Cathy walked into the dark common room with the only light coming from the television which was shining a dim light onto someone on the couch. Jill looked over while trying to stay low on the couch and covered with a blanket. The back of the couch faces out, and Jill was turned around facing Cathy and the kitchen. Trying not to raise her shoulders above the back of the couch she asked, “wow that was a short night. I thought the four of you were going to be out for a while?” Cathy cocked her head at Jill. She said, “Ruth doesn’t drink much, and Alice is still breastfeeding so going out all night doesn’t seem like a good idea.” Cathy took a step closer as Jill ducked down a little. Cathy asked, “are you wearing a shirt?...... are you naked?” Cathy’s eyes went a little wide and asked, “Jeff?” A hand came up from the other side of the couch underneath Jill. Cathy put her hands up and said, “Jill what the fuck?” Jill started to get up stopping and going back down. She said, “it just happened. He was teaching me how to sign, and I was teaching him.” Cathy put up her hand interrupting her saying, “yeah I can see that you're teaching him.” Jill started bouncing up and down as Jeff laughed. As she bounced, she started to laugh. Cathy looked to the door then back to the couch and said, “alright, I guess I don’t have any place to judge but unless you want Ruth to kick your ass you two should take this into your room.” Jill got up off the couch holding their clothing in front of her. She turned to Jeff and said, “come in me if you want to live.”
Just as they went into her room Ruth, Alice and Wendy walked inside. Ruth looked around and asked, “where’s Jeff?” Cathy looked at her then to Wendy then back to Ruth without saying a word. Ruth walked over to the couch and picked up a red lacy bra. She shook her head and said, “I just don’t know what to do.” Alice replied, “well if you do nothing you might just wind up being called grandma.” Ruth sighed then she went to Jill’s door and put her hand up to knock, but then she stopped. Wendy said, “make a fist then connect that fist with the door going back and forth much like Jeff is probably doing right now with Jill.” Cathy said, “I have never seen him laugh before.” Ruth put her hand down and walked over to the homemade bar where she poured herself three fingers of Irish whiskey and down it all in one shot. Cathy asked, “I thought you didn’t drink?” Just as soon as she asked, Ruth nearly spat the booze out. She said, “it's still hard to discipline him. I look at him and see that boy in the basement and Sue.” On the other side of the door, they could hear a slight moaning and the rocking of a bed.
The four women sat in the living room and restarted the movie only to see that Jill and Jeff were watching Showgirls. They had paused it at the sex in a pool scene. Alice said, “OK, with your permission we will stay here tonight and get back in the morning where I will call every contractor I know and get this started.” Wendy shook her head over just how fast this all came together. Alice saw her look of dismay and said, “when I divested from my grandmother’s company after it went public, I earned around four billion dollars, and even with the taxes I still have more than we will ever need. As long as you keep up your end of this, then I’m happy to help make this happen.” Cathy said, “as long as it isn’t the same people that built those homes that nearly collapsed.” Ruth looked over at Alice as she watched the door to Jill’s bedroom. Ruth said, “go on and check in.” Alice pulled out her phone and called her husband, Max. His image showed on her screen holding a small baby. In the background, she could hear another baby screaming. Max said, “house of perpetual screams.” Alice didn’t say anything. She just stared at the baby in his arms. Wendy couldn’t help seeing how the scowling to blank stare Alice usually wore was gone, and she looked like a mother away from her baby for the first time. Somewhere in the back of her mind, Wendy fought the urge to hate Alice even more.
Ruth went to sleep in a large lounge chair while Alice took the couch. Cathy and Wendy offered their bed, but neither woman wanted to put them out. After the two made love, they lay on their bed staring at the ceiling. Wendy whispered, “is it wrong to feel so jealous?” Cathy kissed Wendy on her forehead and replied, “it’s only human to want something you can’t have and to see someone close to you having that thing you wanted so much.” Wendy put her hand over Cathy’s mouth and said, “I don’t think I ever really wanted it until it was no longer a possibility.” Cathy replied, “and yet here you are saying it instead of baby.” Wendy asked, “could you send your daughter away like that. I mean Ying is sixteen, and this girl is what seventeen?” Cathy replied, “we don’t actually know how old Ying is. Those people didn’t keep records or celebrate birthdays. She graduated early and passed an entrance exam that got her into one of the best schools in the country. She is also happy.” Off in the distance, they could hear Jill and Jeff. Then like a blast of thunder, Ruth screamed, “oh for the love of god will you two finish already!”