Re: The Stones (and maybe any guests they bring along?)
Thanksgiving had always been a big deal for the Stone family. That and Christmas were really the only two holidays where everyone, wherever they were, came together to celebrate the holidays that came at the end of the year. Preparing the meal had been as much fun as sitting down to eat it. Everyone laughing and sharing stories.
After the outbreak, though, things unsurprisingly changed. For the first year after she'd been bitten, Leah hadn't wanted anything to do with the holidays. Nor, honestly, had she been in the mood for spending time with her family. This year and the year before, however, she'd been willing to join her brother and sisters.
Kori had wanted it most of all. For them to sit down to a meal together. Like old times. Leah didn't hold much hope that they'd ever be able to recreate the warm, fuzzy feelings that holiday family meals often brought, but she was willing to try. For Kori.
It took a bit of searching, but Leah eventually located her youngest sister in a quiet area of Madison Square. Food was laid out on a makeshift table. Four chairs in position, only one of them occupied.
Leah's eyes rested on Kori. "Am I too late to join?"