On the afternoon after Kris’s birth, Kaori stopped by to check on her best friend, to see the new addition to the Sears family and, most importantly, to offer a gift to her friend. The gift in question was a brand new set of makeup, as Melanie was running low on several items and just hasn’t had the free time to visit the store to buy more.
Melanie was already in a fairly decent mood now that she was no longer pregnant and getting to spend time with her best friend only bolstered this mood. Things just felt like they would work out when she was around Kaori, but she didn’t know why.
“Congratulations on the new addition to the family, girl. She’s beautiful!”
“Thank you, Kaori. She really is, isn’t she?”
It was almost as if Kris knew she was being talked about because she started to cry, her high-pitched wail easily piercing the thin walls of the home. The two women shared a look before giggling and stepping into the house. Stelle was just stepping out of the kitchen with the intent to check on the infant, but she smiled warmly when she noticed her daughter taking the initiative. She had been very worried about whether or not Melanie would step up to the plate and take care of the child properly, but it seems she was worrying for nothing!
Melanie still felt a bit awkward holding her child and part of her found it hard to believe that such a creature had been growing inside of her, but she also felt attached to the child. She wanted Kris to be happy and healthy and to grow up strong and brave with a strong worth ethic. She then wondered how young a child must be before they can get their first job. The sooner Kris learned to work hard, the better.
The door creaked open and she thought it was Kaori coming to see the baby, but when she glanced over her shoulder, she was surprised to see Stelle approaching. The older woman smiled as she watched her daughter carefully placing her granddaughter back into the basonet.
“I just wanted to let you know that I am so proud of you, darling. You’re doing such a good job for a new mother!”
Normally, Melanie would view such a comment from her mother to be quite underhanded, as if she didn’t expect her to be a good mother, but she pushed those thoughts from her mind. She wanted to be positive and, despite the strained relationship with her mother, she did love her dearly and wanted to fix things. Plus, Stelle had been a godsend since she got pregnant and she hasn’t exactly been kind to her as thanks.
“Thank you, mom… for everything. I’m really glad you’re here.”
“Of course, darling. You’re my daughter, I’ll always be here when you need me.”
“There’s a Silver Girls marathon on tonight if you want to watch it together.”
“That sounds lovely!”
That night, Kris slept soundly, leaving the two older Sears women to watch the marathon and chat about whatever happened to come to their mind. It was the first time in a long time that they had held a conversation without arguing about one thing or another. Melanie was beginning to think that maybe, just maybe, having a baby wasn’t such a bad thing after all.