"Emma," I called as I opened the caramel, wooden door. The room brought so many sweet memories of my Baby and I. Of course some were more sour in all honesty. There sat my Love, drawing as always."Baby, I'm back." I excitedly chirped.
She turned around in lightning speed, causing me to worry for a second for her neck.
"Mommy!" She excitedly called, jumping off the floor and running into my awaiting arms.
"Oh, I've missed you so much." I said, tightening my hold on her, but not enough to hurt her, just enough for it to be a bear hug.
"I missed you more, Mommy." She giggled.
I chuckled at her cute behaviour as I lifted her up in my arms and stood up.
"How was your stay with Grandma and Grandpa?" I asked as I made my way out of the beige coloured room and into the sunkissed, bright hallway.
"It was nice. Grandma took me for some ice-cream on Monday." She excitedly chirped, making me automatically smile.
"Really?" I excitedly asked," Maybe you and I can go out for some ice-cream later then. What do you think?" I offered.
"Can we Mommy?" She excitedly chirped, hope shimmering in her honey glazed orbs.
"Definitely." I reassured, slightly squeezing her to my side.
"Mommy!" She giggled, squirming in my arms.
"What?" I feigned innocence.
"You're naughty, Mommy. Your hug almost killed me" She chastised, folding her arms to her chest in an attempt to look stern.
"I'm sorry my Love. Maybe I should stop hugging you then." I sadly sighed.
"What!" She exclaimed in bewilderment,"Never." She said, wrapping her little arms around my neck, pulling me into what I assume is her way of comforting me.
"You're right. I would never." I smiled, kissing her chubby cheek
Her mood suddenly turned off and she looked at me with sad eyes.
"Mommy, will you be leaving again?" She softly asked making me feel guilty even though it couldn't be helped.
"Nope, I'm not going anywhere anytime soon." I said with a beaming and reassuring smile.
"Promise?" She softly asked, looking up at me from her long eyelashes.
"I promise." I smiled, raising my pinkie which she intertwined with her much smaller one with a toothy grin.
"Let's go say bye to Grandma and Grandpa before they leave." I cooed, tickling her sides, making loud giggles resonate into the empty hallway.
"Mommy, stop!" She said, clearly out of breath, making me chuckle at her cuteness.
I removed my fingers before making my way to the staircase and descended each stair with absolute care. I definitely didn't want to drop my daughter.
My foot touched the last stair before I headed in the direction of the living room where I heard the TV quietly playing.
"Hey Mom, hey Dad." I greeted as I entered the living room," Are you guys ready to go?"
"Hey Sweetheart. Yeah we are, we were just waiting on you two so we could say goodbye." She softly said with her all time, soft smile.
"Oh, sorry to keep you guys waiting, and thanks for looking after Emma on such short notice. I know that you were supposed to be going on vacation." I apologetically smiled.
My mom brushed me off with a wave of her hand before saying," Oh hush, it was no problem at all. We really don't mind, she is our only grandbaby after all." She cooed," Goodbye Emma Darling. I'll miss you so much."
Soft sniffles alerted me of my daughter's silent cries, making me instinctively start running my hand down her back comfortingly. My sweet love really hates goodbyes, but I don't blame her.
"Oh Emma." Softly cooed my dad from the couch as he stood up and walked towards me. He gently took Emma from my arms and into his. He walked away with her, leaving Mom and I alone in the living room.
"Let's go outside, I have no doubt he's taking her there for a private talk." Chuckled my mom as she looped her arm in mine, guiding me out of the living room and towards the already open main door.
Who knows what my dad said to Emma because she ran in my direction with a smile now beaming from her once sad face. I looked up at him expectantly, just for him to brush me off with a shrug.
"What did he say to her?" I asked my mom, hoping that she somehow knew my father well enough.
"Honey, I'm not psychic." She said, tapping my back with her hand before making her way to her husband." Won't you give us a hug before we leave, Sweetheart?" She threw behind her.
I gaped at her in bewilderment but walked to them nonetheless.
"You two are a strange couple, you know that?" I asked.
"Oh Sweetie, one day we'll be saying that about you too." Smirked my mom knowingly.
"You two will always take the cup." I cockily smirked back.
My dad chuckled, before pulling me into a bear hug like he always has.
"Take care, Pumpkin." He said, placing a kiss on the crown of my hair.
I couldn't help but to nuzzle in my dad's chest even more. He always filled me with a sense of safety when he did this and I guess he still does.
"Thanks Daddy, I will. You and Mom should take care too." I said, wrapping my arms around his waist in a hug.
"You've always been a Daddy's girl, but atleast you still stayed a loyal Mama's girl too." Chuckled my mom from beside us.
I pulled away from my dad to smile at my mom before pulling her in for a group hug.
"I'll miss you guys." I softly whispered as tears threatened to cloud my vision.
"This is where Emma gets her emotional trait from." Teased my mom, making me tearfully giggle.
"It can't be helped, Mom, besides I also got it from you." I teased.
"But when was the last time you saw me cry?" She dramatically gasped. We broke apart the group hug, just for her to kiss my cheek adoringly." We love you, Honey. Both of you." She added, wiping away a stray tear from her glossy, chocolate brown, warm eyes.
"We love you too, Mom." I replied, pulling her into one last hug before letting her go.
Dad helped Mom into the car before following after her, just as Emma ran back to my side.
"Bye Grandpa! Bye Grandma!" She happily waved at them even though we couldn't see them due to the tinted windows.
The car horn sounded, probably my mom's doing, just before the car made its way to the open gates and passed through them, turning left, just as the gates closed behind it.
I looked down at my little angel and asked,"How about we go watch a movie with some popcorn and slushy?" I offered.
"Whoo. Yes!" She eagerly agreed.
I offered her my hand and she almost immediately placed her much smaller one into it.
I guided back to the house and closed the doors behind us.
I made my way into the kitchen, to find my chef, Penny and my housekeeper, Blake chatting away, but they immediately cut their conversation at my entry.
They both kindly smiled at Emma and I before simultaneously greeting," Good morning Miss and young Emma."
"Hello Miss Blake and hello Miss Penny." Emma excitedly chirped. That's my girl.
I taught Emma to respect all elders, including the house staff from a young age and she has never wavered.
"Good morning to you too, Ladies." I smiled." Well, don't mind me, I'm just here to make Emma and I some popcorn."
Chef Penny's face instantly flushed until she looked more like a paper. She profusely shook her head at me, making me pout.
"Oh that won't be necessary Miss Williams. I'd gladly make them for you." She nervously smiled.
"Ohh, come on Penny. I won't burn anything, I promise." I innocently batted my eyelashes.
"Oh no, I insist." She tried to persuade me.
I couldn't help but to laugh at her, because I almost had no intention on making the popcorn. I already knew that Penny wouldn't allow me, she knows just how talented I am in the arts of cooking, note the sarcasm.
"I'm just kidding, Penny. I knew that you wouldn't allow me." I admitted.
"You were so right to assume that." She mumbled, the colour coming back to her face.
Penny is only ten years my senior, whereas Blake is only one year older than me, so we all get along quite well. We're more like roomies to be honest.
"Well, Emma and I are gonna be in the movie room." I said, turning around with a chuckle." Wait, where is Emma?" I asked, noticing that the little munchkin had disappeared.
"She's probably in the movie room already." Shrugged Blake as she pulled out the packets of popcorn.
"Well, I better go entertain her. Thanks you two." I said, making my way out of the kitchen and down the hall. Upon entry into the movie room, I found my maid, Cleo helping Emma with the slushy machine.
"Hey Cleo." I greeted, making the girl jump in surprise.
"Miss Williams," She said with uneven breaths as he hand went to her chest," You scared me."
"I'm sorry, I didn't mean to frighten you." I apologetically smiled, just as Emma excitedly ran to me.
"Mommy, Miss Cleo helped me make a slushy. Do you want me to show you how?" She excitedly offered.
"Sure Honey." I smiled, before smiling at Cleo gratefully.
Cleo slightly bowed at me before leaving the room.
"So what would you like to watch, my Angel?" I asked.
"Moana!" She excitedly chirped.
"As you wish my little princess." I smiled, tapping my finger onto her nose.
"Mommy!" She giggled, scrunching her nose.
"I have your popcorns, Miss Williams." Announced Blake as she walked into the room with three packets of popped popcorn.
"Yay!" Excitedly yelled Emma befoe she ran to Blake who handed her a packet.
"Thank you Miss Blake." She grinned before running to plop on one of the couches in the small theatre, probably to munch on her popcorn," Mommy, can I open it?"
"Sure Sweetheart." I replied before turning to Blake and taking the other two packs off her hands," Blake, could you please prepare a picnic basket for Emma and I. I'll be taking her out after lunch."
"Of course, Miss." She smiled, before turning around and leaving the room.
"Okay, let's get the movie started, but first, let me prepare our slushies." I remembered.
I walked the couple of steps to the slushie machine and put the popcorn on the table beside it. I took the cups and made the slushies. I chose the Raspberry for the both of us and put them in the cupboard trays before tucking the popcorn packets in my arm and carrying the slushies to the couch. I placed them in the chair cup holders before sitting down and opening the one packet, which was my favourite flavour, salt and vinegar. I popped on into my mouth, making a moan of delight escape my lips. Only then did I turn to the movie that had already begun, Cleo must have put it on earlier.
We munched on our snacks and watched the entire movie, singing along to the appropriate scenes and in overall, having fun.