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mocha #12 + tangerine #17

Author: hi_falootin
Prompt: Mocha 12. what I wouldn't give, Tangerine 17. Checklist
Extra: MALT! Prompt from a hat: checklist : Melody - have your cake and eat it too
Toppings: Butterscotch, Rainbow Sprinkles
Word Count: 445
Rating: G
Notes: Fun with the parent-generation! Set when Melody is pregnant with Dee.

Christine throws Melody a baby shower. And Melody is actually worried about something?!


"And lastly," Christine said, "you got the stuffed dog from Florence, the green onesies from Bobbi and Ryan, the hand-knitted blanket from Theresa..." She tapped her pen against her chin. "Am I forgetting anyone?"

Melody shook her head, wiping from frosting away from her lip. She had her feet up, the cake on its paper plate balanced on the dome of her stomach. "Just yourself. Thanks so much for making the beautiful cake, for the whole shower, really!"

Christine capped her pen, tossing her hair self-consciously. "You don't need to send me a thank you note, though. I mean...you're welcome."

"Our kid is going to have so much stuff." Melody laughed. She picked up a board book from the table, picked an errant piece of tape and wrapping paper off its cover. The cake-plate almost slipped off her stomach and Christine reached out to grab it. "Thanks," Melody said again.

"No problem," Christine said, setting the plate on the coffee table. "And there's nothing wrong with stuff, you know. I mean, if you're afraid your kid will be spoiled..."

"No, it's not that. It's just..." Melody tilted her head. "Kids come with a lot of stuff. I didn't think about that, but it's true. You know how when you see parents with a baby, they have all these bags?"

"Like diaper bags and stuff?" Christine laughed. "Yeah, I baby-sit, remember? I know."

"And it's just like, all that stuff weighs you down. Cause all you really want is the kid." Melody scooted around 'til she was mostly upright and put the board book back on the table. "But like, when people were nomadic, they'd just strap their babies to their backs. And they didn't need anything else, you know?"

Christine looked at the pile of gifts, frowning. "I guess we could have said 'no gifts.'"

"No! No, Christine, this is so great! I'm just...."

"You're just...?"

"I'm nervous," Melody admitted. "About everything changing. Like, what I wouldn't give just to have the baby and have things stay the same. Jake and I could still have the freedom to...pick up and leave, if we wanted to. To travel. To do all the things we've always done." She half-smiled. "Just with one more of us."

Christine nodded.

"But," Melody said, looking pointedly at the plate on the coffee table. "You can't have your cake and eat it too, right?"

"I never understood that," said Christine.

"You can't have one thing without sacrificing another."

Christine laughed. "Oh, Melody, you sound so serious. Don't worry about it. You'll be such a great mom!"

"I know," Melody said, resting a hand on her stomach. "I know..."


OMG , I forgot I love writing Melody and Christine! And this gave me an idea for another story where Jake presents a solution to Melody's conundrum...

Feedback is loved and appreciated :)

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sylvrilyn
Dec. 11th, 2008 02:00 am (UTC)
Nice conversation, and I never really thought about all the stuff, even as I watched my sister acquiring it along with the baby... ;)
hi_falootin
Dec. 11th, 2008 04:06 am (UTC)
thanks! glad it was interesting :D

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