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20 November 2006 @ 05:36 pm
Homegoing...  
Who: Sam, Jane, and eventually Cat
When: Early Friday Morning
Where: The Santa Monica Rehab Center/Outside of Cat's door
What: Picking Cat up
Rating: PG-13ish


Jane had had a hard time getting to sleep the night before. The excitement of having her youngest daughter home for the first time in three long months. Jane felt like she'd waited for this moment forever. Now that she was finally here, she had a sudden attack of nerves. What if Cat wasn't ready to come home?

Jane looked over at Sam, trying to gage the stoic girl's emotions at this very moment. Sam had been really great on the car ride over. The usually hectic forty-five minute drive was made in record speed due to the early hour, and the fact that Jane had rambled on for most of the drive. But Sam had been a good sport, answering her somewhat innane questions and just generally making idle chitchat. However, since they'd left the car, Sam had fallen silent once again, her face devoid of any emotion.

Jane smiled over at her, trying to be reassuring. She wasn't sure if it was for Sam's benefit or her own. Shaking her head to clear her thoughts she asked, "Are you ready?"
 
 
 
Samson: tippy typewritersam_mcpherson on November 20th, 2006 07:55 pm (UTC)

Sam smiled brightly. "In a really nervous, flashbacky kind of way."

Her grin mellowed to pure. "It's going to be fine, Mom. We'll be back to Brady in no time flat. You'll see; it'll just take us a little time to get our sea legs, and then we'll be back the way it was. You know . . . back when things were good."

unexpctdjrny on November 20th, 2006 08:08 pm (UTC)
"You're right," Jane said, releasing the breath she'd been holding as she'd waited for Sam to answer. I guess it's now or never, Jane thought to herself. She knocked on the door and waited for Cat to answer.
cat_mcpherson: Homegoingcat_mcpherson on November 20th, 2006 08:14 pm (UTC)
Wow...that was a lot sooner than I expected...

Packed and ready to go since 4am -- she couldn't sleep -- Caitlin had spent most of the morning staring at the wall. She was really excited to go home. Like really really excited and yet...at the same time...she was terrified.

Moving across the room, she tried to push back her worries. She was going to open this door and her mother and Sam would be standing on the other side. She was finally going to see her sister. She was finally going to go home -- back to her own room...well...the room she shared with Sam. But still. Their room, her room...full of her things.

Taking one final deep breath, she pulled the door open.
unexpctdjrny on November 20th, 2006 08:21 pm (UTC)
Jane felt the tears immediately spring to her eyes when she saw Cat. It felt like she hadn't seen her in years. She looked so different, and yet the same. Jane rushed forward and wrapped her arms around her daughter.

"Catie you look so good," Jane muttered as she embraced the girl.
Samson: so so evilsam_mcpherson on November 20th, 2006 08:26 pm (UTC)

"Yeah," Sam echoed from behind the amoeba of her sister and mother. "You look great."

Sam thought Caitlin looked a little freaked out, a little terrified by the prospect of the future.

A little like she felt.

But she wouldn't say that.

She was being positive today.

cat_mcpherson: Twinscat_mcpherson on November 20th, 2006 08:45 pm (UTC)
"Thanks." Caitlin hugged her mother back, feeling a bit odd about it all. Was she supposed to cry? Her mother was crying. Instead, she concentrated on Sam. Giving her sister a hesitant smile over her mother's back. "You two look great too."
unexpctdjrny on November 20th, 2006 08:48 pm (UTC)
Jane wiped the tears from her eyes. She hadn't meant to get so emotional. She was just so happy. "So are you all packed?"
cat_mcphersoncat_mcpherson on November 20th, 2006 09:01 pm (UTC)
Caitlin nodded. "Yep." She motioned to her bags next to the bed. "All ready to go."
unexpctdjrny on November 20th, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC)
Jane moved into the room to grab one of the bags.

"Uh, Sam a little help here..."
Samson: bang bangsam_mcpherson on November 20th, 2006 09:07 pm (UTC)

"Right," Sam said, shaking herself out of Awkwardness Daze. "I'm great at carrying things."

She squeezed past her mother into her sister's cell . . . room . . . whatever . . . of the past three months and shouldered as many bags as she could feasibly handle.

cat_mcpherson: McTwinscat_mcpherson on November 20th, 2006 09:09 pm (UTC)
Caitlin rushed to help, her hand touching her sister's as they reached for the same bag. "You don't have to...I mean I can carry my own bags...really..."
Samson: suedesam_mcpherson on November 20th, 2006 09:14 pm (UTC)

"Oh! I wasn't . . . I just . . . I just wanted to help."

It never used to be hard.

Except, you know, when it was really hard.

But even then, the normal stuff was easy.

This was weird.

cat_mcpherson: Thinkingcat_mcpherson on November 20th, 2006 09:17 pm (UTC)
"Yeah." She moved her hand away, stepping back. She needed to let Sam help...to let people in general help. After all, not asking for help was what landed her here in the first place. "Thanks."

She smiled -- not so much a forced smile, but an unsure one. "You always were the butch twin." Look! A joke! A sign of the old Cat...of their old relationship...
Samson: lolsam_mcpherson on November 20th, 2006 09:30 pm (UTC)

Sam was surprised, but then she let the surprise mellow into a good, comfortable feeling. A feeling she remembered. A sisterly feeling.

"You know me," Sam said, picking up Cat's bags. "I'm just a great big lesbo. Good for any chores around the house that involve heavy lifting or getting frisky with foxy blondes."

unexpctdjrny on November 20th, 2006 09:32 pm (UTC)
"Sam?!" Jane exclaimed, but her shock faded into a smile as she watched her daughters joke around. It felt good, and she felt like she could finally breathe again.
cat_mcphersoncat_mcpherson on November 20th, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC)
Laughing, Caitlin shook her head. She was beginning to calm down a bit...to feel confident. It was if all she had needed was Sam. Her mirror image. Her other half.

"Blondes? I thought fellow brunettes were more your type."
Samson: lolsam_mcpherson on November 20th, 2006 09:45 pm (UTC)

Sam grinned. "That would be your standard, Caitlin McPherson is the fairest of the fair worldview guiding your thought process, sis."

She felt good. Better. Less empty. Maybe all she'd needed all this time, all summer, was to not be away from her sister. Sure, it had been Caitlin who'd caused all the bad in the first place, but she was her twin; they were supposed to be together . . .

cat_mcpherson: Thinkingcat_mcpherson on November 20th, 2006 09:53 pm (UTC)
Fairest of the fair...yeah right...in what reality?

"Yeah. Well. Can I help it if I'm the pretty twin?" She beamed at Sam, but there was a bit of uncertainty behind it. Not about Sam or her mother, surprisingly, but about herself.
Samson: so so evilsam_mcpherson on November 20th, 2006 09:58 pm (UTC)

Sam merely rolled her eyes, pulling the usual sibling rivalry punches because they were picking up her usual sibling rival at rehab.

unexpctdjrny on November 20th, 2006 10:01 pm (UTC)
"So, are you ready to get out of here?" Jane asked Cat trying to move the group along. She was itching to get out of the center and head home.

Catie's coming home.
cat_mcpherson: Sam and Catcat_mcpherson on November 20th, 2006 10:09 pm (UTC)
"More than." She followed the others from the room and down to the lobby where she bid adieu to staff. Apparently Cat had been quite the charmer. And yeah...a very small piece of her was sad to go. Not because it was an experience she ever wanted to relive, but because she had met some pretty cool people along the way.

But none of that could compare to the feeling of being free. As soon as she was tucked into the back of the car, it seemed to hit her. It was over. She was well and truly free. "So...what did I miss this summer? What's the gossip?"
Samson: dreamersam_mcpherson on November 20th, 2006 10:19 pm (UTC)

"Oh, you hardly missed anything," Sam said, feeling awkward again. "Mostly reruns, stale popcorn. Nicole Julian nearly beheaded someone with a Manolo over some sale Prada at the mall, but that's . . . it's really old news, and who cares about those boring Buffy's, anyway? We have an exciting year of . . . test anxiety and gym shorts ahead of us." She forced a smile.

cat_mcphersoncat_mcpherson on November 20th, 2006 10:22 pm (UTC)
Caitlin wondered if she should point out that lying by omission was still lying. The tone of Sam's voice, the awkward undertones -- it made her wonder if she had missed something phenomenally huge. "That's it? Nicole Julien's quest for shoes. Where's the scandal? The night time soap kind of news?"
Samson: bang bangsam_mcpherson on November 20th, 2006 10:25 pm (UTC)

Sam shrugged. "Absent. Boring summer, sis. You picked a good few months to skip out. You have Liz Taylor's timing."

She turned and looked out the window, watched the dark, unjudging scenery whip past the windows. It was kind of peaceful out here, in a The Shining kind of way.

cat_mcpherson: Homegoingcat_mcpherson on November 20th, 2006 10:44 pm (UTC)
"Wow." She nodded and stared out the window as well. What then had everyone done without something to gossip about this summer.

"How is everyone? Carmen? Harrison? Lily? How much catching up do I have to do?"
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