Re: The Stones (and maybe any guests they bring along?)
It had been a long time since Kori had hugged her like that. Again, Leah's attention remained on her plate, as if Spam and vegetables were the most fascinating things ever. Brandon could keep the hugs. That was fine. Whatever. With all (or most) of the Stones together, it was always a tossup as to whether the tension would thicken or be broken. This might just be one of those times it became unbearable.
His greeting made her smile in spite of herself, and in response she grasped his wrist, affectionately but firmly urging him to sit down. She brushed at the snow he'd missed on his shoulder, a silent way of saying I'm glad you're here.
The look Brandon gave the plate of Spam brought a smirk to Leah's face. Her gaze flicked to Kori, a subconscious need to share the amusement, but it disappeared the moment she saw the disconnected expression on Kori's face. Lilah would've shared in the entertainment, no matter how uncomfortable the meal was.
"Don't forget the Spam," she said innocently to her brother. "Our sister went to the trouble of cooking it for us." Leah wasn't exclusively a vegetarian. She enjoyed turkey and chicken. Spam, on the other hand? Well, she wasn't going to be picky, and besides, Spam didn't look at her with hatred. Or maybe it did. At least she could get revenge on the Spam by eating it. Problem easily solved.
Brandon asked where their other sister was and Leah shrugged. "Haven't seen her. Kori said she invited her, though."