It was rare to have a day where no trivial errands stood to consume her free time. However, this fateful Friday in mid January had brought just that - an afternoon free of any tasks that absolutely needed to get done - an afternoon she could actually enjoy. She'd invited Tamara over to her small apartment, as she often did, and had told Anders that his favorite "aunt" was on her way.
Of course, it wasn't like the two girls were related by blood. Heck, they'd not even known each other that long. However, upon moving here from France and meeting the younger girl, she'd found a connection that felt more like family than she'd ever experienced before. Tamara made Teghan feel like she had a home, a place where she belonged. Her presence was a constant source of comfort.
She had told Tammie to come over around four in the afternoon and, as the clock drew closer to the time, decided to stop by Anders' room to see if he had any games or anything he'd want to show Tammie so they might take them into the living room. He was so smart, she thought, even trying to discount her own personal bias. He was going to be a Ravenclaw, she was sure of it.
As she approached the room, she tried to be quiet. When she reached the doorway, she leaned haphazardly against the frame, watching the little boy in the room for a moment, enjoying a stolen moment when he wasn't being a bit of a know-it-all. It was hard raising a highly intelligent little boy, that was for sure.
His second mum was coming and to be honest, Andy was excited! While his mother was off preparing, he sat upon the floor of the bedroom in a jedi costume, talking away to his stuffed black bear (which coincidentally was still wearing the jedi outfit that he had purchased alongside the bear when they went to build-a-bear) which had quickly become one of his closest friends.
He told everything to Obi-Hugglesworth whether it was about a bully in the park that he didn't have the courage to tell his mother about, or even if one of his toys looked at him funny. They were always there for each other, and whenever they could they traveled together. The moment he felt as if he was being watched he looked at the door, only to find his mother standing in the door frame.
"Mum... what are you doing here?"
You could hear the shock in his voice. Just how long had she been standing there?!
Today she was going to hang out with Teghan. The relationship she shared with the other woman was a bit of a strange one. They were very close despite not having known each other for long. Tamara saw the other woman as somewhat of a sister. Sure the girl had a young child that both she and Tam loved and adored but Tamara actually felt as though they were family. If there was anything that Tamara wanted it was to become succesful enough as singer to be able to give Teghan a job that she'd enjoy more than the current one. If she was her own boss she could accomplish that. If her singing failed and she ended up doing some sort of ministry work it wasn't an option and that part killed Tamara. She wanted the best for both her and Anders.
So when she knocked on the door she came bearing gifts. For Teghan it was something mostly practical, for Anders something far less practical. They were cheap gifts but Tam knew that the Clarke family would only appreciate it more for knowing she intended them to be useful far more than expensive. So with the things wrapped she knocked on the door, made her hair bubblegum pink and her eyes a similar shade and smiled like a bloody fairy. She loved being a little weird from time to time. "Tooth fairy! Anybody got some cavities to declare?" She yelled good naturedly. Then she waited for Teghan or Anders to open the door. Today was going to be plenty of fun.