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Melody's nanny chapter 6

The sun rays flew in the windowsill as Eric groggily rose from his bed. He groaned, stretched and rubbed his eyes.
Today was Sunday which was another good siku for Eric because he had off.
He wouldn't have to worry about driving Melody to school, being late to work, and being late to pick her up. The only thing he wanted to focus on right now was cleaning his house a bit since Ariel was coming over.
Eric got dressed in a white shirt, blue jeans, and black shoes. He combed his hair, brushed his teeth and went downstairs.
Melody was already up. She was eating Lucky Charms cereal in the living room while watching television.
He rolled his eyes as he noticed that Melody was watching some baby show, called "Rainbow Monkeys."
He walked over to the jikoni and pulled out the almost empty Lucky Charms cereal. He ate the rest of it knowing he and Melody were going to go grocery shopping later.

"Melody, when wewe are finished eating, I want wewe to clean your room," alisema Eric.

"No, I don't want to clean my room!" alisema Melody.

Eric sighed.
'Why won't this kid give me a break?'

"Melody, wewe have to clean your room today. Do wewe remember Miss Ariel Benson from yesterday? She is coming over to chajio, chakula cha jioni tonight remember?"
Hearing the name "Ariel" Melody's face brightened and she immediately went to tidy up her room.
Eric took care of his dish, and Melody's dish. Then, he cleaned up the living room and vacuumed it.
When Melody finished cleaning her room, the two went grocery shopping hoping to find chakula that was suitable for dinner.

"My, that was such a wonderful service. Don't wewe think?" Aquata asked as she and the family walked outside of the church.

"Yes, it was great," Andrina agreed.

The family walked nyumbani and rested for a bit in their apartment in their living room.
The only exception was Ariel who was in the bedroom looking in the closet for a dress.
After searching, Ariel gritted her teeth and groaned as she slapped her forehead. She had forgotten that she did not own any nice dresses because she sold them for money to save her mother on her first siku in America!
She ran to the living room hoping that her sisters could help.

"Guys, do wewe have a dress that I could borrow?" Ariel asked. 'Please let them have something!' She thought desperately.

"Why? Where are wewe going?" Aquata asked.

"She has a chajio, chakula cha jioni tarehe with her boyfriend!" kweta smirked. The girls began to giggle.

"He is not my boyfriend!" Ariel cried, blushing.

"Children calm down," alisema Triton. "Ariel is too young to have a boyfriend."

"You've been saying that since she was fourteen," alisema Arista.

"What do wewe need help with, Ariel?" Alana asked. Ariel repeated her swali and the girls went searching through the closet trying to find the perfect dress for her.

Meanwhile over at the Barnes' house, Eric warmed up the frozen chakula in the microwave.
After that, he put the chakula on nice dishes, making it as if the chakula were homemade. Then, he and Melody put the dishes on the meza, jedwali which was already covered with a nice tablecloth.
Eric looked at the grandfather clock that was standing between the two paintings of sailing ships. It was a quarter till seven.

"Is she here yet?" Melody asked as she looked outside of her window. She was wearing a cute yellow dress with an machungwa, chungwa sash around it.

"She'll be here," alisema Eric.
Eric was dressed up in his fine black suit. He fidgeted a little and had trouble fighting the butterflies that were flying around in his stomach. maswali swarmed in his head: When will Ariel come? Will Ariel accept his job offer? Will she treat Melody right? Does she like him? Will she kiss him-what?
Eric shook his head wondering where the heck he got the idea of anything romantic between him and Ariel.
Whenever an image of Ariel came to his mind, his moyo would skip a beat. His train of thoughts was interrupted when Melody screamed, "SHE'S HERE!" very excitedly.
Eric jumped a little kwa Melody's scream and opened the door.
When he did, he saw the most beautiful vision ever.
Ariel was standing in the doorway wearing a long dark green dress with long sleeves and pearl earrings.
She smiled and blushed like a schoolgirl since Eric was staring at her in a dreamy way.

"Hey! What are wewe waiting for? Let her in!" Melody impatiently, stomped her foot hoping to get their attention.
Eric snapped out of his dreamy gaze.

"Uh? Oh! Right!" He let her in and took Ariel's coat.
Eric and Melody showed Ariel around their house starting with the living room which contained the big plasma.
Then they went to Melody's bedroom.
It was pink full of toys and stuffed animals. Melody showed Ariel every single of her toy from her Barbie doll to her spongebob plushie. Then, Eric showed Ariel his bedroom which contained a king-size bed, a gray dresser with a big mirror, and a clothes closet.
After the tour around the house, the two adults and child went down for dinner.
After dinner, Ariel offered to help Eric with the dishes.

"So, now that wewe are out of college, what wewe doing now?" Eric asked, as he rinsed his dish.

"Well, nothing interesting, really. Except looking for a summer job," Ariel answered, hesitantly. She could feel her face turning red with embarrassment.

"Well, do wewe know what job wewe are looking for?" He inquired.

"Something to do with babysitting au helping out a siku care center," alisema Ariel. Melody, upon hearing this, grabbed the newspaper from the kitanda and gave it to Ariel.

"Maybe this newspaper will help you," she said.
Luckily, Ariel was done with putting the last dirty dish in the washing machine and took the newspaper from Melody.

"Thank you, honey," she said, sweetly.
She flipped to the page that had job advertisements. She skimmed over a few job advertisements until she found the right one.

"Ah, this looks like a fun job," She replied. She read the entire Advertisement:

Nanny for a five-year-old girl
Must: upendo children, be kind, sweet, and responsible
Age: must be 17 and above
Information: I need a nanny who can take care of my daughter on Mondays-Saturdays
At 7am-9pm. Feed her, take her to school daily, play with her, read stories to her, and tuck her in kitanda at nine PM sharp. Please call Mr. Banes: (847)777-999.

"Wait a minute!" Ariel said, surprised. She turned to Eric and Melody. "Is this you?" she asked.

"Yeah..," alisema Eric, with a lopsided grin and hand behind his back.

Melody giggled.
Ariel still looked confused, so Eric had to explain.

"You see, I've been working a lot at the Red Rabbit Inc. lately, which makes it hard for me to watch over Melody. So, I decided to hire a nanny to watch over her whenever I'm not here. I put the ad in the newspaper, held interviews, but couldn't find one. Of course, I was about to give up hope until I found you. Do wewe understand?" he finished.

"Yes, but why me?" Ariel responded.

"Well, when Melody told me about the rescue and how kind wewe were to her, I figured that wewe were a better candidate," Eric explained.

Ariel went into deep thought. This job offer sounds awesome! Why not take it? It's something better to do over the summer other than lay around the house all day.

"Sure, I'll take it, " Ariel decided, happily.

"Great!" alisema Eric, as he grabbed her hand to shake it.
The moment their hands touched, electricity went through their veins. Butterflies flew inside their stomachs as they stared at each other.
"Um..You are hired," alisema Eric, his face reddening. He quickly released her hand, although he wanted to hold it longer.

"T-thank you," alisema Ariel, whose face was also blushing.

Melody looked at Eric, then at Ariel.

'What's going on? Why are Daddy and Ariel being so weird? She wanted to know why.
But she decided to bring up the subject matter tomorrow since Ariel was about to leave for the day.

"So, what time do wewe want me to be here tomorrow?" Ariel asked, as she was about to head out.

"I'd say at five thirty in the afternoon. That way, we'll have a lot of free time to help wewe songesha in," alisema Eric.

"Five thirty sounds good," Ariel agreed.

"Aww, do wewe have to go?" Melody pouted. Eric chuckled; it was so rare to see Melody whine and pout.

"Don't worry, Melody. I'll be back here before wewe know it," Ariel smiled. "Thank wewe so much for the dinner, I had a great time. And the chakula was so yummy, too!"

"Aw, it's nothing," alisema Eric.
Ariel hugged Melody who hugged her back tight. Then Ariel hugged Eric who blushed deeply red.
When Ariel left waving goodbye from Andrina's jeep, Eric and Melody waved back and did not go back inside the house until she and Andrina drove away.
Melody went to kitanda with a smile on her face.
Eric on the other hand was having another train of thought.
'What's going on? Why is it that every time Ariel hugs me au shakes my hand, I get all nervous around her? Well, let's hope I act zaidi civilized around her kwa tomorrow.

With that, he did a final check of the house to make sure all the doors were locked before checking on Melody one last time and climbing into kitanda for the night.
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