Well, it takes a lot of work to get into a good college, Laura says modestly. He looks at her lovingly. Her mom would be SO proud of her, he says softly, an edge of sadness in his voice. Thanks, Tim, Laura says, her voice heavy with emotion. He told her that she could get used to starting to call him ‘Dad’ if she wants, Tim says gently. But no pressure, he adds reassuringly. Ok, Laura smiles. And what about him, what does he have planned for the day?, Laura asks. He’s probably going to have a pretty lazy day too, Tim says. He has to catch up on some emails, but that’s about all the firm plans he has for the day, Tim says. Emails, huh? Anything…important?, Laura asks. ‘Um….well, we’ll see,’ Tim says, smiling hopefully. Ok, well, have a good day!, she says, getting up and kissing him on the cheek. He smiles at her as she takes her bowl of cereal and exits the room.
A short time later, Tim chats with a woman online, arranging for her to come over that evening so that they can meet for the first time. Tim goes to tell Laura about the date. He’s nervous and excited. ‘Don’t worry, you’ll be great. You’re an…AMAZING guy and she’s a lucky girl,’ Laura says encouragingly. He smiles at her, brimming with love for his stepdaughter. Thanks, sweetie, he says kindly. They smile at each other for another moment before Tim says that he’ll leave her to it, exiting the room as he closes the door softly behind him. We stay in the room with Laura, who smiles. As she looks down at her laptop, we see what is on her screen. Unbeknownst to Tim, she is the one who he has been chatting with online.