May 2031 - Priya and Sanjay Ramaswami are 41; Anjali, Padma, and Clara Long are 12; Paul Ottomas is 13.
Clara and Padma were friends first, lately Clara has been coming over to hang out with Anjali. Padma has become pretty boy crazy, but Clara is a bit wary of this whole dating thing.
"I have to go into the office for a few hours," she tells Anjali one Sunday afternoon. "Your father is at a concert. We'll both be back around dinner time."
"I know Mom," Anjali sighs. "Padma and I will be fine."
"Okay," Priya says, "just remember, call me if you have any problems."
"It was an accident," Anjali defends herself.
"You have to be more careful," Priya scolds. "Repairing a computer can be dangerous. You should leave that sort of thing to your father."
"I know Mom, I'm sorry."
It's just the two of them at the dinner table; Sanjay is upstairs setting up the new computer and restoring the backup files, and Padma is in the living room with Paul Ottomas. Paul is in the eighth grade, and Padma has a huge crush on him. But her parents say the girls are too young to date, she's only allowed to invite him over when her parents are home.
"Padma, I think it's time for Paul to go home," Sanjay says. "It's time for our nightly run."
Padma just rolls her eyes and sighs.