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The Roommates – Fast Forward to 2019: Chapter 13
Dylan’s eyes lit up, long lashes framing his eyelids. “Auntie Bette!” He ran towards her, crushing her midsection in a warm hug. His head fell right at her breast level. She inhaled him. He smelled of cocoa butter, lavender, and outdoors. She had missed this little boy. Tears she didn’t expect stood in her eyes and she hugged him tightly.
“I’ve missed you so much,” she said, softly.
He grinned up at her, his two front teeth bigger than those surrounding them. “I missed you too! I got all your presents.”
She gazed down into a set of happy chocolate orbs that resembled her own. “You did?”
He nodded briskly and stepped back. “Aunt Bette, everybody was so jealous of my laser gun. I can wear it on my hip with the holster. It’s so cool.”
Kit chimed in. “He also thanks you for the clothes.”
Dylan tossed his mother a smirk. “Right, Mom. The clothes, too.”
He turned back to Bette, his eyes wide again. “Oh and my Legos! Can you help me build the Saberforce Striker Carrier? There are so many pieces. But it’s gonna be so fun!”
Kit replied, “Boy, she hasn’t even gotten to sit down yet. Let her in the door.”
Bette laughed and fought against the happy tears in her eyes. The pureness of Dylan’s love and affection was soothing. It warmed her from the inside out.
Dylan clasped his hands together. “Please Aunt Bette!”
She nodded. “I will absolutely help you build the Saberforce Striker Carrier.”
“Yes!” he yelled. Then he ran from the room, yelling about getting one of his toys.
“Walk!” yelled Kit, still smiling.
“Okay, Mom!” he replied. Bette could see him on the second floor. He was now racewalking, his thin arms flexed at his sides.
Kit smiled after him and then looked over at her sister. “That boy is crazy about his Aunt Bette.”
Bette smiled in return. “He’s amazing, Kit.”
“He’s definitely a blessing. I’m a lucky parent. And I bet you ten dollars he won’t be down for at least 45 minutes. He gets lost up there in the toy wonderland you and Sidney have provided for him.”