Neil braced himself as the missile flew toward him. He laughed as he caught it and wrapped his his arms around the little girl. “Kaelin, it’s good to see you, too.” he told his cousin’s daughter.
There was a deep laugh from just beyond the doorway. “We’ve talked about this before,” his cousin, Callum, said. “Knocking people over as soon as they arrive is not the polite way to greet guests.”
“Sorry, Daddy,” she said, looking down at the floor. “Uncle Neil. I just got excited is all.”
Callum set a hand gently on top of her head. “You’d think it was her birthday, not her baby brother’s.”
Neil laughed at that. “Where is the birthday boy?”
“Napping right through his first birthday. You’d think he wouldn’t know it was a special day.”
Of course he didn’t. He was too young to understand any of that. But, Neil knew Callum looked at every day like that. Like it was a miracle. After everything his cousin had dealt with, it pretty much was.
Today’s Just Jot It January prompt was “flew/flu/flue” brought to us by M. Oniker. I’m not sure if this will happen during Neil & Lin’s story or not. I’ll have to check the timing and see if it works out. But, if you’re wondering about Callum, I have written his story. Don’t know when I’ll actually get it published, but he did have a hard life, most of which he brought on himself. But, he’s found some good things in life to hold onto now.