GENRE: YA, SFF
He turned the miniature screwdriver once more to the right, tightening the tiny screw into the hinge of the gold and silver pocket watch. The work was slow and precise, but only held part of his attention. The singular end of the telephone conversation that was going on at the opposite side of the kitchen was much more interesting.
"You think that we'd want to get rid of her as well?" she said into the receiver. Then she sighed, "Yes sweetheart, I know."
He felt her eyes on him, but did not look up.
"No, that's fine dear. We would be happy to have her here," she continued. "When can we expect her? All right. Give us a ring when you have the times. I love you."
Only when the conversation ended did he glance up from polishing the cover of the pocket watch. She smiled gently at him, which made the moisture in her eyes glisten in the light.
"That was Reese." She eased down next to him at the table.
He worked in silence for a moment, acknowledging her with a nod of his head. The morning light came through the window above the sink, glinting off of the metal of the watch.
"Charlotte's coming to stay with us for the summer."
"Jacen," she said, wiping her eyes.
Jacen looked at his wife. "I know, Fan," he said, setting the watch down. "We knew it would be soon. Full circle."