|Four Weddings and a Funeral
Author: Aurora20 PM
Final Part of the Sine Qua Non seriesRated: Fiction K - English - Family - L. Roslin - Chapters: 5 - Words: 5,505 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 12-11-12 - Published: 12-02-12 - id: 8760447
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"Caprica, what a surprise," Lee greeted walking up to his unexpected guest.
"Hi," she replied her cheeks turning red in embarrassment. "Congratulations. You and your wife-"
"Lucianna seem very happy."
"She looks very...young. How old is she?" Gaius Baltar asked peering over Lee's shoulder to inspect the petite, bronzed brunette.
"Gaius!" Caprica chided in a harsh tone.
"What?" he replied innocently looking at his wife before turning to Lee. "Doesn't matter. Congratulations."
"Thanks. It's great to see you but I'm surprised to see you."
"I bet," Caprica agreed. "Gaius is giving a lecture this weekend. We're staying at the hotel. When Serena invited us she said it was a family dinner not your -"
"You saw Serena?" Lee asked stunned.
"Yes but like I said she didn't mention it was your wedding reception."
"Where is Serena?" Gaius asked looking around the small banquet room that held merely the immediate family of the groom and slightly more guests on the bride's side.
"Good question." Lee replied doing his best to hide his irritation. "Let me find out. Excuse me."
"What's up Colonel?" Zak asked curiously as Lee stormed over to the table.
"Have you seen Serena?"
"I thought she said she wasn't coming?"
"She did. But Caprica said she saw her in the lobby and she invited her and Gaius."
"I was wondering why she was here. I was just going to go over and say hi," Zak said standing up and patting his brother on the back. "Good luck."
"Emma?" Lee asked looking at his sister as she kept her head down at her drink and away from his stare.
"I'm hardly her favorite Aunt, Lee," Emma reminded. "But I'd guess she's at a bar or … someone's hotel room."
"Not funny," Lee said turning to leave.
"Wasn't a joke!" Emma called after him.
"There's my husband," Lucianna greeted holding out her hands to Lee."The photographer wants us to cut the cake."
"Can it wait a few minutes? I have to -" Lee looked at his new wife and paused. "I'll be back in ten minutes. Then we'll cut the cake and dance the night away."
"Do any of you know where Serena is?" Lee asked hurriedly walking up to his father, Laura and the Anders.
"I thought -"
"Yes, well so did I but according to Caprica she's here so I need to find her."
"I'm going to guess bar," Kara suggested.
"Or someone's ro-" Sam added.
"Shut up," Lee snapped running his hands threw his hair in frustration. "Forget it."
"I haven't seen her Lee," Bill replied shooting Kara and Sam a disapproving look. "I'll help you look for her. I'm sure we'll find her."
"I think you're right Dear," Laura said pointing towards the door at the very shaky Serena.
"Frak," Le muttered heading for the door.
"Mom!" Serena exclaimed wrapping her arms around Lucianna's shoulders. "Can I call you that? It sounds strange right? I mean I've known you for all of a handful of hours and didn't even know of your existence a month ago. Do you think that's odd? Why was he hiding you? Ashamed about the age difference? Where did you meet anyway?"
"That's enough Serena," Lee instructed peeling his daughter off his new wife. "How much have you had to drink?"
"Not enough-" Serena replied grabbing a cocktail off a waiter's tray and downing it before she could be stopped.
"You're making a scene," Lee whispered through his teeth looking around the now silent room as all eyes were on them. "Come on."
"No, no, no," she defiantly replied searching for another glass. "I want to make a toast - to my Daddy and his new wife Lacy. So say we all!"
"Hello Serena," Laura greeted gently taking the glass and setting it on the table.
"Nana!" Serena exclaimed before giving her a hug. "I've missed you so much."
"I've missed you too, Sweetie. Why don't we go upstairs and catch up. I didn't even know you were going to be here," Laura said leading the girl away as she motioned for Lee to stay at the party.
"Hey, where is Serena?" Lee asked entering the Adama hotel room.
"Shhh," Laura hushed getting up to greet him at the door. "She's sleep. So is Dad."
"Sorry. I wanted to come up sooner but Lucy was upset and I -"
"It's fine. We talked for all of ten minutes after we got here before she passed out. I stayed to make sure she kept breathing." Laura replied playfully rolling her eyes.
"I don't get it. Tasha has been married four times and she's never behaved like this. Not to mention she's 19 and not 9."
"She's jealous. She's use to Tasha having other men in her life but you've always kept your relationships private. The announcement was unexpected and a surprise to everyone," Laura pointed out. "Plus you're going to have a new baby. Serena is already at that stage of trying to figure out who she wants to be and where she belongs. You're really mucking that up for her."
"I guess," Lee said slumping against the wall down to the floor. "I don't even remember 19. At the academy all week and weekends at home when I could that mainly consisted of fights with Tasha."
"Not what you planned for," Laura agreed sitting down next to him. "But you did well Lee. You're a good father. Serena wouldn't act this way if she didn't care. She's just a teenager."
"Emma's not like this. None of us were."
"You had a baby, Zak was arrested for disorderly conduct and destruction of property and Kara got tattoos," Laura reminded. "And Emma is-"
"Your favorite," Lee teased.
"No. She's different. We had you three to practice with. And she had all of you as examples of what to do and what not to do," Laura chuckled. "Plus she's been stuck at home with us old folk. Picnics and football in the park have been replaced with reading Tolstoy at home."
"True. She did miss out on our awesomeness," Lee conceded. "But she's conned Dad into some nice vacations."
"That's been a group effort. I think he does it to be with all of you and not just for Em; although, she can be persistent," Laura agreed looking over at the clock. "You better go find your bride Colonel."
"Yeah," Lee agreed standing up. "Can I say that I'm very glad Dad married you?"
"Given tonight's events I should be thanking you for being such a great step-son and not showing up drunk at our wedding." Laura said with a laugh as she accepted Lee's assistance to stand.
"True. Although Dad did give me a glass of champagne at the reception and I did get a little silly."
"I'm pretty sure that was sparkling juice," Laura replied bursting into a fit of giggles at the memory of Lee dancing wildly on the dance floor. "Go, go, go," Laura insisted between breaths as she showed Lee to the door. "Have a good night and we'll see you in the morning."
"Ok. Night Laura."