Magdalen ZimmermanDecember 25th
Mag stood in the big kitchen with her mother helping her and her sister peel potato's. The guys were downstairs looking at Dad's new 3D big screen. It was going to be perfect for watching sports and he already had a few recliner chairs set up so him and his buddies could get to work on their favorite teams come summer. In the main living room the tree was set up already lit up with all the gifts waiting underneath. She had already spotted Alex trying to find all his gifts and counting them under the tree. He was so excited to open them mostly because he was the only child in the family and everyone just loved to spoil him. He was grandma's little baby and grandpa's future football player, European football that is. Mag felt a little bad at the same time that he was the only kid. He practicably had no one else to play with, no cousins, no siblings. Mag was the only child of her parents who really wanted children as well. Mag considered once adopting a baby but one child was hard enough to raise on your own. Two would be a challenge especially with a toddler.
Her hope was now that her brother and his fiancee would end up having a few kids. Despite the prospect of her son getting married Mag's mother still had to pester her about her marital status and what was best for Alex. "Mag you need to find yourself a nice man for that boy. Alex needs a father you know. He is starting to get older now and he needs a man in his life to show him how to behave otherwise he will grow up being...girly."
Mag nearly cut into her finger to hear her mother say that. My god everyone was telling her to get married this winter, first Alex and now her mother. "Did Alex put you up to this?""No but I did notice his wish list. It makes me sad that my only grandchild is growing up without a father. I know the accident wasn't planned or anything and had it never happened everything would be different but Maggie you need a man in your life and Alex needs a father. You can't keep missing him, you have to move on."[/color]
Mag put the knife down and walked over to the sink to rinse off her hands. "Mum..." She stopped and let out a sign. "You have no idea what it feels like to look at Alex and remember his father. I just don't want to replace him."
Her mother shook her head and grabbed the turkey. Slipping it into the oven she tuned a dial for the timer and glanced back to Mag. [b]"First off you are not replacing him. Second off Alex looks more like you. In fact he is a spitting image of you.""Everyone says that.""Well because it is true Maggie. Alex is your son. That you can not deny."
That was true in a way but still so odd that everyone felt Alex looked just like her. Drying her hands with a dish towel she set it down on the counter and walked into the living room where Alex was still likely looking at the tree and waiting to open his gifts. Not until after dinner, the wait was going to be unbreible for him."Hello sweetie are you excited for presents?"
Mag sat down in one of the chairs picking up her glass of wine she had set down on the table. Red wine was her life saver during the holidays. Without it she would never survive the family gathering. Crossing her legs she took a sip of the wine and set it back down on the table. She was more so thankful to have Alex out of Mecha right now. What with everything going on these days Eden was the safest place to be. Mag almost was tempted to take back her old job and move back here but it wasn't safe. It wasn't safe for Alex, that lab, the scientists. She was afraid they would find out about him and try to take him away. "Come sit down over here. If the cat still hiding from you? No worries she is mean. When I was little she use to bite me all the time. Old monster."