“Well, I suppose I ought to let you get to sleep now,” Violet said, tucking the blankets around Georgiana.
“Not yet,” she said. “I'm waiting for Daddy. We always read together for a few minutes first.”
Violet smiled. “His favorite part of the day,” she mumbled, dropping a kiss on Georgiana's forehead.
“How do you know that?” Georgiana asked.
“I know a great many things about Victor,” Violet said, drawing in a deep breath before admitting something she never had previously done. “He's been my best friend almost for this entire year. You get to know a person that way and I know...he's amazing.”
“Really? Then why don't you...” Georgiana stopped herself, pressing her lips together to prevent the words from spilling out. After all, she had promised Victor she wouldn't say anything to make Violet uncomfortable and surely what she had been about to ask would have counted as such. “I wish...”
“What do you wish, Honey?” Violet asked, even though she had a good idea. “It's Christmas time, the best time for making wishes, especially unreasonable ones.”
Georgiana shook her head. “If wishes were horses we'd all live in Texas on a horse ranch.”
Violet stared for a moment, then dissolved in uncontrollable laughter. “Where in the world did you get that from?” she asked, still laughing.
“Daddy said it...or something like it. I think it means we wish for too many things and most of them won't come true so...” she said, smiling. “I like to see you laugh, Violet. Reminds me of when I used to make my mom laugh. It was so nice. I miss that.”
“Oh, Sweetie, you and I are so alike,” she said, fighting back sudden tears.
“We are?” How?”
“Well, several ways. We both have fathers who pretty much abandoned us when we needed them most. We both miss our mothers very much, even after so many years and...”
“Is your mom dead too?”
Violet looked away from those huge hazel eyes, so innocent and sweet. “You might say that. The thing is neither one of them are ever coming back to us as they once were and that's so sad.”
Georgiana nodded. “All I want for Christmas is...is...”