"Where's Michael?" Ben asked, looking left and right as though he expected him to burst out of the piano. "Not that I'm complaining, but..."
"He's at the cinema with his friends," Susan said happily, sorting through the mail. "And Abi's out too."
Ben sat himself down on the sofa next to his wife. "You know, this is one of the advantages of having only two kids in the house," he said. "better chance of both being out."
"Oh look," Susan interrupted. "A letter from Janey."
"What does she want this time?" Ben groaned. "Money?"
"Of course not, Susan said, opening the envelope. She extracted the letter inside. "Well, yes. But... oh Ben! She's coming to visit us!"
"Can't we just give her extra money?" Ben complained.
Susan ignored him. "She wants to come for a fortnight or so."
"You know what?" Susan said. "It's so long since we saw the whole family, together. Why don't we spend a few weeks with everyone here? Abi and Michael and Janey and baby Kenzo and Nick..."
"Oh no," Ben said, standing up. "We only just got rid of him..."
"He left ages ago!" snapped Susan. "Anyway, it's not right away."
"Oh good," Ben said sarcastically. "I can hide anything breakable."
"I think we should all take a holiday," Susan said suddenly.
"Oh, no no no no no." Ben jabbed a finger at himself. "My money. Remember?"
"Don't be silly, Ben," she replied. "You're just in denial because you haven't seen all your children for ages."
"For good reason."
"Anyway, I'll help in the cost. I think Spain sounds nice."
"Susan, last time we went to Spain, I got arrested."
"You picked up the language, you'll manage fine this time."
"I'm not going to Spain unless I can push Nick off a mountain."
"Good. So that's settled."
"Gah!" Ben said, as Susan left. He fell onto the sofa again, and switched on the television.
E/N: I've always liked My Family
, but this is my first fanfiction of it. Hope you liked! Even if you didn't, please review this chapter.