Title: New Siblings
Author: Shenandoah Risu
: Gen
Content Flags: none
Spoilers: none
Prompt: Family
Word Count: 500
Summary: Friends are the family you choose yourself.
Characters: Chloe Armstrong
Author's Notes: Written for the Stargateland Writing Challenge 04: Just a few words.
Disclaimer: I don't own SGU. I wouldn't know what to do with it. Now, Young... Young I'd know what to do with... ;-)

New Siblings

She remembers, as a kid, how jealous she was of her friends who had siblings. Chloe has always been an only child, doted on by her parents (and aunts, uncles, grandparents, great-aunts, great-uncles – you name it). But she's had to do everything herself: the successes, failures, rebellions – no brothers or sisters to help bear the burden. And thus she's both spoilt rotten and far more mature than others in her age group.

Since she's been stranded on the Destiny, Chloe has come to realize that she now has a whole new family – not of blood relations, but it sure feels like the real deal to her. She has so much to catch up with.

There's her kid sister Lisa who, despite being quite a bit older than her, never lost her child-like wonder of the universe, her sense of adventure, her joie de vivre. Chloe is sure that if given the chance, she and Lisa would play dress-up, rock stars and magic fairies – as long as no one was looking.

She's got her tomboy older sister Vanessa, sharp-witted and tough on the outside and fiercely protective of her, yet vulnerable and insecure at times. Chloe sometimes feels awkward in her company – after all, there's that whole issue with Matt, but Vanessa never blames her, and Chloe knows that she's always there for her.

Then there is her beloved kid brother Eli – so eager to please her, even though he's so much smarter than her. Other people often see the hapless geek in him, but Chloe knows how truly sensitive and lonely he is. Eli is not a fighter, but he would do anything to keep her safe – she often imagines him as David, tackling the Goliath of their situation, and sticking with it with a tenacity that she wishes she had for herself.

Her baby brother Hunter is the accident-prone klutz whose big eyes always make her want to hug him, brush off his skinned knees and kiss his owies better. He's a wiz with his tinker toys, and quite artistic, too. And he always draws the sweetest pictures for her.

Her older twin brothers are as different as could be. They're both quiet ones, but Darren smiles easily, he is high-spirited and likes to make her laugh. He is a great hugger, strong as a bear, and if she was a little smaller she knows he'd give her piggy-back rides around the Destiny. Ronald is the sometimes creepy one with the short fuse and the hard fist. But he's also the one who would beat up kids twice his size to keep her safe on the playground, and then would run off to save a baby squirrel that has fallen out of its nest. And then he would be back to push her swing until she'd scream with delight.

Friends are the family you choose yourself. Chloe has never fully understood the old saying until now. And she loves her new family with all her heart.