It's been a month since the birth of Annabelle, and Louis and Eleanor had been working non-stop. I decided to jump in and give them a hand. "Hey guys, when's the last time you've had a date?" I asked them one day. "Um... couple of months, actually." Louis guessed, holding Annabelle. "Maybe you guys should have a date night," I suggested. Eleanor sighed. "I don't know, who'd babysit Annabelle?" she said. I coughed. "Um, hello?" I said, gesturing to myself with a giggle. "I'm a great babysitter. I used to babysit my neighbors Tyler and Aidan all the time."
Louis nodded. "I guess that would be good," he said, looking at Eleanor. "What do you think, El?" "I could use a date night," she said, wiping her forehead. I smiled. "Great! So when will your date night be?" I asked. "Thursday's good," Eleanor responded, checking the calender on the fridge. "Thursday it is," I smiled.
On Thursday, right before I was on my way to babysit Annabelle, my phone started ringing. "Hello?" I said, answering it.
"Hey, Li! It's Ruby."
"Hey Ruby! What's up?"
"You're babysitting Annabelle tonight, right?"
"Um... yeah, why?"
"I haven't seen her in a while, I was wondering if I could come too!"
"Okay, I'll ask Louis and El--"
"Oh, no need. I already asked them. They said I just needed your permission, too."
"Great! Do you need a ride there?"
"Nope. Harry can drive me."
"Okee-dokee. See you there!"
Later that evening, Ruby and I were trying to get Annabelle to stop crying. "Shh, Annabelle, it's okay," Ruby whispered. Annabelle kept crying. Ruby tried to make a funny face, which made Annabelle cry even more. Ruby sat down on the couch. "Your turn. I give up," she sighed. I looked at Annabelle's crying face and thought, 'Maybe I should sing to her...' I picked her up and held her and began to sing one of my favorite lullabies as a kid. "Hush now, my baby, be still love, don't cry, sleep as you're rocked by the stream..." Annabelle's crying dimmed. "...sleep and remember my last lullaby, so I'll be with you when you dream." Annabelle giggled and yawned. Soon she was fast asleep in my arms. Ruby jumped up. "How did you do that?" she whispered, careful not to wake the baby. I shrugged. "I don't know, I guess... I just like singing to kids," I said. Ruby was amazed. "I have so much to learn from you," she said, sitting back down on the couch again. I turned on the T.V., making sure the volume wasn't too high. Ruby and I watched Family Guy for the rest of the night until Louis and Eleanor came back.