Gage reveled in the feeling of having a family care about you. "I wouldn't miss it for the world," he gushed.
Christa smiled. "Did your Mom give you a hard time about it?"
Gage shrugged and glanced away. "I didn't tell her. She wouldn't have wanted me to come."
Christa sighed. "I'm sorry that she's been so horrible lately. Soon enough you'll be off to college & ready to start your own life without her."
"It can't come too soon!"
Theo called them both over to blow out the candles on the cake.
Christa smiled sadly. "Yes, that's Gage and Barbara. They took me in when I was about Amber's age. I loved them so much."
Gage stared at the pictures, trying to find any memories whatsoever. "Can you tell me about him?" he asked, turning to face Christa. "I want to know everything!"
Christa & Gage stayed up all night, talking about Gunnar and all he'd accomplished in his life. Gage left feeling as though he were part of some sort of legacy.