Leaping off the back of the green suede armchair that she hated, Nina finally got her hands around the offending bird she'd been chasing around the house for the last hour. "I swear," she shook a finger at the yellow bird after getting it firmly in the grasp of her right hand, "when you die, I'll kill him if he gets another one of you!" Walking into the kitchen, she quickly tossed the bird into its brass cage and locked the door. She added a glare over her shoulder as she left the room for good measure.
"Mooooooom! Hurry up! I need your help with my hair and Spence will be here in less than a half hour!"
Nina shook her head as she took the stairs in twos to get to her complaining teenager upstairs. "Do you think I wanted to chase that damn bird around the house for the last half hour? I think your uncle has it trained to escape its cage."
"Uncle Scott doesn't have Princess Peninsula trained. He says she just needs some fresh air once in a while." Anna giggled as her mother realized just how the bird kept getting out. "Now, we have more pressing matters. Please?"
Growling under her breath and probably offering up a curse or two to any god listening, Nina took the hair dryer and brush from her daughter's outstretched hands. "How did you want it done then?" Though not exactly a hair dresser, Nina did have decent skills when it came to styling hair. It came from being the kid that always wanted to learn and friends that abused that interest.
"Could we braid it up from the bottom and then do the messy fishtaily thing on top?"
"Sure." Nina smiled as she grabbed the supplies she'd need from the menagerie on the bathroom counter. "Sit down and lean forward. And stay still!"
"Honeys I'm home!" Scott yelled as he walked in the front door twenty minutes after Nina started styling her daughter's hair. He started up the stairs as he called, "Am I allowed upstairs yet? Or should I--"
"Only if you bought the right color lip gloss!"
Anna was sitting on the toilet sideways while her mom twisted hair behind her when Scott opened the bathroom door. "Now Harvey, have you ever known me not to pull through at the last minute when you needed something?"
"Do you want me to mention Homecoming? Or the bonfire party last summer? Or Callie's first date with--"
"Anna, I think your uncle gets the point." Nina interrupted her daughter.
"At least someone here appreciates me." Scott dropped the small bag into Anna's lap and turned to leave the women to it.
"Oh, don't think you're getting off that easy, Mr. I'll-Let-Princess-Peninsula-Outta-Her-Cage-To-Incite-Riot-In-The-House. And what kinda name is Princess Peninsula?" Nina scowled and waved the hair brush at Scott's face.
"Ask Harvey. She named her." Before Anna could defend her bird naming decisions, the door bell rang. "And that should be your date. Seeing as you're not ready yet, I'll go let him in and get him a refreshment or Spanish Inquisition level interrogation."
Scott exited the bathroom, slamming the door as Anna cried "No!" and Nina scolded her for moving her head.
Anna applied the finishing touches to her makeup as her mom finished her hair so Scott wouldn't be alone with Spencer long enough to traumatize the boy. If there was one thing Scott excelled at, it was scaring off anyone that even thought of dating Anna. To date, one boyfriend ended up in the hospital, three switched high schools and two actually moved to different states. It was a miracle she was even able to get a date for her prom.
The hair spray was barely dried on Anna's hair when she opened the bathroom door and rushed down the hall. She slipped her heels on as she descended the stairs, not an easy feat when they were four inches and she was more comfortable in Chucks than stilettos.
"Sorry it took so...long?" The words dropped dead in her mouth as she saw the scene before her. There, sitting on the living room floor with their legs cross in their laps were Spencer and Scott. A small stack of sketchbooks and her uncle's cases of markers were scattered in the space between them. "Really?" They hadn't even noticed her; too engrossed in discussing markers and pretty pictures.
"So, you kids ready to--" Nina's words were cut off as she too saw the scene in the living room. First she looked at her daughter, then back to her brother and the young man currently keeping Scott's attention. "Well, that's solved." She said, looking back at Anna.
"What's solved?" Anna looked at her mother like she'd grown another head.
"You've gotta marry that boy."
"He's passed through the Ninth Gate of Hell, met the Devil himself and lived to tell the tale." Nina gestured at her brother as Scott opened up yet another sketchbook and started gushing about the blend of colors and how Prismacolor markers were better than Copic markers for the design but when he turned the page suddenly Copic markers were better. A couple more pages of pastel and charcoal sketches and the two were delving into another discussion about the best way to use water colors.
Anna hated to admit it, but her mom was right. With Uncle Scott's history of terrorizing any male that entered her life, this was definitely a turn of events.
"Boys, we can set up a play date for next weekend. Right now, I believe there is a prom to attend." Nina broke into the artists' conversation.
Both quickly stood up from the floor. Scott brushed his jeans off while Spencer stared for a moment at Anna. "You look...uhm, wow, gorgeous. Yea, wow."
"Nice job with the big words there, kid." Scott put a hand on Spencer's shoulder as he pushed passed him to Anna. Taking her hands in his, he took in her dress, and then spun her. "Well, gorgeous is only the start of how I would describe you. But I don't want to embarrass anyone." Scott glanced over his shoulder at Spencer. "And I'm sure your mom wants pictures now."
After snapping a few pictures in front of the fireplace in the living room, Nina and Scott walked Anna and Spencer to the door. Nina shook Spencer's hand and chatted while Scott hugged his niece. "You're all grown up now, Harvey." Scott whispered in her ear. "You have fun tonight."
The brother and sister stood in the doorway as they watched the little girl make her way to the limo waiting at the curb. "Not exactly your regular reaction to her boyfriends."
Scott chuckled. "I can't hate them all. Besides, he works at the hardware shop with Old Man McGinley. He'll keep an eye on Bruce for me."
Nina smacked her brother's arm. "His name is Spencer!"
"I know, but Bruce goes better with Harvey." Scott snickered as he got smacked in the arm a second time.
For those of you not familiar with this series, each month we'll be delving into a group that is dedicated to their members and giving back to the dA Community through exposure, hosting regular events and just being an all around awesome place for deviants to settle in and feel welcome.
In a couple sentences, can you please describe what your group is about?
The group was originally founded by ScENeYmE to serve as a hub for photography. I really hope that under my lead, we are still doing fine as there are many other groups out there what are serving with the same purpose.
Aside from lots of hard work, what do you do to keep your members active and involved?
When we plan a change we usually post a poll asking the members what they think about it. We consider their answers and act according to that. This way we hope they can accept the changes more easily than facing them out of blue. I think it is important.
Are you currently running any contests? Prompts? Challenges? Upcoming Chat Events? Anything you'd like to pimp in the feature?
We have weekly themed features running. Each week members are given a theme and they can submit their photos into a folder created just for that. Of course at the end of the week, submissions get featured and a new theme if announced.
Also at the end of each month, we pick the bests of each Gallery folder and feature them in a Journal.
In the future I would like to start chat events. With little games where members can win points. It would be nice!
Any suggestions for awesome groups to be featured should be directed to GrimFace242 via note