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For [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith's prompt.

The Aunt Family has a landing page (and here on LJ).

"Have you see the tschotske of Aunt Zenobia's? I left it by the sink."

Grandma Ardella's kitchen was, as it always was on Christmas morning, bursting to the seams with cousins, aunts and Aunt, daughters and granddaughters and the rare uncomfortable daughter-in-law, everyone with a purpose while all but the very brave of the men huddled in the living room, pretending to discuss sports. In the kitchen, Ardella herself presided, or tried to, although her sisters, as always, made that difficult, and her granddaughters were old enough to be both helping and far too controlling.

"That funny gold thing with the rabbit?" Fallon looked guilty. "That was a Zenobia thing? I thought it was part of the cake treats."

"Oh, bloody hell." Ardella frowned. "Well, pass me the mix and I'll strain it out. It's not the sort of thing you want getting in the batter for too long. It might leak."

"Leak?" squeaked a daughter-in-law, what-was-her-name. Jane, maybe. "Was it a poison ring?"

"Nothing like that," Aunt Rosaria laughed, bustling the girl out of the kitchen. "Help me find the jarred cranberries, Jenny, that's a good girl."

"Jaenelle," she corrected weakly, but she'd be Jenny by the time the night was over.

"How bad of a leak?" Fallon asked cautiously, once Jane-Jenny-whatever was out of the room. "Are we talking the sort of thing like happened the year we let Aunt Asta make the cake?"

"Well, that certainly was an interesting year," Ardella admitted. "And it could be. I hadn't figured out what it did yet, and Evangaline is..." Is far too young, she didn't say, although it was a close thing. "...has her hands full, with inheriting the House and everything."

"It's just," Fallon continued unhappily, "I already baked the muffins, and they're out on the tray."

"The tray in the living room?" Ardella frowned. Once the menfolk got the cakes...

"Ow!" Her grandson's shout echoed through the house. "Damnit," and the boy knew better, even Hadelai didn't raise her children that badly, "my... ooooh."

Ardella put her face in her hands. This was going to be a long Christmas.


Date: 2011-12-18 03:49 am (UTC)
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
From: [personal profile] lilfluff
:} Oh dear. Hopefully it's a non-toxic McGuffin. Although it sounds like the local dentist may profit from it.

Date: 2011-12-20 03:28 am (UTC)
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (CM: Hotch: fizzing with glee)
From: [personal profile] clare_dragonfly
Oh, is that Stone? Hee, that might explain some things!


Date: 2011-12-18 03:49 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
My great-grandma's name was Ardella! Thanks!

Date: 2011-12-18 08:27 am (UTC)
anke: (Default)
From: [personal profile] anke
How do you confuse something made of metal with a baking ingredient?


Date: 2011-12-18 08:53 am (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
From: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
It's the king cake reference -- traditionally there were charms baked into those as a kind of fortunetelling. The person who got the baby was supposed to make the next cake.

Re: Well...

Date: 2011-12-18 09:18 am (UTC)
anke: (Default)
From: [personal profile] anke
OK. The closest thing I've heard of over here is that whoever finds a cherry pit in their piece of cake has to do the dishes (not that that was ever carried through).

Re: Well...

Date: 2011-12-18 11:08 am (UTC)
anke: (Default)
From: [personal profile] anke
The version with charms with ribbons seems more sensible to me. You don't risk broken teeth. :D

Re: Well...

Date: 2011-12-18 07:17 pm (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
From: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
Ribbons also make it easier to ensure that everyone gets a trinket.

Without the ribbons, the sensible approach would be to use a fork to locate the trinket and remove it, before eating any of the cake on your plate.

Date: 2011-12-18 06:50 pm (UTC)
meridian_rose: pen on letter background  with text  saying 'writer' (Default)
From: [personal profile] meridian_rose
LOL, I've heard of the cake thing, with a thimble and so on. Quite what the magical artifact will do though is another matter :D

Date: 2011-12-20 03:27 am (UTC)
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Alice in Wonderland: one moment to anoth)
From: [personal profile] clare_dragonfly
Hee hee! I take it the cakes are the same as the muffins, and the thing with the rabbit is already baked into a muffin? Oh, I very much want to know what happens next. (Also I assume by cake treats they mean things that you're supposed to find in your slice of cake, to give you luck or just amuse--it doesn't seem to make sense for those to be in muffins... at least I've never heard of that.)


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