About: Brothers & Sisters
Disclaimer: I don’t own Brothers & Sisters – written with love, not for money.
Summary: Ingredients: Take a couple of Walkers, add a few Wandells, a pinch of Holden and a Caplan formerly known as Harper, a dash of Altamirano and Whitley, a teaspoon of Byrolt, Paresa and Salazar and (for added flavor only) a Barry&McCallister. Mix and shake…and… watch it explode.
Warning: It is my very own season 7, you guys! Go with it! ;) Don’t complain! If YOU can do better, post your own story! (I dare you!)
***** Part 3/5 *****
“Well, I’m sorry, but the X-rays are clear. The foot is broken in three places. Nothing big, but painful, very painful.” The doctor explains.
“We were planning to go to Berlin…” Jonathan sighs.
“You can forget about that. That foot needs rest. And it needs time to heal.”
“So, we’ll have to cancel our trip?” Saul understands.
“You could go alone?” Jonathan offers. “I know how much you wanted to go?”
“Don’t be ridiculous! Berlin has been in the same place for a long time, it’s not moving anywhere. It will still be there in a few months, we’ll just have to re-schedule our trip.”
The doctor leaves them alone, feeling that his help not really needed now and Jonathan looks at Saul, who seems a little annoyed.
“Are you mad with me?” Jonathan asks. “This happened because I fell. If I had been more careful, we’d be close to leaving now.”
“Mad? With you? It was an accident! Of course I’m not mad. Disappointed to cancel the trip maybe, but not mad at you. Never!” Saul exclaims, unable to understand that Jonathan would think something like that of him. “Plus… what will we do for Christmas now? I hadn’t planned anything, because I believed we wouldn’t be home…”
“Wait! What?!” Nora’s grip on her phone tightens. “I’m packed and ready. And now you decide to tell me that your family doesn’t want to meet me? Not yet anyway? Brody!... What am I supposed to do now? I had expected to spend Christmas with you…” She listens to his heartfelt apology and shakes her head slowly, unable to accept his words.
“I’m sorry. I can see how you continued to try and make them change their minds, but couldn’t you have called me yesterday or something? I didn’t know that your family didn’t want me and therefore told my family not to count on me. I hate being alone with Christmas and you know that.”
She’s nearly in tears. She hasn’t done any grocery-shopping, she already distributed all the gifts to her children and grandchildren. She had made no arrangements with anyone… Her knuckles are white as she listens to even more words of apology on the other side. She suddenly shrugs, not interested in more excuses.
“Never mind. You go celebrate Christmas with your kids and… I’ll see what I can do. Maybe I can take Tommy and Julia out to dinner or something… Have a nice evening.” Nora hangs up, before Brody can say anything in return. She’s happy for him that things are working out for him and his kids, but she feels thrown aside and completely useless.
Julia goes from room to room. It’s not a bad apartment. She has to admit to that. There’s a lot of light. There are enough rooms, a large enough kitchen… It just doesn’t feel like ‘her’ place. Upon hearing a sound, she turns around to see Tommy standing there, looking equally lost.
“I know, it wasn’t what we used to have…” He starts, but Julia is too tired to listen to another waterfall of excuses. He has apologized to her a million and one times and she’s no longer angry at him and she wishes that he would jus stop doing everything he can do to please her.
Sometimes she nearly wishes the old selfish Tommy back, feeling that she’d understand that Tommy better than this one.
“Can we go see Elizabeth now? I can’t wait to hold her in my arms again?” She asks, ignoring the fact that Tommy is still halfway his million and 2nd apology.
“I don’t know. I have to ask Kevin if it’s alright.” Tommy says.
“We’re her parents!” Julia replies.
“Kevin has custody.” “
That seem to be your standard answer whenever I ask to see Elizabeth.” There’s something accusatory in Julia’s voice and Tommy sighs.
“Someone had to look after her, when we didn’t.”
“If only you would have stayed here in Pasadena.” Julia says, without much empathy towards her husband.
“And if only you hadn’t….” Tommy holds back the rest of the sentence when he realizes that they are back to blaming each other. Instead he finishes his sentence with: “But we made the choices we made and we’ll have to live with the consequences and one of those consequences is, that Elizabeth is with Kevin and that Kevin decides for her.”
Tommy turns around, not wishing to continue this conversation and Julia turns away from him and towards the windows, where she can see the gardens beneath and she crosses her arms in front of her chest and impatiently taps with her finger on her arm, wanting nothing more than seeing Elizabeth again.
“I’m sorry, but what else could I do?” Cleo asks. Tyler can only nod.
“Cleo, I’m sure that you made the right decision. Naturally if a client has a real complaint, we should look in to that and not ignore it. I’m glad you took care of it as quickly as you did.”
“I don’t think that Janice would make a good manager.” Cleo sighs.
“No. I agree. She completely underestimated the situation.” Tyler leans back as well. “She was one of our last option however. I would have preferred to promote someone from the staff, rather than search for an outsider.”
“Yes, I know, I feel the same…. Listen, I’ve thought about this for a few weeks now, and, yes, I should retire, because I’m getting too old, but … none of our girls are good enough to take over… I miss a certain tenacity, a certain understanding, of how a hotel needs to be run.”
“We have one more option. Daisy.”
“Daisy?” Cleo only slowly mentions the name as if the name sounds unfamiliar to her. “You’re not really thinking about giving her a chance? She’s too young, too inexperienced!”
“Ah! I agree, but with the right guidance…? A teacher like you could prove to be valuable to the right person?”
“I don’t think she’s that right person.” Cleo objects quietly.
“No. Not yet, but she loves this place and perhaps with the right incentive…?”
Cleo looks at Tyler. Such a smart girl. No wonder the hotel is doing so well. Daisy? Cleo wouldn’t have given her a second thought, but she has to admit that Daisy does her job well, that she’s loyal to the June Flower and that, with proper training, she might actually be a good manager.
“She doesn’t talk back as much. She learns quickly.” Cleo concedes.
“My point exactly. She has a certain kindness and she’s a good listener. I recently heard her talk to one of the maids, who didn't do her work properly. And Daisy would gently and without much fuss get the maid to her work as it should be, where someone like Janice would have had the maid fuming.”
“Yes. I see how it could work….”
“I’ll talk to her and starting tomorrow, I’d like to put her under your wings and I would like it if you make sure that she gets ready to take over. Let her do your job as much as she can.
I know it won’t be easy for you, Cleo, but remember, you’re going to retire and we need someone as wonderful as you to take over. I need someone I can rely on to get the job done and make sure that I don’t have to go over every little detail.” Tyler reminds Cleo and Cleo nods slowly, knowing what Tyler means.
“Have you heard?” Justin sits down on one of the empty bar-stools.
“Any news in particular that you’re referring to?” Scotty asks.
“Tommy is back. With Julia. And Billy.” Justin announces and Scotty nearly drops his wine-glasses.
“He’s back?” He doesn’t seem too thrilled to hear the news. “Wow… Uhm… That’s news…”
“Mom hasn’t called you yet?” Justin wonders.
“No. She probably called Kevin to let him know… I guess Tommy will want Elizabeth for the holidays.”
Justin has to admit that he hadn’t thought of that.
“Did you already make plans?”
“None whatsoever. We were too tired to come to a decision. I think that I want to supervise the renovation, but Kevin doesn’t want me to. He says I’m tired enough as it is,… and he’s not exactly wrong… And he says it will drive me crazy…. I have to agree… And he says I would worry too much… Can’t find a mistake in that statement either…” Scotty sighs and he sits down next to Justin.
“The problem is that we can’t seem to come much of a decision lately. I want to go away, and I don’t. I want to stay and I don’t. I want to celebrate Christmas with others and I don’t. I want to have a big party for New Year’s Eve and I don’t. I want to have people over at our house and…. I … don’t.” He sighs again. Justin can see that Scotty is exhausted.
“You need a break.” He therefore says.
“I know. We’ve put so much energy in this place and in the renovation and in Kevin’s office and then there are the kids… I love my life. I love my kids. I love my husband, but every now and then, it’s just getting to be too much.”
“Things will get better once the restaurant will be opened again.” Justin believes.
“I agree. It will get better, but in the meantime I have to deal with the period until it gets better and now, on top of that, if Tommy is back, this can only bring heart-ache for Kevin and I don’t need that trouble right now.”
“You knew that Tommy was coming back.” Justin cannot help but remind Scotty. “It’s not like he suddenly shows up out-of-blue demanding Elizabeth back.”
“No. True. But I had expected to have at least Christmas to sleep in, spend time with the kids, take it easy. Tommy being back means that Elizabeth will be doing some travelling back and forth.
We’ll have to make sure that she’s ready, it will all be ‘quick, do this’ and ‘quick, get that done’ and there will be no peaceful moment. And that is assuming that Tommy won’t make a fuss. I hope he realizes that Kevin is Elizabeth’s legal guardian and that Kevin cannot bend the rules to Tommy’s whims. Kevin is ultimately the one responsible for her.”
“If you don’t want the travelling back and forth, ask Tommy and Julia to stay with you for Christmas.” Justin offers as a solution.
“I don’t want that either. I really looked forward to an easy, lazy day…” Scotty grabs the napkins and start to prepare the table. It’s not actually his job, but Justin can see how this helps Scotty to deal with his frustrations.
Justin waits a few seconds and then Scotty turns to him.
“I just need to keep telling myself that it’s only a few more weeks and then everything will be back to normal.” Scotty decides.
“Holly?” Nora is stunned to see her former nemesis and current friend stand on her doorstep. “I thought you were still in London with Rebecca and with your grandson?”
“I was tired of London and I was tired of Rebecca,… but not of my grandson.” Holly replies with a stiff smile.
“What happened?” Nora asks. She gives Holly a hug and then pushes her gently to the kitchen. “Coffee? Tea? Something stronger?” She asks.
“Coffee, please, I had a long flight and I’m exhausted from everything. I’m glad that Tyler could still get me a room at the June-flower on such short notice.”
“Tyler knew you were coming back and she didn’t tell me?” Nora frowns and realizing that the number one rule on gossip had just been broken, Holly quickly corrects herself.
“Well, it’s not like I talked to Tyler personally. I spoke to girl named Daisy. Sweet girl. Very polite and helpful.”
“Ah. I see.” Nora understands and this means Tyler is off the hook. “Still… I have to wonder why you’re here. I mean, your grandson is halfway around the world?”
“Oh, yes. Well… Thank you..” Holly gives Nora a grateful smile at the coffee that is given to her, but Nora won’t allow Holly to change the subject.
“Tell me.” She says and Holly slowly puts down her cup again.
“David and Rick have decided to go to Africa… To make pictures and to shoot a documentary.” There’s a bitterness in Holly’s voice that Nora can’t quite understand, so she waits until Holly has taken one of the home-made cupcakes.
“But what is so bad about that? With David and Rick in Africa, Rebecca will need you more than ever… She’ll be all alone in London.”
“Not exactly. She has decided, and Rick agrees, even if David doesn’t, that she will go to Africa with them…”
“Rebecca? To Africa? But … It’s not that practical to be travelling around with a little baby…”
“She won’t be travelling around with a baby on her hip. Not Rebecca. She has made other plans.”
“But how can she go to Africa and not with the baby? It’s not like he can stay all alone, by himself in London?” As Nora forms the question, the answer becomes apparent. “She lets someone else take care of him?”
“You guessed it!”
“But… He’s just born! He’s just a baby!” Nora is flabbergasted.
“I know! I can’t imagine! I just can’t.” Holly shakes her head.
“And where will Julian be staying?...” Nora’s eyes widen. “With you?!” She asks. Holly shakes her head.
“No. He’ll be staying with Rick’s parents.. They’re such a nice and lovely couple. They’ll be such good grandparents to Julian. After all, 'they were such good parents to Rick'…” Holly says in a whiny tone of voice and Nora understands that she’s quoting Rebecca’s words.
“Well…. I’d think that…. I don’t know…” Nora stammers, not knowing what to say. “Does she have a point?”
“Of course. Rebecca isn’t stupid. The are lovely and great couple. The are good parents. The will be terrific grandparents. They love Rick, they love Rebecca, they love Julian. They even love David and me. They ooze love….” Holly shivers. “Alright that's mean. The are kind… and I’m not. I know I’m not.”
“Would you rather have taken care of Julian yourself, because if that’s the problem…” Nora starts to offer advice.
“Oh, for heaven’s sake, no! I just feel tha Rebecca should raise her son, not someone else. No, it’s good that he stays with Rick’s parents. If Rebecca insists on going to Africa, they would be a better choice than me.” Holly frowns.
“How did she react when you told her that?” Nora now wants to know. Holly’s shoulders sink.
“I didn’t have to. She told me. She didn’t ask me anything. Just told me that Julian would be better off with his other grandmother.” She looks at her hands and Nora finally gets it.
“She never even asked you for your help?” She sympathizes. Holly shakes her head and wipes away a tear.
“It’s like Rick’s mother is a better mother than I am…. I know she didn’t mean to say something like that, but…”
“.. it still hurt?”
“I jus had to leave London after that.”
“I get that. How did David react?”
“Mixed feelings. He doesn’t like that Rebecca abandons Julian, but he loves that she’s coming with him. He didn’t want me to go, but there was no point in me staying either, because he was in full preparation of everything and didn’t have time for me anyway.”
“Men!” Nora shakes her head.
“But… shouldn’t you be packed and ready as well? Weren’t you leaving to be with Brody?” Holly suddenly remembers.
“Nope. His kids decided that weren’t ready to meet me after all …”
“So, what are your plans now for Christmas?”
“I haven’t got a clue yet. Maybe I’ll ask Tommy and Julia to have dinner with me in some restaurant.”
“Tommy is back?”
“Yes…. But I think he prefers to be with Kevin…” Nora frowns.
“You won’t have much luck to get a decent restaurant now.”
“I know. Besides, I’d rather celebrate Christmas with people I know and not in some restaurant with strangers…” Nora sighs.
“Don’t be ridiculous. We insist that you join us for Christmas dinner.” Scotty and Kevin are both still surprised by the fact that Tommy, Julia and Billy suddenly showed up at the restaurant. Though Elizabeth is thrilled to see her parents and happy to meet her little brother, Kevin seems a bit distracted by it all.
Fearing a new rivalry brewing between Tommy and Kevin, Scotty feels obliged to invite Tommy and Julia. He doesn’t really feel it in his heart, but seeing how happy Julia is to see Elizabeth and how Elizabeth and Olivia are already ‘in love’ with Billy, he feels he should make an effort of his own.
“Isn't it a bit last-minute…?” Tommy seems unsure.
“I’m sure, it will be alright.” Scotty smiles.
“It would be great to be able to spend Christmas with Elizabeth…” Tommy sighs and then, as an afterthought. “… and with you guys, of course.”
“Of course.” Scotty replies, his smile a bit fake.
“Naturally.” Kevin manages just in time to not be too sarcastic.
“Mom. Dad. You have to see my room.” Elizabeth tells her parents for the 9th time and Kevin signals them to go with her.
Once they’ve left the room, Kevin turns to Scotty.
“Are you really sure about this, Scotty? I don’t want you in the kitchen all day…”
“It’s alright. There’s enough food at the restaurant and it will be great for Elizabeth to have her parents here and not having to run from one house to the other…”
“Why would she be running from …? Oh. Right. Tommy and Julia will want her back.”
“You have custody. She’s yours.”
“She’s Tommy and Julia’s. But you’re right. I hadn’t thought of that before…” Kevin blinks and then admits. “I didn’t want to think about it, those words would be closer to the truth...”
End of part 3/5
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