THE CALLISON HOME -
what's this big secret?" Francis asked anxiously, the anticipation nearly
killing her. "You can't simply bring all of this up and then just
leave us hanging!"
"Honey, I'm sure they'll tell us if
you'd simply let them get a word in," Charles laughed.
"Well...." Jillian glanced to
Reginald who gave her hand a gentle squeeze. "I went to the doctor
the other day and...." She paused. "Reginald and I are
going to have a baby."
"A...a baby?" Francis's hand
flew up to her chest in complete shock. "A baby?
But...but...you two just got married!"
"Well, I'll be a son of gun,"
Trevor laughed. "Reginald, you sure don't waste any time, do
"Now, I know it's rather soon
and...well...we didn't plan for it to happen so early," Jillian tried to
explain. "This is the last thing that either one of us expected,
"But it's all so
Francis was quickly growing flustered and she rose to her feet to begin pacing
around the dining room. "I mean, I just don't see how.... You
two just got married. There hasn't been time since the wedding
to...." Her eyes grew wide with realization. "O-oh.
"Francis, I really don't think that's
important." Charles got up and went over to his wife, taking her by
the hand. "Like you said, they are married now."
"And they're going to have a baby -- our
"Our grandchild?" Francis's
heart began to beat a mile a minute inside her chest. "A
grandbaby? Oh...oh dear." She left Charles's side and rushed
over to her daughter-in-law. "This is such wonderful news! I'm
so happy for both of you! Now, there's going to be a million things to do
-- we've got to make sure we set up doctor's appointments and we've got to go
shopping for the baby and we've got to get a nursery taken care of and...."
"The baby's not going to be coming for
months and months, Mom," Reginald spoke up with a quick glance to his
wife. "We've got plenty of time for all that."
"Yes, dear, I know, but you can't get
started too early. The sooner we can get things squared away and taken
care of, then the less there'll be to worry about when it's time for the baby to
"Looks like Mom's gonna have something
new to fuss over," Maggie leaned over to Trevor and laughed.
"How's it feel to not be the baby of the
family anymore, kiddo?" Trevor asked with a grin.
shoulders slumped as she sunk back into her chair. "I don't
know." She pursed her lips as she thought about the pros and cons of
Just then, the doorbell rang. A few
moments later, Hannah came into the room.
"Who is it, Hannah?" Charles asked
curiously. "We weren't expecting anyone."
"It seems that Maggie has a
"A visitor?" Francis shot her
daughter a look of disappointment. "Oh, Maggie, you know this is a
family dinner. Why do you have to have one of your friends stopping by
right in the middle of it? Your brother and Jillian have just made this
huge announcement and...."
"Francis, honey, dinner's practically
over and it's obvious that Maggie wasn't expecting anyone," Charles
reminded. "Maggie, just go see who it is and let them know that
they're interrupting dinner."
Randy Lamont, Mr. Callison,"
"Randy?" Maggie carefully
draped her napkin over her plate and rose from her seat. "I wonder
what Randy's doing here." Without saying another word to anyone else,
she hurried out of the dining room and through the foyer to the front
door. "Randy, we're having dinner and my mom's about to have a
"I...I'm sorry to interrupt," Randy
muttered as he looked down at his feet. "I just...I just wanted to come
"Well...I guess it's okay."
She stepped outside and pulled the door closed behind her. "Just for
a minute." However, an awkward silence hung between them for
several minutes. "Randy, for someone who just dropped in for an
unexpected visit, you're sure quiet."
"I...I know," he muttered.
"It's just...well...I haven't been so nice to you lately and I wanted to apologize."
"Yeah." He finally looked up
at her. "Oh, Maggie, I've been an absolute heel. I've been
treating you pretty horribly just because you're a Callison and I...I didn't
want anything to do with anyone in your family because of Burt."
"I know all of that's been on your mind
quite a bit lately." She slowly moved past him and down the steps
towards one of the large trees in the front yard, Randy following along behind
her. "Have you...have you talked about it with Eliza? Maybe she
"I can't talk to Eliza about
anything," he grumbled. "She doesn't understand anything."
"But she's your girlfriend! You're
supposed to be able to talk to her about things like...."
"Burt and Janet eloped tonight."
"W-what?" Maggie was
definitely surprised by the news. After all, Randy had been quite vocal
about his disapproval of his brother's wedding plans. "But I thought
"Now, don't say anything to
anyone. Burt and Janet want to keep it a secret until they're ready to
"I understand. My lips are
sealed." She made the motion of pulling a zipper across her lips and
throwing away the key, but then paused and looked at him curiously.
"But you've been so against Randy being involved with Janet lately.
What...changed your mind."
"Janet," Randy confessed.
"We had...a little talk tonight and she made me realize how stupid and bull
headed I've been acting. I've been...well...giving them both a lot of
grief about all the wrong things for all the wrong reasons."
"And she made you realize that and
convinced you to give them your blessing?"
"I'm the one who brought up the idea of
them running off to get married."
"Wow. That is a big change of
heart." Maggie went over to him and gave him a big hug.
"I'm proud of you, Randy."
"Well, I...." He blushed in
embarrassment and quickly turned away from her. "But that's not
really what I came out here to tell you."
"No." He paused and inhaled
deeply, the warm summer air filling his lungs. "Like I said, I wanted
to apologize. I didn't...I didn't want you to be mad at me."
"Mad at you? Of course I've been
mad at you," she laughed. "But we're friends. Friends get
mad at one another and then forgive one another. That's the way things
like that work."
"But...but that's just the thing.
I don't...necessarily think of you as...a friend."
"You...you don't?" The smile
quickly faded from Maggie's face. "Oh. I...well...."
"Maggie, you're...more than that."
"I told you that I talked with Janet
earlier and she made me realize a lot of stuff." Randy moved closer
to Maggie and put his finger under her chin so that he could lift her head up
and look into her eyes. "A lot of stuff about her and Burt, yes, but
more than that. She made me realize a lot of stuff about myself and how I
"She...did?" Maggie bit her
lip nervously. "What kind of...things?"
"My feelings are...well...more than
just...well...friendly." He moved closer to her.
Without saying another word, Randy leaned in
towards Maggie and gently -- carefully -- pressed his lips against hers and
kissed her in a way that she'd only dreamed of being kissed. Caught up in
the moment, she kissed him right back the way she'd always dreamed of kissing a
boy. And in that moment, no one -- not Eliza, not Stanley, not anyone --
else in the world mattered.