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3. Une voix de des fleurs, Mar'i/Roy
4. one big happy - Mia, Connor, and Roy

Date: 2013-07-17 08:57 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Mia, Connor, and Roy are all siblings growing up together!

Date: 2014-12-06 02:28 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
One Big Happy

"No beans tonight," Roy says as he dishes up the food. "Forgot to soak 'em before I went to work."

Mia pokes at the buttered rice with cut-up hot dogs in it. "Fine by me," she says with a roll of her bright eyes, ringed with heavy black like all of her makeup. "I'm sick of eating beans and sick of hearing you after."

Roy laughs, but it's cut short by the sound of the front door slamming. The two siblings look at each other, knowing it's their brother before he even comes stomping into the kitchen, throwing down his backpack and flinging himself into a chair. "All those shitbrains at school can go die," Connor declares savagely, and Mia murmurs into her rice, "Another great day for the Queen kids."

"Speak for yourself," Roy says, pouring himself some milk before he sits down. "I'm a Harper." He starts eating to fill his mouth before anything else comes out. Like speculation on where Ollie and Hal are right now, and how much longer they're gonna be, and if Ollie knows that the money he'd left in the coffee can (IN the coffee, which was gross as hell) isn't enough to sustain three growing kids for a year.

Roy's the only one old enough to work. He'd prefer to do it somewhere that sells food, since that would cut down on the cost of feeding himself and his siblings, but he's getting a tiny amount more money by pumping gas. When people don't fill up and drive off without paying, that is. He budgets it carefully, and they still need Dinah to lend them money here and there. She's stopped assuring them that Ollie's bound to be home soon.

Connor eats half his rice and then clangs the bowl down on the table. "Why can't we eat anything good?" he wails. "Why did dad have to go and lose all his money? Why's he so stupid?" Mia mutters something into her own bowl, but not loud enough for anybody to hear as her dark purple lips leave prints on her spoon.

"Listen," Roy says, and it's not without sympathy. Connor needs guidance, Mia needs attention, and Roy needs...well, Roy needs their father to remember that he has a family and stop expecting his eldest to fill his role. "We got what we got. But just maybe I got something tucked away for just this kind of occasion."

Dinah helps him with the coupons, scavenging them from businesses where she's delivering flowers, and Roy can't help but feel a sense of triumph when his sister and brother gasp audibly in excitement when he pulls out McDonald's coupons. "We got enough money to splurge and get some food for tomorrow, too," he tells them. Connor's already putting his shoes back on and Mia's flying around impatiently, wanting to go.

He feels proud that he can give them this little treat, but as he closes and locks the door behind them, what Roy wishes even more is that he didn't have to.

Date: 2014-12-18 09:44 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Fantastic take on this prompt--heartbreaking omg.

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