The last time Ellie saw her great Aunt Maggie was right before she and Lon took off to Austin for the South by Southwest music festival. She'd promised her Mom she'd go by and see her. Naturally, not a thing had changed at Aunt Maggie's. Same old faded pictures on the wall of long lost relatives she'd never had a chance to meet. Still didn't know who they were. But there was a snapshot of her and Ben with Aunt Maggie on the dresser mirror in the first room at the front door.
Ellie felt weepy around the old woman. Her great Aunt's fingers were so tender and wrinkled and sickly. Ellie had notice how a tooth was just hanging there when Aunt Maggie smiled. Ellie thought it might fall out any second. It was hard not to be squeamish around her.
"Whatcha gone and done? Having Lonnie's kid?" She was rambling. Ellie was catching a line here and there. Ellie couldn't stop her. She seemed to think she'd had Lonnie's kid and was bringing him back for Lonnie to keep. As it was Charlie was a bit fussy with Lon who wouldn't let him down to investigate the surrounding. An antique was sure to break if Charlie had his way.
"Can't, no way, a young thing like you take care of honyock like that." Aunt Maggie was peeved with her.
"I'm not alone, Aunt Maggie." Ellie tried to grin. "I'm married. I married Lon. Lon Love." Ellie looked over her shoulder at Lon who just smiled and waved.
"Ben? Ben are you taking care of your sister?" She had her own ideas that Lon was her half-brother, Ben, and Lon went along with Aunt Maggie, teasing Ellie about keeping her in line. Ellie just smiled. He had a way to keep her from melting into tears.
"I brought you a picture of us." She showed it to her, but Aunt Maggie's fingers shook so, Ellie decided she'd tuck it away on the mirror where the rest of the new pictures were.
Her great Aunt passed away while they were in Austin.