Jenna bit her lip as she climbed the stairs of Dylan’s front porch with Arlene.
“Are you okay?” Arlene asked as they stopped in front of the door.
“Yeah, I’ll be fine. It’s just that I don’t think Mr. Jacobs likes me.” Jenna shifted her feet.
“Why do you say that?”
“Because of the way he acts around me. He always hints to Dylan that he shouldn’t be dating and put his efforts towards joining the church.”
Arlene put her arm around Jenna’s shoulder and gave her a gentle squeeze. “Well, I’m here for moral support. If you start to feel uncomfortable, let me know and we’ll leave.” She took a step forward, rang the door bell, and then stepped back.
“Thanks,” Jenna said. “That makes me feel a little better.”
“Hey guys come on in,” Dylan said as he opened the door and stepping aside to let them in the house.
“Jenna, Arlene, I’m so glad you could make it,” Mrs. Jacobs said as she came into the entry way. “Dinner will be ready in a few minutes, why don’t we catch up in the living room until it’s done.”
Jenna followed everyone into the living room to see Mr. Jacobs sitting in his arm chair. She took a deep breath as he put his paper down and stood up.
“It’s nice to see you again Arlene.” He extended his hand.
“You as well,” Arlene replied as she shook his hand and took a seat on the couch.
Jenna sat down next to Arlene, but not before she noticed Mr. Jacobs hadn’t mentioned being glad to see her. Dylan took her hand into his as he sat beside her.
“Don’t mind him,” he whispered in her ear. “I promise I won’t leave you alone.”
Jenna squeezed his hand and smiled at him. So far the night was starting off on a bad note, and she had a feeling it was only going to get worse.
“So,” Mrs. Jacobs asked as she sat down in the other armchai...
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... “You should be helping me. I can’t stand by and allow this to go on any longer. I’m going to talk to them.”
“You will do no such thing. I won’t lose my son because you think Jenna will hurt him. Your father said the same thing about me, remember.”
Jenna lowered her head. If she wasn’t sure that Mr. Jacobs didn’t want her with his son before, she was positive now.
“Come on Jenna,” Arlene said as she stood. “I’m not going to stay here and listen to that man talk about you that way any longer.” She turned towards Dylan. “Please tell your mother thanks for a lovely meal.”
Dylan stood up. “I’m so sorry. I don’t understand why he doesn’t like you.”
Jenna pushed her chair away from the table and stood. “Neither do I, but I agree with Arlene. I’m not going to sit here and listen to him put me down. I’ll call you later.” Jenna hugged Dylan then followed Arlene out the door.
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