Our story opens with a happy event: Connor Frio is proposing to Glory Bernard.
Glory is ecstatic and loves her shiny new diamond engagement ring.
She is eager to share her happiness with anyone and everyone she meets while out and about in town, including this fireman on his lunchbreak.
Meanwhile, since she’s become a child, Lucia’s found herself at more of a distance from her dad. Jared doesn’t even seem to be aware of how much it hurts her feelings that he doesn’t seem interested in talking to her and cuddling with her anymore.
With Jared, old habits die hard. He’s fallen back into a routine of partying and flirting with random women.
Veronica’s gotten wind of Jared’s roaming ways, and she isn’t too happy about it.
Rather than chastise him, she suggests taking their relationship to the next level.
Before she can get a straight answer, Jared claims he’ll be late to work and takes off. It seems clear by his expression though, that the idea of a commitment is a turn-off to him.
The next day, she finds him flirting with his ex, Claire Ursine. She can’t believe it.
Veronica is furious. When she tracks down Claire at the gym later, she explodes on her.
She tells her to stay away from him. And then she kicks her in the back. Ouch!
Later, Lucia goes to visit her mom and tries to discuss the possibility of moving back in with her, but Claire doesn’t really like the idea. She always was a loner, and she enjoys having her house and her time completely to herself again. She tells Lucia to give it some time. And to steer clear of Veronica.
Once again, Jared pretty much ignores Lucia when she gets home.
She decides to do some stargazing on her own, but it looks like she may have seen a UFO! The poor kid is going to have nightmares tonight.
Thank goodness for Glory. She has noticed how sad Lucia is lately and does her best to cheer her up, as well as help her with her homework.
Veronica takes her sister aside for a little heart to heart. It’s hard for her to come to Glory for advice, but she’s really bewildered.
“I really think I love Jared, but it just seems like everything I do or try to do with him goes wrong. What do you think, Sis?” Glory’s surprised to hear the L-word from her sister. She empathizes but really doesn’t have any suggestions; Jared is a mystery to her.
Veronica decides to just lay it all on the line and tell Jared how she feels.
He sees a new softness and vulnerability to her, and he really likes it. It makes him feel like the strong protector in the relationship.
And this time, they’re both ready to take the next step.
Not long after, it’s time for a spate of birthdays. Glory and Veronica are about to age into adults. Veronica’s not thrilled with the prospect.
Glory’s got a few trepidations too, but they both get through it with barely any new noticeable wrinkles.
Now, it’s Lucia’s turn. Time to enter into those turbulent teenage years.
Oh. My. In my experience, teenagers often look a bit odd, but I have never seen results like this! Well, all I can say is she’s got an uphill road to travel.
And Jared simply sleeps through her birthday, shocking the party guests.
With Jared so much closer to Veronica, the strain between his two girls causes tensions to run high all around.
Lucia realizes that Jared only has eyes for Veronica now.
She’s so depressed, she quietly slips out to the balcony and falls asleep after crying herself out on the bench.
Veronica finds her and launches into a tirade. “This party is for you! How can you be such an ungrateful brat to ignore everyone and hide out here?”
“You should do us all a favor and just get out. Why don’t you go move back in with your mommy?”
She even has the audacity to slap her. That’s the last straw for Lucia. She decides to do just as Veronica suggests and get out of what, for her, has often been a hellhole. This time, Claire is willing to take her in.
I wish I could tell you that Jared feels bad about the situation or guilty for neglecting his daughter after taking such great pains to gain custody of her, but I can’t. He’s really focused on his career at the moment, and is simply relieved to have her off his hands. He’s not even really sure why she left.
But Connor can guess what happened, and while he was never Veronica’s biggest fan, he now loathes her.
That’s fine with her. She’s got Jared eating out of her hand.
Glory’s promotion is bittersweet for her. She often thinks of how things ended with Lucia and wishes there was something more she could have done for the girl.
Veronica’s not thrilled with her promotion either. She doesn’t mind the new mask, but cat ears? Seriously?
Glory is on the campaign trail now. She’s got to focus almost constantly on raising money if she wants to succeed in politics. Fortunately, with her charisma, she’s raking in donations hand over fist without having to be pathetic about it.
And Jared’s finally managed to land a promotion too!
He’s ready to celebrate with his favorite lady.
And surprise! He’s finally ready to commit to her too!
Veronica wasn’t expecting this, but she’s thrilled. She’d envied her sister and Connor their engagement, but now, it looks like they can have a double wedding!
The happy day arrives, and the two couples are sped to the quaint little wedding chapel via Glory’s limo service.
Glory has pre-wedding jitters.
But Veronica is just ready to rock it.
The two couples begin to exchange their vows in front of a packed audience.
Connor kisses his bride.
And Jared does likewise.
Even Claire looks on fondly. She’s an elder now and definitely ready to let bygones be bygones. Lucia’s nowhere in sight – guess it’s going to take her a while to forgive and forget.
Let the celebration begin! Everyone’s ready to have a good time during the reception.
But Connor can’t resist whipping out his notepad for an interview.
There’s always one wedding guest who misbehaves. This brazen hussy is coming on to a newly married man. Connor passes the test with flying colors!
Surprisingly, so does Jared.
Although one can’t help but wonder if he still secretly pines for Glory.
After the party’s over, the two couples are both quite ready to start the honeymoon.
Only a few months later, Glory is surprised and pleased to find she’s expecting.
Never one to be left behind, Veronica gets pregnant as well but is having a tougher time of it. What will happen now that the two couples are soon to become families with children? Will they finally go their separate ways? Will having children strengthen the marriages or cause them to crack under pressure. Find out in part 4!