“Just stop it, Callum,” Connor said. “Are you trying to humiliate me?”
His big brother grinned at him. “I thought that was my job. It’s what Rian and Adrian always told me.”
“Well, it’s not,” Connor said, though he was fighting back a smile now. No matter what embarrassment Callum was trying to cause him, it was good to see his brother like this. He’d been clean for nearly three years now and was the happiest Connor could ever remember seeing him.
Part of the reason for that happiness came running over to them now. “Daddy,” Kaelin said, nearly throwing herself into his arms, “I want to go swimming, but Mommy said I had to ask you. She feels like a whale and is afraid she’ll turn into one if she gets in the water.”
Connor choked on a laugh, but Callum’s face softened as he turned to look toward where his fiancée sat. “What have I told you about repeating everything you hear?” Callum asked her.
“Grandma says you should stop saying things around me you don’t want me to repeat. It’s not my fault I’m a sponge.”
Callum’s lips pursed for a moment then he let out a breath. “Go get your stuff on. We’ll go swimming.”
Connor couldn’t help grinning at his brother as Kaelin ran off. “She so has you wrapped around her little finger.”
Callum didn’t deny it, only smiling. “They both do. And I wouldn’t change that for anything.”
Today’s Just Jot It January prompt was “humiliate” by Jim Adams. The beginning of this conversation popped into my head when I read the prompt. I don’t have older brothers, but older sisters seem to believe the same thing.