from the last thread
>"Hey, mom!" The warm hug Steven pulled his mother into may have saved Vaggie's good eye.
>Charlie's shoulders dropped with untold relief and her jaw unclenched as the young man defused his mother's temper like only he could.
>Fully clothed, free of marks, and smelling of coffee and his formal cologne- it was all she could ask for.
>Perhaps she'd been too judgemental of her former lover.
>They'd both had years to grow since their wild days together in hell.
>Surely Vaggie wasn't the same girl who'd attack the first warm body she came across when she was drunk.
>Charlie actually chuckled at her own apparent overreaction, looping her arms around Steven's neck and kissing his cheek.
>"Vaggie, I'm... I'm sorry for coming in here all grumpy. I was just-"
>Vaggie cut her off with a dismissive wave and a warm smile. "Charlie, really, don't worry about it! I was just a little tipsy and I needed someone to drive my car. Definitely should've run it by you too, I know your husband can be a little nonchalant sometimes."
>Charlie gave a deep sigh of relief as all the pieces fell into place.
>Vaggie was a friend of the family; she'd been his babysitter for God's sake, of course Steven was safe with her.
>Charlie turned and pulled Vaggie into an apologetic embrace.
>"Gosh, I've really gotta work on my temper..."
>Vaggie quickly mouthed the words "thank you" to Steven over his mother's shoulder while she rubbed circles into her back.
>"Hey, if my kid was as handsome as Steven, I'd be on guard too!"
>The quick wink she shot Steven forced a retreat to the kitchen to hide his blush.
>"You guys want some coffee? Fresh pot!"
>"I'd love some hon, thank you!" Charlie called over her shoulder, giving Vaggie a friendly kiss on the cheek before parting.
>"You know how I take it, right Steevo?" Vaggie tossed a few coasters on the dining room table as she and Charlie sat across from one another.
>"Full of cream~?" Steven smirked, setting the milky beverage in front of her