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Matthew Alexander Richmond

"Yeah sure sweetie, I'll call you tomorrow."

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a character in “The Different Christmas”, as played by veve

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"Well that was fun…so…I’ll call you tomorrow, maybe?"




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Full Name
”The whole thing?”
Matthew Alexander Richmond

Nicknames and Aliases
”Oh, I’ve got plenty of those. Pick Whichever you want…except Matty. Just don’t.”
For his family, Matthew’s nickname is Matty (which he hates by the way because it sounds like Maddie. For the women that grace his bed (or whose beds he may grace) he may call himself Matt, Alex, Hugh, Hugo, Huey, Ritchie or anything else that may be a variation of his name.

Role
Oldest Son

Gender
”Is Matthew not enough to tell?”
Male

Age
”It that really so important?”
30

Sexual Orientation
”Just the ladies please. Fellas, I’m flattered, but I’m not interested.”
Heterosexual

Ethnicity
”Plain.”
Caucasian




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Hair Color:
”Whatever the ladies prefer. They’re not normally too picky though.”
Normally, it’s brown

Eye Color
”My main weapon.”
Blue

Height
6’ 1”

Weight
183 lbs

Tattoos
   ”Ha! Well, there’s a story behind that…”
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Just one. He started getting it on a night when he was with his friends celebrating his 22nd birthday. Unfortunately he was drinking. He sobered up about halfway through the tattoo and decided to keep going. It’d just look terrible if it was only half of it. Over time, he’s learned to like it. The ladies seem to like it as well.

Piercings

Nope. No piercings.

Scars

Nope. No scars either.

Oddities
”Oddities? More like slightly sexual tendencies.”
  • A tendency to run his fingers through his hair
  • Bracing against the doorframe when he’s listening to women (shows off the muscles)
  • Popping his knuckles, but mostly unconsciously
  • Sports a half-smile most of the time
  • Rubbing his neck whenever he’s irritated, stressed, or thinking

Abilities



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| Cooking | Mixing Drinks | Flirting | Exercising | Listening |
Most of Matty’s skills are indirectly used to please women, others are more direct. The cooking classes were originally to keep him from eating spaghetti every night. After taking the classes for a while, he found that he really liked to cook, but didn’t want to do so for a living. As an add-on, he learned the skill of mixology. Becoming a bartender at a well-known club. That pay alone wasn’t enough to pay the bills though, so Matty took up a job at a local gym.

As a bartender and trainer, listening was an incredibly important part of the job. You had to know what kind of customer you were dealing with in a few minutes in order for the sale or session to go well. The better it went, the more you were requested. Flirting was the easiest way to get to women, in both professions. Mixing a woman’s drink (or helping her exercise)and listening to her problems then casually flirting lead to cooking her a meal and her possibly giving a bit in return (not always a naughty thing, sometimes getting a nice big plate of homemade cookies is so much better). In the end, his popularity amongst the customers skyrocketed, and he got more money.

Hobbies
  • Cooking
  • Running
  • Video games
  • Listening to music
  • Hunting for ladies
      
Habits
  • Playing in his hair
  • Smiling a lot
  • Stretching & sighing
  • Singing off-key (only around family or by himself)
  • Showing off his muscles (it’s mostly unintentionally, but it happens)
     
Likes/Loves
  • Music (especially R&B)
  • Comedies
  • Wine
  • Jogging
  • Funny Women
  • Dogs
  • Women who play hard to get
  • Tomboyish women
  • Football

Dislikes/Hates
  • Stuck up women
  • Close-mindedness
  • Cigarettes (e-cigs are fine)
  • Sitting still
  • Lag
  • Complete and utter rejection
  • Sandals (GUYS SHOULD NEVER WEAR THESE)

Strengths
  • Patient and not bossy
  • Enthusiastic
  • Generous when it comes to others
  • Tactful…most of the time
  • Open to lots of new things

Weaknesses
  • A bit blunt sometimes
  • Important decisions aren’t his forte
  • Handling rejection
  • Forgiving people doesn’t come easily
  • He can’t commit to a single woman





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History:
Matty’s childhood was definitely an awkward one. Being the youngest of three kids, two of which were sisters, certainly had an impact on him. Soon enough he wasn’t the baby anymore and started to grow up, though “grow up” isn’t the most suitable term. He stayed as a child until he got to high school, then he started to notice…the ladies. Luckily, he had women in his household he could learn from, and learn he did. He was as charming then as he is now…well not as charming but pretty close.
School was easy enough, but he didn’t want to spend his life trying to be some doctor or engineer. His father completely understood that and suggested so many other things he could do with his life, like bartending. So he set out on his chosen path taking classes and jobs at lots of different clubs until he got a steady job at a well-known club in San Francisco. In addition, he got a part-time job at a nearby gym. Unfortunately, he was a ways away from his home, but he did well for himself.
Soon enough, he was joined by his darling little sister. They’d get together to enjoy each other’s company sometimes, and with her nearby, Matty didn’t stay too homesick. Though when he got back home, he’d remember why he didn’t get homesick too often. His mother would always pester him about settling down. It’s not that he hadn’t tried, it’s just that he could seldom stay in a relationship without the woman becoming boring to him. So, as a cure, he stuck to mostly fleeting romances and one night stands. That way, the flame stayed bright for the entire duration of the “relationship.”
Now it’s time to come back home. He just can’t wait to see his family again, but he could certainly wait for the nagging.



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Bradley Cooper

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So begins...

Matthew Alexander Richmond's Story

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Her husband didn't come home last night. She knew that for much. He wasn't laying beside her in bed. Of course he said he was going to be late at the office. But maybe he was lying to her. Of course she told him that he needed to be at her parents somehow today. But she was going to go. Her parents were okay people. She didn't mind them but they were a bit wacky especially her mother the only living parent at the time.

She got out of bed and changed into her set out outfit. She changed into it and went down her apartment steps and down to her car.

She had actually slept in since she was awake late last night trying to stay up for her husband. She wasn't all to happy about that. She was a tad excited to see her family. She loved them all. Being the oldest she was used to being so filled with all those people. It just hurt being in that area.

She drove down the streets known to leading to her house. She parked a little bit of a mile from the house and grabbed out her laptop that had her latest book that she was writing. She turned it on and began to type a bit. She didn't want to go in just yet.

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She was so excited. Her entire family was going to be coming home!!! It was so exciting she had told the office she would only work on small odds and ends at home but not come to the office. She had seen them at Thanksgiving but so much could happen since then.

She woke up jumped out of bed practically and put on her outfit she had all set out and ready. She changed into it and ran down the steps. She hadn't decorated much of the house. She wanted to do that with the family.

She only had her office at her company dressed up in Christmas stuff. She was so excited after dinner she planned to make everyone all go together to the tree lot and buy a Christmas tree. She was so excited because she planned to make this the Christmas never to forget.

She felt she lost a bond when their father died. He always seemed to be closer then she ever was to the kids. But she planned on changing that especially for the guy she was seeing whom she invited to spend Christmas with. She went to the kitchen and tied an apron around her waist.

She then decided she would start by making a black forest cake. She made it and put it wrapped with plastic wrap.

She decided to spoof the place up by cleaning a bit. Although the house was perfectly clean she wanted to make sure it was perfect for the kids. She was really excited and couldn't wait for the kids to come home with their friends or family.

She made sure their bedrooms were all set up for them. And she had all the guest rooms cleaned up for the people who were coming with them. She couldn't wait.

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Matthew pulled up the gas station, stepping out of his car. He’d been driving for hours and now he was finally almost at his destination. He pulled out his wallet while walking into the station. Behind the counter was a very cute redhead, so he shot her a smile as he walked to her.

“Well hello beautiful! Who thought I’d find someone so adorable in a place like this?” The girl blushed and looked down. “What can I get you today, sir?”

“Just some gas. Pump three, please.” She took his money nodding quickly. It was obvious she wasn’t used to being complimented, and Matty thought that was so cute. He quickly walked back outside and pumped the gas. His thoughts floated to the thought of getting home, seeing his mom, and having some food. The thought made his stomach growl in anticipation. I’d better get a little something to tide myself over. After finishing filling up the car, he put the nozzle back and walked back inside.

The redhead blushed upon seeing him again. He smiled at her and browsed the aisles looking for something with protein…and lots of it. He needed to get food to his stomach quickly. With a couple fruit and nut bars and an energy drink in tow, he walked back up to the counter.

“So, if you don’t mind me asking, what are you planning to do for Christmas?” The girl smiled and looked up at him as she scanned his items. “Well…I’ll probably just spend time with my family.” “Not with a certain special someone?” Once again she blushed. “No. There isn’t a special someone. What about you?” “Same here. Unfortunately there isn’t a special someone for me either.” She looked away from his eyes as she finished. “Is that all you’d like today?”

“Well actually, I’d like to get your number. If that isn’t being too forward?” He knew he was going about this entirely too quickly, but he wanted to see what she’d do. He passed her the money as she thought it over. She giggled as she reached for his receipt and hastily wrote her number on the back of it. He smiled and took it from her, taking her hand and giving it a slight peck. “I didn’t get your name by the way.” “Jessie.” He smiled and nodded at her, picking up his things and leaving out the station. He got in his car after ripping open a bar and taking a bite. He chewed slowly, as he read the number and put it in his jacket pocket. He started the car and noted the time. By now, his sister should be off the plane.

To: Lil
Hey Lil! How was the plane ride? Hope you’re doing ok. See ya at the house!


He put the phone down and turned the radio on. “American Boy” by Kanye West and Estelle blasted through his speakers. After a few seconds he was back on the road, singing loudly and off-key, headed for home.

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Meghan smiled at her mother forcefully as she was pulled into an unwanted hug, which Brian also received. She giggled at her boyfriend being so timid, squeezing his hand, and rubbing his back as her mother moved an she went in first. As they walked down the hall, she set her luggage down for a brief moment, and turned towards her mother, then Brian. "C'mon baby, I'll take you to your room." She smiled genuinely, and picked her luggage up with her left hand, gesturing for him to come upstairs with her right.

When she got to her old room, it was decorated as she'd left it, in her 'mystical' phase, with purples, blues, and greens all over the room. There were white Christmas lights lining her ceiling, and could be set to a flicker setting. She set her bag in her closet, his next to hers. "C'mere.." She grabbed her phone. "Sit for minute." She read her sibling's messages.

To: Allina
"Hurry up and get over here! I need you to see something!"

To: Matty Bear
"Hurry up, you slow person! Mom's going haywire, I swear I smell fruit cake.."

She let out a sigh as she slipped her phone back in her pocket, and smiled up at her Brian as she laid on her back. "Just think.. After this year, it'll be easier for you." She frowned. "I'm gonna say that we stay together for at least another year. Bet on it?" She chuckled, and playfully punched his arm. "I'm teasing, don take it so hard." Meghan stole a kiss, before yawning and standing up. "I better go help Mom. Before she thinks we're giving her grandkids." Meghan laughed sarcastically, and started towards the kitchen downstairs.

"You need help with anything, elder?" Her sarcasm was strong in her voice, and she leaned against the doorway.

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"Oh, honey you don't need to help. You are here visiting. Visitors don't need to help. So, how did you meet the cute boyfriend?"
Meghan heard so many things wrong with that sentence. "First of all, I am not a visitor. This used to be my house, ya know. Secondly, that's like the oldest Mom trap in the book." She smirked, and then surveyed her mother's old hands on her shoulders, and slowly removed them before chuckling. "Wouldn't you like to know." She mumbled, before sighing.

"He's an elementary school teacher. Mr. Archer. I'm the photographer that takes his kiddos pictures." She said matter-of-factly. Straightening herself as she stood, her fingers traced the hem of her shirt.

"Where are my siblings?" She wondered towards her mother, cocking her head to the side. "You did invite them, didn't you? I didn't think I was that unusually early." She trailed off.

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Annie looked at her daughter. She loved her, but she could be a little stuck up to certain things. "I know baby but its just. I want you to be treated without work to do. Well haven't you known. Your mom is old baby girl." She said with a smile towards her daughter.

She listened as her daughter spoke about her boyfriend making her think of her own she had invited to stay with them for Christmas. She wondered where he was to be honest.

"Maybe they chickened out? And I always invite you all. No your not early. And he sounds amazing keep him. He is a gentleman from what I seen and he works with kids it means he may want kids." She said giving her daughter a smile.




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Beth looked at her finished work. She had done it she had completed another chapter of her book. She was parked for and noticed already a car at the house from her binoculors. She didn't know if she wanted really to go there if there was only one person. Maybe she would wait for more people to come and sneak in with them.

She didn't really enjoy her mother's hounding questions. Of her husband or where soem grandkids were. They were annoying and she was so sick and annoyed of her mother for them. So she planned to write some more and wait for someone else to come before she went.

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Matty pulled up and parked at the house. He looked at the gate and sighed, flooded with fond memories of his childhood. Shaking his head and smiling, he finished his food and energy drink from the gas station. Remembering his phone had received a message a while ago, he picked up the phone and thumbed through his messages. Besides the normal greetings from different women, his sister had sent him a text.

From: Lil

"Hurry up, you slow person! Mom's going haywire, I swear I smell fruit cake.."


Matty turned around and looked in the backseat. A number of wrapped—poorly wrapped—presents stared back at him. Enough for his family plus some additional ones in case others came. Shrugging and deciding to bring them in later, he stepped out the car and pulled a couple bags from the trunk. After hearing the satisfying thunk of his trunk closing, he strolled to the gate, pushing the call button.

“Hey guys! Come on it’s freezing out here!”

That was no lie. He instinctively pulled his coat around him tighter as the air whisked by. When the door opened he smiled with relief at the warm air.

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Beth watched as another man walked into the house and called her by her name. Her mother had a boyfriend? Now this was going to be an interesting Christmas. She watched as Meghan walked in and started swearing and making a scene. She sighed and looked at Adam once Meghan left the room.

"Lovely to meet you Adam. We are all not like Meghan over there. She just was Dad's favourite and Dad was her favourite. Mom good job I am going to check on Meghan." She walked down the hallways to the door way. She saw the door closed but opened it without knocking anyway.

She looked at Meghan and went on her knees beside her. "You're really shaken up about this. Things will be okay she isn't replacing dad she just wants someone to be with. She's a people person Meghan. None of us are here only on holidays. Give her some slack." She said rubbing Meghan's back through the process. When mom was pregnant with the second oldest kid she told her that she was the big sister and she needed to help her younger sibling well now siblings.




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Annie watched as the door opened again. She noticed who it was. Adam. Her current boyrfriend. She watched as he introduced himself to the girls. "Nice to see you again Adam. Yes you got the name correct and thats Meghan coming." She witnessed some terrible words being said.

She looked at point blank at her daughter. She knew they sweared but she didn't like it under her household. "I was nicer about your boyfriend! And no swearing!!!!" She yelled after her daughter she smiled at Beth when she spoke. Oh thank God she knew her mother well.

She looked at Adam. "Don't worry about her. She still pretty upset about her dad. Come here." She planted a kiss on his lips and looked towards Allina. "So what do you...." She cut off running to the door hearing Matthew come.

She opened the door and smiled at him. "Baby, Matthew." She said giving him a hug and opening the door wider. Almost all of her kids were there she was just missing one person and that was it.

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Matty smiled at the warm hug hi mom gave him. He’d missed her a lot and the hug was a welcome change to the cold. He closed the door behind him, smiling as he looked around the house. Everything was just the same, even the smells reminded him of long ago. Matty turned to his mom, smiling.

”Ah it feels nice in here. So, where’s everyone else? I’m sure Lil’s here at least.”

Matty walked further in the house and noticed someone he hadn’t seen before, along with his sister, Allina. The other person was an older gentleman. Surely Allie hadn’t decided to go with an older guy…right?

”Hey Allie...how ya been? I hope everything’s been as good as you look!”

Matty flashed her a smile and hugged her. He turned, looking at the other man. There’s no way Allie brought him, but if she hadn’t…then who was he? Matty extended a hand to the man, making sure he was polite.

”Hey I’m Matthew. It’s nice to meet you Mr.…?”

Matthew trailed off hoping someone would fill in the rest.

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He wasn't sure what he expected but not an outburst. Already he was failing the first impression. With a bracing sigh, he watched her storm off. He'd have to try again later but he didn't know how. Adam didn't want to replace their father but he wasn't going anywhere if he could help it.

He turned to the other two, trying to salvage the moment. To Beth, he said, "Uh... no, I understand," Then, she too, left. When Matthew arrived, the picture became a little clearer. He was a surprise. No one was prepared for his presence and here he was, reminding them that they had lost someone they loved. Shit... There was no easy way out of this.

He took Matthew's hand and shook it firmly, "Hi, I'm Adam Calhoun. Call me Adam. I'm your mother's... friend," He looked to Annie. He couldn't believe he had said that out loud... Friend? He wasn't a friend. He needed a drink after this.

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The bus squealed to a stop, rousing Ian from his sleep. The bus driver turned his head and called out, "This is your stop, kid!" Ian groaned, grabbing his backpack from the seat. "Thanks, man, I owe you," He hopped off the bus and found himself on the side of the road. With his backpack slung over his shoulder, he took a deep breath. Just act normal. Don't let them know anything's wrong, he said. Not that it would matter. He wasn't the first born and he wasn't the baby so he was usually passed over. Most likely, they'd be worried about their own problems. His mom though... She was like a dog with a bone if she suspected something.

Ian walked down the road to his family's house. It looked the same but somehow different. His dad wouldn't be there. His presence, his smell... No, he wasn't the oldest, or even the best of his siblings, but he felt his father's absence the same. He could see cars parked by the house. His family were already descending on the house. He walked in to find his sister, Allina, and his brother, Matthew in the living room with their mom. And a stranger. Not just a stranger but an older stranger. Could it be? Was his mother actually dating? He always assumed she'd just live in the house, existing, until one day she was too old and one of them would take her. He tried to smile but it became a grimace. "Uh... hey,"

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Mom’s new friend huh? The statement made Matty laugh out loud. It sounded like he’d been afraid to call himself what he really was. So his mom had gotten a new boyfriend. This was hardly news to him, he knew she would get someone else sooner or later. After the death of their loved ones, people did tend to get pretty lonely. Besides, his mom had been used to someone always around. The sudden independence probably didn’t sit well. Though this was a bit earlier than he’d expected, Matt accepted it, though he’d have to have a word with his mom later. Chuckling slightly, Matt shook his head.

”You Didn’t have to water it down for me, Adam. I know full well what friend means.”

Whit the way Adam presented himself Matty guessed this wasn’t his first time having to say that. Now it made total sense that his sister wasn’t anywhere to be seen. It was likely she didn’t take this too well. He completely understood why. Matty looked at the doorway and he saw his brother step in.

”Hey bro! How ya been?”

Matty walked over to his brother and brought him in for a hug. Suddenly feeling the weight of his bag, Matty decided to excuse himself to put up his thing and go find his sister.

”Well, these bags are kinda heavy, so I’ll be heading up to my room now.”

As he walked out he kissed his sister and mom on the cheek and ran upstairs, dropping his things in his room. Without thinking, he knew where Lil had gone, his father’s old room. He walked until he got to the room door, knocked gently, and went in. Upon seeing his sisters he smiled widely, then he noticed Lil was crying. He sighed walking over. He placed his hand on her head and rubbed her hair gently.

”Aw come on Lil. I just got here and you’re already upset.”

Matthew hated seeing Meghan cry. It wrung his heart every time. He smiled gently and hugged her balled up body. He’d do anything to make her stop her tears.

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"Crying? No... Of course not. I'm just... tired." She sounded on the spot, but she smiled to cover it up. Just then, her mother opened the door, and upon seeing the two, practically screamed. "Gosh Mom, you see me every day at work. No need to be so excited." She laughed, before automatically correcting her with, "Allie, Mom, not Allina."

Then someone she didn't recognize appeared. A look of confusion washed over her face as he greeted them both; calling her Allina, of course. So that meant he had been told who she was from her mother. She cringed a little, before brushing hair out of her face. "It's just Allie." She smiled again, ducking her head a little. She hurried inside, out of the cold, and took her time taking off her coat and boots, before turning back to the new - old, guy - just as Beth greeted him. Allie hadn't heard him say his name. Too much was on her mind to pay too much attention. She saw Meghan off in the corridor, sort of hiding behind their dear mother. She sighed, grinning, before the realization of who this new man was sunk in.

Uh oh. Meghan was not happy. Allie sucked in a breath, before hurrying into the living room and placing the carefully packaged items onto the sofa for now. She would move them later. She heard the door open again, and the voice of Matty carried through the house, just as Meghan's harsh words echoed, and she could hear the heavy footsteps of her sister as she headed up to her - their - most closed off room. Their father's study. Allie missed her father just as much as the next person, but she thought that it would be what their father would have wanted. After all, if she died, she would have wanted Nate to have moved on -

But he had. He'd left her, and now she was in an utter mess. There was nothing she could do.

These new thoughts brought Allie to the brink of tears, but she could hear her siblings heading up to comfort Meghan. She would head up too, she supposed, but she had more words to offer her sister than physical comfort. In her experience, that helped a lot more sometimes. She popped her head around the door to see Matty, whose comment made her roll her eyes. "Oh shut up, you flirt." She said, grinning, to show she was joking.

The door opened once more, and it was the final of her siblings - Ian. She smiled and waved a little at him, sighing as she skipped the first two stairs, swinging off the banister to give her the momentum to leap up that far. "Hey, kid." She winked at him before heading upstairs after her siblings. She had completely ignored Mr Calhoun's introduction, so she paused halfway up the stairs and turned back a little. "Don't... Don't worry too much about Meghan, Mr Calhoun. I believe that it's what Dad would have wanted for us all. To have someone else to love isn't replacing anyone, rather sharing our pain and emotions with another member of the family." She explained, thinking to herself that her views were rather contradicting, since she wasn't planning to tell anyone about Nate. She forced herself to smile again, before heading upstairs again. "I'm going to go and explain that to Meg." She announced.

She had missed Matty and Beth's words of comfort, but she was sure what they had said would help. She edged towards the door, and knocked gently. "Meg, sweetie? It's Allie. Can we come in to talk to you?"

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Character Portrait: Meghan Lillian Richmond Character Portrait: Annie Longly Richmond Character Portrait: Allina Richmond Character Portrait: Matthew Alexander Richmond Character Portrait: Beth King Character Portrait: Adam Calhoun Character Portrait: Brian Archer
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To say she was upset.. that was much of an understatement.

"You're really shaken up about this. Things will be okay she isn't replacing dad she just wants someone to be with. She's a people person Meghan. None of us are here only on holidays. Give her some slack."

First, it was Beth. Geez, so annoyingly a Momma's girl, Meghan had to fight the urge to just punch her right there. Then, Matthew. Oh, sweet, charming big brother rubbing her arm.

”Aw come on Lil. I just got here and you’re already upset.”

Lastly, Allina. Big sister having to see what was going on too.

"Meg, sweetie? It's Allie. Can we come in to talk to you?"

" Guys, I love you all, but we seriously do not know the term 'personal space' at all. Maybe I'm the only one here sane. We'll never freaking know, because you know, I'll be the next one to be freaking replaced." She snapped, and stood up, after hugging Matthew for a minute. "She acts like the man that made all of us possible has never existed in her life! I'm sorry if I'm blowing this up, not really, but at least I know my hospitality. Maybe it's just me.. Mom never seemed to.. take to me like she did you guys, yet I'm the only one with a normal boyfriend, and thinking about a family, and marriage, and have a job, and... " She started harshly rambling to herself, and was regretting every second.

Where was Brian? She needed him.

"I'm so sorry.." She finally broke again, and just sat back on her father's chair, looking at the fabric, becoming tear-stained. "I miss Daddy so much." She whimpered.

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Beth looked at Meg. She seemed a bit ticked off but everything was quite hard on the family right now. Since they just lost their father they were in some quite pronlems. She wasn't close with any of her family. Mom nor Dad. She wanted her own but her husband was no where close ready and she was losing her chance every day.

She had an eating feeling that he was cheating on her with his sexy secratary. I looked at Meg as she spoke to the others and me all around the room. "Come on Meg, we all miss dad. Okay. And normal I wouldn't know about." She muttered under her breath the last part.




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Annie watched as everyone was busy with their own thing. She felt an aching pain. Her kids hated her and she needed comfering but she couldn't until she spoke with the kids she looked up at Adam. "We will go get a tree i guess soon so thanks for being here Adam I am going to speak to the kids."

She gave Adam a kiss and walked to where most of the kids were. As she listened to the last part of her speech she walked into the room crossing her arms across her chest. Looking at her kids she smiled then looked at Meg.

"I love you all a lot. And I am not replacing your father Meghan. I loved that man so very much but he's gone. I miss him but Adam has been there for me. We grew more then friends. I just want you to know that this kind of needs to stop. You may like Adam if you give him a chance. Please try for me. It is Christmas afterall."

She didn't appricaite this all drama. She walked to the doorway and sticked her head out. "I found her Brian, come on in comfort your girl." She said smiling at her family. "Ian you might as well get in here with your other siblings as well come on."

Yelling in the hallway now it sure was the family back together.