Family - Rossi + Seaver, Gen.
Ashley didn’t celebrate the holidays. It wasn’t because she didn’t like the holidays but because she never really had anyone to share them with. Friends would be away with their families. She wouldn’t complain or make it known. She wouldn’t lie if they asked her about her plans, but she never told them the whole truth for fear of pity invites. She would say that she was having a low-key holiday. She would never say she was alone. She was thankful for the friends she had, her own family that she built herself – but she never wanted to make them feel awkward or responsible.
On Christmas Eve, when David Rossi showed up at her apartment, she didn’t feel pity she usually feared. Instead she felt a kinship. He never asked her about her father or how she was. He didn’t ask what her plans for the holidays were. He just knew that he wanted to spend the holiday with family, one that he was also lucky enough to build. She accepted his silent offer, and the Christmas ham he brought to her home. Ashley Seaver had a family on Christmas and she would every year after.