Day 7: Hannah
Hannah moved the picture frame a bit to the right. She grinned and said, “Perfect.”
“What has you in such a good mood today?” a gruff voice asked.
“My Christmas present from Milly,” Hannah replied without taking her eyes off the frame. She didn’t need to look up to know Lex had just walked into her office.
“Oh, really?” Lex said, dropping her bag on the floor. She joined Hannah behind the desk. She studied the frame next to Hannah’s laptop. “Ah, a picture of Milly?”
“No!” Hannah replied, pointing at the gift. “A picture of Milly *and* Charles! Together! I have no idea how she pulled it off!”
Lex tugged her hands in her pockets. “Okay… Great.”
Hannah leaned back in her chair, looking up at her cousin. “And it’s in an antique, wooden frame with over 20 cats carved into the wood.”
Lex rested a hand on the desk and peered at the gift again. “Okay,” she said, “I see the cats now.”
“They’re super cute, aren’t they?” Hannah beamed.
Lex’s eyes flicked back between the picture frame and Hannah. “Sure, and Milly looks great too!”
Hannah rolled her eyes. She gestured for Lex to get out of her way. Lex walked to the other side of the desk. “I didn’t know you liked antiques,” she said.
“I usually don’t. But this is just perfect,” Hannah replied, getting a bit defensive.
Lex’s eyebrow shot up in amusement. “Sounds like you had a great Christmas.”
Hannah couldn’t help but smile. “Yeah, it was wonderful. Kind of sucks that it’s over already. Milly is dropping off her parents at the airport today.”
“Oh, right, they came over too,” Lex said, pulling back a chair. She plopped down. “How did that go?”
Hannah folded her hands. “Great! We get along really well,” she said and glanced back at the picture of Milly and Charles. They were both so cute.
“Do you have some time to take a preliminary look at the December figures?” Lex asked.
Hannah had to drag her eyes away from the frame. “I guess?”
Lex brightened. “Great! I really want to show you some things.”
“You sound excited all of a sudden,” Hannah remarked dryly, flipping open her notebook.
“What do you mean?” Lex asked, pulling her small laptop out of her bag.
Hannah snorted. “I don’t think I saw you smile until we started discussing business.”
“Oh,” Lex replied, rolling up the sleeves of her blouse, “I’m just not all that big on holidays. They never were any fun for me.”
Hannah wanted to hit herself over the head. She had been so wrapped up in her own holiday bliss that she hadn’t considered Lex’s situation.
“Not even this year?” she asked gently.
The corners of Lex’s lips curved up slightly. Her eyes softened visibly while she seemed to consider her answer. “I guess this year *was* nice.”
Hannah closed her notebook. “Really? Tell me all about it!”
Lex’s cheeks colored a pinkish red. “I don’t…”
“Come on, Lex!” Hannah said, “How did it go?!”
“Alright, alright, ” Lex sighed. She crossed her legs. “First of all….I totally overdressed.”
Hannah chuckled. She didn’t stop until long after Lex had told her the whole tale.