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This is today's freebie. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] lb_lee. It also fills the "=Aces High= turn adjacent romantic" prompt platonic" and "nurturing" squares in my 1-31-18 You Are card for the Valentines Bingo fest.


"Primary Relationship"


Willa had her share of boyfriends,
sometimes several at a time, and they
were fun as far as romance went,
good for dinner and a movie or
a long walk on the beach.

She never kept any of them for
more than a few months, though.

She had more important concerns.

Her adoptive son Shannon
was what they called neurovariant
and one promptly fired therapist
had called "absolutely batshit."

To Willa, no romance was ever
going to take precedence, because
Shannon was her primary relationship.

She'd had him since he was two, and
raised him alone since her then-boyfriend
bailed on them when Shannon was four.

She adored watching him turn
from boy to teen and now,
slowly, toward manhood.

Shannon needed help
to find his place in the world,
as all teens did, and if he needed
a little more than the usual,
Willa was happy to give it.

She treasured the chance
to nurture his skills and interests,
from art and architecture to gardening,
his curiosity unfolding like a fiddlehead
toward some future career.

She wasn't going to miss that
over a walk down the aisle.

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Date: 2018-02-07 02:53 am (UTC)
lb_lee: Rogan drawing/writing in a spiral. (art)
From: [personal profile] lb_lee
This was exactly what I wanted and needed! Thank you! *adds to memories*

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Date: 2018-02-07 03:50 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mama_kestrel
You have it exactly right. I am happily soul-bonded - but had that not already been the case, I can't see where I'd have had the emotional energy to develop that level of relationship once the boychick came along.

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Date: 2018-02-08 01:48 am (UTC)
thnidu: my familiar. "Beanie Baby" -type dragon, red with white wings (Default)
From: [personal profile] thnidu
What an excellent person!

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