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Of Mothers and Children - Halloween

Tittle: Of Mothers and Children - Halloween (sequel to 'Pumpkins')
Author: storm_8
Fandom: CSI
Pairing: Sara/Sofia
Raiting: PG
Spoilers: None
Disclaimer: Ha! Obviously I don't own any of these characters except the original one's...
A/N: Not betaed, so all mistakes are mine. 

I barely finished this on time! I had the craziest week, lots of assessed work and no time to do it. But as promised, a Halloween follow up of the lovely ladies and their children (it's also a bit longer than normal).

I also have to thank wkgreen  for commenting on "Pumpkins" and giving me an amazing sentence, which then bloomed into this.

Oh, and if you're interested in an aftermath of this, let me know!!

Enjoy and comment, because it let's me know I should continue!!!!

PS: I don't wanna be a pain, but comments are always welcome, especially now that I have less free time. No feedback gives me the impression that I should indeed be working, instead of continuing this series...

Sara knew it had been a bad idea to go Halloween shopping. When her wife and kids exited the shop, 20 pumpkins of all shapes and sizes in their wake, she nearly had an aneurism. She stood there, mouth hanging open, imagining all kinds of disastrous situations involving pumpkin goo and her furniture in the upcoming week.

Completely oblivious to the horrified look the CSI was throwing their way, Sofia and her children chatted animatedly about what shapes to carve and where to display the aforementioned pumpkins.

“We should build a pumpkin man and put it on Mrs. Jenkins front yard, right in front of her door.” Tommy suggested gleefully “So when she opens the door in the morning she’ll be scared to death.”

“Forget about the morning. She’d have to see it in the middle of the night, eyes glowing and all.” Alex said, picturing the scene in her head. She and her blonde brother promptly broke out laughing.

The detective sported an evil grin, imagining all possible scenarios regarding a shrieking Mrs. Jenkins running out her front door, her dozens of cats following close behind.

She was distracted, however, when she noticed her wife standing a few feet away, mouth hanging open and a horrified look on her face. Telling the kids to wait, she walked over and waved a hand in front of the woman’s face.

“Sara? Are you okay?”

The brunette started and blinked a few times, trying to get the image of herself skidding down the hallway and falling flatly on the floor due to slippery pumpkin goo out of her head.

“Are you completely crazy??!!” She nearly yelled when she remembered all the pumpkins.

Sofia, not expecting the sudden outburst, jumped so high in the air she would have made Alex’s leaps towards the basketball net seem little bunny-hops in comparison. Holding a hand over her racing heart, the detective tried to reason with the other woman. “Sara, it’s only a couple of pumpkins-”

“A couple??” The CSI interrupted “There’s 20 in the cart!!”

“Yes.” Sofia nodded seriously, and then grinned widely “Gives four for each of the kids and four for me!”

Sara thought her wife had finally lost it. She was about to say so, when she heard Jill and JJ laughing at something their older siblings had said. Seeing the children’s happy faces made her pause and actually consider it couldn’t be that
bad to allow them some fun.

Turning back, she found Sofia smiling at her knowingly.

“Don’t say a word!” The brunette warned.

The blonde’s smile widened “Wasn’t going to. You’ll see; it’ll be fun. Imagine what we can do to Mrs. Jenkins…”

Sara snorted and watched as her wife turned to join the kids again. Then something occurred to her “You’ll be doing all the cleaning! Your idea, you deal with the consequences.” She grinned evilly when Sofia nearly tripped over her own feet.


Sofia knew it had been a good idea to go Halloween shopping. When the kids managed to convince Sara to help them pick some costumes, the detective knew this year’s Halloween was going to be fun - although there was nearly a murder to investigate, because when the CSI cheekily
suggested Alex dress as a fairy, the tomboy nearly strangled her own mother…

Cheeky comments aside, it had been a very productive evening; all the kids had their costumes (the women had adamantly refused to buy any for themselves, even when the ‘Curtis pout’ and ‘Sidle smile’ made an appearance) and the trunk of the car was loaded with pumpkins (as well as other parts of the car).

Chuckling at Sara’s grumbling about the big pumpkin sitting at her feet, Sofia drove the family home.

“Mom, we have to figure out what to do to Mrs. Jenkins this year.” Alex leaned forward, in between passenger and driver’s seat, and looked at the detective.

“I’m sure between you dressing as a vampire, Jill as a witch, Tommy as a devil and a little skeleton-JJ, Mrs. Jenkins will think she died and went to Hell.” Sofia replied, smirking evilly.

“Imagine Mrs. Jenkins waving around her rosaries and praying Hail Mary’s, while JJ, dressed in his skeleton costume, chases her around…” Tommy added.

The mental image was too much and the three broke out laughing. Sara couldn’t help but join in.

Sitting next to Alex, James Junior held one of the smaller pumpkins “Mommy, I want to build a pumpkin man!” he exclaimed in order to be heard over the laughter.

That statement killed the CSI’s good mood; remembering all the pumpkins stowed around in the car as well as some of the plans she had overheard during the evening, Sara went back to her grumbling “I foresee pumpkin disaster in the future…”


The following two weeks proved to Sara she needn’t have worried… Much
. There were no pumpkin accidents to speak of, although on Halloween’s Eve, when the CSI had decided that her bed needed a change of linens, she couldn’t find any of the spare one’s she knew they owned.

Also, the following morning, she realised that some of the clotheslines that hung outside were missing. Frowning rather aggressively at the prospect of having to hang the entire wash load that the six of them had gone through in the last week on the remaining three lines, Sara swivelled around and bellowed her wife’s name.

Sofia came running out of the bedroom in a tank top and shorts and looked frantically around for any signs of danger. Once she spotted her scowling wife standing on the backyard porch, she knew she was in trouble.

“Sofia.” The CSI said very calmly “What have you done with my clotheslines?”

Gulping at the approaching woman, the detective backed up into the hallway wall and tried to come up with something to say that didn’t involve telling the truth.

“What do you mean, Sara? The clotheslines are hanging right there…” she waved in the general direction of the garden glass doors.

The brunette stopped in front of her wife frown still firmly in place. “Sofia. What
did you do with the clotheslines? And why are there no spare bed sheets in the-”

The detective knew Sara had figured it out; the woman had studied in Harvard after all. In the few seconds the brunette took to show any kind of reaction, Sofia thought she’d be doing the house chores for an entire year.

“Sofia! You’re not going to try and use my linens and clotheslines to have ghosts floating around, are you?” Seeing the blonde’s guilty look was all the answer she needed “Sofia! We had to move last time you did that! Poor Mr. and Mrs. Quinn never recovered from the scare!”

Since the CSI wasn’t raging, the blonde recovered her natural confidence “They were creepy, always looking at me like they wanted to have a threesome. They deserved it, if you ask me! Besides Mrs. Jenkins is really evil, so I doubt my floating bed linen ghosts will do any serious damage to her health.”

“Sofia…” Sara started, but she couldn’t contain her mirth at her wife’s idea and broke out laughing.


Later that day, Sara did a last minute check on the contraption (because there was no other name for it) holding her former linens that extended from her backyard towards her neighbour’s house. The sheets were held at specific places around Mrs. Jenkins house and using the line they could be moved about. It was a rather complicated set up and Sofia and Alex had only managed to put it in place because their neighbour had been out of the house all day – Sara suspected Mr. Carter had something to do with it, although when most of their neighbours came out to help she figured they had all cooked up the plan together.

The main idea was for everyone to meet at Andrew’s house, since it faced Mrs. Jenkins home, and enjoy the show. A show that consisted of the floating ghosts, JJ dressed in his ‘glow-in-the-dark’ skeleton costume and a six foot pumpkin man built and illuminated by her other children.

Sara wondered if they wouldn’t all get arrested.

“Mommy! Look!” James came bounding out onto the porch showing off his costume, followed by Alex trying to get her vampire teeth in place without smearing the makeup Sofia had spent the past hour applying.

Smiling at the little boy, the brunette picked him up “You look amazing, JJ. I’m sure you’ll scare Mrs. Jenkins away.”

Alex said something around her fake teeth that neither of them understood.

The detective joined them and inspected, with a critical eye, the tomboy’s pale complexion. JJ had gone back into the house and Sara raised an eyebrow at the other woman’s head-to-toe black ensemble.

“Perfect! Alex, you look positively pale as death!” The detective congratulated herself on a job well done.

“Thanks… I think…” Alex replied “You’re being cocky, Mom. I could have done this myself…”

“Of course. And exactly what experience on applying makeup would you be using, humm?” The detective smirked.

The girl just blew a raspberry and, with a swoosh of her cape, disappeared into the house.

“Aren’t you dressed for the occasion…” the brunette woman commented.

“Hey, I’m just trying to blend in with the scenery. I don’t want to give myself away, before we give Mrs. Jenkins more reason to hate us.” She sauntered closer and draped her arms around the CSI’s neck.

“I married an evil, evil woman…” Sara’s comment was lost in the kiss they shared, the darkness enveloping them.



( 17 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 31st, 2009 10:48 pm (UTC)
... you are an evil writer xD either way I really liked it even if I believed I haven't really understood all the cultural things among halloween (at my country we don't celebrate it). Know I'm wondering what kind of witch costume will Jill wear... and Alex reactions ( I know, I know, but I really love cute teenage romance...)
Nov. 3rd, 2009 08:38 pm (UTC)
How am I evil...? XD I just like being mean to Mrs. Jenkins.
Halloween isn't celebrated that way in my country either, but I think I might have gotten it right in the way they supposedly celebrate it in the States...
And Jill is Alex's sister. I think you confused her with Jen, who would be Alex's crush...

Anyway, thanks for the feedback!
Nov. 3rd, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah... true... too many names starting with the same letter and exams... not a good combination ^^U
Nov. 3rd, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
I totally understand! I don't have exams yet, but the workload is HUGE!! That's why I write these; I have some fun and people enjoy reading it...
Nov. 1st, 2009 02:33 am (UTC)
I love that Sara gives in to Sofia and the kids, but she tells Sofia she is dealing with the consequences.
The clothesline ghosts sound like they are going to cause some chaos.
Can't wait for more.
Nov. 3rd, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
Sara can't resist Sofia and the kids... But she wouldn't just stand by and then have to clean it all... XD

The ghosts will most likely cause chaos... As soon as I get a wee bit of free time, I'll go right to writing it!

Thanks for reading!
Nov. 1st, 2009 09:29 am (UTC)
Moreee!!! You are a tease! The disaster hasn't happened yet, but all the ingredients are there for a great disaster! Poor Sara never had a chance of stopping it.
Nov. 3rd, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, I know, I'm evil... It so happened that this particular one is your fault! But in a good way!!
As soon as I get the chance I will see to it that this one ends in the best of ways (Mrs. Jenkins may have to get her rolling pin and pan...).

Thanks for reading and look out for the next bit!
Nov. 3rd, 2009 10:00 pm (UTC)
Hmm.. my fault in a good way?? Okay I will take the blame. :)
Nov. 1st, 2009 02:07 pm (UTC)
More please I love this Series ... makes me smile .. I really love your writing :)
Nov. 3rd, 2009 08:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the lovely feedback!
I'm glad you love the series! More should be coming soon (or as soon as I get done with some of the college work I have pilled up *sigh*)
Nov. 2nd, 2009 12:49 pm (UTC)
Hahaha! I cannot wait to see the outcome of this ghost contraption! Poor Mrs Jenkins!

Awesome as usual, I'm so in love with this series :)
Nov. 3rd, 2009 08:47 pm (UTC)
Ha! The ghost contraption was a last minute idea; I'm so glad it turned out this way. Sofia is a playful tease and Mrs. Jenkins won't probably know what hit her...

More coming as soon as possible!
Nov. 3rd, 2009 04:58 am (UTC)
Please, more! I'd love to see just what happens with the ghosts. ^_^
Nov. 3rd, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
I will try and post the ending of the Halloween fun as soon as I get the chance.
There will ghosts and the pumpkin man!

Thanks for commenting!
Nov. 9th, 2009 07:26 am (UTC)
*chuckles* Glad the whole neighborhood seems to be in the same mindset as Sofia. Though how she comes up with it...lol
Can't wait to see the outcome of this
Nov. 9th, 2009 08:13 am (UTC)
Sofia is set on making Mrs. Jenkins life very adventurous (to put it nicely...)
And the whole neighbourhood, especially Mr. Carter has to join in! *grins*

I'll try and start the outcome sometime this week (too much work and not enough hours in the day to do it... - at least no labs this week, which should give the opportunity to finish Mrs. Jenkins Halloween scare!)

Thanks for reading!
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