Ruby liked the guy, whoever he was. He’d given Sam hope for something better, at least for a little while. “Yeah I knew the story, but I didn’t know about him. That teacher, that wasn’t us. That wasn’t anything we’d planned for, sure we used Stanford, Azazel sent Brady out but you getting there, those hopes and dreams they were real. And sure, I had that whole dream. I wanted so badly for maybe someday us to be normal, with our normal life and family. But we can’t do it. Its not gonna happen. But I know you. You’d give me the world if you could and you’d do anything for me. So you’re gonna do something for me. You’re gonna go to school. Maybe not right away, and maybe only part time but I want you to. Because you deserve to. You study whatever the hell you want. But you do it. That way there’s something good we can do with ourselves. When all this is over you be something you wanna be and I’ll be the most awesome housewife ever. You can buy me things!”
All joking aside though, she was serious. She wanted this.
When he wiped her tears away she smiled softly, she would be the best Aunt in the world. “I can like, feed the kids fries and be a pain in the parent’s ass right? Like with Parker. You know he calls us Aunt Ruby and Uncle Sam. And it feels okay. I expected weird but...I don’t know, he’s a good kid, and we’re practically related what with the guy love you have with his Dad and all.” she added teasingly. She couldn’t help it, it never failed to amuse her, but when he told her she needed to hug him more she was more than happy to oblige, even if she was pretty sure it was a veiled ploy to avoid eggs cooked by her. She laughed curling into him more and slowly pulling him back into a lying position on the bed. “I really am getting better at eggs. The boiling of them anyway.” she said pulling his arms around her till she could entwine her hand in his. “All the same though, when we’re being cool Aunt and Uncle for those kids, You’re gonna want to do the cooking aren’t you”
This could be okay. She was disappointed yes, maybe she always would be. But she could get on with things. That’s what people did right, that was human. Fight through the disappointment. And he’d be there with her every step. She knew that too.