"What are you doing, Lily?" Vicky Andrews asked her older sister as she walked into the kitchen.
"Looking for a job," Lily answered, looking through the newspaper.
"What about your job at the mall?" Vicky asked.
"The shop closed down. Yesterday was my last day. I gotta find a job soon. We don't have much money left in the bank."
Lily and Vicky both had jobs. Vicky worked part-time in a fast food restaurant. Their parents had died in a plane crash when Lily was eighteen and Vicky was fifteen. Lily became Vicky's legal guardian and they both had to work to support themselves.
"Hey, Vicky, listen to this ad...Nanny wanted, full-time. Must be able to travel for special circumstances. Excellent pay. Call to set up interview," Lily read.
"You should call. You're great with kids," Vicky said.
"I think I will," Lily said as she picked up the phone. She dialed the number listed in the ad and waited for someone to answer.
"May I please speak to Brian Littrell?" Lily asked.
"This is Brian," he said. He had a soft, soothing voice and a slight southern accent.
"Hi. My name is Lily Andrews. I'm calling about the ad you placed in the paper, " she said.
"Would you like to set up and interview?"
"Yeah. That'd be great," Lily said.
"How's today at three?" Brian asked.
"That's good for me."
Brian gave her the address and they hung up. Lily looked at the clock. She had two hours left before the interview.
"I'm gonna take a shower," Lily told Vicky. She stood up and headed to the bathroom.
Fifteen minutes later, Lily emerged from the bathroom wearing her fluffy white robe. She went in her room and picked out something to wear. She picked out an ankle length blue flowered skirt, a white spaghetti strap tank top and a blue cardigan. She dressed and then looked at herself in the mirror.
Lily was beautiful. She had long flowing dark hair and deep blue eyes. She had natural beauty and hardly ever wore make up, with the exception on lip gloss. She was five foot seven and had a slender body. She liked to dress casual for the most part, but every now and then she like to dress up. She was very responsible and had a mother-like quality about her, but she also knew how to have fun.
Vicky was almost the complete opposite of her sister. She was also beautiful, but her look was drastically different from Lily's. Vicky had a cutting-edge, even gothic look. She had shoulder length dark brown hair with dark blue streaks that looked almost black and deep brown eyes. She liked to wear leather jackets, boots and dark make up. Despite her appearance, Vicky was a very sweet girl who loved to make people laugh.
Lily dried her hair and pulled the top half back and clipped it. After one last glance in the mirror, she headed into the living room where Vicky was watching television. Vicky looked up when Lily walked in.
"You look really nice," Vicky told her.
They watched television for a while then Lily left. A half- hour later, Lily pulled up in front of a medium sized house. She grabbed her purse and got out of the car. She walked up to the house and knocked on the door.
A few seconds later, the door opened. Lily looked at the guy who opened it. He was absolutely gorgeous. He had short sandy blonde hair that was combed down on his forehead, giving him little bangs. He had beautiful aqua blue eyes that sparkled with kindness. His features were chiseled and he had a warm, friendly smile. "Hi. You must be Lily. I'm Brian. Come on in," he said.
"Thank you," she said, stepping inside.
"Please sit down," Brian said, motioning to the couch. Lily sat down and Brian sat down near her. "How old are you, Lily?" he asked.
"I'm nineteen," she answered.
"Do you go to school?"
"No. I finished high school and I was planning to. Then my parents died and my younger sister and I had to get jobs to support ourselves."
"Oh, I'm sorry," Brian said. Lily noticed that his face and eyes saddened.
"It's okay," she said.
"Uh, I hope you don't mind me asking, but how long ago was it?"
"It was about a year ago," she said softly.
"Oh," was all Brian said.
Lily looked at him. He looked so sad. She recognized the look well. It was a look she had seen every time she looked in the mirror after her parentsí death. He seemed to be lost in thought. "Brian, are you okay?" she asked softly.
He blinked and looked at her. He found her big blue eyes gazing at him. He studied her for a moment before responding. He was taken by her beauty. It wasn't so much the way she looked, but her soft expressions and the expressiveness of her eyes. He swallowed hard and smiled at her. "Yeah, I'm fine."
She gazed at him still, somewhat unbelieving and nodded. "What are the special circumstances concerning this job?" she asked.
Brian's face brightened a bit. "Oh. Have you ever heard of the group Backstreet Boys?"
Lily looked uncertain. "I'm not sure. I might have."
"Have you heard of the song "We've Got It Goin' On"?"
"Well, the Backstreet Boys sing that song. I'm in that group and we're about to start our first tour in Europe. I need someone to accompany me and help me care for my daughter," Brian said.
"How old is she?" Lily asked.
"Three months. Her name is Caitlin, but I call her Angel," Brian gushed.
Lily smiled. She thought it was adorable the way his face lit up when he spoke of his daughter.
"Can I see her?" she asked.
"Sure," he said, standing up. "Come on." Lily stood up and followed him to the baby's room. "I put her down for a nap, but she should be up by now," he said.
They walked in the room and over to the crib. Lily looked down at Caitlin. She was lying on her back, staring up at them. Brian bent down and picked up his daughter.
"Hey, Angel. How was your nap?" he asked the baby. She cooed. Brian looked up at Lily and then back down at Caitlin. "Angel, this is Lily. Can you say hi?" Caitlin looked from Brian to Lily and then back, not sure what was going on. Brian looked at Lily. "You wanna hold her?"
Lily smiled. "Yeah." She carefully took Caitlin from Brian and held her. "Hey there, Caitlin. You're a very pretty little girl," Lily said. Caitlin cooed and smiled. Lily looked up at Brian. "She's got your eyes."
Brian smiled proudly. "She likes you. She usually cries around people she doesn't know."
Lily looked at Caitlin. "You're a good girl, aren't you, Caitlin?" Caitlin let out a giggle and reached up and touched Lily's face.
Lily smiled widely. "She's so cute!"
"Have you ever worked with a baby before?" Brian asked.
"I worked as a babysitter for four years and then in a daycare center for two years after that. I've also taken a first aid class," Lily answered.
"Very impressive, Lily," Brian said.
"Thanks...I brought a list of references for you to call."
"Great, thanks. Our tour starts Monday, so I'll let you know within the week."
"Okay...um, if you decide to hire me, I'll have to bring my sister."
Brian nodded. "How old is she?"
"Sixteen," she answered.
"I'm sure we can work something out," he asked.
She nodded. "I guess I should go now."
"Um... You don't have to ...Why don't you stay and help me feed her?" he asked, a bit shyly.
Lily smiled. "Okay."
She took Caitlin into the kitchen and sat down at the table with her while Brian prepared the bottle. He handed it to Lily and she began to feed the baby.
Brian sat down in the chair across from them. He watched Lily feed and quietly talk to his daughter. He had already decided to hire Lily. He was still going to check her references, but he was sure they would all be good. She was the most qualified and compassionate out of all the others he had interviewed. She was the only one Caitlin liked. He was starting to like her, too, but that was something he was trying not to think about.
Lily sensed his eyes on her and looked up. "What?" she asked with an uneasy smile, nervous she had done something wrong.
He smiled. "Nothing. I was just thinking how good you are with Caitlin."
"She's a very sweet baby," Lily responded.
"Yes, she is...As of now, you're the top choice for the job," he told her.
Lily grinned at this comment.