MPU Holiday Event #7: “Anticipate”
“Seriously?” Tommy complains. "Our assignment’s really—"
“Writing down something good about this time of year, yes.” He groans, a creature of pure disdain, and Jessica Jones raises her eyebrows at him. “You want a one-way ticket back to child-sized solitary? Because I won’t hesitate to write you one. I’ll be the conductor on the misery polar express.”
Across the circle, Kate and America whip their heads up. Like sharks sensing blood in the water, Jessica realizes, and she jabs her pen in their direction. "You can join him. I love the smell of revoked diversions roasting on an open fire.“
The girls exchange glances, but they keep their mouths shut.
"The holidays suck, sometimes,” Jessica continues as she passes out the rest of the pens. “You’re reminded of loss, stuck with family you hate, whatever, and on top of that, you’re blasted with good cheer from every angle. Hard to deal with a shriveled black heart when every third song is Mariah Carey.”
Teddy frowns. “What’s wrong with Mariah Carey?”
Eli raises his eyebrows. “You got twenty minutes?”
Jessica ignores Teddy’s offended grunt to grin. "We’ll spend the next couple weeks working through the hard parts of the holidays, but tonight? One thing you’re looking forward to. Besides the new year,“ she adds, tossing a glance over at Nathaniel.
He wrinkles his nose. "Spoil sport.”
“Always,” she retorts. "Now, write.“