The New Year’s Baby

The New Year’s Baby

“Isn’t she precious?” Fawna’s neighbor cooed as the girl stepped into her living room uncertainly. “Show us your outfit, dearie!”

Fawna felt a bit silly; however, there didn’t seem to be any harm in it, other than making her feel like a little kid. To be fair, she was pretty sure she would have felt that way no matter what she did, since most of the other women in the room looked quite a bit older than her… She forced a smile, lifting the edges of her skirt slightly to give the room a better look at it, causing her to blush as everyone else applauded.

“You sit right there,” Fawna’s neighbor said, gently pushing her back onto the couch. “I’ll get you something to drink.”

Fawna wasn’t about to argue with that… She’d been nervous about this party to begin with, so having an easy excuse for not mingling with a bunch of people she didn’t know was perfectly fine with her. She wouldn’t have even been here, except that her neighbor, whose name she still couldn’t even remember, had asked what her plans for New Year’s Eve were… Fawna, who had just moved in, had answered honestly, “Nothing.”

She hadn’t really met anyone yet, other than her neighbor… She’d just moved in for a job, but her new place of employment was closed for the holidays, so she didn’t actually start for another couple days… She didn’t know the area well enough to want to check out any of bars on what was sure to be one of the busiest nights of the year, alone, either.

So it had been nice to get the older woman’s invitation, even if she’d felt a little anxious about it. She still wasn’t sure what to expect… Everyone here seemed so old and mature, she doubted they would be up for the sorts of things she was used to doing at parties when she’d been in college. Whatever it was like, though, it was bound to be better than spending New Year’s Eve alone…

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