Becoming the Cavalry - Part 2
It might actually work to her benefit. If they didn't want her around while they talked, she could go back upstairs.
His back to her, Colin said, "Rafe that's a mistake. You don't know what's going on. If it's serious, you'll go down with him."
Her father was leaning forward, intent, not looking up. He didn't see her. "You're jumping to all kinds of conclusions. I don't know what she wants with me. For all I know she wants me to watch her house while she goes on vacation. Could be anything."
Colin made a laughing sound that wasn't exactly a laugh. "She doesn't want you to house sit and you know it. She wants a writer. Why?"
She had no idea what they were talking about but she couldn't just stand there. She couldn't go back past her mother either. Making loud steps, making sure they noticed her, Autumn stomped down the deck and said, "Hi Dad! Hi Colin! Do you need anything? Like beer or chips or cookies? Mom and Ava are talking about Aunt Camilla so they sent me to ask."
Colin smiled at her. "I'm good thanks."
Her father grinned. "If she sent you out here so they can discuss your Aunt Camilla, you can go on upstairs or watch tv, whatever you want to do."
Colin's smile deepened. "We're going to take off soon anyway. It's a long drive back to the city."
She went back inside and saw her mother and Ava out on the front porch, still talking. A couple of the windows were open and she could hear them clearly so if they thought they were more private out there, they were...okay sort of right.
Her mother was still trying to explain Aunt Camilla. "Oh no, it's not like that at all. Camilla really does have a great sense of humor. There's only thing you absolutely shouldn't do - don't flirt with Heydon. As long as you don't flirt with Heydon, you'll be fine. She's not a dragon." They both laughed.
Maybe Ava would become a normal member of the Family.