Posted by Ensign Chloe Harland (Nurse) in Happy Thanksgiving and Welcome to the Family Logan
Chloe clicked off the comm and let out a deep, heavy sigh. Moving slower than normal, she walked into the living room draping her arms around Nathan’s neck. He was busy writing reports but this was important. “Hey baby,” she kissed his cheek resting her head on his shoulder.
Nathan paused as he leaned into the kiss as he placed the PaDD down. “You only get this snuggly when you either want sex or have news.” Nathan said with a smirk as he moved back from his chair as he stood up so he could wrap his arms around her. It had gotten harder in time to come around her completely as her belly grew, but Nathan always took the effort to shower her with some love whenever he could.
“So… which is it?” he asked, in a teasing sultry tone. He hopped for the latter, but he knew what day it was and doubted there was much chance for any stuffing outside of a turkey.
“That was your cousin. Matthew is coming to dinner along with my parents, your dad, and my brother. That makes ten of us for dinner. Meredith, Delaney, and Thomas wanted to come but they have to go to the other families.” Chloe knew that at least the name Meredith being taken off the guest list was the best gift Nathan could receive to the start of the holiday season. He liked Kevin’s wife and who didn’t love Molly but Meredith was the one family member Nathan always seemed to have the locked jaw posture whenever speaking to her. Meredith’s bouncing from relationship to relationship, which was always true love at the start, and her ability to poor mouth all situations drove him up the wall.
“Such a shame about Meredith, I guess I don’t need to bring out the brimstone air fresheners to make her feel comfortable after all.” he said with the most sincerest of tones in his voice as he looked back to Molly in the other room who was helping Logan. “Hey Mol dear, you can put back the pitchforks we won’t need them to eat with today Merridth is coming…” he added, really laying it on thick as Molly couldn’t help but laugh at her Uncle some as Logan seemed confused as to why any pitchforks would be needed at all as he squinted and ran over to Molly as he whispered in her ear.
“No, your daddy is just being silly… Aunt Meredith and Uncle Nate haven’t really gotten along since Aunt Meredith tried to get rid of her pitbull on Christmas eve a few years back.” Molly said as she put down the last plate as she plopped down on the couch with an exhausted sigh before instantly taking her iMapple Infinity out as she began to talk to her friends.
“Might not be the only reason, but I am glad to hear the rest are coming… we haven’t had this many in such a long time.” Nathan said as he remembered so many missed thanksgivings due to him often hiding away or finding ‘vacations’ to take their family on for the past few years.
‘Thank you for agreeing to have everyone over. I am so excited to do this. I always wanted a huge dinner in my own home like I had with my family around the table. Perfect turkey…you carving it,” she tickled his side happily. “It is going to be everything I have ever dreamt of and more. It is our first!” They had only just gotten married and the baby was literally on the way this month, but it was their first true married holiday and Chloe was going to make it the best holiday ever.
“Well… I didn’t really have great holidays… figure our kids shouldn’t have the same burden. It’ll be fine.. it’ll be more than fine.” Nathan said as he kissed Chloe’s cheek as he went to go check on the rest of the family.
” I need to go out and get some things today. If we replicate everything we will never hear the end of it. My mom mentioned she could spend the night and help me with the turkey. ” Chloe let the news hang in the air testing the waters. Nathan and her family were a complicated situation. The loved and adored him as much as they were beginning to become annoyed with his constant testing of the Kendrick boundaries. The Kendrick boundary wasn’t exactly a boundary but a sharp cut off like a cliffs edge. When one was allowed to enter the Kendrick clan, one embraced the Kendrick clan’s traditions and rules. Holidays were strictly observed with a schedule and plan. Of all the holidays, Christmas was the my holiday or the highway event. Thanksgiving was a bit more flexible but it was like a dry run.
“We can cook a turkey… we have that Jordan Cramsey home cooking on the subnet, we can try the bacon glazed turkey and it’ll be fine… if the worst happens we can contact Aedan one of his resteraunt chefs can just cook for us.” Nathan said as he wasn’t about to let her mom dictate the turkey, or anything to do with their celebration at all.
Chloe let out small grunt as she stood up poking her side. “Your son is using my ribs like a jungle gym,” she laughed. Taking a few deep breaths she began to walk away to get dressed. “Come with me to the store?”
“Sure, just lemme tell Molly to watch the kids.” Nathan said as he was heading back to the living room before he felt a buzz in his pants.
Nathan’s phone began to buzz as Chloe left to get more coffee. Surprisingly or maybe not so surprisingly a name flashed crossed the screen: Jennifer Kendrick
“One second.” he said as he grimaced slightly. “She has bat ears…” he said softly before answer the device as a holo of Chloe’s mom popped up for him to smile softly at.
“Hello Nathan,” her voice was warm and friendly. “I just got off the phone with Chloe and I was hoping to talk to you privately.” This request was not really a request but more of a polite declarative statement.
“Sure…” Nathan said as he quietly slipped into the kitchen area as he waited for Chloe to be out of earshot.
“You know I mind my own business but ten people in your apartment might be a bit tight. I would absolutely love to come over but do you think the stress and confusion will be too much on Chloe? There is so much to do and she is due any day now. We can always do next year after the baby is born if you think it would be best for her to just nap, sit with her feet up, avoid stress…” Jen gave him plenty of excuses. All she needed him to do was pull the cord and turn the reins back over to her.
“No… she wants this, I am helping we have Molly, Logan, and Mara chipping in… this is important to her and this…” he said pausing to indicate the requests she just made. “This will cause more stress than doing it. I will find a way to make it perfect, or as close as our family calls it perfect… you guys just show up and be hungry.”
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