Week 23: Cousins
 (Prompt: A story about a birthday)

You knew this was BIG because the cousins would all be there — first cousins, second cousins, cousins you couldn’t keep track of — which meant something that needed everybody to celebrate or mourn it together.

The long line of cars began rolling up the driveway early, raising dust and spilling out cousins followed by laughing uncles and busy aunts. Hugs, games, shrieks, secrets, jokes, and two fights… that was the day’s tally. Pretty typical on the cousin scale.

All for The Birthday — three digits big, with enough cake to put all the cousins into a collective sugar coma.

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