"Okay Jenni, have fun out!" Isabel called after Jenni. While she was cooking she couldn't help but look out the window. What she saw annoyed her actually, it was Hayden's Miner. Isabel became so lost in thought about how much she hated that thing that she nearly burnt the pancakes. She was glad Hayden had agreed to stop drilling and inventing so much and spend more time with the family.
Jenni's mind continued to stray onto various topics, including what to make for dinner. Also she decided that she would invite Kenya and Chase over the following day to see how they were doing.
Back at home the boys were back from school and Cedric had brought home Starr. They goofed around and took pictures of each other with their phones. James was always willing to be in the limelight. As a matter of fact, he was more proud of himself today than usual. On the way home from school he stopped at the local grocery store and landed himself a part time job. He was trying to show how responsible he really was.
Starr stayed for a while, playing games and chatting with all three boys. She got along so well with them, she just seemed like one of the family. After a bit though she had to get home to her own family for dinner. When she left, the triplets weren't really in the mood for any more games, so they each sat down to their own activity. James read about mechanics in the den, while Charlie learned to cook in his room. Cedric had shown an interest in learning to write. He practiced his skills on the computer.
Pretty soon Jenni was home from the garden and cooking dinner. The whole family ate together that night, including Hayden. Isabel was happy to see that. Unfortunately, just as the last bite was finished, she and Hayden had to get to work. At times she hated working nights, and thought about changing jobs. Then she realized, if she did that she would not be able to spend as much time with her family, she would miss the mornings together. That and Hayden worked night, and he would never leave this job. If she worked days, they would never see each other either.
Hayden and Isabel went off to work and the triplets readied themselves for bed. Jenni said her good nights and tucked herself in.
Just after breakfast the next morning she got on the phone and invited Kenya and Chase to visit. She couldn't wait to see them. When they arrived, Jenni took them upstairs to chat. After a while James popped in and said he would grace them with a song on the piano. He had gotten quite good and wanted to show off a little bit. Everyone flocked downstairs to listen.
Kenya and Cedric finished up their meal together, then Cedric went back upstairs to write some more. James sat down to eat his lunch. Smelling it had made him hungry enough to stop playing and have his share.
Kenya stood at the small mirror in the entryway and gussied up a slight bit. She was just about to go join her husband at Crystal's party. Suddenly she felt different. She heard a small voice calling for her, yet she could not see from whom it came. Kenya felt herself become lighter and her feet leave the ground for a moment. The voice became louder, and now said "It is time." She rejected the thought that formed in her mind about what was happening. Then she saw her own body, or lack there of. Kenya realized she had already passed on, but she wasn't ready to go.
Begging and pleading with the Angel of Death to leave her be and find someone else to take, she hit her knees. The family had gathered around her to mourn and say their goodbyes. Hayden had just come home from a jog and as he walked in he was greeted with the sight of his sister-in-law groveling at Death's feet. The rest of the family could see that he was going to take her and there was no doubt. He stayed, unswayed by her pleas and told her to go. She did not. Finally with a wave of the scythe, Kenya's spirit was cast into the next world.
Jenni wasted no time in going over to Crystals house. She wanted to tell her and Chase in person what had just happened. Jenni shared their sorrows and comforted them as much as she could. Crystal seemed to take it well, but she was one of those people that hid their emotions from others, until they couldn't anymore. Chase was pretty devastated, Crystal showed as much support as any daughter would, she even offered for him to stay the night with her. She walked him upstairs and ran some bath water for him to relax in for a while.
"We'll be having a ceremony at my place tomorrow. Please do everything you can to have Chase there. I know it will be difficult for him but try." Jenni answered.
"I will do my best Gramma, I promise. You should get back home to Hayden, Isabel and the boys. I'm sure they are heartbroken just like the rest of us. It would help if you were there." Crystal said. She hugged her grandmother and kissed her cheek. "Thank you for coming here to tell us."
"Bye Crystal, make sure Chase gets a good night sleep if you can." Jenni waved to her granddaughter as she walked out the door. The trip home was short and silent. Jenni didn't even turn on the car radio, it seemed an unnecessary distraction.
When Jenni arrived home she told her family she was going to bed. She did not tell them the real reason behind it. They just figured she needed some space to herself, to absorb what had happened. Actually, those thoughts weren't to far off from the truth. Jenni had thought a lot on that short ride back to the house. Kenya's death had a different effect on her than she would have imagined. That was her son's wife. Close enough to being her own child. No mother should have to bury their own. At the moment, she was sad to still be around. She worried now that she would see the death of her flesh and blood. Jenni knew she was a strong woman, but was not sure she could handle that. Even the idea of it made her cry, and her heart ache. She had stayed as strong as she could when Alan passed, for her family. It had weakened her heart more than anyone really knew though. Jenni wasn't sure she could do it again. To herself though, she silently vowed to be there at least until her grandsons grew to be young adults.
Jennie fell asleep with tears in her eyes, still dressed in her everyday clothes.
The rest of the house was mostly quiet. Everyone involved in their own thoughts, trying to stay distracted. Hayden and Cedric shared a late night snack together, then Hayden went upstairs to work out. Isabel was working at the time, Hayden wished she was home.
Cedric got on the phone and called Starr. He enjoyed hearing her voice, some how she made him feel better just by talking to her. James and Charlie sat down to the quietest game of chess they had ever played together. It was not too long though, before weariness took over the family and everyone tucked themselves in. Thoughts of the day raced through their minds in the darkness and each had disturbed dreams.
Around one in the morning, the alarm sounded downstairs. There had been a break in. Everyone had been so sound asleep they didn't hear anything until it was too late. Some how the burglar had stowed away the whole grand piano before the cops got there and arrested her. The policewoman did a search of the house and yard though and found it stashed just outside. The robber was cuffed and taken off to jail. The Fuller family were free to rest again. Or so they thought...
Prior to the robbery Isabel had come home hungry. She had put together a small dinner and put it in the oven to cook. While it was heating she went upstairs to change into something more comfortable. She cuddled up next to Hayden for a moment just to tell him that she was home and give her husband a kiss. That moment lasted longer than she intended and she fell asleep.
Right after the robbery, just as they were getting back to sleep, another alarm was going off. Jenni's room being downstairs, she was first on the scene. She was quickly joined by Isabel, James, Cedric and Charlie. The fire alarm was so loud it seemed to echo through the house, but the family had had a rough day and apparently Hayden was sleeping to hard to hear it. Charlie made a quick decision. He could tell that the fire was spreading much faster than it should. The firetruck would not get here in time,the kitchen would be demolished before they arrived. He grabbed a fire extinguisher and started putting it out. He succeded, only the stove was damaged. His mother gave him the biggest hug he had ever gotten from her. Everyone was thankful.
Except the fireman. When he got there, there was nothing to put out. Although he was happy the family had not been harmed, he apparently had been looking for some excitement in his night. He turned to Isabel, she was the closest adult in the room. The lecture he gave her seemed to last an hour, though it was only a few minutes. He told her of ways to prevent fires, and to be very careful. Night fires are the worst, because a lot of times people do not notice until it is too late. He was glad they had bothered to install an alarm.
Jenni had walked into the room then and noticed which fireman had come. It was the same gentleman she had met during thier last housefire. She chatted with him for a few minutes, mostly apologizing for the meaningless call out to her home. He was so easy to talk to that she even told him about her daughter-in-laws passing.
It was now just about five in the morning, and there was school to attend to today. Jenni said goodbye to her fireman and sent her family back to bed for a nap before the day fully came about. She stayed up though. There were things to do. She had to take care of her garden and fix breakfast for the boys. They would be tired and in a hurry when they had to get up. She was going to try and make the morning go as smoothly as possible for them. It would be a busy day.
**Writers note: Sorry for the delay in updating. Life got in my way. lol I hope you all had a great holiday. Happy upcoming New Year! **