Although it had only been a few days since Jace had asked her out on a lunch date, Adele continued to still have butterflies in her stomach from the sheer thought of her and Jace together, just the two of them, enjoying each other’s company and getting to know each other better.
As Aelita called down her daughters to breakfast, Maya rushed down like the wind on a stormy day, but the youngest of the Belpois daughters slowly took her time getting downstairs. It wasn’t until she turned the corner that Maya and their mother Aelita noticed Adele appearing to be humming a song and gliding across the floor with a look of happiness on her face, something that didn’t appear as often that previous week.
“And just what are we so happy about today, huh? said Maya trying to figure out what was up with her sister.
“Nothing,” she said in a rather coy voice. “Can’t a girl just hum her favorite worship song and appreciate all that God has given us in life without it being a big deal?”
At that moment, Maya glanced over the shoulder of Adele spying on her text message log, noticing that there was a text from Jace that appeared to be from the night of the party at the Stern home saying he would “save her a seat.”
Upon seeing this text, Maya walked over to her mother and whispered something into her ear that brought a mixture of both parental concern and excitement for her youngest daughter, “I’d never thought I’d see the day. Adele got asked out by Jace Stevens, that new boy who our group just met last week.”
“What? Really?” said her mother. “When did this happen?”
“Apparently the night of the party at the Stern home,” she replied. “I kinda overheard her talking to Yumiko when I got home later talking about going to get pizza with him this weekend.”
Trying not to get too overexcited to give away that she knew what was happening, Mrs. Belpois simply shed a tear of happiness for her daughter and said to herself, “I don’t believe it. My baby is finally going out on her first date.”
But rather than blurt out that she knew what was coming later this weekend, Aelita chose to keep this information private until Adele was ready to tell her.
As Maya sat back down to eat, the pink haired sibling asked her sister, “So sis, what do you think of that new kid Jace? He seems pretty cool, huh?”
Caught off guard by her statement, Adele lost control and dropped her spoon within her cereal saying, “W-What? Oh yeah, he’s pretty cool. I didn’t actually realize how much he and I have in common.”
“Oh really?” asked her mother overhearing her daughters’ conversation. “Like what exactly?”
“Um...” she began recounting their interests. “Well he likes to read good romantic poetry like me, especially the more sappier kind. And he also likes to study computers like me, but he usually asks me for advice on specific systems. And... oh yeah, he’s a Christian too like us. In fact, he likes to play guitar and sings worship songs from time to time.”
“Hmm, sounds like you know quite a bit about him already,” said her mother trying to dig deeper. “Has he told you anything more about himself? Maybe even about his family or his upbringing?”
Contemplating her mother’s question, Adele finally said, “From what I remember, his parents have been together for about 30 years, and raised him into his faith in Jesus. He gets a lot of his advice for life from them both. He seems to love them both a lot like I love you and daddy.”
“Well then,” said her mother, “Why don’t you invite him over to the house sometime?”
Caught off guard once again, Adele said, “What? What did you say?”
“Yeah, it would be a fun time for you both,” replied her mother. “You could hang out here, maybe enjoy a movie or play games together, and maybe your father and I could get to know him too.”
Leaning over to whisper in her sister’s ear, Maya said, “Congrats sis, looks like you’ve stirred up mom’s curiosity to get to know your potential boyfriend, just like I did when I first got to know Kevin.”
“W-What? Who said anything about Jace being my boyfriend?” said Adele looking at her sister rather shocked.”
“Adele,” Maya replied. “Did you really think you could hide your big plans for this weekend from me, your own sister?”
Looking rather guilty, the youngest of the two siblings finally came out and explained about her date planned for the weekend with Jace. She also mentioned that Jace had told his parents and both gave their consent to take her out, and that he wanted to ask both her mother and father if it would be okay.
Normally, many teenagers would have this set as a ploy to butter up their parents to drop the subject, but in this case Adele was speaking the truth, and seeing her sincerity when she said it, Aelita said to Adele, “Okay then. How about this, tell him that it’s okay with your father and I, if he agrees to come and pick you up here at the house. This way, your father and I can find out more about him and your plans for the afternoon and where you’ll be.”
Feeling like she was getting the third degree, Adele reluctantly agreed to her mother’s terms , but then returned to smiling as she prepared to text Jace to inform him of the arrangement for their date.
As he sit back in his chair, Jace continued to read a book of collective poetry works by Edgar Allen Poe, designed to be interpreted easier by a junior high student. However, before he could finish The Raven, the young boy’s phone went off with a loud chorus of his favorite worship song I Can Only Imagine.
Opening the message sent by Adele, the following text appeared on his phone, “Mom said it was okay for our date. Mind picking me up though at my place? Might take a little while to get ready. Thanks much! See you at class in a little while... ;)”
Thinking further about the text she just sent, Jace had asked his mom, “Hey mom, do you think it’s a problem if I went to pick up Adele at her place, instead of meeting her at the pizzeria?”
Hearing his specific question, Jace’s mother Victoria picked up on a potential reason why Adele may have made this request, “No, it’s not a problem. In fact, this may be a message from her parents saying they want to get to you know you better in person.”
“Really?” he asked now feeling slightly worried. “How are you so sure?”
“Well, because my parents did the exact same thing with me when I first dated your father in high school,” she said hit with her own shot of nostalgia.
Walking down from his home office, Jace’s father Richard could overhear his wife’s remark and quickly followed by saying, “Boy, how could I forget. It’s definitely something I’ll never forget.”
“Why, what happened dad?” replied Jace growing more curious.
“Well,” he began. “I ended up meeting at your mother’s home the night of a big movie premiere. But as soon as I opened the door, her father was standing there as if he was just waiting for me to arrive. Fortunately your mother was there to create a gap between us both, or else that stare of his may have did me in.
“But it wasn’t until I was alone with her mom and dad both that I saw they were both just like any other parents... they were concerned about their daughter and only wanted what was best for her, which was to have a good time and for us to get to know each other in a safe and enjoyable manner.”
Sitting down to join Jace, Mr. Stevens placed his hand on his son’s shoulder and said, “And I’m sure that’s exactly what the Belpois’s have in mind for Adele. They just want to get to know you, and see that you’re someone they can trust to enjoy a good time with their daughter.”
Now looking even more uneasy, Jace had wondered if this would turn out like one of those police interrogation type of visits with the parents, where he would be drilled with questions about his life and hit with that parental glare his friends would joke about when they went on dates. Could he take it?
“Don’t worry sweetheart,” said his mother keeping positivity in the situation. “From the little bit you’ve told me about her family, I’m sure they’re wonderful people. You’ve got nothing to fear.”
Pushing out the thoughts he just had now, Jace agreed with his mother and replied back to Adele’s text saying, “Sounds good. It’s gonna be a lot of fun. :) Will see you in a little while. Will hold your seat... ;)”
After pushing Enter to send his text, and downing his cup of green tea, Jace hustled out his front door, but not before hearing a phrase he hadn’t heard in years since attending his previous school... “Jace sweetie, aren’t you forgetting something?”
“Oh crud,” he muttered to himself, remembering his phone was left on the counter. Almost instinctively, the young boy saw his mother hurl his phone into the air, and he leapt to his feet to catch it with relative ease.
“Thanks mom!” he shouted back to her. “You both seem to think of everything.”
Hearing his loving remark, Victoria stood in the arms of her one love, Jace’s father, and the two smiled watching her son run off to head to school with only one thing to say, “They grow up so fast...”