A year before the Big Death
Theadora sat next to her mom in their living room watching the TV. "Hey mom, guess what?"
A smile passed over the older woman's face, "What Theo?"
"I'm going to win the lottery someday and get us all out of this place."
"Oh, you are, are you? And just where will you be taking us?" She loved spending time with her daughter like this. She's starting to get to an age that talking to her mother wasn't the 'cool' thing to do any more.
"We're going to go someplace where it's warm all year round... I'm gonna build us a house and each of us are going to have our own room."
"All of us?"
"Of course... though Theaston will have to grovel before I'll let him in."
Laughing, she reached over and ruffled her daughters hair, "So what will our home look like?"
"MOM!" Pulling out a pick and working to get her hair back into place, "Big... so big you can't even imagine it. And we'd always have heat and power... of course since it will be warm all year long, we won't need it. There will be a huge pool in the back and you, daddy and grandma won't ever have to work again, cause I'll pay for it all."
"That sounds great munchkin, now you go finish your homework and study so that if we don't win the lottery, we'll still get that big home..."
"Oh... mom..." but she got up anyway, she had a test in the morning and she needed to be ready.