After the paper fell off, it revealed a beautiful wooden picture frame. The picture inside was a moving picture of Callum as a baby, and each picture faded to reveal the next. It went from him as a baby to a teenager now, and Callum eagerly waited for Aubree’s reaction.
As she watched the pictures change within the frame, tears began to build in her eyes. She looked up at Callum, stood up, and pulled him into an embrace without any words. After a minute, she was finally able to muster a small "I love you."
Callum couldn’t help but get teary eyed at seeing his mom cry. He held her tightly, burying his face into her shoulder. “I-I love you too,” he sniffled. “I-Iwanted to get this for you, to make it feel like we’ve always been a family.”
He basically squealed when he saw it, “You did! Oh mum it’s perfect!” He exclaimed, and gave her a tight hug. “I gotta try it out!” He said then, hopping off the couch and onto his broom. He rose up into the air and started floating around the living room.
She rubbed the side of her head as he got off the broom. However, she couldn't help but crack a smile. "And I am right, as always.", she said, as she pulled out her wand and fixing the vase. "You're lucky I can do magic."
"You can accomplish anything you set your mind to. If there's something you want to do, don't let anything hold you back, sweetie.", she said softly. She moved a hand up to his back, rubbing it gently. "A state isn't a permanent thing. It can always be improved...And it has improved. A lot."
"You have improved...You've been through a lot. Especially for someone so young. I can't even begin to imagine what that's been like. But, over these past few years, I have really gotten to know you. I have seen you highs and lows. Right now, you're on the up, and I know you can keep that up.", she said confidently. "You have such a bright future ahead of you, and I will be there every step of the way to help you achieve that."
He just stayed snuggled against her, feeling so warm and protected. Christmas had been so wonderful this year, and Callum couldn't imagine how things could get worse from here. "We should make hot cocoa,"