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A conversation about bad penny.

Posted on Fri Jun 7th, 2024 @ 11:49am by Avalon [ADMIN NPC]

Mission: Back Home
Location: Earth
Timeline: Mid February
428 words - 0.9 OF Standard Post Measure

Kiana Lalor knelt in her garden, the earthy scent of soil and blooming flowers a comforting constant in the midst of her turmoil. The family home, once filled with laughter and the pitter-patter of feet, now stood silent. Her daughter Phoenix, son-in-law Mattias, and their children were MIA in Starfleet, leaving Kiana to maintain the home they loved so dearly.

As she tended to the roses, Kiana's thoughts wandered to Tristi Richardson, her adopted granddaughter. Phoenix and Mattias had found Tristi in dire circumstances, a teenager in desperate need of love and care. They had fought tirelessly to adopt her, spending months searching for her biological family. When they finally succeeded, it felt like a miracle.

But now, a new challenge loomed. Tristi's biological mother, Miranda Johnston, had resurfaced, demanding custody of the daughter she had abandoned at birth. Kiana's heart ached at the thought of losing Tristi, who had become an integral part of their family. And the thing was, Phoenix and Mattias had no idea what was happening as they were lost for now.

The sound of footsteps on the gravel path broke Kiana's reverie. She looked up to see Melanie Howard, a Child Protective Services social worker, approaching with a sympathetic smile. Melanie had been a steady presence throughout the adoption process, and now she was here to discuss the impending custody battle.

"Good morning, Kiana," Melanie greeted, her voice gentle. "I wanted to talk to you about Miranda Johnston's claim."

Kiana rose to her feet, wiping her hands on her apron. "It's good to see you, Melanie. Come, let's sit on the porch."

As they settled into the porch chairs, Melanie began, "Miranda's sudden interest in Tristi is concerning, especially given her past. But we need to prepare for the possibility that she might have a legitimate claim."

Kiana's eyes filled with determination. "Tristi is our family. We've given her a home, love, and stability. I can't let her be taken away by someone who abandoned her."

Melanie nodded. "I understand. We'll do everything we can to ensure Tristi's best interests are protected. But it's going to be a tough fight."

Kiana looked out at the garden, drawing strength from the beauty and resilience of the flowers. "We'll fight, Melanie. For Tristi and for our family."

As the two women discussed their next steps, Kiana felt a glimmer of hope. They had faced many challenges, and this was just another one they would overcome together. The garden around her seemed to echo her resolve, blooming brightly despite the shadows that threatened to encroach.



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