This day had been quite awhile in the making. It felt like she'd been planning this party for months now, and Rae couldn't help but be a little bit proud of everything that she'd helped put together. So far, it looked exactly like what she'd planned, and she couldn't wipe the smile on her face.
It was almost enough to distract her from the fact that she'd almost passed out from the small amount of exertion that had gone into getting into her costume. Honestly, the slipping and falling she'd been doing, when there was nothing to slip and fall on, was starting to worry her now. After this party, she resolved, maybe she'd go and see the medics. Maybe she'd see if there was something they could do to help her sleep. Sleeping pills. Something.
For now, though, she couldn't help but feel happy. Topher had come to the party.
Honestly, she was a little bit concerned about how he'd react, given that he'd been more or less sequestered for the past couple of weeks. Maybe bringing him out and immediately dragging him to a surprise party was a bad idea. But at the same time, didn't the fact that he was on his way out of everything make him deserve a party all the more? That, she decided, made it palpable for her. Made it feel better. And his reaction had done that even more. He had been stunned speechless. And Rae had smiled wider than she remembered smiling in months. She'd surprised him. She'd made him happy. Or, maybe she had.
What if he didn't like the idea? What if it set him back? She swallowed nervously and shook some hair behind her shoulder. If she'd made him angry, she hoped that the gift she had in store for him made up for it. He'd like that, at the very least. She was sure of that.
Once they'd made their way around the courtyard, talking to the people who wanted to wish Topher his happy birthdays, she turned to him with a hopeful smile as she held her son against her ribs. "So... what do you think?" she asked him. "I can tell you were surprised, but..." she bit her lip, eyes still twinkling hopefully. "I really hope it wasn't too much, too soon."
The question had one of two answers, and she genuinely, sincerely hoped for a good one.