Orb's Year 945
"Alec! Guess what!" she asked excitedly.
Alec had been heading to his desk, but paused when he heard Addison call for him. "What is it?" he asked. "Is everything okay?"
"Oh, of course!" she answered. "I have some very exciting news though! Guess!"
"Ow!" Chandra cried, tattling instantly. "Mama! Brooks poked me!"
"Children!" Addison admonished as she laid their dinner on the table. "Behave! Your father is very busy right now."
The twins glanced across the room towards their father, who was currently scowling at his paperwork.
"Of course, everything is well!" Addison assured him.
Brooks opened his mouth to complain about Addison, but she just kicked him under the table, making him cry out.
Brooks gulped. "Yes!" he said quickly. "Everything's fine! I just kicked my foot!"
"Very good," Alec said, turning back to Addison to discuss a few things he'd noticed needed to be worked on around the house better.
"Yes, mama," the twins replied in sync.
Orb's Year 946
"Children! Cease that caterwauling!" Alec chided.
Addison groggily sat up. "That's wonderful, dear," she replied, not really sure what Deandra had said. Her response would've been the same if her daughter had told her that she'd received failing marks in all of her subjects!
Alec watched his wife leave the room with concern in his gaze. "Let me know if you need me," he told her.
Brooks worriedly look at his father. "Is mama going to be okay?" he asked.
Alex nodded. "Of course she is," he promised. "The baby's birth is coming soon and she just needs to rest."
Orb's Year 947
"Quit it," he griped.
The children gasped in unison, their mouths hanging agape.
Alec threw his napkin down on the table. "My mind is made up," he declared as he stood to leave.
Alec ignored her and walked away.
"But you won't make any decisions without me, right?" Addison asked hesitantly.
As their family had grown larger and more chaotic, she noticed that Alec had started to exhibit some of his old personality traits. He was obsessed with the household running smoothly, schedules, and punctuality. With so many members in the family, he argued it was the only way to maintain some semblance of order.
But, Addison wasn't so sure he was right.
"My fault?" Chandra gasped with affront.
Brooks glared. "Just stay away from me!"
"We were just playing," Chandra announced innocently, "Weren't we?" she prompted.
Brooks impaled her with a glare before agreeing, "Yeah, of course. Playing."
Addison shook her head. Did her children think she was born yesterday?
"Me too! My brother drives me crazy!" Chandra agreed.
Laci rolled her eyes. "At least he's actually your brother! Mayhew drives me crazy and he's not even related to me!"
Chandra grinned. "At least he's cute!"
"EW!" Laci shuddered. "Come on, I got a table!"
"I want something sweet!" Chandra announced. "You?"
Laci waved her hand, "Nothing for me. I already ate."
Laci glanced across the dining hall and squished her nose with distaste. "If you like that class!" she responded snobbishly. It was clear her friend didn't have good taste in men! First her foster brother, Mayhew, and then the peasant waiter!
Orb's Year 948
"Of course, father!" Addison replied angelically. "You're coming home right after work, right?"
"Of course," Alec sighed, knowing that his daughter was surely up to no good!
He stopped in his tracks, surprised by the cheers. His gaze sought Addison's and she smiled across the room at him.
Perhaps there's more to her than I gave her credit for, he thought with a new respect.