want to, I do, but I keep wondering if I'd been different then he would have been different too." She shrugged.
"Well, your Dad's parents are here," Archie said as if that had to count for something.
"Yeah, she didn't even know I was a grand-daughter, and then she had to tell you how fat I used to be," Emily said. "You know, I wasn't even fat when I was little. She has me mixed up with somebody else."