“OI!” A pillow slammed into the back of Maggie’s head, jerking her out of a peaceful slumber.
“Mhh…wuzgoinon?” she sat up in bed and looked over at her twin
“Morning!” Molly said to her half-dead sister from across the room. Maggie couldn’t understand how her twin could be so perky at 7am, before coffee. Then her brain kicked into gear.
“Happy Birthday to us!” she saluted her twin and crawled out of bed. They got dressed in matching kaki cargo pants, camo patterned belts and black t-shirts. They looked like exact copies of themselves as they walked downstairs to the kitchen. As they entered, they got ambushed by their dad
“Happy Birthdays!” Fletcher cried, wrapping one arm around Maggie and one arm around Molly, they smiled and submitted to the hug for a little bit, before pulling away and going over to the table, which had a plate of the most divine breakfast food ever invented on it. The twins started stuffing their faces with bacon as Stephanie walked in.
“Happy Birthday sweetie’s” she gave them each a kiss on the cheek and stole a piece of bacon.
“Hey Mum” They said at the same time (that was considered normal in the Renn household). Maggie pored maple syrup on her bacon (that was also considered normal) and looked around
“What? No presents?”
“You’ll get the presents later-”
“If we even got you anything” Fletcher interjected
“Later when Skulduggery comes over for tea” Stephanie finished as if Fletcher hadn’t spoken. He smirked and wrapped his arms around her waist, resting his chin on her shoulder. Stephanie smiled and leaned back into her husbands arms. All was quiet and peaceful with the only noises coming form the stove and Maggie and Molly chewing their bacon. Suddenly, Stephanie’s phone rung and she frowned, pulling away from Fletcher so she could answer
“Hello?” She frowned as the person on the other end talked for a bit
“What! How did that happen?!” she listened for a bit longer then sighed
“I’ll see what I can do, bye.” She snapped her phone shut and sighed, rubbing her hands over her eyes.
“Work troubles?” Fletcher asked, looking worried
“You can say that…” Stephanie looked over at the twins. She had promised herself that she would NOT go to work on any important days, like their birthdays and Christmas.
“S’ok mum,” Maggie said
“We can hang out with Ruben today,” Molly added
“So you can work, its fine” Maggie finished. The twins knew their mum wouldn’t even consider working on their birthdays if it wasn’t something really big. Stephanie sighed and fished her ring out of her pocket. She always wore the ring when she went to work and the twins couldn’t really understand why… maybe it was a good luck charm or something.
“I’ll be back in a few hours” she said, coming over to kiss Maggie and Molly on the forehead.
“There is plenty of food in the fridge, just don’t eat the cake yet” She grabbed the black jacket she always wore and her car keys.
“Fletcher?” he nodded and they started down the hall, the twins following.
“We’ll be back soon” she said kissing them again before walking out. The twins waved from the doorway as Fletcher pulled the car out of the driveway and drove off. Maggie sighed and turned back to the empty house, her twin following her. Mum’s job had her leaving the house at all hours, sometimes she even had to leave at midnight. The twins had never seen their mum and dad’s work, but they liked to imagine that it was the coolest place in the world, it had to be to keep stealing their parents away from them. Molly stuffed the rest of the bacon from breakfast into a plastic baggy as Maggie grabbed a few soda’s and put them in her tote bag. They threw a box of Jaffa cakes in for good measure and headed out the door.