Good Witch Fanfiction: A New Life - 18. Chapter 18
Sorry for the massive delay. Again, I write fluff. There’s too much angst and drama in the world; it’s time for fluff to prevail…in the fictional world, at least. If you don’t like it, don’t read it. It sounds like common sense, but you’d be surprised. I still don’t own Good Witch.
Cassie was just finishing up with a customer when she heard the bell ding over the door. She turned and saw her 11-year old son rush in.
“Mom! Guess what?” he asked excitedly, rushing up to her.
Cassie smiled and nodded goodbye at her customer, who gave her a smile in return. Turning back to Will, she came around the counter and gave her preteen a hug. He was getting so tall she didn’t have to reach down much. “Hello to you too, honey,” she said with a grin, brushing his hair back a little.
Will jerked his head back. “Mooommmm…” he complained, looking around.
Cassie smiled and half shrugged before placing a hand on his shoulder. “Okay, sorry. What is it that has you so excited?”
“Matt asked if I wanted to go camping with him and his family this weekend. Can I go? Please?” he asked, bouncing on the balls of his feet.
“Camping, huh?” she replied. “Well, I don’t see why not, but let’s talk to your dad about it at dinner. For now, though, I just got my supply of spices in. Will you go grab the box from the back?”
Will nodded, shrugging his backpack off and hoisting it onto the counter before going to do what his mom asked. Just then Sam walked in, holding nearly 2 year old Kinley in his arms. Kinley squealed when she saw her “Gamma.” Surprised to see them, Cassie walked up to them and gave them both a kiss on the cheek.
“What are you doing with Miss Kinny?” she asked her husband as she tickled her granddaughter’s belly.
Kinley giggled and jerked away. “Gamma! Stop!” she said through a laugh. Sam, still holding on to the squirming toddler in his arms, laughed as she clung to him to avoid being tickled.
“Grace came by for some work stuff, and told me she had to have Kinley with her all day today, so I offered to take her. I was done with patients for the day, anyway,” he said, beaming at his granddaughter. Kinley smiled right back at him, her big brown eyes sparkling, and laid her head on his shoulder.
Cassie smiled and rubbed her back before placing her hand on top of Sam’s, which was holding Kinley to him. Kinley had a special relationship with her “Paw-Paw,” and unsurprisingly, she had him wrapped around her little finger.
Will came in from the back room, carrying the box of spices for his mom. “Okay, Mom. I got the box. What do you want me to do with it?” he asked before scanning the room.
“Unca Wiw!” Kinley screamed, practically jumping out of Sam’s arms.
Will grinned and placed the box on the counter before opening his arms to his running niece. “Kinny!” he said, hoisting her up on his hip. “When did you get here?” Kinley just smiled at him, giving him a hug.
Sam wrapped his arm around his wife. “I see how it is. Paw-Paw is cool until this guy shows up,” he joked, jerking a thumb toward his son. Cassie just laughed and watched her son and granddaughter interact. Soon, Will walked toward them, still carrying Kinley on his hip.
“Oh, hey, Dad. Matt and his family are going camping this weekend and he asked if I could go with them. Mom said we would talk about it. He said he already talked to his parents, and they’re totally cool with it. Can I go? Please?” Will asked, doing his best puppy dog look.
Sam laughed and looked at Cassie questioningly. “What do you think?” he asked her. She shrugged in response.
“I don’t see why not. We don’t have any plans this weekend, and it’s supposed to be beautiful out.”
Will broke out in a grin, his dimple popping, before handing Kinley to his mom. “Thanks, Mom! I’ll call him right now!” he said, running to grab his cell phone to call his friend.
Sam turned toward his wife. “Does that mean we’ll be empty-nesters for a night or two?” he asked with a sly grin.
Cassie’s eyebrows lifted and she smiled, nodding slowly. “I guess it does.” She got a little closer, Kinley somewhat squished (and forgotten) between them. “What do you think about a trip up to the lake house, just the two of us?” she proposed. Sam leaned in to kiss her, but Kinley stuck her hand over his mouth before it could reach its target.
“No. My Paw-Paw. My Gamma,” she said seriously, looking back and forth between the two of them.
Shocked for a second, Sam leaned back before breaking out into laughter. Cassie, too, began laughing so hard that tears formed in her eyes.
Sam leaned down and began peppering Kinley’s cheek with kisses, with Cassie doing the same to the other. Kinley was giggling so hard, she didn’t notice when her Gamma and Paw-Paw quickly kissed above her head before going back to attacking their granddaughter with kisses.
Sam took his granddaughter in his arms. “Come on, Kinny. Let’s go back to Grey House and shoot some hoops!” he said, lifting her in the air and spinning her around. Kinley squealed and giggled. “Basket-baw,” she said with a grin. Sam gave Cassie a quick kiss before raising his voice to be heard across the room, where Will had just gotten off the phone with his friend. “Will! We’re going home. Do you want to come with Kinny and me or stay here with your mom?”
Will grabbed his backpack from the counter. “I want to come. I need to find all of my camping gear before this weekend. See ya, Mom,” he said with a quick grin, before following his dad and niece.
Cassie smiled back, watching her family walk out the door. She knew Matt’s family pretty well, and Will would be in good hands. As much as she adored her son, it would be nice to have a couple of days alone with her husband. She had a peculiar feeling about that weekend. She couldn’t tell whether it was good or bad, but she knew it would be interesting. Only time would tell.
(to be continued)