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let me hear your voice tonight ([personal profile] alexseanchai) wrote2010-05-25 10:54 pm

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Title: Take Me For What I Am: Futile
Rating: PG
Summary: Sometimes lonely people appreciate company. Sometimes lonely people prefer to be left alone. Precedes 1x03 "Dead in the Water".
Pairings: None.
Warnings: None.
Word Count: 290

Andrea balanced the boom box on her hip and the Barr Catering box on the boom box, steadying both with one hand so she could knock on Mrs. Sweeney's door. It was only a moment before Mrs. Sweeney answered. Andrea pressed play. The Beatles sang out:

They say it's your birthday
Well it's my birthday too, yeah
They say it's your birthday
We're gonna have a good time

"Oh, Andrea, it's sweet of you to remember," Mrs. Sweeney said. "Come in, won't you?"

Andrea set the boom box on the coffee table and brought the cardboard box into the kitchen. She'd made a point of taking one of the boxes with nothing on it but the logo, a pair of ballet shoes (Barr, ballet barre; Chris's idea, since they'd met in college, getting their art-appreciation credit from watching the same production of Swan Lake) and the company name, the better to surprise Mrs. Sweeney.

Mrs. Sweeney opened the box and smiled. This year it was cupcakes, six in a circle around a seventh, frosted white with purple icing spelling out HAP PY BIR TH DAY AUNT MEG. "Andrea, you've outdone yourself," Mrs. Sweeney said.

"I'm glad you like it, Aunt Margaret," Andrea said. "Happy birthday."

Silence fell. Mrs. Sweeney made no move to eat any of the cupcakes—they'd mysteriously appear in the chapel annex after Sunday services, Andrea was sure—and her gaze kept wandering over to the little green soldiers arranged as though Mrs. Sweeney's son might come through the door any moment and resume playing at Vietnam.

It wasn't long before the silence was awkward enough for Andrea to make her excuses to leave. Maybe next year she wouldn't bother; this was obviously futile anyway.
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[personal profile] anaraine 2010-05-29 06:06 pm (UTC)(link)
Ooh. I like this look into Mrs. Sweeney. Andrea, too, and how she was slowly discouraged into not coming back. Very cool.