Ashley: Oh you're home Nicole.
Claire: I prefer Claire. *smiles*
Ashley: Well if you're gonna be living with me, it's gonna be Nicole. I'm not your mother ok, and I'm not your step-mother yet either, but when I marry your father in 2 months, it's still Ashley to you! Am I clear!
Claire: *startled* Yeah.
Ashley: *smiles* So how was school today?
Claire: Good. *walks off*
Ashley: *rolls her eyes* Do not leave when I'm talking to you Nicole.
Claire: Sorry. *stops and turns around*
Ashley: *smiles* That's my girl. Now go and make me something to eat.
Claire: I don't know how to cook Ashley.
Ashley: Don't! You better start learning Miss Keaton!
Claire: *wants to cry* I... I don't even know how to cook though.
Ashley: *looks Claire in the eyes* Learn! And you better not set the house on fire or else I will throw you in it. *walks off*
Noah: *calls Ashley*
Ashley: Hey honey.
Noah: How's Claire doing?
Ashley: *annoyed* She's great, I love her. *looks at Claire*
Noah: Ok, well I'll be home in an hour or so ok.
Ashley: Ok, the food will be set. *smiles*
Noah: Alright, bye love.
Ashley: Bye. *hangs up* What are you looking at! Start cooking! Your father will be home in an hour and if it's not done, you will get a beaten!
Claire: *walks to the kitchen*
Ashley: *sits down and watches tv*
Claire: *thinks to herself* Mom, where are you? I want to come home.
Ashley: I don't hear anything in the kitchen!
Claire: *gets startled and starts cooking*
Kim: *setting food on the table*
Dean: *rings the doorbell*
Noelle: Kim, can you get that, it's Dean.
Noelle: Yeah, I invited him over.
Noelle: I thought it would be nice if we invited him over.
Kim: Oh. *goes and opens the door* Hey. *forces a smile*
Dean: *smiles* You're mother invited me over.
Kim: Yeah, she told me, come in.
Dean: *walks in*
Kim: We were just about to eat, so take a seat.
Dean: Ok. *sits down*
Noelle: Hi Dean. *smiles*
Dean: Hi Noelle.
Noelle: Come eat Kim.
Kim: Yeah, I'll come.
Dean: *sitting across kim and staring at her*
Kim: *looks at dean*
Dean: *quickly looks at his food* The foods is great Noelle. *smiles at Noelle*
Noelle: Thank you, Kim helped a bit.
Kim: Lies, I can't even cook.
Dean: *chuckles softly*
Dean: I got it. *leaves the table*
Noelle: Honey, clean up when you two are done, I'm gonna go to the store for a bit.
Kim: For what?
Noelle: Just to buy a few things, I'll be back shortly. *smiles*
Ashley: Claire, would you like to go with me to the store? *smiles*
Claire: No, it's ok.
Noah: Honey, go with Ashley, she'll love your company.
Ashley: *fakes a smile* Yeah, I would love your company.
Claire: *scared* Ok. *leaves with Ashley*
Noelle: *shopping for food*
Claire: *sees Noelle from afar* Mom. *tries not to cry*
Ashley: Go grab me some drinks over there.
Claire: *cont. looking at Noelle and walks off*
Claire: *turns around* What?
Ashley: Go get some drinks for me!
Claire: *looks back* Oh, ok. *walks back to Ashley to the other side*
Ashley: *checking out*
Noelle: *walking to the checkout line*
Noelle: *turns around* Claire?
Claire: *hugs Noelle and cries*
Noelle: Honey, what's wrong?
Claire: I want to come home.
Ashley: Claire, who is this?
Noelle: Oh, you must be Ashley.
Ashley: Oh, so you're Noelle.
Noelle: Yes, I am.
Ashley: I see why he left you. *smiles evil*
Noelle: *gives an angry look to Ashley*
Ashley: C'mon Claire, don't be like this, she's the one that doesn't love you anymore, that's why she kicked you out.
Claire: I love you mom.
Noelle: I love you too Claire.
Ashley: Let's go. *walks off first*
Claire: *follows behind slowly looking at Noelle*
Noelle: *feels bad*
Dean: *sitting next to kim*
Kim: *talking to dean*
Dean: I think I like you.
Kim: You what?
Dean: I like you... like a lot.
Kim: How? I mean why?
Dean: I don't know, but I just... I want us to give eachother a chance.
Kim: Dean, you know we don't feel the same towards one another.
Dean: We can work it out! Please. *smiles*
Kim: *stares at dean*
Dean: *leans towards kim slowly*
Kim: *sitting still*
Dean: *slowly kisses kim on the lips*
Kim: *taken by surprise*
Dean: *moves back and smiles*
Kim: *forces a smile*
Dean: *grabs kims hand* Trust me on this, we'll be ok. Like we said in the summer Kim, take one little step at a time.
Kim: Yeah. *smiles*
Dean: It's getting late; I think I should go now.
Noelle: *walks in the house* Honey, can you help with the groceries.
Dean: I got it Noelle. *smiles*
Noelle: Thank you Dean.
Dean: *leaves to get the groceries*
Noelle: I saw Claire.
Noelle: She was with that bitch.
Kim: How does she look like?
Noelle: Skank. Maybe in her mid 20's?
Kim: Ew, and she's into dad?
Noelle: Hey, you're father's 34, he'll be 35 next week.
Kim: I'll ask Claire tomorrow.
Noelle: Tell her I miss and love her too.
Dean: I closed the trunk.
Noelle: Oh my gosh! I forgot, thank you Dean!
Dean: *chuckles* It was nothing actually, just two bags.
Noelle: Thank you. *smiles*
Kim: Thank you for helping Dean.
Dean: No problem, but I'm gonna get going now.
Kim: I'll walk you back outside.
Noelle: Yes, I'll watch Jon.
Kim: *closes the door behind her*
Dean: So we're good right?
Kim: I guess.
Dean: I'll come tomorrow to pick up Jon, and if you want, I'll take you to school too.
Kim: Yeah, that'll be nice. *smiles*
Dean: *looks kim in the eyes* You're beautiful Kim.
Kim: *stops smiling*
Dean: *grabs kim by the cheeks and kisses her* Goodnight Kim. *smiles and walks off*
Kim: *staring at dean*
Dean: *waves bye from the car*
Kim: *smiles and waves back*
Dean: *gets in the car and takes off*
Kim: *touches her lips and smiles*
Noelle: *opens the door* Kim.
Kim: *gets startled*
Noelle: Did he leave already?
Kim: Yeah, he just did.
Noelle: Come inside then.
Kim: Ok. *walks into the house*
(The Next Morning)
Dean: *puts jon in the car*
Kim: Mom, I'm going!
Noelle: Ok, I'll pick you guys up later!
Kim: It's ok, Dean's gonna take us out to eat after I'm out of school.
Noelle: Ok then.
Kim: *sitting in the car*
Dean: *pulls up* I'll pick you up later ok.
Kim: *smiles* Ok.
Harry: *sees kim in the car with dean*
Kim: *smiles back softly*
Dean: *leans over and gives kim a kiss*
Harry: *gets jealous*
Kim: *backs up and smiles* Bye.
Dean: *chuckles* Bye.
Kim: *gets out the car*
Dean: *sees harry and smiles cocky*
Harry: *looks at dean mad then smiles and walks over to kim*
Dean: *watches harry*
Harry: *smiles* Hey Kim. *hugs kim*
Kim: *moves harrys arm* What are you doing?
Harry: *looks back* Just wanted to give you a hug. *smiles*
Kim: Well don't! *walks off*
Dean: *drives off*
Harry: *sighs and walks off the other direction*