After Intimately Involved.
“Surely this is a question someone in the family has faced before.”
It was a cornerstone of their family: they had been around so long, almost every problem they faced had been faced before. Too many sisters? They had faced that over and over again. Too many brothers? They knew how that had been dealt with. Problem with police, zoning, neighbors? They could look up how their predecessors had handled a similar situation. Demons, ghosts, possessions – somewhere in the diaries, there was a note about a prior incident.
But not about a pregnant Aunt. Either it never happened, or no-one ever wrote about it.
Linda and Deborah had spent every moment of free time for the last week – Linda and Deborah, and then their sister Danielle and their cousin Hessa – digging through the old Aunt diaries. They had learned more about the family’s personal business than they ever really wanted to know, but they had yet to find a pregnant Aunt.
“Someone has to have dealt with this.” Hessa poked Deborah in the stomach. “Seriously. We’re human, even the Aunts.”
“Maybe it didn’t make it into the diaries. There’s a few places where there’s these funny gaps, like the Aunt decided not to write things down for a month or two.”
“Some days that’s just because nothing happens. I have months like that.” Deborah had not shared her own diaries. Those were for posterity.
“I’m not sure.” Linda frowned. “The grannies and great-grannies would know.”
“We can’t ask them.” Danielle pursed her lips. “We can’t get them involved.”
“Oh.” Hessa was staring at the diary in front of her, an old one, the leather cracking. “…oh…”
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