Dec 31

Back for a Minute

"Oh my God, he knows."

"How the hell does he - Abele! Did you tell him?!"

"What, no! I haven't seen Rhys since, like, a week ago!"

"..calm down, calm down, Alleta. It'll be oka-"

"Like hell it will! How can you be so calm about this, Priscilla?!"

"He's my brother. He knows literally nothing."

"Except how to drive!"

"He got a speeding ticket last week."

"..how to breathe?"

"Abele, Rhys has sleep apnea."

"Oh, I remember that."

"How the hell do you know?!"

"..."

"ABELE!"

"It was one time, Alleta! A birthday party! Ow, don't hit me! Priscilla, help!"

"Alleta, calm down, he'll hear you."

"Oh God, you're right."

"..."

"...."

"Happy birthday!"

"Abele..that's just Cordelia."

"Hey, guys! I didn't know it was my birthday today! What did you get me? Socks?! You knew I wanted those!"

"Shut up, 'delia, get behind the counter."

"You don't need to be so rou- OW! Alleta!"

"Shh!"

"..he's going to hear us."

"How dense can he be? Just come through the front door, idiot."

"Be nice."

"Make me."

"No! You're not getting into a fight right no-"

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY!"

"You guys, you didn't have to do anything! ..Alleta, Cordelia, what are you doing?"

"She started it!"

"Don't pull my hair, jackass!"

"I'm really sorry about this, Rhys."

"Don't worry about it, Abele. I knew it was coming, anyway."

"You did?"

"You forgot we share an Amazon account, Pris? I saw everything. Balloons, streamers, plates, even some-"

"Abele! I told you to wait on the confetti until we got to the cake!"

"Sorr- Al! Stop it!"

"Don't call me Al, you-"

A sigh.

"I'm back early and I find you guys fighting."

"He st-"

"..don't even."



"You liked it?"

"Of course I did, Abele. Thank you."

"The cake was my idea! Got it special from Elly!"

"And you didn't invite her?"

"Hell no. She tried to take Raven, remember? When I wasn't home?"

"..you forgot about his vet appointment, Al, and I asked her to take him."

"Oh, yeah."

"Rhys, you liked everything, though?"

"I said I did, didn't I, Pris?"

"You said it to Abele. Not to us."

"Well, I did like it."

"Did you like my thing?"

"..what did you bring, Cordelia?"

"Myself! Ouch, Alleta, stop it!"

"Not on Rhys' birthday, Al!"

"Don't call me Al!"

"..wow."