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”So, married, huh?” Callie asked, sitting in the kitchen early one Saturday morning.
”I know.” Lena replied, in the process of fixing coffee and making tea. The coffee was for Stef, who was still in bed, and for Callie, who they’d reluctantly granted coffee privileges to as well. The tea was for her. It felt like a tea kind of day. Which, yes, was a good thing. ”It’s big, right?” She asked.
”Most people would agree with that… Maybe not the kind of people who, I don’t know, hate Valentine’s Day or something. But, yeah, most people are probably on the ’My wedding is a big deal’ bandwagon.” Callie agreed, yawning.
”Did you sleep okay?” Lena asked. Callie was irregular as an early riser. Meaning that mostly she was, but sometimes she wasn’t one.
”Huh? Oh, yeah. I slept okay. Just one of those ’can’t shut my brain off’ kind of things.” She replied.
”I knew it was a mistake letting you have coffee.” Lena said, more to cheer her adopted-daughter-to-be up than for any true leaning towards denying her coffee.
Callie’s eyes widened a little. ”So, what kind of ring are you getting her? Do you have one picked out already?” Callie asked, eying the coffee pot speculatively and hoping to distract Lena from any thoughts of coffee bans.
”You know, I’ve been thinking about that, actually.” Lena replied thoughtfully, setting the water on to boil and leaning against the counter, the coffee machine already having been started. ”Stef and I were talking about it the other day, and we’re actually supposed to go ring shopping together tomorrow. I’m having second thoughts though.”
”About marrying her?” Callie asked, really hoping that wasn’t the case. Stef and Lena were great together.
”What? No, of course not. I just meant about the rings. If we really need them. I mean, yes, it’s tradition and everything, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. But does that have to mean it’s right for me? Right for us?” She asked, meeting Callie’s eyes, curious what she’d say. Callie, while perhaps not having the best sense of judgment in general, could be surprisingly wise and insightful at times. She had a knack for cutting through to the heart of the matter.